MONTHLY ARCHIVES: December 2011

God Loves You

Posted on December 27, 2011 by Melissa

Read Galatians 4:1-7.

Slavery—it isn’t something we willingly think about. Yet every day, we can’t help but hear stories of those who are caught in this evil.

In the newspaper, on the Internet, or from our friends, we hear of children forced to work in mills and factories and of young girls caught in human trafficking. We see consumer campaigns urging us to stop buying clothing made in sweatshops all over the world. We’re aware of how ugly slavery is, and the plight of slaves touches our hearts. But most times we don’t like to dwell on their daily lives. It’s too tragic and overwhelming.

In today’s passage, however, we are reminded that spiritually, we too were once in the same desperate condition. Sin held us in its unyielding grip. There was no escape. And even though we thought we were in charge, truth was, we never had any power over anything. Satan held our past, our present, and our future in his cruel hands.

Enter Jesus. Suddenly, there is hope and a way of escape. Suddenly, we have a choice and a future. And God, the Almighty One, becomes our Father. How things have changed! Instead of being nobodies, we’ve been welcomed into an eternal family, loved and accepted by the Father. God doesn’t hold you at arm’s length. If you are a believer, you are a dearly loved child of the Creator Himself.

Don’t let the wonder of that kind of love escape you today. When things get stressful, remember whose you are. Rest in the love of a Father who will never leave you. You are loved!


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It’s Christmas Time!

Posted on December 23, 2011 by Sharon

I’m sure you all are excited to have time off from school and work for the next few days!  We hope that you will find time to rest and to reflect on the year and what God has done!  If you haven’t noticed, we really enjoy making videos for you.  We hope you enjoy watching them as much as we enjoy making them!

 


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Our Gingerbread House

Posted on December 21, 2011 by Sharon

Ridgecrest Summer Camps recently entered a Gingerbread House Contest that was held at the Ridgecrest Christmas Party (Conference Center and Camp staff).  We also had to submit a video with our Gingerbread House.  We didn’t win first place, but we did win “Most Creative”!  You all should be proud!


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Use The Map

Posted on December 20, 2011 by Melissa

Try to find your house on a globe. Or maybe you could find Camp and the Lake. (I’m pretty sure you can’t do it.) Sure, you could find your city, if your city is big enough. A globe is the wrong kind of map if you want to find your way around a city. In the same way, if you were planning an international journey, a city map wouldn’t be much help. It might help you find the airport or the main highway out of town, but that’s it. To get where you want to go, you need the right map.

Read Galatians 3:23-29. Check out verses 24-26.

How is the Old Testament law like a road map?

What happens if you only use the law as your guide? Where would you end up?

How is faith like a map?

According to these verses, what purpose did the law serve?

How have you seen Jesus bring freedom in your life? In the lives of others?

God gave the Old Testament law to show us who He is and who we are (and are not). God is holy; we are not. God’s laws are perfect, and we are far from perfect. The map of the law only gets us part of the way there. The law provided boundaries and accountability, but it didn’t do anything about setting people free from their sinfulness. The law reveals our limitations; it shows us that we are sinners who need a Savior.

Jesus is the completion of the map. He is the way, the truth and the life. It’s Jesus who leads us to the Father and finishes the job that the law started. Together, they make the perfect guide to lead us to eternity.


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Retro Friday: Crestridge Emblem

Posted on December 16, 2011 by Sharon

This shouldn’t really be considered “retro” but I wanted to bring this to your attention.  Have you ever wondered what our Emblem means?  Why do we have a horseshoe and arrow in our Emblem?  Here is the explanation:

 

“The horseshoe stands for the sincere best wishes that we have as the camper comes to camp to find her piercing purpose (arrow) in life.  As she does this we believe that completion (circle) comes in growth in spiritual, mental, physical, and social areas of life (points).”

Now anytime you see the Emblem, you’ll know there’s a purpose for it!

***If you click on the picture, a larger image will appear.

 


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Beehive Construction

Posted on December 13, 2011 by Sharon

The Beehive is a busy place right now!  Construction began back in October with taking down the existing Store and Landsports Hut.  Then they dug out where the Beehive was going to sit.  The next step was to build the foundation.  They put down the block and concrete floor for the basement.  A couple weeks ago, they began framing the Beehive.  I am amazed each time I go over to Crestridge and see how much the workers have accomplished!  They work so fast!  They are currently working on the porches and finishing the roof.

Check out our Facebook page for more pictures and updates!


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Everyone Needs A Savior

Posted on December 13, 2011 by Melissa

Have you ever played Ridgecrest dodgeball and been knocked out of the game? You sit on the sidelines and wait for someone to catch a ball. Your ability to get back in the game requires the actions of another person. Your destiny is out of your hands. Someone needs to rescue you.

