Construction Update

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We’ve gotten a lot of snow here this week at camp! While the snow is beautiful and fun, it slows down progress a bit. Regardless, things are still moving along really well!

Here we see that the Dining Hall is going up so fast. The walls on the second level are up, and we’ll continue to see a lot of rapid progress on the Dining Hall.


image2Below, we see that the Chapel is still moving along as well. They are preparing pour the concrete for the foundation.



That’s all we really have for you this week, but stay tuned to keep getting more construction updates! In the meantime, look how pretty camp is in the snow!


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This week, you’ll study Genesis 4 in-depth. Read over the entire chapter, prayerfully asking God to open your mind to what He has to teach you.

Last week you learned that God’s perfect world was no longer perfect. Sin had entered the world and left its mark on everything. In Genesis 4, we find a world mired in sin and characterized by murder, malice, and antagonism. Read Genesis 4:1-12 in your Bible.

“If you do what is right, won’t you be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”

—Genesis 4:7

Reread verses 6-7, then fill in the blanks on the chart below.

Verse                                     Cain’s Attitude           God’s Response

Genesis 4:5-6


Genesis 4:8-9a


Genesis 4:9b-12

Ask yourself:

Look at verse 7. If you were writing it in your own words, what would you say?

How did God demonstrate His redemptive nature to Cain in this passage?

God gave Cain a chance to do what was right, but Cain chose to let sin fester in his heart, which led to murder. When have you chosen to allow sin to fester in your heart?

The Point

God always seeks to offer redemption, but people often choose their own destruction.


Even in a world where sin had been given free reign, God was reaching out and inviting people to turn away from sin and follow Him. Praise Him for how He has done the same thing in your life! Be specific in your praises.

Consider how easily a bad attitude can lead to destructive sin. In what ways does your attitude need to change? What will you do today to make your attitude more honoring to God?

For further study, read 1 Peter 5:8-9. Journal about how these verses compare with Genesis 4:6-7.

Behind the Story

Cain’s destructive downfall began with a poor attitude, which escalated into destructive sin. In these verses, God is closely involved with Cain, instructing him and responding to his every move. However, even with God’s clear warning and wise advice, there is no evidence that Cain ever repented of his attitude or his sin. His poor choices continued to affect his family for generations

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Have you ever broken something really valuable or lost something that was really important to you? Recall the way you felt when you realized what you had done.

With that in mind, read Genesis 3:1-7 in your Bible.

“Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” —Genesis 3:6

In an instant, sin entered the world. God had set a boundary, and Adam and Eve had chosen to live in opposition to Him.

Consider these questions:

Look at Satan’s interaction with Eve in verses 1-4. How did he tempt Eve to further question God’s goodness and the truth of His word? Why do you think questioning these things leads to sin? Explain.

Prior to this, God had been the One who determined what was right and wrong, but Eve took on that role in verse 6. If God is the Author and Main Character of Scripture, why is it wrong to usurp that role? Explain.

Adam and Eve’s sin didn’t just affect them; it affected the entire human race. How do you know this to be true? Explain.

Read verse 7. Satan had said that disobeying God would cause Adam and Eve’s eyes to be opened to all wisdom, but instead of power, that knowledge brought fear and shame into their lives. How does choosing to sin against God still do that today?

The Point

In Adam and Eve’s disobedience, sin entered the world. As a result, the intimate relationship God wanted to have with all humanity seemed irrecoverably damaged.


Think back to the way you felt when you lost or broke something that was important to you. Now, stop to really mourn for what was lost in the garden and the depth of your own sinfulness. Be honest with God and repent of any sin in your life.

For further study of the affect of Adam and Eve’s sin on us, read Romans 5:12-21.

Behind the Story

In Genesis 3:1-6, Satan played on Adam and Eve’s God-given desires. The need to eat, appreciate beauty, and gain knowledge and wisdom were all legitimate needs that God had already provided a way to be met—by trusting Him. But instead, Adam and Eve chose to go outside of God’s will and find their own way to meet those needs. We sin when we tell God that the way He has provided to meet our needs is not good enough.

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Construction Update

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Everything is moving so fast now at camp, it’s almost hard to keep up! Here are a few highlights since last time:

IMG_3306The pool is coming along really well! The frame has been dug out and they are starting to lay the pipework as well.

IMG_3308The Upper Crafts building has all the walls and roof up now.



The Choctaw cabins are almost all up!

IMG_3311It was hard to get a good picture, but the floor is laid for the second floor of the Dining Hall and walls are starting to go up.

Thanks for keeping up with the improvements at camp! Please continue to pray for efficiency in the construction progress as we move toward the summer.



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Freedom in Boundaries

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Consider this quote from Ravi Zacharias to begin your quiet time:

“Pleasure without God, without the sacred boundaries, will actually leave you emptier than before.”

Think about your favorite sport. What are the boundaries or rules of that sport? What would it be like if there were no boundaries? Jot down a few ideas.

