Friday, May 19, 2017

May's monthly article: Focus on Church Camp,

This is from The Church Caller: (Bonnie Brae's monthly newsletter) An article I wrote about Camp:

“Extreme Makeover” “Now that we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 The Message

I love camp. I grew up camping. My father was a security guard for a camp. I was introduced to Christian camping when I was about 10 years old. Since that time, I have gone to camp as a camper, counsellor, kitchen staff, teacher, family leader, c0-dean, dean, board member, executive board member and most importantly as a Christian. I’ve been to Christian camps such as: OCA, Camp Selkirk, Water Street, Teen Haven, Tri-state, Elkhorn, Mahoning Valley, Park Springs, and currently Oak Hill Camp. For the past 35 years I have found Christian camping is far worth it.

A week of church camp is one of the most reasonably priced camps compared to the value (sports, band, cheerleading, scouts etc.) There is also the spiritual training. More can be done in a week of camp than a year of Bible School. Christian camp is far worth it.

One of the things I value about Bonnie Brae is the emphasis and support on Christian camping. Oak Hill is one of the best camps around. It has some of the best leaders, lots of fun, and promoted community. Bonnie Brae tries to promote the value of Christian camping. Why? Because it sees that Oak Hill vales Jesus and promotes, helps, and trains people to be more like Jesus.

Oak Hill theme this summer is on water, hope, and life. Wouldn’t it be great if we had more people renewing their hope and life because of what our God has done and because of a camp experience this summer? Pray for our camp, her leaders, and in all things God be glorified.

See You Sunday,
“God had been at work during our week of camp, molding and shaping young lives.” Shawn McMullen Editor of Lookout. Sept. 2002.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Upcoming April 15-16

Sermon Series: Spring 2017

Finishing up on King David this Sunday .... then we have an Easter Presentation through song on April 9th and Easter April 16th ... Then going into a series on Elijah and Elisha .... which I'm looking forward to.

Leading from the Second Chair

This is the current book I'm reading. I have several other books on my to read shelf at home. Including: Divine Direction, and Grace is Greater. So what are you reading ?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sermons We See

Came across this writing in a frame while visiting a local church.

Sermons We See

Edgar Guest

I'd rather see a sermon
than hear one any day;
I'd rather one should walk with me
than merely tell the way.

The eye's a better pupil
and more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing,
but example's always clear;

And the best of all the preachers
are the men who live their creeds,
For to see good put in action
is what everybody needs.

I soon can learn to do it
if you'll let me see it done;
I can watch your hands in action,
but your tongue too fast may run.

And the lecture you deliver
may be very wise and true,
But I'd rather get my lessons
by observing what you do;

For I might misunderstand you
and the high advice you give,
But there's no misunderstanding
how you act and how you live.

When I see a deed of kindness,
I am eager to be kind.
When a weaker brother stumbles
and a strong man stays behind

Just to see if he can help him,
then the wish grows strong in me
To become as big and thoughtful
as I know that friend to be.

And all travelers can witness
that the best of guides today
Is not the one who tells them,
but the one who shows the way.

One good man teaches many,
men believe what they behold;
One deed of kindness noticed
is worth forty that are told.

Who stands with men of honor
learns to hold his honor dear,
For right living speaks a language
which to every one is clear.

Though an able speaker charms me
with his eloquence, I say,
I'd rather see a sermon
than to hear one, any day.