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March 2013

I guess this is the time for my annual newsletter article promoting our summer camps.

We are looking forward to another great year on Casper Mountain as we participate in Summit and Children’s Camp.  If you are not going to camp, please don’t stop reading.  This is a tremendous ministry that all must participate in for it to be a complete success.

Summit will hopefully be a full camp, and we have about 50 spots reserved.  This camp takes place July 15-20 and the cost is $155.  This camp is open to those that are completing sixth through twelfth grades.  July 1st is our deadline to sign up for Summit.

We also have Children’s Camp July 8-12.  This camp is open for students grades finishing grades three through six.  The cost of this camp is $75.  Children’s Camp is a very popular camp and we need to get our registration in early.

These camps play a strategic role in our youth and children’s ministry.  These weeks are highlights of the summer and are used as platforms for further ministry.  Every year, we see students become Christians, grow in their relationship with Christ, and deal with issues in their lives.  I am very thankful that we have Mountain Top Baptist Assembly and these camps as resources in our state.

As a church, there are ways to be involved.  It is essential that we pray for these camps.  Pray for those that are going, both students and sponsors.  Pray that God will work in the lives of these that are going.  Pray for those that are preparing and leading these camps.  We also have a need for sponsors to go with our students to camp.  Maybe God would have you spend a week on top of wonderful Casper Mountain with a group of teenagers or children. 

There is also a financial need.  Many students can’t afford the cost of camp.  Every year we scholarship several students so that they can attend one of these camps.  I am so very thankful that I can tell students and their families that we will be able to help them.  There has not been a student   in my time here not go to  camp because they could not afford it.

I am already excited about what God will do this summer.  Thank you for participating in Camp with us.  As part of the body of Christ, this is a ministry we do together.



February 2013

The time has come to play the Super Bowl.  Two teams have played their seasons and now reach the point where they get to play in the big game.  The Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers will play for the championship.  These players have devoted themselves to get to this point.  They have worked, trained, and practiced to get to this play in this game.  For many of the players, their careers are defined by reaching and winning the Super Bowl.

I remember as a child pretending that I was playing in the big game.  My friends and I would go outside and pretend that we were competing in the event. We would pick our favorite team and we would always win, usually with a game winning catch at the end of the fourth quarter.  In our mind, in our imagination, we were the champions. 

Spiritually, the Bible teaches that we should prepare ourselves to reach for the prize.  For us it isn’t a Super Bowl championship, but the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  We should be spending time devoting ourselves to the things that God would have for us.  Going to church, studying the Bible, prayer, fellowship with other Christians are some of the things that God uses to prepare us for His ministry.  Just like these football players have worked hard, we need to work hard to succeed in the work God has called us to.  Living the Christian life requires dedication, hard-work and discipline.

Instead of putting forth the effort required, many Christians act like my friends and I as children.  Just head out, pretend to play the game like we are having success.  No real effort, no real motivation, and no real reward.  Just going through some motions, having some fun, and calling it good.  This is not the life that God intends for us.

We need to live a life striving for the best.  In our Christian life, we should be striving for the best God has for us instead of just going through the motions of Christianity.  Professional athletes prepare themselves to compete.  Then they put into practice what they have prepared to do. How do we prepare ourselves to live for Christ?  Then do we put that into practice in our lives?



January 2013

     As I switch my calendar from 2012 to 2013, I notice one big difference between the calendars.  My 2012 calendar is full of writing.  Notes around the outside and writing in all of the squares makes for a full 2012.    This calendar shows much of what I did in the past year.  My 2013 calendar is pretty blank.  It is full of empty squares waiting for something to be written on them.  My 2012 calendar represents the past.  My 2013 calendar represents the future.

     Many people live in the past.  They can’t get beyond the stress, the difficult times and bad decisions.  Or, they look at the past as the “good ole days” and nothing that will ever happen in the future can compare.  The past controls their lives.  They struggle filling in the blanks on a new calendar because they can’t get beyond the filled-in squares on the old one.

