Forest Home 2016 Recap

I love the first Sunday back from camp when we get to debrief together and share with all of the students how amazing God worked in the lives of our camp students. After watching the recap video, we had students share from their heart how God worked in their lives this weekend. We also looked at an important verse that was that was the theme verse for the winter camp weekend: Jeremiah 29:11. God spoke to His people in the Old Testament through prophets like Jeremiah. Jeremiah was called to be a prophet in a difficult time for God’s people. Because of their sin, idol worship, and increased distance from their true God, Jeremiah was to give the message that punishment was coming - as any loving father needs to do to disobedient children. There was famine, starvation, attacks from invading Kingdoms, etc. - this was a dark time for God’s people. But even in the dark times, God gives His people this message from Jeremiah: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” What an assuring message for someone to grip onto, especially in the midst of difficulties. After a time of trials and difficulties, God brought His people back to Him - as the King of Reconciliation always does… 

Even in our dark times, in our times of struggles, sins, distance from God - He gave us a message of a good, bright future to ultimately bring us back to Him. That message is Jesus. We are told in John 3:16 that because God loves us so much, He sent His son Jesus as a sacrifice to this world to die as payment for our sins - and if we trust in that for our forgiveness, we have the blessing and privilege to spend eternity in Heaven with Him! If we accept Jesus as our Savior, we get to live here and now with His Spirit inside us, guiding our lives, comforting us in our struggles, providing for us in time of need, etc. etc. etc. Have you trusted in Christ as your Savior? If not, and you would like to, don’t let any more time pass before receiving His forgiveness and accepting Him. If you have any more questions on this, please feel free to e-mail me at

[due to technical difficulties, I was unable to post the recap video... I am working on it. Once I can finally post it, I will make sure to get it on this blog. Stay tuned!]