In life, like in dodgeball, there are many times that we need someone to save or rescue us. The trick is knowing the right person to rescue you.

Read Galatians 3:19-22 and make sure you notice verse 22.

What are some things you think imprison you today?

What does it mean that Scripture has imprisoned everything under sin’s power?

How is sin like a prison?

If sin is the thing that is imprisoning you, who can rescue you?

Have you asked Jesus to set you free from your sin? Why or why not?

How does it feel to know that Jesus has set believers free from sin?

Each of us has areas of sin with which we struggle. We all need rescuing. Left on our own, we are unable to set ourselves free from sin. There is no way we can be perfect, and so we become slaves to the sin in our lives. Sin is like quicksand, and we need someone to pull us out. We need to be rescued; we need a Savior.

Jesus is the only way out of the prison of sin. It’s not good works or being nice or following all the rules of being a so-called “good Christian.” If we believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him as our personal Lord and Savior, we become free from sin. He is the key that opens the gates that keep us trapped. Let Him set you free today!


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Retro Friday: Daily Schedule

Posted on December 9, 2011 by Sharon

When camp first began, the daily schedule was much different than it is now.  As you can see in the picture, the campers had to take Bible or Drama and Choir in the morning as their skills.  Then they got to choose a couple other activities to do throughout the day.  The activity choices were things like Archery, Riflery, Horseback Riding, Tennis, Crafts, Swimming, etc.  Later in the day the campers would go to band practice or dress for dinner.  Then they would have evening activities. This is how the schedules compare:

 

Beginning of Camp

7:30  Reveille

8:00  Breakfast

8:30  Cabin Clean-Up/Staff Bible Hour

9:15  Senior Bible or Senior Drama, Junior Choir

10:15  Junior Bible or Junior Drama, Senior Choir

11:15  Choice of Activities

12:30  Lunch

1:15  Rest Hour

2:00 to 5:00 Choice of Activities – (Classes meet for 1 hr., 3 days a week)

5:00  Band Practice – Dress for Dinner

6:00  Dinner

7:30  Varied Evening Activities

9:30  Junior and Intermediate Village – Lights Out

10:00  Senior Village – Lights Out

Present

7:30  Wake-Up Bell

8:00  Breakfast

8:30  Chapel

9:00  Quiet Time

9:20  Cabin Clean-Up

10:10  Skills

11:05  Skills

12:00  Skills

1:05  Lunch

1:45  Rest Hour

2:45  Store

3:15  Village Activity

4:30  Free Time

6:00  Dinner

7:15  Evening Activity

9:00  Showers/Devotions

10:00 Lights Out

It’s interesting how things have changed through the years, but Christ is still the center!  That’s why Crestridge is so great!


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He Promised

Posted on December 6, 2011 by Melissa

How important are promises in your life? Promises are binding. That’s why people make contracts and written agreements. Once those documents are signed, the people involved are required to do what was described in the documents they signed. The truth is, a promise is important. When we agree to do something, we should do it. Once trust is gone, it’s hard to get back.

Read Galatians 3:15-18, giving careful attention to verse 15.

Do you trust others to keep their promises? Why or why not?

If your best friend made a promise, do you trust him or her to keep it? Explain.

When you make a promise, how hard is it to break it?

What do these verses teach you about God and His promises?

Why is it important that God keeps His promises?

How has God kept His promises to you?

When God makes a promise, He always keeps it. The wonderful and incredible thing about today’s verses is that they’re full of God’s promises to us. In today’s key verse, Paul pointed out that even on human terms, once a promise or covenant had been made, it couldn’t be changed. If that was true for humans, then it was all the more true for God.

The infinite Creator of the universe promises us that Jesus will save us if we trust Him. God planned it and promised it long ago, and that promise is good forever. Trust it!


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Camp Crestridge Day Winner

Posted on December 2, 2011 by Sharon

Ruthie Wofford will be able to enjoy $50 to our 2012 Clothing Store!  She is our winner for Camp Crestridge Day!  To celebrate Camp Crestridge Day, Ruthie did the following: Downloaded the Wake Up Bell, Sang the Good Morning Song, Dressed up like Sharon and OJ, Wore her CC4G shirt and Crestridge Sweatshirt to school, Honked twice before backing up, Sang a Village cheer at dinner, Ate a packet meal and banana boat, Built a campfire at a camp friend’s house and sang campfire songs, Did a Quiet Time, and Watched her session video from 2011.  She sent pictures of all those events! Congratulations Ruthie!

Here are other pictures we received:

 

A special shout out goes to Lauren Barnes, Ramey and Willa Schutz, and Ginny Stevens for sending us videos!  Thanks for celebrating Camp Crestridge Day with us!  Go ahead and mark your calenders for next year!  The 2nd Annual Camp Crestridge Day will take place on December 1, 2012!

 


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