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Never Stop

Photo by Fabien Wl on Unsplash Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him. 1 Chronicles 16:11 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/1ch.16.11.NLT I have a confession to make. Sometimes I think I have arrived. I have actually mastered something and no longer need to pursue additional knowledge, learning or application. I ignore the possibility of new learning because “I have this figured out.” Nothing could be further from the truth. I have been driving for a few decades now. Even ...

November 2019 Project Updates

Recent and future projects include: The Cedar Lodge loop parking lot is finished with the curb stops, striping, and landscaping. Landscaping and plantings were installed along the Special Friends Camp field and W-Bar-B Road. The Lights of Christmas crews continue to set up for the event. We are working with architects on designs for new Chinook Cabins, outdoor pool, and pathway/landscape lighting. In January, we hope to begin work on a staff house bathroom remodel, the new beverage station in ...

Remember The Lights

As a little girl I was terrified of the dark. It seemed to have its own weight and shape-shifting qualities that made it overwhelming. Living in a huge old Craftsman style home that went from comforting to ominous when the shadows turned long, set the stage for those anxieties more than efficiently. I remember on certain nights how my eyes would search for light. Light from the street lamp, light from the hallway, light from the neighbor's window. Remembering where ...

From Start to Finish

Photo by Adi Goldstein on Unsplash This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” Romans 1:17 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/rom.1.17.NLT It is all about faith. God, through Jesus Christ, makes us right with Him. God establishes righteousness in us. We are asked to believe. From start to finish, it is about our belief in ...

Complete Harmony

Photo by Sean Stratton on Unsplash May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Romans 15:5 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/rom.15.5.NLT The idea of complete harmony is beautiful to consider. In music, harmony can stir the spirit and emotions taking the content of the music to a whole new level. In creation, the harmony of life draws a sense of awe and wonder that leads us ...

A Debt of Gratitude

Photo by Simon Maage on Unsplash “Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were a present far too small. Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.” Sacred Hymn, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross written by Isaac Watts. Gratitude requires perspective and insight. A view on our own lives is needed to see all of the help given to us by others in order to make life work. In the pressure of a production ...

Leadership and Stability

Photo by Kobu Agency on Unsplash A just king gives stability to his nation, but one who demands bribes destroys it. Proverbs 29:4 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/pro.29.4.NLT There is a direct relationship between a just and honest leader and the overall health and stability of the community being led. The integrity of a coach, president, CEO, pastor, teacher, manager, or head of household is significant to the well-being of the people in their sphere of leadership. People thrive where stability in leadership ...

What We Need Now!

Photo by Jonathan Zerger on Unsplash So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. Hebrews 10:35-36 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/heb.10.35-36.NLT What do you need right now to continue to follow God in your life? There are many possible answers: More joy would be nice. Less temptation to ...

5 Ways to Retain Volunteers

Every nonprofit needs volunteers, but finding a good volunteer is like finding a hidden treasure. Unfortunately, there isn’t a map labeled with a big X designating where those volunteers are, but once you have good volunteers it’s very important to keep them. Volunteers are invaluable, cherish them like you would a precious gem! Here’s 5 ways to retain volunteers. Invite volunteers to be an active part of your community. Many volunteers are able and willing, but don’t know if or ...

God Keeps His Promise

Photo by marcos mayer on Unsplash Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Hebrews 10:23 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/heb.10.23.NLT This morning was an early morning of no sleep. I have learned, that often, the Lord has something He wants me to pay attention to, and for me, the best time to get my attention is when there are not very many distractions – EARLY MORNING. This morning was no ...

God Shines on You

Photo by Richard Ciraulo on Unsplash All nations will come to your light; mighty kings will come to see your radiance. Isaiah 60:3 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/isa.60.3.NLT  Do you wait with a sense of longing for God to restore and make things right? Do you long for others to show appreciation and value to you and yours? Do you desire God’s abundant presence and blessing in your life? At face value, this verse of scripture seems to be written about God and ...

The Beginning of Forever is Now

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash For we live by believing and not by seeing. 2 Corinthians 5:7 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/2co.5.7.NLT As seasons of life move along, I find that more time is spent trying to overcome the challenges presented by the increasing limitations of my own body. It’s true for all of us. For me, each day now starts with flexibility and core strengthening exercises. I want to be able to live and serve people with physical endurance and freedom. ...

October 2019 Project Updates

Projects during the month of October include: Parking areas for The Lights of Christmas are being cleaned and lined. Lights, scenes, and sets for The Lights of Christmas are being set up. Curb stops and landscaping will be installed in the Cedar Lodge loop. The berms alongside the W-Bar-B road next to the Special Friends Day Camp field have been landscaped. Architectural work and preliminary meetings with Snohomish County regulators regarding new Chinook Cabins, Chinook Meeting Room, and Outdoor Pools ...

Just Like New

Nearly fourteen years ago I arrived at Warm Beach Camp after driving three days cross-country to be the Dinner Theatre cook for The Lights of Christmas. I didn’t know it then, but Warm Beach Camp would become my new home. My first two years at Camp I spent my holiday seasons cooking prime rib and slowly simmering French Onion soup. I even helped set up the ponds in front of Cedar Lodge and hauled out the gnome village. After my ...

What Your Gifts Mean

Do you know the impact your gifts have on God's actions through Warm Beach Camp? You are helping keep the promise of lifting up the good news of Jesus Christ to everyone who comes here. Take time to listen to what God is doing: “Two of the most important decisions I have made about following Jesus have been made here at Warm Beach Camp.”  Ministry Leader in the Pacific Northwest “Such a lovely and calm gathering place for spiritual reflection, ...

The Lord is Our God

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone." Deuteronomy 6:4 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/deu.6.4.NLT The Israelite people were about to make a significant transition that had taken several decades. The journey from being slaves in Egypt was about to change upon entering the promised land. The promised land was abundant in nearly every way. Good soil, plentiful water and established infrastructure were awaiting the people of Israel. In the promised land were also ...

In Every Part of Our Lives

Photo by Debby Hudson on Unsplash Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Galatians 5:25 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/gal.5.25.NLT Even in following Jesus, it is easy to get fooled within everyday life about what is right and true. There is a profound need to be intentional throughout the day about God and His ways. Religious structure can unintentionally become more important than the life giving freedom provided by the Holy ...

Love God, Love People

Photo by Helena Lopes on Unsplash Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:37, 39 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/mat.22.37-39.NLT   In Matthew chapter 22, the religious leaders were trying to trap Jesus with “gotchya” questions intended to discredit him. With each one, Jesus responds with words that have taught everyone who has read or heard them the truth ...

The Amazing Generosity of God

Photo by Elaine Casap on Unsplash By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 2 Peter 1:3 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/2pe.1.3.NLT God is incredibly generous. His way of being and living constantly challenges and encourages me. God’s divine power provides everything needed to follow Him and live for ...

Stay Safe in God’s Love

But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love. Photo by Guillaume de Germain on Unsplash Jude 1:20-21 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/jud.1.20-21.NLT Kids are taught from an early age what needs to be done to stay safe. Do any of these sound familiar?: ...
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