Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Lord is there

One of the covenant names given to the people of God in the Old Testament was Jehovah Shammah. This name was revealed in Ezekiel chapter 48, verse 35. The meaning is "The Lord is there." I am encouraged to write this morning to remind you that no matter what battles you are facing, or what you may be presently going through, the Lord is there. He has promised to never leave you, nor forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5) We could also define Jehovah Shammah as meaning "the Lord is here."

My wife has a song played as her ring tone on her cell phone. It is one of my favorites, called "Rescue." The line that comes to my mind, and the one you hear on her phone, is "I need you Jesus, come to my rescue, where else can I go?" I am reminded today that with Jesus on your side, you can make it through any crisis. You can overcome any obstacle. You can rise above adversity. If the Lord is there, or here, you can make it.

Prayer is vital in our lives. Call on the Lord. Summons him into your life, home, family, workplace, your daily walk. Lean on him.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Making an investment

This weekend we will send about 25 kids along with 10 or so adults and youth to kid's camp. I remember when we began the church 35 in attendance would have been considered a successful Sunday. Now we will have that many missing on Sunday morning, away at camp.

My wife and I attended the camp last year. It was our first of this format, where we were doing our own, without participation of other church groups. It gave our own people an opportunity to serve and to shine. What an exceptional job they did! I believe this year will be even better.

This three night, four day trip is free to our children, but it costs to hold such an event. Numerous fundraisers have taken place. Much planning work by our team, who sacrifice their time and energy, some getting off work to go. I am always blessed by the sacrifices made of our leaders. Without them, we could not do it. Yes, camp is free. No mom of two children has to pay a dime. Not one of our kids can't go because they can't afford it. And in this area, that is a big deal.

The kids will be taught about Jesus. Lessons, bible studies, games, swimming. Cookouts, fun, fellowship with friends. It will be an awesome time. All free... but it does cost.

It takes some work to pull it off. Ms. Amy, Tina, and the team has worked faithfully and diligently. They have made an investment.

We will post pictures next week of the investment. Every smile will be an indication that it is worth it all!