Life also has boundaries. Read Genesis 2:8-17. As you read, look for the boundary God laid out for Adam and Eve. Underline it when you find it.

“And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree of the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.” —Genesis 2:15-17

Everything God created had boundaries: night, day, land, sea. God’s good boundaries insured that each part of His creation would fulfill the purpose He intended. Humans were the only ones capable of crossing the boundaries God had set for them.

Why do we push against boundaries? When have you pushed against God’s boundaries?

Read Genesis 3:1 carefully. Compare Satan’s question to what God really said in Genesis 2.  How did Satan twist God’s words and plant doubt about God’s goodness and provision in Eve’s mind?

How is Satan’s question meant to destroy the good God had created?

The Point

God created a world of boundaries meant to bring Him glory. But we chose to push against those boundaries.


To cross the boundaries God has set is sin. Think about clear boundaries God has set for His children in Scripture. Are you living in accordance? Confess any ways you are living outside of God’s plan and seek His forgiveness.

Eve became vulnerable to sin when she doubted God’s goodness and provision. What blessings of God do you see in your life today? How has He generously provided for you? Take the time to praise Him!

Behind the Story

The fact that God placed Adam and Eve in a garden is important. A gardener purposely plants and protects his garden. Without the gardener’s protection, the fruit or crops wouldn’t be free to grow to their maximum potential. God’s boundaries in the garden of Eden were intended by God to protect humanity and give us freedom to grow unhindered to our full potential.

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Retro Friday

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Camp Crestridge was established in 1955. During the charter summer there was a total ofChapel 142 campers that attended Crestridge. That’s half of how many campers we had at one time this past summer! Well, there’s no doubt that Crestridge has certainly grown throughout the years, and we are continuing to do so.

In some catalogs from Crestridge’s earliest years, there is this written purpose of Camp Crestridge:

“Our purpose at Crestridge while we work, play, camp out, live together, is to give the camper opportunity to ‘lift her eyes unto the hills.’ It is our hope that as she does, she will turn away with a new understanding of ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.’ Applying this understanding to her own life we hope that she will be able to say positively and proudly, ‘The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?’ It is our desire that the camper advances in truth, courage, growth, perseverance, and purity while at camp. The director and staff dedicate themselves to give to each camper guidance toward this purpose.”

One thing that has not changed and will not change as the years come and go is our desire for campers to know God and to trust in what Jesus did on the cross for them. What is the most meaningful thing you learned about God in your time at camp?

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Created for Community

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Ponder this quote from John Piper:

“God created us for this: to live our lives in a way that makes Him look more like the greatness and the beauty and the infinite worth that He really is. This is what it means to be created in the image of God.”

Skim over Genesis 1–2 one last time this week. Count how many times God said His creation was good.

“Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper as his complement.” —Genesis 2:18

Now, look more closely at Genesis 2:18. God wasn’t saying that man was in some way bad, but rather that He had created humanity to exist in relationships with others. God created us to live in fellowship with Him, but also to build relationships with other humans. God created community—and He created us for community.

Ask yourself:

God created Eve as a complement to Adam, someone with whom he could have spiritual, intellectual, and spiritual intimacy. She was someone he could be real with. Are there people with whom you can be absolutely transparent about your life? Who? Why did you select those people?

If God created us for community, what does that teach you about the importance of the church?

Why is it important to realize that God created us to live in community—in our faith and the work He has called us to?

The Point

God, the Author of our story, has hard-wired us for relationship. From the beginning, God created us to live in relationship with Him and with others.


Who do you know who is trying to “go it alone” in the faith or live in isolation from the church? How can you reach out to that person this week, helping them to experience and see the need for true Christian community? Jot down three ideas.

Who in your life needs someone to come alongside them and help them to truly live out their faith in a dark world? How can you be someone who invites transparency and honesty, while also pointing others to God?

For further study, listen to “Carry the Fire” by Andrew Peterson (Light for the Lost Boy, 2012).

Behind the Story

The word translated as complement in Genesis 2:18 literally means that which is in front of him, implying a counterpart or equal. She is to be a helper (from the Hebrew word ezer), which stresses aid and support—and is even used of God Himself in Scripture (Ex. 18:4; Deut. 33:7, Ps. 46:1). The man and the woman have different roles, but those roles are designed to support and complement each other perfectly.

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Construction Update

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So much has been happening at camp in the past few weeks. It’s amazing to see the progress. In this first picture, you’ll see that the Dining Hall is starting to shoot up. The walls are done on the lower level and they are starting to work on the second level now.IMG_3303

In this second picture, we see the new crafts building located on the Ridge!IMG_3295

In this third picture, Cherokee hill has almost all its cabins built.IMG_3296

Finally, our climbing tower has been relocated to the Ridge and we have a new element – the Pamper Pole – up there too!! Please continue to pray for rapid and efficient progress in construction.   IMG_3301

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