Thursday, July 29, 2010

I've Moved!

Well, I have big news! My website is now up and running. I'm so excited to have this project completed and will now only post on my website blog:

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Red Rock Wrap Up

I had planned to end with two more video blogs about camp, but things got a little thrown off by the smashing and possible breaking of a big toe!  Said big toe is presently healing and going through a sunset of colours in the, purple, green, yellow and now almost back to normal.
Here is the final wrap up of my time at Red Rock!
Day 4: Chapel Theme - God Goes with You
In this chapel I looked at the roller coaster of emotions the disciples must have felt when Jesus died, came back to life, and then left them again.  How would it feel to know that your best friend, the one you gave up your job, friends and family for, the one who changed the way you look at EVERYTHING was willingly leaving you.  Imagine the excitement of finding out he had come back from the dead only to realize he wasn't sticking around.  But Jesus, in his wisdom, left them with these final words, "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:20  Every single one of us has felt rejection, abandonment, fear.  We have all experienced what the disciples felt in some way or another.  And the truth is, God goes with you!  He is the only one who will never leave you or forsake you!

Day 5: Chapel Theme - Go by Faith
This was basically another version of my "Dream Big" talk.  I told campers that I really hate my alarm clock and often hit the snooze button multiple times per morning.  What would it look like to live a life you were so excited about that you never wanted to hit the snooze button?  What if you were so expectant of how God would use you and teach you each day that when the alarm went off you would bolt out of bed.  When our lives are only filled with boredom and distraction, we are not living the life God has for us.  He wants us to live a life that requires faithIs there anything in our lives that actually requires us to 100% believe and trust God?  Are we taking risks and stepping out of comfort?  Are we going beyond the walls of our home, church, school, etc?  God is "able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." Ephesians 3:20.  Are we willing to step out and see how he wants to use us?

Overall, I had an amazing week at Red Rock.  Several campers made decisions to follow Christ and many more rededicated their lives.  One camper excitedly approached me and told me that she wanted to share her faith with a friend and realized that reading the bible for herself was the best way to do it.  It was like it dawned on her for the first time that the bible was actually a tool she could use to help her in her everyday life!  What an amazing truth.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Hide it in your Heart

This morning I was challenged to memorize more scripture.  Several years ago I made a goal to memorize the entire book of James.  I got through the first chapter.  So now I'm renewing my commitment to do it and making a goal to have it done by the end of summer.

It may seem like just another thing to do on a list that already runs off the page, but its not.  It's the heart of everything else I want to do.  If I want to speak and write to change lives, the basis of that needs to be the word of God.  In fact, if any of us want to live our lives in a way that makes a deep impact and builds the kingdom of God, our strength and ability to do so comes from God's word.  We can't to anything apart from him.
John 15:7 "If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you." 

I want his word to remain in me, to live in me and through me.  I want to speak the word of God and if necessary, use my own words to explain it.  I would love to stand up in front of a group of students and recite a book of the bible as my sermon.  Sounds like a crazy idea doesn't it.  But how powerful could that be?  Jesus was the ultimate teacher after all.

My challenge to you: Join me and commit to memorize a certain amount of scripture this summer.  Let's do it together!  Leave a comment with you commitment.  Maybe it's one chapters, maybe it's several verses.  Ask God what he would have you do and let me know!