Retro Friday

Posted on October 31, 2014 by katieknowles

Lessons in Loveliness

Belles and Queen Crester 1957

At Crestridge we have all kinds of skills, from basketball to crafts to archery to outdoor living. Back in the early years of camp, we had a few skills that we don’t have anymore. One of them was called Lessons in Loveliness. Every camper took this skill. They learned about manners, how to set a table correctly, how to make a bed, and how to clean their cabin.

There have been a lot of skills that have been added and changed at camp over the years. Are there any new skills that YOU think would be a good addition to camp?

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Child of the Father

Posted on October 28, 2014 by Karah


Take a moment and walk outside and look up at the sky. Repeat these words to yourself: I’m a child of God. I’m loved. I’m forgiven. I’m free. When you return, write them down on a note and put it on your bedroom mirror or car dashboard as a helpful reminder.

Think about the difference between being a child and being a slave. In the space provided, sketch the images or list the words that come to mind as you ponder each concept.

Child                                                                Slave


Now, read Galatians 4:1-7. Pay special attention to any references to adoption, sons, or heirs.

“So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”

—Galatians 4:7

  • What’s the difference between a master/slave relationship and a father/child relationship? What rights or benefits do children have that slaves don’t?
  • What does it mean to be God’s heir? Why is that important?


  • The word “Abba” in verse 6 means “Daddy” and reflects intimacy and tenderness. That’s the kind of relationship God wants to have with His children. Spend some time with your Abba today. Tell Him everything that’s on your mind and pour out your heart as children do with their fathers. Thank Him that sin is no longer who you are. Record your conversation as a letter in the space provided.

Behind the Story

Under Roman law, an adopted child was considered equal to all other biological children in the family. Even if the child had formerly been a slave, if adopted, a son could inherit legal rights to his father’s property. As Christians, we are co-heirs with Jesus with all rights to all of God’s resources.

The Point

God redeemed us from the enslavement of sin and set us free to be His children.

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Construction Update: Dining Hall Foundation

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Sharon

This past Wednesday the construction crew started laying the blocks for the foundation of the addition.  The crew even let us help lay a block!  It’s neat to now see exactly where the Cooking Classroom, Staff Lounge and Drama Den will be.

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Additional Laundry Space

Additional Laundry Space

New staff lounge and cooking classroom

New staff lounge and cooking classroom

Drama Area

Drama Area

We are hoping to start clearing land up on the Ridge soon so we can start building cabins and all the other fun stuff that will be going up there!  We’ll keep you posted as we move along!



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Costly Redemption

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Karah


Quiet your mind and heart as you prepare to study God’s Word. Listen to a worship song that helps you focus.

Think about your most precious possession. How much is this worth? If someone took it, what would you pay to get it back? Write your response.

Read 1 Peter 1:18-21. In your Bible, underline the words “silver or gold” and “precious blood of Christ.” In the margin, write My value to God.


“For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish.”

—1 Peter 1:18-19

Ask yourself:

  • What is the “empty way of life” referred to in verse 18? Explain.
  • What are some examples of this empty way of life you see in our world today? In your life (past or present)?
  • If God has redeemed you from this way of life, He has set you free. You don’t have to live that way anymore. How do you find yourself slipping back into the habits of your before-Christ life sometimes?


  • Re-read 1 Peter 1:18-19. What would change about the way you think about yourself if you fully grasped your worth to God? He purchased your freedom from sin with the highest treasure: Jesus’ own life. How would living in the power of this truth change your daily life? Jot down a few ideas.
  • Look at the list of “empty ways of life” you sometimes find yourself slipping back into. Pray over them, asking God to help you better understand the price He paid to set you free from their bondage. List two actions you’ll take this week to walk away from these things.

Behind the Story

In some translations of 1 Peter 1:18, the word “ransom” is used rather than redeem. A ransom is paid for the release of a captive, a concept that would have been familiar to Peter’s first century audience. Slaves could sometimes pay a ransom and be released from their master. God released us from slavery to sin at a costly price: Jesus’ death.

The Point

God redeemed His people with the highest currency of Heaven: Jesus’ blood.

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Retro Friday

Posted on October 17, 2014 by katieknowles


The Bear Trap is a beautiful two-story building housing our administrative offices and our staff lounge. However, did you know that this wasn’t always the case? Nope. Actually the Bear Trap wasn’t even a building at all! It used to just be a small covered platform with a two-square court and a bench.

Well, then, where were the offices? The offices and the staff lounge were both located in the Dining Hall, on the side opposite the kitchen. Eventually, these offices were removed from the Dining Hall to make room to accommodate more campers!

