Friday, July 25, 2008
Here we go! Front row: Nicholas and Noelle
In the theater
Ashley, Corrie, and I
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
"Stand a baseball bat on the ground in front of you. Place your forehead on the flat part of the handle and spin around the bat 10 times. Now try to ride a tricycle around your block. How is your reaction time? Are you a safe driver in that condition? How does that relate to drinking and driving?"
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
"Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective."
~James 5:13, 15-16
"Do not be anxious in anything, but in everything,by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. "
"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. "
Friday, July 11, 2008
I learned so much this week. Aside from all the extreme things we did, and the fun of getting to know new people, God really was present in everything we did. Each morning, we had personal devotion time on a select passage of scripture. We looked at I Corinthians 9:18-27, Philippians 3:12-4:1, and Hebrews 11:1-3, 23-32, and 12:1-3. Each one stressed "going for the gold" and perservering in our walk with Christ, being totally dedicated to Him in each and every aspect of life. After breakfast we always had worship and a lesson, and then one in the evening after dinner as well. Pastor Greg from West Virginia was the speaker all week, and he was terrific. Our morning sessions were a series on "How to be a Stupid Teen". . . the topics were things like "surround yourself with idiots", "love the world", and "allow your heart to become a garbage dump". He had just the right balance of funny stories and serious concepts. Then our evening sessions were on the scripture passage of the day. . . the one I remember most was "Paul's Strategy for Outreach". It was really encouraging each and every day, to be with so many teens who were also sincere about their faith. My counselor, Emily, was amazing. She did an evening devotion with us just before "lights out" every night, and challenged us in a different way each night.
So all in all, I am so glad the guys made me go. :) It was a memorable experience, that is for sure!
P.S. The credit for all these photos goes to other people. . .I took a camera and didn't get it out until the last day! But Hannah Sue, Mark, Sam, Allison, and several other people were taking pictures and have kindly shared them with everyone. Thanks guys!
The boys taking down the Christmas lights they had strung around the snack shop.
Good morning Ian. . .
The Arkansawrians' car
Most of the boys -- Ian, Joel, Mark, Andy, Colin, Nathan, Ben, and Sam
And the girls -- Allison, me, Hannah Sue, Abbie, Hannah B. Julie, Sara, and Natalie
Oh my I had forgotten about this! The last night, we did wrestling in our cabin. It was absolutely insane. The girls were all screaming so loudly, my ears were ringing! What a fun time. . . This is Stephanie, the camp nurse. . .