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Saturday Morning Flagpole — “Be Strong”

Posted: July 4, 2015 by John McCauley in Bible Study, Sr. Week

Security staffer Ken Evans and the Cabin 10 boys led the discussion around the flagpole this 4th of July morning.  America’s Independence Day is a day of pride for Americans.  We know that it takes a strong army to defend a nation.  It takes a strong Christian to defend his/her soul.  The only person who can knock you out of the fight is you.  Stay strong!!!

II Timothy 2:1: “Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”  BE STRONG!

I Timothy 2:1-7: “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.”

We need total concentration when fighting the enemy. As Christians, we MUST follow the rules, God’s rules, the Bible.

Always remember: when you are down, God is there to pick you up.  BE STRONG!

Bro. J.R. Bronger of Danville was our guest speaker for Bible class this morning in which he focused on not being caught up in Satan’s lies:

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I Corinthians 16:13: “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.”

When we leave camp, unfortunately some of us will NOT be strong! It is possible that some will even collapse and fold. What happens between being strong and falling down?

Things that will weaken you and keep you from being strong:

  1. Believing lies
    1. II Thessalonians 2:10: “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”
    2. Eve believed a lie—she was deceived (II Corinthians 11:3). Satan caused Eve to look at the Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil in a different light (Genesis 3:5-7), causing her to believe a lie. Satan told her that God was trying to deprive her from being happy.
    3. When we believe a lie, chances are good that we will not remain strong in our faith. Believing a lie leads us away from God.
  2. Lies that we may believe:
    1. My parents are dumb. When you have this attitude, you stop listening to your parents, you may become rebellious. Ephesians 6:1-3: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” In Judges 14, Samson was not wise as he didn’t heed his parents’ warning and married a foreign woman.
    2. When I am on my own, I will do what I want to do—I will have no restrictions, no boundaries. Romans 13:1: “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers…” Police officers will not accept this excuse. In Luke 15, the prodigal son leaving home and living on his own led to his demise until he returned home. We must be careful who our friends are, where we go, what we do! I Thessalonians 5:5: “Ye are the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.” Sin will reign in our mortal bodies and will not let go (Romans 5:12).
    3. My identity is determined by what others think about me. If you believe this lie, you will compromise just to be popular. Your identity does NOT depend on what you have, what crowd you run with, what sports you play, how much money you have, etc. I Corinthians 4:3,4: “But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.”
    4. If I haven’t lost my virginity by now, there’s something wrong with me. Most locker-room talk and girlfriend talks about the opposite gender are lies. II Timothy 2:22: “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” I Timothy 5:22: “Lay hands suddently on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.” Virginity is not a state of mind—it is a state of purity. I Corinthians 6:18-20 – we are bought with a price, Christ’s blood, and we should glorify God in our bodies.
    5. I don’t have to change my friends in order to follow Christ. We MUST cut ourselves off from friends that will lead us away from God. Psalm 1:1: “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, not sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” I Corinthians 15:33: “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.”

Do NOT believe the lies of the devil! Stand strong and be determined.

This morning at flagpole, kitchen staffer Tres Barker introduced us to our theme of the day: “Be Strong:  Adversary to Satan.”

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Adversary — someone who attacks; an enemy

Superheroes have adversaries:

  • Spiderman — Venom
  • Batman — Joker
  • Superman — Lex Luther

Christian’s adversary — Satan

I Peter 5:8: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”

God is a lion, our leader, our protector.

We have to realize that Satan constantly attacks and we are most susceptible when we are weak.  In “The Lion King,” that we watched last night, Nalla was able to attack Pumba because he strayed. The Apostle Peter had an anger issue — when he denied Christ, he was angry, but he repented.

An adversary attacks.  We should be an adversary of Satan and attack him.

If we follow God, He will be an enemy to our enemies and an adversary to our adversaries.  Exodus 23:21,22: “Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him. But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak, then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.”

We can learn a great lesson from Job — he remained strong throughout all of his trials — he was an adversary for God!

Sports director Greg King led all the campers in a Bible class on being strong 24/7 this morning:

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Joshua 1:1-9: Children of Israel had to wander in the wilderness for 40 years. Joshua led the people, but it wasn’t always an easy task. We encourage others when we tell them to “Be Strong.” God recognized that Joshua was afraid as He told him to be strong three times.

Hebrews 4:14-16: “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” We are weak, but the Lord is strong, and it is in Him that we obtain grace and mercy.

II Timothy 1:7: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Don’t just go along with the world. We must stand in the power and might of God. God expects us to be strong in the faith, not timid and shy. Stand out in the world—act differently and dress differently. Ephesians 6:10: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.” II Timothy 2:1: “Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”

God told Joshua three times to be strong and have courage (strength and ability to do something we are afraid to do).

Things the Lord said to Joshua to encourage him to be strong:

  • Joshua 1:2,4: God tells Joshua to get up and go. It takes strength to make the right decisions.
    • Ephesians 1:3,7: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blelssings in heavenly places in Christ…In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of this grace.”
    • I Corinthians 15:57: “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Chrst.”
    • In Christ, victory is ours—we can’t lose!
  • Don’t choose failure over success spiritually!
    • Joshua 1:5: God was with Joshua
    • Romans 8:31-39: “If God be for us, who can be against us?…For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
    • Don’t allow sin to cripple you or disable you.
    • II Timothy 1:8-11: “…our Savior Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”
    • There WILL be difficult decisions that we will all have to make.
    • Know and meditate on God’s word.
  • II Corinthians 5:7: “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
  • Romans 12:1,2: “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. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”
  • Galatians 6:7,8: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

God’s law must be first and foremost in our lives, 24/7!

Thursday Theme — “Be Strong: 24/7”

Posted: July 2, 2015 by John McCauley in Bible Study, Sr. Week

Hunter team captain Craig Howell introduced our daily theme this morning at flagpole:  “Be Strong: 24/7.”

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It is easy to BE STRONG at camp, but not always easy when we are back home, out in the world, outside of the “camp bubble.”  We need to rely on camp friends to help us through life as we strive for heaven.

“Friendships started at camp can be separated by miles and months and not lose any of their strength.”

Don’t let camp end when you leave Shakamak on Saturday — take camp with you! There are temptations we’ll all face out in the world, but it is so important to let your camp friends help you through. Camp will give so much back to you, so much more even than you put into camp.

To further drive these points home, campers and staff joined hands and joined together singing “You’re My Brother.”