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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 ...

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?: ...

Love, Action, and Authority

Photo by Mark Duffel on Unsplash Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning. 2 John 1:6 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/2jn.1.6.NLT In mainstream American culture, it is increasingly rare to see the words “love, action, and authority” in the same sentence. Somewhere along the line the underlying view of authority became associated more with power than with love. Often in the public eye, what gets attention ...

Great Expectations

Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 1 Peter 1:3 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/1pe.1.3.NLT Growing up I read a classic book titled Great Expectations. It was a story of a young man living in a difficult time. The young man was filled with potential and drive, ...

A New Way…

Photo by Free To Use Sounds on Unsplash 2 Corinthians chapter 3 tells of a new way. As you read below, the scripture is in plain text. My reflections are presented in bold italic.  Are we beginning to praise ourselves again? Are we like others, who need to bring you letters of recommendation, or who ask you to write such letters on their behalf? Surely not! We are so vulnerable to seeking our own praise. We want endorsements. The challenge ...

Time to Stop Talking?

Photo by Kristina Flour on Unsplash Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut. Proverbs 10:19 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/pro.10.19.NLT   Have you ever dug a hole with your words? I have. The hole got bigger and deeper the longer I talked. I should have just kept my mouth shut. Words are an accelerator. When spoken in a stream of rapid interaction, words often take us to a place we did not intend. Proverbs says we end ...

A Place of Safety & Refuge

Port Susan Bay at Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress. Psalms 59:16 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/psa.59.16.NLT At Warm Beach Camp there is a baby grand piano sitting in the corner of Cedar Lodge Chapel with a spectacular view of the beauty of Port Susan Bay and ...

September 2019 Project Updates

Here is what your generosity is going towards at Warm Beach Camp: The repaving of Cedar Lodge loop is finished and looks amazing! Four mountain cabins received new roofs in August. Landscaping plants are being purchased for the parking lot improvements. They will be installed this Fall and next spring. The Lights of Christmas began hanging lights right after Labor Day. Creative projects for the festival have been on-going all year. As we head into fall, our staff are wrapping ...

Auction Recap

By Jeannie Patterson Grateful. This is the first word that comes to mind when I think about the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Day. Grateful for those who donated such fun and amazing items. Grateful for all the volunteers and staff who contributed time and energy to make this day happen. Grateful for generous bidders.  Most of all, grateful for a God who brings so many together to work and give for the sake of His Kingdom. It was a beautiful ...

God Personally Goes Before Us

Photo by Becca Matimba on Unsplash So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/deu.31.6.NLT God had given the people of Israel a promise: The Promised Land. The promise seemed absolutely overwhelming, as the land was already occupied by other people. God personally went before them, and the Promised Land became ...

Never Give Up

Photo by Jeremy Perkins on Unsplash Take time to read and reflect on God’s word with me.  We never give up. “Therefore, since God in His mercy has given us this new way, we never give up. We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this.” 2 Corinthians 4:1-4 https://www.bible.com/bible/116/2CO.4.1-4.NLT If the Good News we preach ...

Let’s Stop Judging and Start Listening with Compassion

Photo by Artem Maltsev on Unsplash “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.  For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. Matthew 7:1-2 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/mat.7.1-2.NLT A professor stood at the front of a classroom of students pursuing their master’s degree in Educational Counseling. The following instructions were given, “As I read this story, raise your hand when you think you have ...
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