      We need to face the reality that we will never have yesterday again. We must face the future.    Just like my 2013 calendar waiting to be filled in, our 2013 is waiting to be filled in.  Not the pages in the calendar, but the pages of our lives.  Every day is a new opportunity to live.  A new opportunity to make the most of what God has given us.  A new opportunity to be productive and active in our world.  A new opportunity to seek and serve God with all that we are. 

    We can determine what the future will hold for us.  Maybe not every circumstance, but our attitudes, focus, and direction.  Paul said in Philippians that “one thing I do:  forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead” (vs.3:13).  We don’t have to let our past determine our future.  Let this be the year that we reach forward to what lies ahead.  Paul also shares with us what he is reaching for in verse 14, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” 

     My goal for 2013 is to press on toward the upward call of God in Christ Jesus--to be who He wants me to be and do what He wants me to do.  May my life be filled with His desires!  What will your 2013 look like?



December 2012

     The story of Christmas never ceases to amaze me.  I love to read about the angel speaking to Mary and her reaction to the news.   Joseph, then, is willing to end his relationship with Mary in a quiet way until he, too, is spoken to by an angel.  Mary spends time away with her cousin, Elizabeth, who is also pregnant with John the Baptist. Then the couple is made to travel to Bethlehem, in order to fulfill prophecy.  Jesus is born in a humble way, lying in a manger.  We see the reactions of the shepherds, the Wise Men, and King Herod as each receives the news of the    Messiah’s birth. 

     As I read the accounts of Jesus’ birth, one verse always stands out to me.  In the book of Matthew, chapter one, verse six we read these words:  “’Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’, which translated means, ‘God with us.’”

     Jesus, fully God, came to earth to live as man.  I wrestle with the question, “why would God choose to leave heaven and live on earth as a man with us?”  I know that He did this because of His great love for us.  I know that this is His plan to offer salvation for the world.  I know that God’s goodness, mercy and grace is why He did this.  Even though I know in my mind all the reasons for Jesus coming to earth, I honestly still am amazed that God could love us this much. 

     So often we read the Christmas story, sing the songs, and celebrate the birth of Jesus.  But do we really take the time to think about what this really means.  God stepped down from heaven, was born in a manger, lived and taught on the earth, suffered death on a cross, rose again, ascended into heaven, and now sits at the right hand of the Father.  He did all this for us!

     As we celebrate another Christmas, let us remember that we are not just celebrating the birth of Jesus.  We are celebrating the birth of a Savior who came to take away the sins of the world.  We are celebrating God’s plan to give us eternal life.  We celebrate an amazing God who paid the ultimate sacrifice.  Not only did He die on a cross, but He left heaven to live with us.

      Remember, as Christians we have reason to celebrate Christmas.  Let us do so with joy and excitement and also with reflection and reverence.  God is worthy of our worship.



November 2012

     Fifteen years ago this month Rebecca and I loaded up a big yellow Ryder truck, left Indiana and began our ministry in Wyoming.  When we left Indiana, we received some “great advice” about our new adventure.  We were told to keep our home in Indiana as a backup in case things didn’t work out.  We were cautioned about how small the ministries were here.  I was told that if I wanted to “move up in” in ministry that I couldn’t stay in Wyoming for very long.  All I knew was that God had called us to Wyoming and we were going to stay until God moved us somewhere else.

     So here we are, fifteen years later in a great ministry that I am so thankful to be a part of.  Indiana is where I moved from, but Wyoming is my home.  I never worried about a backup plan because I figured that the God who called me here could handle any backup I might need.  I tell people that I don’t have to worry about moving up in ministry because I have reached the top.  I really can’t think of a better place to be than where God wants you, and that is exactly where I am.

     It is amazing when I look back over the years.  Both my girls were born here.  We are in the process of adopting two boys and adding them to our family.  Many of my students have moved on from the youth and college ministries and are serving God all around the country.  I have had the privilege of watching some of my former youth grow into outstanding adults and begin families of their own.

     I am not sure what the next several years will hold, but I am not worried about it.  I already endure some of the jokes about being an old student minister.  Guess I will continue and just become an older one.  Just like when we loaded the Ryder truck, all I know is that God has placed me in a ministry and I need to be obedient.   Thank you for fifteen wonderful years of serving at Boyd Avenue and I am looking forward to many more.