“And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4
From church camp at Daniel Springs – final morning.
The past two evening services have exhibited something I never experience here in 17 years of attending – wailing.
These last two invitations reaped a crowd of children and adults flocking to the alter in prayer. Not as single individuals but in mass.
From within this mass I heard deep contrition as their hearts poured out to the Father. Crying is heard as adults and children repent, ask forgiveness, and seek God to help them in their lives.
Though I don't have the final number, I believe 10% of the kids here have made a decision for Christ. That would easily be 50.
In my group two weeped for the lack of a relationship with their dad.
I believe this is not unique to my group but a majority of the kids here suffer with this problem of broken homes and an absent parent.
It makes it difficult for a child to trust the love of a Heavenly Father when the earthly one doesn't seem to care.
It's a problem I faced in my younger years.
Fathers have failed their basic responsibility to their own children and their personal service to God by not sticking around!
They have failed as priests of the home.
Failed as the example of Christ's love.
And the children pay the price.
Pray for the children torn apart by selfishness. Pray for the children that are used as pawns for one parent to hurt the other.
Pray they discover the all consuming love of Father for themselves.
“You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence.’ Acts 2:28
From Daniel Springs church camp.
I was overwhelmed last night with joy at the sight of a man singing with arms raised.
Years ago his wife came to camp for the first time. She spent most of four days on the phone with him as he begged her to come back home.
Finally he came to church camp for the first time just last year.
Last night during the praise and worship, I saw this man on the front row, raise his hands in praise and sing with all his heart.
It put a smile on my face and liquid joy in my eyes.
God is so good and turns the hardest heart and hardest head to Him.
And last night over ten asked Jesus for salvation. There were many that rededicated their lives to Jesus.
It's time for revival. God is moving.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
II Corinthians 5:7
I'm at church camp this week and so the Morning Thought will have some delays.
Last night during canteen time, which a snack and refreshment break, someone dropped an ice cream on the ground.
I watched as people step around and over it.
Sooner or later I knew the inevitable would happen.
Sure enough someone step smack dab in the middle of it.
I looked to see who and I knew the person very well.
She is a great woman of faith – one that walks by faith.
When I saw her this morning I told her about the ice cream. She never realized that she stepped in it.
What it it had been broken glass or a venomous snake?
Walk by faith in the Spirit but also keep your eyes open in the physical.
So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’ Luke 15:29-30 Continue reading
And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. Luke 15:13 Continue reading
Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin. John 19:11 Continue reading
Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me. Ps 41:9 Continue reading