MONTHLY ARCHIVES: November 2014

Construction Update

Posted on November 21, 2014 by katieknowles

IMG_2235Some big progress has been made these past two weeks with the construction at camp.  The Dining Hall is still moving along nicely. The crew also started on the Chapel. The walls, pews, and stage have been removed. The plan is to keep the stain glass with the logo at the back of the chapel and the bell tower with the chimes.

IMG_2241The Ridge is also making great progress! The grating has moved along very quickly. They’ve cleared a lot of land and hope to have the road ready to drive on soon which will help keep everything moving quickly. Please continue to pray for camp during this season of growth and transition.


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Shout it Out

Posted on November 18, 2014 by Karah

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Start your quiet time by listening to an old hymn that tells the story of the gospel, like “Blessed Redeemer.” Ask God for opportunities to share God’s grace with others this week.

Think about the things you post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or other social media sites. What are some of the things you are most eager to share? List a few below.

Read and study Psalm 107:1-3. These verses point to something those who have been redeemed by God should be doing. Underline it in your Bible when you find it.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord proclaim that He has redeemed them from the hand of the foe and has gathered them from the lands— from the east and the west, from the north and the south.” —Psalm 107:1-3

Consider these questions:

  • What do these verses teach you about God’s character?
  • Why is that good news that the world needs to hear? Explain.
  • How has God been good to you? List some recent examples of ways you’ve experienced His goodness.

Respond

  • Those whom God has rescued from sin should always be talking about His goodness. Look over the list you created earlier. Who in your life needs to hear how God has been good to you? Jot down a couple of names below. Commit to share with them this week!
  • Read Psalm 107 in its entirety. This psalm details four different kinds of people who were in distress, yet God rescued them. Memorize the verses that speak to you.

Behind the Story

As a punishment for their disobedience, God allowed Israel to be taken captive in Babylon (2 Chron. 36:15-23). But just as He predicted (Isa. 45:1-7), God raised up a king, Cyrus to set his people free (Isa. 45:1-17). This psalm specifically refers to God’s deliverance of Israel from the distress in Babylon. His purpose in their redemption was so they could proclaim His goodness. Why does today’s world need to hear about God’s goodness?

The Point

God redeems His people so they may speak of His goodness.


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Retro Friday

Posted on November 14, 2014 by katieknowles

Most of us know Crestridge was founded in 1955, but did you know that during that first year there were only 122 total campers and 27 staff for the whole summer? Back then there were two 5-week sessions. The first session had 59 campers and the second session had 63. Below is a picture of the first session of campers ever at Crestridge.Crestridge first year

Also, there were no villages. There was a junior hill (now Chippewa/Chickasaw hill) and a senior hill (now Cheyenne/Choctaw hill) – 16 cabins total. Johnnie Armstrong said, “The first summer was an exciting time and we worked exceedingly hard to get it all started. The primary focus was the same as now – for each camper to know our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.” Camp has definitely changed and grown since that first year, but, as Johnnie said, the heart of the mission has remained the same – to make God’s glory and grace known to every camper that comes through our gates.


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Motivation

Posted on November 11, 2014 by Karah

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Consider this thought: Legalism says God will love us if we change. The gospel says God will change us because He loves us!

Choose some of the reasons you try to do good works:

Feels good                               Makes parents happy

Makes God like me                  Looks good

To help my future                     To impress someone

Read Titus 2:11-14. These verses outline what the real motivation behind your good works should be. Circle that motivation when you read it.

“He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a people for His own possession, eager to do good works.”

—Titus 2:14

Paul explained that the gospel not only gives us eternal life, but also restores us to the original purpose for which we were created: good works which glorify God. We are changed by God’s work—and now free to live completely for God.

Ask yourself:

  • The word rendered “eager” in verse 14 is sometimes translated “zealous” or “committed.” This reflects a passionate dedication to pursuing the ways of God. How have you seen this principle at work in someone’s life?
  • Why is God’s grace a better motivator for your obedience than fear? Explain.

Respond

  • How passionate and committed are you to pursuing the ways of God? Examine your life and your motivation for doing good works. Does it reflect a desire to please God because you know what He has done to save you or are you just following rules?
  • For further study, read Ephesians 2:1-10. Ask yourself this question: How does the gospel affect the way I live now?

Behind the Story

While Titus 2:1-10 outlines the lifestyle believers are to pursue, verses 11-14 provide the theological basis for it. Because we have experienced God’s grace and redemption, Christians want to live in a way that pleases the Father. That includes renouncing sin, living wisely, and pursuing righteousness. You cannot claim to have received God’s grace if you are not actively learning to walk in His ways.

The Point

We do good works not to earn God’s favor, but because God has redeemed and changed us.


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Construction Update

Posted on November 7, 2014 by katieknowles

IMG_2183Progress is coming along nicely at camp. The Dining Hall is still the main focus as of right now. The footers have been laid and the foundation walls are being built. Many loads of dirt were brought in to pack into the ground. This must be done before the concrete floor can be laid.

In the meantime, more permits have come through and the surveying is happening up on the ridge. This is an exciting time here at camp. Stay tuned for more updates and Retro Fridays!

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Set Free!

Posted on November 4, 2014 by Karah

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Begin your time with God today with a short prayer. Ask the Spirit to soften your heart to whatever God has for you to learn from His Word.

Read and study Colossians 1:11-14. As you read, look for the five benefits Paul listed that God gives to all believers.

List them here.

“He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves. We have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, in Him.” —Colossians 1:13-14

Rescued: Evokes the idea of God delivering His people from an oppressor. Skim over the verses that precede these verses. What is God rescuing His people from here?

Domain of darkness: In Scripture, darkness is often used to symbolize Satan or evil, while light  refers to God. How has God rescued us from Satan’s kingdom?

Forgiveness of sins: Forgive literally means “to send away” or “cancel.” In Christ, God completely canceled the debt of our sin. That means we can’t earn God’s forgiveness. In what ways do you find yourself trying to earn His forgiveness or favor? Why?

Respond

  • Re-read verses 13-14 and ponder the word “transferred.” To be transferred is to move from one place to another. As a Christian, you’ve been transferred from darkness to light, death to life. You have been placed in God’s kingdom when you once lived in the Enemy’s. Examine your life. What examples of this transfer do you see at work in your life? List two or three.
  • If the examples of God’s light in your life seem dim, prayerfully ask God to search your heart so you can deal with any sin in your life. Confess any sin the Holy Spirit reveals.

Behind the Story

Written around the same time, Colossians shares many similarities to Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. The primary focus of Colossians is to confront the “Colossian heresy,” false teachings that detracted from Jesus’ supremacy.

The Point

Because God has redeemed you, you are completely forgiven. You no longer have to live in sin’s chains.


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