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Corey Willis joined us Sunday evening to present a lesson on sanctification to go along with our theme this week; “More than Conquerors.”  To help the campers understand what sanctification is, he used a toothbrush illustration.  Wait…..stay with me….let me tell you more!

Corey asked the kids what happens to your old toothbrush once you get a new toothbrush?    The kids all had various answers (things like cleaning tires and shoes and what not) but all agreed; once you have a new one, the old one has a new purpose and it no longer goes back into your mouth!   That’s the idea of “sanctification” – setting something apart for a specific use.  We want our toothbrush set apart for only the purpose of cleaning our teeth, right?

God set many things apart in the Bible specifically for his use.  For example:

  • Tent of Meeting: they didn’t use the LORD’s tent for concerts and parties
  • Aaron and his sons were set apart to dedicate the most holy things.  (I Chronicles 23:13)
  • The Lord set apart items used in worship (Exodus 29:43) such as:
    • Altar: they didn’t use the altar to grill out their food
    • The shewbread: they didn’t eat the shewbread when they were hungry
    • The candlestick: they didn’t use the candlestick for their own light

Guess what else the Lord set apart…..US!  We are to be sanctified; no longer involved in the sin of the world – II Timothy 2:21-23 and I Corinthians 6:9-11.

How can you be sanctified like your toothbrush?

  • In Purity – From the language you use to the things you participate in, we must ensure our actions reflect Christ in us to be set apart from the world.  I Timothy 4:12
  • In Obedience – The Lord has given us boundaries.  Just like on the sports fields at camp, when you play you must stay “in bounds.” In the same way, we must submit to God and stay within the boundaries he has set.  John 8:31 and James 4:7
  • In the way you treat others – Love everyone!  Make new friends this week.  Like Tammy Walker always says, “Make three new friends today!”  Make sure you are always building others up so the world can see your light shine and that you are different.  And always remember to be kind and offer forgiveness to each other.  John 13: 34, Ephesians 4: 29, Ephesians 4:32

Let us be instruments to serve him – Romans 12:1 – “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

A special thank you to Corey for kicking the week of with an excellent lesson to help the kids be “More than Conquerors!”


Tuesday Evening Activities

Posted: July 13, 2016 by John McCauley in Bible Study, Jr. Week

Tuesday evening, we had our mid-week service where all the camp came together in the mess hall to sing songs and hear a lesson from God’s word.  Sports counselor, David McPherson led our singing and Purple Team captain, Aric Russell led our minds in our lesson for the night.  He captured the attention of the campers with the story of Lot and how important it is that we understand the blessings we have.

When the service had ended, Danny Elkins called Ryan and Tyson, our camp directors to the stage.  It was to honor their 7 years as camp directors.


Tuesday Afternoon Bible Study & Team Bible Trivia

Posted: July 12, 2016 by John McCauley in Bible Study, Jr. Week

After our afternoon sports, campers had the chance to rest for a moment in their cabins and enjoy a snack.  Then the boys and girls participated in an afternoon Bible study.  Guest, Gretchen Carlson led the minds of the young women and sports staff member, Neil Tremblett led the minds of the boys – both on the topic of being physically blessed.  We appreciate both of their good lessons.

After the Bible studies were finished, teams broke into 8 & 9 year-olds and 10 &11-year-olds to participate in Bible trivia.  Each team working hard to earn points for their teams with their correct answers.

Wednesday Bible Study

Posted: July 8, 2015 by John McCauley in Bible Study, Jr. Week

IMG_1783Today’s Bible Study what focused on how to be strong – even when it’s hard.

The boy’s lesson was led by Lance Wenck who helped the boys learn how to identify when challenges happen to them. He used the Disney movie, Inside Out and the emotion characters of Fear, Disgust, Sadness and Anger to know when you are having challenges.

He told the story in Matthew 14 of Jesus walking on water and the emotions the apostles felt at that time. Lance closed by saying that when we have storms in our life, and have trouble rowing, stop and find God. Because the safest place to be is with Jesus — even though it may be out of the boat and in the middle of a storm.


DSC_0003Today’s girls Bible Study was led by Hunter team captain Carissa Young. She discussed how to be strong when life is challenging.

They started off by singing “Our God is an Awesome God.” We will go through some difficult times, but we must remember to praise God during those times. Difficult times are going to happen. Now is the time to prepare for those times. Mrs. Young uses Bible examples to demonstrate how we must respond to difficult times.

  • Joseph is sold into slavery, falsely imprisoned and finally made leader of Egypt. Once he reconciled with his brothers he is strong and demonstrates forgiveness.
  • Job lost everything he had and was stricken with a great illness. Even through his losses he remained strong and praises God. (Job 1:20)

Difficult Times Plan:

  1. Pray – Jeremiah 29:12; Philippians 4:13
  2. Go to the Bible for comfort – Romans 8:18; I Corinthians 10:13
  3. Be a good Friend and have good friends – Luke 6:31; Proverbs 17:17
  4. God cares for you – I Peter 5:7; Jeremiah 29:11
  5. Trust that God has a plan – Proverbs 3:5; Psalms 147:5

Be strong and use this plan to get through difficult times.

aricTuesday our theme was to be a strong leader.  Our boys class in the morning was led by Aric Russell who related being a leader to the song, “Oh Be Careful”.  He used each of the verses to make his point.

  • Be Careful Little Eyes – watch what you look at as Christians
  • Be Careful Little Ears – our music / other’s language can
    be bad
  • Be Careful Little Mouths – good leaders watch what they say
  • Be Careful Little Hands – watch what you do with your time
  • Be Careful Little Feet – know where to go / not go as Christians


DSC_0003The girl’s Bible Class was taught by one of our kitchen staff, Shawna Evans.

She discussed being a strong leader for Christ. Being a strong leader we must understand we lead everyone around us. Being a leader is someone that guides and influences someone. God has a plan for how women are to lead.

Secrets to being a good leader

  1. Obedience
  2. Good Attitude – Phil 4:6
  3. Watch our words – Prov. 11:13; Prov. 12:22
  4. Service – John 13:1-17; Example of Abigail; Example of Ruth
  5. Love – I Cor. 13:13
  6. Action


And Tuesday evening at our Tuesday night Bible study, David McPherson brought us thoughts on three times to focus on being a good leader

  1. In Temptation – Like Joseph (Gen 39)
  2. In Declaration – Like the blind man (Jn. 9:17)
  3. In Persecution – Like Paul (Acts 21:10-13)

What a great day we had and so much for us to take away to help us become better Christians.