News & Updates

See & read about what is going on in the Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center community

Body

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself…

1 Corinthians 6:19 NLT

https://bible.com/bible/116/1co.6.19.NLT

Image by Mimzy from Pixabay

We live in a time where there is intense debate over one’s body and the personal freedoms and responsibilities associated with one’s body. Some laws regarding one’s body and corresponding rights have been considered by the highest court in the land.

As a follower of Jesus, there is a different view of one’s body. The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

The Temple: Temples are a place of worship, awe and reverence. They are known as a place where one meets with God. Many religions have their own versions of temples. People have a

universal desire to connect with God. Some temples are impressive structures while others are very simply made.

Christianity is the only faith where the place to meet God has moved from a physical place to a physical person. You and I are the temples of God. God lives in us. We are made in His image. The Holy Spirit takes up residency in our lives.

Perspective: With the understanding that we are God’s chosen temple, it causes reflection on what we make our bodies available to. The truth is, our bodies are amazing. Medical science is still unpacking all the wonder that God packed into His temple. Truly incredible!

It is also true that people have found all kinds of ways to give their bodies to ways of living that are destructive. For many, this has been by personal choice.

Encouragement: As a follower of Jesus, understand that He himself came for us by dwelling in Mary’s body during pregnancy. He sent the Holy Spirit to live in us. Take care of your body as the dwelling place of God. Honor Him by taking care of yourself. Give your body to things the honor and please God.

Dear Father,

Thank You for living within us through Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for moving from a building to a person. Thank You for reminding us that we are, in fact, Your dwelling place. Help us to honor and care for the temple made in Your image.

In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

–Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

Ministry is the Connection Between Instructor and Student

About a year ago, a wonderful 85-year-old grandmother entered my life. She approached us with the interest of taking riding lessons after many years of being out of the saddle. Inez grew up with horses and even raised a horse from a foal to his last day on earth. Her daughter was involved in a local Pony Club and Inez had ridden until her kids moved on to adulthood. She deeply missed riding and the bond that comes with riding ...

Hearing from God

The past year has been difficult, bringing physical challenges, relationship losses, and employment transitions. My husband and I came to Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center for several reasons. One of the most important was to hear from God. One of the things I appreciate most about Warm Beach, is it provides the perfect environment to listen to God’s voice. I hear His laughter in the sound of children at play and see His joy on the faces of little ...

Trust in Hope

Hope in the context of the Bible is not the same as hope in the context of our current culture. Our culture often uses hope as wishful thinking, "I hope so…." Biblical hope, on the other hand, is an assurance of a promise that will come to pass! Down at the Stables, we have another "Hope" I'd like you to get to know. A large, beautiful, gentle giant of a draft horse named Hope. As an equine partner in our ...