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The Beginning of Forever is Now

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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. Preparation is required every day for that to be possible.

I am also increasingly aware that there is far more to the future of life than how long one’s body holds out. After getting my physical body ready for the day, I spend time with God and His Word. I ask Him to speak into my life and prepare me to live and serve people with spiritual freedom. The time with God by myself has become so precious and life giving.

What God invites all of us to understand is that we are created to live forever with Him. There is, however, a part of us that will not live forever with Him. Our physical body, as we currently know it, will die, but in a sense, that is the end of the beginning.

For those who believe in Jesus Christ, God’s Son, and have embraced Him and the forgiveness offered through Him, will live forever with God.

When this physical body finishes its part, a new body that is not subject to deterioration caused by aging, is given to us.

As followers of Jesus, this is part of what we know to be true by believing God and taking Him at His word. We are at the very beginning of forever of as we reside in our current physical body. Oh, what is yet to come is simply amazing!

We live by believing. The limitations of physical vision are short sighted. Vision and hope come through believing. We believe in the potential for people to grow. We believe that love can increase where hate exists. We believe through Jesus, that people are saved from sin and self-destruction. It is our beliefs that move us forward every day.

ENCOURAGEMENT:  The best things in life are embraced through believing. Focus on what we believe. Take God at His own word. We are just getting started in this life in Christ. Let’s make the most of every day. Sure, our physical bodies are incrementally dying, but that is just the beginning of being launched deeper into living with God forever. What an adventure!!!

Prayer:  Dear Jesus, may we always live by believing in You. May we always live with the understanding that life in our physical bodies is just the beginning of eternity. May we accept and embrace You and Your forgiveness. May we share You and Your forgiveness with the world in these early days of forever.

In Jesus name, Amen

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

Never Stop

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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 ...
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