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Amy Browning, Medical Staff, led the young ladies today in Bible study while Aric Russell, Sports Team, led the young men.

Our lesson theme today was “More worthy than Thor.”

Amy first told a story about Kaylynn Tremblett.  Last year, Kaylynn was running the 50 yard  at camp, was in first place, hit a hole and fell; this caused her to come in last place.  All throughout the year, she practiced running and this year, she won the 50 yard dash!  She was worthy of that 1st place finish because she practiced and prepared!

What about when you study for the test but your friend doesn’t and cheats of your paper….who is worthy of getting the A?  The person who studied, right?

Think about Thor – he is the only one worthy to pick up the Hammer.  The symbol of his worthiness is his hammer.  The symbol of our worthiness is Jesus.  Jesus died for us and he is the ultimate example.

In Romans 8:37-39 it tells us that their will be things that try to separate us from the love of God but it cannot.  We can be more than conquerors by becoming a Christian, teaching others, being kind to everyone, asking for forgiveness and admitting when we are wrong.

Aric first began by looking at the character of Thor and where he came from.  Thor’s hammer is called the “Mjolnir,” which means “the crusher.”  Now can just anybody use his hammer?  No, only Thor has the power and is worthy…..he had to be humble, brave, and honorable to be able to pick up the hammer.

If we look at the example of Moses, who was also brave, honorable and humble before the eyes of the Lord (Hebrews 11:23-29, Numbers 12:3).  Moses didn’t have a hammer though, he had his own tool…”The Staff of God.”    Through God, Moses staff had power….power to turn into a snake, power to make water come out of a rock, power to part the Red Sea.

How about you?  Are you a superhero?  We can’t do the things that Thor did but we want to be able to serve God like Moses did.  God used Moses and he can use us.  We can be like a superhero….a conqueror because we are:

  • Brave – Romans 1:16
  • Honorable – 1 Timothy 4:12
  • Humble – Proverbs 6:16-19, 16:18, 1 Peter 5:5

Even though we don’t have a hammer like Thor or a rod like Moses, we still have a powerful tool we can use…..THE BIBLE!  (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12)

Todd Walker joined us for worship service last night to present a lesson on how David was a conqueror to go along with our theme “More than Conquerors.”

Todd took us to 1 Samuel 17 to read the story of David and Goliath.  After reading the passage, Todd sets the scene and describes how the Philestines were on one mountain, Israelites were on another mountain and no one wanted to move to give up the higher ground.  As we know, Goliath was the champion of the Philestines and he was big!  Goliath continually calls out to the Israelites to try to discourage them and intimidate them.  Todd asked if anyone had ever made fun of the campers.  Imagine someone doing that 80 times….Goliath taunted them for 40 days, twice a day!  David was sent to the camp with food and starts asking questions.  His brother didn’t like that and even his brother makes fun of him a bit.  All these mighty warriors around Saul and no one will go against Goliath….but David will!  He takes 5 smooth stones, his sling shot and pouch but no armor!  That’s a lot of faith!

Todd further illustrated the difference between David and Goliath by asking Neil Tremblet and Cade Elkins to come up to the front and stand face to face to show what the scene would have looked like.  Then he has all the men come and stand behind Cade to illustrate that Cade could beat Neil if he had all those people to have his back……but David didn’t have that!  No one had his back but the LORD!  That’s all he needed!

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We all face our Goliaths in life.  Sometimes we feel like we got it; sometimes we feel like we do not.  David didn’t have a bunch of strong guys standing behind him, he only had his faith in the Lord.  He knew God has his back and he was confident in his tools he had.  He didn’t care what people said, he knew what God could do.

David stepped out as a leader that day and we can all be leaders as well.  And remember, leadership isn’t just about leading – leadership is simply influence.  Like David, we can set our own path.

As we are facing our Goliaths in life, we can be more than conquerors if we have the same attitude as David and run straight for those challenges with faith in God because he has our back!

 

 

Brooke Thomas led the young ladies Bible study while Phil Martin led the young men in study this afternoon. 

Our lesson theme today was how to be conquerors that are “Stronger than Hulk.”  Brooke started off by explaining to the young ladies how much she loves camp because she knows that everyone here loves God.  She said she was excited to learn about a superhero theme this year because she loves superheros and in fact, she actually feels like she is married to a superhero as he served in the military and is now a police officer.  She asked the girls to tell her what they know about the Hulk…..he is a big, strong, destroys things and has a bad temper. 

