Gratitude

Photo by Courtney Hedger on Unsplash I am grateful for...  God. He has been showing His faithfulness and drawing me closer to Him.  The generosity of others. People have been supporting the ministry with a level of generosity that is so encouraging through this time. Thank you!  The Lights of Christmas: “A Drive-Thru Christmas” in 2020. It has brought encouragement to so many. It is quite likely that more people have come this year than ever before. Wow! It has brought provision to Warm Beach Camp ...

The Hope That Christmas Brings

Despite the COVID pandemic The Lights of Christmas presents: “A Drive-Thru Christmas” is shaping up to be one of the most successful Christmas seasons Warm Beach Camp has ever seen. Tickets are selling out, donuts are flying off the shelves, and the retail tent is running to keep up with the demand. One Saturday night a volunteer named Ron was helping a guest at the end of the event. A man in his 60s pulled in and began asking Ron ...

All I See Is God’s Faithfulness

Photo by Brittani Burns on Unsplash Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:23 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/lam.3.23.NLT This morning was a beautiful time with God. He met with me in the early morning hours around a warming fire and a cup of dark roast coffee. In prayer and reflection, God showed me His faithfulness in my life. He led me to a view point where all I see is His faithfulness. To be sure, there is much ...

Giving Tuesday: A Big Opportunity

On countless starry nights, or warm summer days, happy, chattering groups of Warm Beach Camp guests have spilled out of the doors of the Program Center and into the courtyard. After a night of worship, or a day of spiritual renewal, people gather in groups and catch up on life, what they learned, and what is to come. These conversations are just as much about the ministry of Camp as are the sermons and songs. Inevitably these conversations go on ...

Provision to Endure

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 NLT Jesus Christ provides the strength to endure hard things. We don’t have to look any further than the cross, death, and resurrection of Jesus to recognize that no one has endured more. Jesus endured all sin for everyone. I am overwhelmed by my own sin. The thought of carrying the sin of the world is staggering to consider. It is completely beyond you and me. He ...

Just Before

Photo by Kristopher Roller on Unsplash "The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” Exodus 14:14 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/exo.14.14.NLT  I have come to understand in the human experience there are the “Just before” moments that tend to call into question everything that is about to happen: Just before the wedding, a nervous bride or groom thinks or says “should I really be doing this?” Just before opening or expanding a ministry or business, there can be a wave of ...

Creating Beauty

I love to garden. Shrubs, flowers, trees – I love the shapes and colors, the textures and fragrances of each one and how they come together to make surprising and unexpected beauty. Being in my garden feeds my soul. But gardens need care – weeding, pruning, dividing, and transplanting occur frequently. It’s part of the deal – part of the joy – at least most of the time. When it comes to pruning and moving and removing, I am often ...

The Generosity and Understanding of Jesus

Photo by Rod Long on Unsplash So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. -Hebrews 4:16 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/heb.4.16.NLT Take time to listen to these words. Read, speak and own them. These words are for you and me. So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us ...

Blessings Big and Small

To see Warm Beach Camp empty at a time of year when it would normally be flooded with guests and campers is an odd sight. The past four months at the Camp have been challenging to say the least. Camp staff have made drastic adjustments at work to adapt to government requirements and the lack of revenue the Camp is experiencing. But, in all of this we have seen God’s blessing and provision every day. The blessings come in big ...

The Power of Community

Volunteers play a key role in the Warm Beach Camp community and have since its beginnings. In 2019 volunteers donated over 40,000 hours of their time to keep the grounds looking beautiful, to help run programs, to maintain the heard for horses, and so much more. Warm Beach Camp volunteers often come intending only to stay for a month or two but end up staying for years. When I ask them why, their reply is, “Because it feels like home.” “I volunteer at ...

Join Us in Prayer

Photo by Pedro Lima on Unsplash Even before Warm Beach Camp sat on the edge of Port Susan Bay, members of the Free Methodist denomination had a tradition of holding tent meetings which included revival prayer. The foundation of Warm Beach Camp was built on prayer and the community continues this tradition to this day. We are navigating an extended period of time where we need the heart of God, the strength of the Holy Spirit, and the grace of ...

Camp Home

I was first introduced to the Warm Beach Camp community 27 years ago. I was managing condominiums in Colorado when I was led by the Holy Spirit to get back into Christian camping. When I flew out to interview for the Horsemanship Director position, I was immediately welcomed by a genuine and loving community. As my wife, Holly, and I sat around a table enjoying a potluck dinner provided by Warm Beach Camp, we felt right at home. We sat ...

Stay and Play With Us!

The eagles are soaring, the horses are grazing, the flowers are blooming. The sunsets have been incredible lately.  Can’t you almost smell the campfires as you think about summer at Warm Beach Camp?  While we are unable to offer our regular Family Camp program this summer, I am excited to welcome guests back to Camp the week of July 27-Aug 2 for Oasis Family Camp 2020 Stay & Play. This is our one-time alternative format to address the need for social distancing. It is a ...

Camp Reimagined

In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, Warm Beach Camp is exploring new ways to reach out to campers and their families and continue to keep the path clear to the cross.  As an organization, Warm Beach Camp is growing and adapting to these new norms quickly so we can continue to minister effectively. Some of these changes include the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction being held on-line, Oasis Family Camp will be offering Stay-and-Play options to meet social distancing ...

God Can Be Trusted

Photo by Jannis Lucas 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 Where trust exists, hope is likely to be nearby. The two work together. Trust gives hope confidence. Hope fuels trust. Hope thrives in relationships that can be trusted. One of the big challenges of today is the issue of “who can be trusted.” There is not one person or system ...

Unexpected Blessings

The sun was shining as three women saddled their horses at the Warm Beach Camp stables, but this ride was not for campers. They had a much different purpose. The ladies mounted their horses and made their way up the hill toward the Warm Beach Senior Community.   The COVID-19 crisis has meant that the Senior Community residents have been quarantined since early March. As for many of us, lock-down has led to feelings of isolation and sadness. The ladies from ...

Who is Carrying You?

Photo by Shwa Hall on Unsplash Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms. Psalms 68:19 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/psa.68.19.NLT  When I was kid, there was a popular song titled He ain’t Heavy, He’s my Brother. My sister Susie and I used to sing it for fun and because it spoke to the value of walking through life with each other caring and sharing the challenges that come along our way. If you want ...

We Will Gather Again

It is a time of silence. The chapel is empty. I walked into a lone piano and worshiped with God. I played and praised to an audience of one. As I worshiped the One it was if He himself reminded me… We will Gather Again… My heart soared with hope. Not because of any physical evidence. There are still no people and the end of this Pandemic does not seem to be in site. There is a promise from the ...

Brevity

Photo by Julentto Photography on Unsplash Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. Psalms 90:12 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/psa.90.12.NLT Brevity means, “shortness of time,” and, “concise and exact use of words.” Growing in understanding of both definitions offers help to living every day. Life is short. Even as one hopes for 90 years, placed in the time frames of human history and eternity, it is at its best short. There is a real opportunity ...

Selfish or Humble – it’s one or the other

Photo by Austin Kehmeier on Unsplash Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Philippians 2:3 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/php.2.3.NLT Let’s be honest with this scripture. Here are two facts: You and I are selfish. You and I try to impress others. This is our starting point. The Apostle Paul is reminding us that there is great joy, community and unity in living and working together. We need to keep pursuing love and ...