It's Cold Outside
It's hard to believe that January is almost gone. Time flies!
The Spiritual Adventure weekend went very well. We had over 100 students and youth leaders show up. The seminar leaders did an excellent job. The waterpark was fun, too!! (Just so you know I can make a pretty big "splash" at the end of a large water slide :) )
The temperature outside is only about 1 and yet plans are already in place for youth camp (Camp 180) for this summer. Bay Forrest, former NBA player for the Phoenix Suns, is our speaker. We are expanding our out reach for camp this year. We are hoping to get some youth from the West Michigan District as well as some non-denominational churches who don't have camps.
I am in the middle of getting ready for the annual Winter Retreat that we have at Brockway. It is a good time of fellowship and I hope growth for the teens. This year's theme is "Rugged Prayer" . It focuses on prayer in everyday life and in the trying times of life.
I am reading through the Bible again this year (I read through the Bible last year as part of the year of the Bible in the Wesleyan Church). The OT part of my reading lately, is where Moses is leading the people out of Egypt. The Pharoah continues to have a heard heart and God continues to bring plagues on Egypt.
It is easy to read about the Pharoah and think he is crazy for ignoring the warning of the plagues. One plague comes and he tells Moses to go ahead and go, but then he changes his mind and says no. We just shake our heads and think, that Pharoah is just asking for trouble. But, how many times have we seen people like this? Or worse, how many times have we been like this? We hear from God. We are convicted of something. We feel nudged to do something. We determine that we are going to stop something or start something or be kinder or whatever. Then we forget about it, or we make some excuse for not going through with it. In essence, we harden our hearts to God.
It's my prayer for you and for me in 2007, that we have soft hearts. I pray the you and I have hearts that can understand what God is saying and then follows through. May we learn a lesson from a hard hearted Pharoah.