She then actually had a guest appearance…..Hulk!  (Sara Rhoton in a Hulk mask) Hulk proceeded to come up to the front and smash to pieces the beautiful lego house that Brooke had built before the study.    She then asked the young ladies to turn to Genesis 1:3.  We have witnessed Hulk’s  strength, now let’s look at the scriptures to see God’s strength.  In Genesis, we see that God speaks things into existence.   Can the Hulk do that?  No.  The Hulk’s strength actually destroys while God’s strength creates and builds up. 

In Matthew 26:53, we read of Jesus’ inner strength and self-control.  Which takes more strength – tearing down or building up?    The young ladies knew the answer right away – building up is harder and requires more strength. 

Brooke took us to two passages Proverbs 14:1 and Philippians 4:13 to understand that we can build others up with the strength that the Lord gives us.  We are going to get angry sometimes like Hulk but we have to be stronger than Hulk to use God’s strength to build up instead of tear down. 

Romans 8:37-39 tells us that God’s strength is so powerful he won’t let anything separate us from him.  Once we choose God, he sticks with you!  And even when we don’t feel strong, we have our friends to help us.  Remember how Aaron and Joshua held up Moses hands when he was getting tired…….our friends can provide us additional help and strength!

Phil Martin led the young men in Bible study using illustrations from life – sports, work, etc. – to help the young men understand how does one develop excellence and become “strong?” 

In Colossians 1:9-11, we see that there is no strength in the Lord without 1) a growing knowledge of God’s will and 2) a life pleasing to God.  To grow in the knowledge of God’s will, we must long for the word and grow according to 1 Peter 2:2.  We must also stand firm, speak the truth, and grow up according to Ephesians 4:14-15.  And finally, we should be able to teach others according to Hebrews 5:12-6:2. 

 

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Compadre, Jesse Martin, led the campers in this mornings flagpole devotion and pledge of allegiance.  Jesse asked Compadre, Vincent Landfair, to read 2 Corinthians 12:8-10.  Today’s theme is “Stronger than Hulk.”  Verse 10 actually says, “When I am weak, then I am strong.”   Think about Paul, when we first read about him, he was persecuting Christians….actually taking people from their homes for their beliefs…..but God turned him around. 

In 1 Corinthians 1:25, it tells us that whenever we make mistakes, whenever we are weak, whenever we sin, God is strong enough to cleanse us.

We have a family right here to help us when we are weak…..standing right beside you. 

In Acts 27:23-24, we read about Paul’s weakness and in that weakness, God’s strength shines thru.  God saved Paul and his entire crew that day.  

Today, look around for people that are struggling or weak.  Help them.  Care for them.  Encourage them.

 

 

Monday Afternoon Bible Lesson by John and Dayna

Posted: July 10, 2017 by John McCauley in Bible Study, Jr. Week, News

John McCauley led the young men’s lesson this afternoon while Dayna Cade led the young ladies study.  Going along with our camp theme – More than Conquerors (Romans 8:36-37) – the focus of today’s Bible study time was “More Honorable than Captain America.”

Both teachers asked “What is honorable?”  The campers had some great answers…..someone that is honest, fair, brave, worthy of respect, putting others before themselves.

Do you think Captain America exhibits these things?  I mean what is so special about Captain America anyway?  Again, the kids had some great answers……he has a shield, he saves lives, he is strong, he is brave……Did you know we can be those things too?

John focused on Romans 8:26-39 to help the campers understand that we have to be honorable to be pleasing to God and that we must have integrity, that we have to be humble and have a good reputation, that we have to have the right attitude, and that we must be brave!  These are all part of being honorable!

Dayna focused on what makes a person honorable but exploring verses in Philippians.  In order to be honorable you have to honest, fair, respected by others and not selfish (Philippians 4:8-9; Philippians 2:3-5, 1 Timothy 4:12).

REMEMBER ALWAYS:

  • Have integrity like Captain America!
  • Be humble like Captain America!
  • Keep a good reputation like Captain America!
  • Have the right attitude like Captain America!
  • Be brave like Captain America!
  • But always be more honorable than Captain America because…..WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS.