Why I Love Summer Bible Camp (reprise)

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The summer is almost over and as I recap the summer in my mind the highlight was definitely summer camp. And so, as I considered what to write today, my mind went back to a post I wrote last year about camp. All of it stands true once again this year and I want to share it with you again, and pray that even as the summer ends, you will (as a parent or youth pastor or youth leader) continue to prioritize summer Bible camp in your youth ministry calendar.

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A summer without going to a Bible/church camp doesn’t feel like summer to me.… Continue reading

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5 Ways Parents Exasperate Their Children

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There is a simple and deadly serious command to parents, specifically to dads, found in Paul’s letter to the Colossians that I’d like to focus briefly on in today’s post.  The verse is Colossians 3:21 and it reads, “Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart” (NASB).

So simple and yet so serious.

In this portion of Colossians 3, the Apostle Paul is helping Christians understand what it means to live under the Lordship of Christ in their earthly relationships, and at home in particular.  In Colossians 3:17, he tells us that we are to do “everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,” and beginning in 3:18 he expands upon what he means by the word “everything.”  Everything includes the things we do at home. … Continue reading

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