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Over and Above

Posted on October 14, 2014 by Karah


Take some time and ponder this quote from Josh McDowell:

“If Jesus Christ was who He claimed to be, and He did die on a cross at a point of time in history, then, for all history past and all history future it is relevant because that is the very focal point for forgiveness and redemption.”

It’s not uncommon to hear about professional athletes having to pay enormous fines for bad behavior. Read Ephesians 1:7-10. How big is the penalty for our sin against God? What price did God pay to buy us back? Underline the answer when you find it.

“We have redemption in Him through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.”

—Ephesians 1:7-8

Redemption: “Bought back;” carries the idea of being released from slavery. How is sin slavery?

Through His blood: It is through Jesus’ death—in our place—on the cross that God frees us from sin and its power. This redemption was costly. Have you ever minimized the cost of God’s redemption? Why?

Lavished: To give something extravagant or be exceptionally generous. In Christ, God has shown us abundant and extravagant grace. Understanding the enormity of what God has freely done for you, what words would you use to praise Him?


Take some time to reflect on your words of praise for God’s lavish grace toward sinners. Toward you. By giving His Son, God secured your forgiveness from sin. Journal a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord for your salvation.

Behind the Story

In the Old Testament, it was required that an innocent animal had to be sacrificed to atone for the sins of the people. This pointed to the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus, the “innocent Lamb” whose blood would atone for the sins of those who believe. This reminds us that God’s forgiveness might come freely, but it did not come cheaply. God, in His holiness, cannot “wink” at sin. Justice demands that restitution (full payment) must be made.

The Point

Salvation may be a free gift, but it isn’t cheap. God paid a great price to buy us back from sin.


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Construction Update

Posted on October 10, 2014 by katieknowles

Construction is moving along at DSC_0087Crestridge. The land is clear around the Dining Hall, and the Laundry Room is being cleared. This week the crew also started digging holes for the footers for the expansion of the Dining Hall. The progress is so exciting. Continue to check back in for further updates!


Meanwhile, the leaves are starting to change at camp. It’s a beautiful time of year. We wish you could all experience it too!


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Redeemer God

Posted on October 7, 2014 by Karah


Focus our mind on God as your Defender and Redeemer by listening to one of your favorite worship songs this morning.

Slowly read Job 19:25-27. Everything in Job’s life was uncertain, except God. As you read, underline or circle words that reveal Job’s faith in the unchanging character of God. What does Job know?

“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.”

—Job 19:25

• From all appearances, it seemed that God had truly let Job down. In Job 19:6, Job even claimed God had wronged him. How, then, can God also be Job’s Redeemer?

• Part of the definition of redeemer is someone who acts on behalf of those in need or pleads their case. In this sense, how is God our Redeemer?

• Even in his affliction, Job was sure of God and his power to redeem Job and the situation—that God was able to do what he could not. Does that describe you? Why or why not?


• You may be in the middle of a situation in which you feel like God has abandoned you. In these situations, it’s easy to confuse your feelings with what you know is true about God ‘s character. Look at verse 25 and remind yourself of the truth Job proclaimed about God even when he felt abandoned. Below, write your own statement of what you know about God’s character—and will trust rather than your own feelings.

• For further study, read Proverbs 23:10-11 which describes God’s work of justice as a Redeemer.

Memory Verse

Memorize Job 19:25. Read it aloud to yourself several times.

Behind the Story

Job’s story is presented in the Bible as a kind of test case for faith. Will Job’s faith endure if God allows Satan to take away all that is precious, including his wealth, his children, and his health? Job even lost his reputation, as his dear friends insisted that his predicament had to have been the result of some hidden sin. This is why Job claimed God as His “Redeemer.” The original word in the Hebrew often meant a “lawyer”, someone who would defend the defenseless. Job believed that one day God would defend him against the baseless charges of his accusers.

The Point

God is our Advocate, the one who defends His people and will make all things right. We can depend on Him even in times of great affliction.

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Retro Friday

Posted on October 3, 2014 by katieknowles

doc01220620140924103407 copyThe Crestridge Chapel is one of the most beloved places at camp. The high ceilings, wooden pews, and beautiful green stained glass are remembered in many worshipful moments at Crestridge. Campers have been encountering and learning about who God is, what the Gospel is, and what the Bible says for years in this very place.

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The chapel was built in 1959 thanks to a $15,000 check from a “friend of Crestridge.” Can you believe that? Only $15,000! The chapel has been expanded throughout the years, and will be expanded again this year. Despite the changes to the chapel throughout the years, the God that is worshipped there and the truths that have been taught remain the same. What is your favorite moment in the chapel?

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