A few months ago a young boy stepped out of the car as he arrived at Mt. Gilead and declared, “I can smell the fun”. In his eyes camp equaled fun! The great thing about Christian camping is that the fun we have at camp is a fun without regrets. When kids come to camp they learn about Jesus and His desire know them, love them, and lead them. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
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It’s time to be honest. I’ve tried to write this blog entry several times and by several I mean more than 4 or 5 maybe even more than 6. I sat down at the keys of my computer and tried to force something onto the page. I tried to find the words in a place where until I put them on the screen, they were nonexistent. I came to the page in reality with nothing, trying to force something. Don’t get me wrong I know many eloquent and amazing words, but randomly putting words on a page does not a blog entry make.
It’s like my spiritual life sometimes. In the reality of the moment I have nothing. However, I have tried as hard as I can under my own power with my own two feet to walk to the place where I believe I will find Jesus. I have an expectation that he will be there waiting for me. More often than not I have an experience like the women we read about in Luke Chapter 24. While their reasons for going to the tomb were far nobler than mine usually are, ultimately they end with the same scenario.
“Why are you looking for the living among the dead? He is not here, he has risen.” As the angels continued to remind the women of what Jesus had told them a light bulb goes on and everything becomes clear. It’s exactly what happens to me. I need to be reminded of all of the things that I’ve been told again and again. I can’t on my own power come to Jesus and when I try I show up at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Have you thought about how people experienced Jesus after his resurrection? Initially HE FOUND THEM walking on a road and meeting in an upper room.
We need to stop seeking (stay with me here) as if anything that we do on our own power will change the way that God works or doesn’t work in our lives. I think a more accurate approach for us in our walk with the Lord is to do those things that we know to do (pray, study the bible, be in community with other believers) that will put us in a better position to hear his voice. How do we recognize him as we walk down the road with some friends, meet for lunch if we’re not listening for his voice? Yet we can’t do this out of a motivation of manipulation, but rather as a response in gratitude for everything that He has done (and continues to do) for us. It all culminated in the life, death and resurrection. Because he loves us he took our punishment, he forgave our sins, HE FOUND US.
Join us Easter weekend as we look deeper into Luke Chapter 24. Feel free to join us on Saturday Evening for our time of worship, teaching and communion, rent a lodge room or cabin at very reasonable rates. Or simply show up on Sunday morning dark and early for our Easter Morning Sunrise service on the Mountain. We look forward to seeing you there.