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August 2017

Wow!!!  What a wonderful and powerful God we serve.  As I sit in my office this morning, writing this article, I cannot get the power and wonder of God off of my mind. 

Today, we are in the midst of our second week of Summit.  Our youth and their great sponsors attended Summit 1 last week.  Right now, there are 136 teenagers and 41 sponsors at Mountain Top Baptist Assembly in Summit 2.  Stepping into two weeks of Summit, was no small thing.  When we were challenged to make this commitment a year ago, we knew that there was little choice but to go forward, but there was some trepidation to this move.  Could we recruit enough staff for two weeks?  Would we have enough students to make two effective camps?  But, as is so often the case, God showed up. 

Staff recruitment was accomplished earlier than ever before.  This year we are seeing about 70 more in attendance at the two weeks that we had at last summer’s Summit Camp which was the largest on record.  We already know that there have been some salvations, but it will be a few days before we see what we can see of God’s activity at Summit this summer.  I say it that way, because we are all well aware that God does many things around us that are beyond our perception.  Actually, what we can see is just the tip of the iceberg of what He does.

In addition to that, I can look across the street from our office and see the progress on the building.  For over three years, we have been working to see this project get started.  There have been many obstacles.  Some big, some small, but all have been overcome in time.  We know that there are still some hills to climb.  We are working with the city now to deal with a potential parking issue.  We thought this had been overcome some months ago, but it has popped up, so we are dealing with it now. 

Doubtlessly, there will be other obstacles arise as this project unfolds.  I do not know what they will be, but they are coming.  I’m not particularly worried about any of them, because I have seen God carry us past hurdle after hurdle, and I see no reason He will not continue to keep carrying us forward.  That is not to say that these problems are pleasant or that they will not require work on our part.  But, I have seen our mighty God carry us over so many things in the past years, I am confident that we will find a way over every situation that arises.  Again, I say it this way, because if our way is indeed God’s way then there is nothing that will not be overcome as we move forward.

Above, I have shared two current illustrations of our mighty God.  Yes, I want you to know what is happening in these projects.  But, I also want to encourage you, because I know that there are situations that arise in all of our lives that are difficult and/or uncertain.  What I want you to understand is that we serve a mighty God who wants to carry you over each hurdle as they arise before you. 

In Joshua 1:5 God promises Joshua that He will never leave or forsake him.  In the same way, we who bear the name of Christ can walk forward through the struggles of life with absolute confidence that God, through His Holy Spirit, will never leave us or forsake us.  Rather He will lift us over every hill and mountain as they arise in our path.

Christians walk by faith.  This is a faith that is supported by God’s accomplishments in and around our lives.  So let us walk forward in peace and confidence. 

 

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