Bible Time: Pray

Bible time! Read 1 Thessalonians 5:17.

In John 15:14 Jesus says “..you are my friends.” (NLT) Think about your friends for a moment. When was the last time you talked to your bff? Before you opened this right? You texted them, or called them. I can’t go a day without talking to my best friends! So why is it that we can go weeks without talking to God?

How can we forget to talk to our friends? That just doesn’t happen. Jesus doesn’t forget you. I’m not trying to make anyone feel guilty but let’s face reality, prayer doesn’t always come before texting. Proverbs 15:8 says “… He delights in the prayers of the upright.” (NLT) Jesus likes to hear from us!

Prayer is doing business with God. Matthew 6:6 says “…When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”(NIV)

Just like you vent to your friends, vent to God. There’s a difference here… Your friends can’t always help you with your problems, they can give you advice and be a shoulder to cry on, but Jesus can do so much more. John 14:13-14 says “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (NIV) Although it tells us in Matthew 6:8 “your Father knows exactly what you need before you ask him!” (NLT) He still wants to hear it from you! “…ask me…”And doesn’t it feel good to get things off your chest?

It is important to remember that prayer isn’t all about “can You?” and “will You?” it’s also about “thank You!” and “praise You!.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us “Give thanks in all circumstances…” (NIV)

Which brings us to our song today. Continue reading “Bible Time: Pray”

Fall Retreat: 32 things and counting

So I went to Delanco Camp this weekend and as usual it was perfection wrapped in a pretzal roll…or what not. I woke up in the morning, walked outside with my sweats, then said hi to all the lovely people in the kitchen and whoever would walk by. I poured a cup of joe, put a crazy amount of sugar in it (might explain my goofiness) then walked out to the flag-less pole and a whole bunch of us just sang worship songs. It was amazing! So here are just a few things from the weekend that totally just blew my mind.

1. Being told I couldn’t be anymore beautiful by a coworker/roomate/friend/phellow phillies phan.
2. Scott and Meg Rambo visiting with Tim, who is so adorable (if that even explains it) and their new baby Benjamin!
3. Countless hugs.
4. Learning new things about people, meaning the deep things of their heart, like what fruit they like to eat hahaha.
5. Baked Ziti made by a fabulous volunteer kitchen staff.
6. Campers doing an incredible job sweeping the Tabernacle and their dorms!
7. Campers raising their hands in worship to “God With us” by Tenth Avenue North.
8. Hearing that the Phillies came back by countless people, and seeing the excitement in the campers who were Phillies fans!
9. Letting a two year old help me ring the bell for service ;)!
10. Taking photos with people I love on the last day!
11. Late night kitchen raid and conversation that could go any which way.
12. Being told I was loved just because I brought a power strip to someone who originally asked for an extension cord…was not thinking at that moment I guess.
13. A few friends that I know of raising their hand in worship while they were consoling someone. Perfect imagry of Jesus feeling people’s pain and worshipping his father at the same time!
14. Hot coffee with a lot of sugar.
15. Teaching someone a path to the Chapel in the pines!
16. Jesus’s boat stores, and being reminded that Peter also walked on water by faith, he was only human! Look what we can do with enough faith.
17. Secret missions…I can’t tell you…it’s a secret.
18. Trash run with the Drid in the truck with the loudest engine ever!
19. A million people there that had my name…got confusing sometimes!
20. Campers who wanted to chat with me about stuff, and just doing stuff for them was fun!
21. Playing guitar and watching people play guitar.
22. Early morning worship, “I got a river of life flowing out of me!”
23. Smiley fries!
24. Testimonies around a fire.
25. The new song “Our God” by Chris Tomlin.
26. Being asked “Em Taylor, why have you not hugged me in the last hour?”
27. Eating with different people for every meal.
28. Fudge bar!
29. Seeing people at camp that I didn’t think were going to be there.
30. Just becoming a better person every minute there!
31. Wearing sweats practically the whole time.
32. Reenacting Titanic (not the sad parts) “I’m flying Jack! I’m flying!”
…might be more to come!

New directors, officers elected

(From Left) Kevin Strauch, Jason Costomiris, Mike Bill and Dan Ulrich

The camp’s stockholders gathered for their annual meeting on Saturday afternoon in the dining hall and elected new members to the board of directors and a new slate of officers for the 2011 calendar year.

Mike Bill was elected president, Daniel Ulrich vice president, Kevin Strauch treasurer and Jason Costomiris secretary. Their terms begin in January 2011.

Elected to the board of directors were Nina Crain and Scott Lederer, who both will be filling unexpired terms (class of 2011) and class of 2013 members Rev. Carlton Bodine Jr., Rick Court, Darryl Duer, Brandon Cobb, Daniel Ulrich, Eric Ulrich and Cheryl Turk.

In other business, Andrew Robertson, Rich Dugan, Rachael Bill and Emily Heckman were approved as new stockholders.

On behalf of all of the stockholders, I would like to thank Laurie Rambo for her exemplary service as president and outgoing directors Sherry Gaventa, Josh Hallahan and Steve Tucker for all of their hard work and dedication.

I concur with CJ Caufield, our camp coordinator, when he mentioned during his report to the stockholders how lucky we are as an organization to have so many talented and committed people who are willing to sacrifice their time and talents for our Lord.