If I’m lyin’, I’m dyin’, right?
Bro. Tyler Prater has a unique personality, and uses it in his preaching to connect to us the listeners. He was both hilarious and powerful, both down-to-earth and a man of God. He preached the Word of God clearly, but made it applicable to everyone. I can’t think of a sermon where he didn’t bring it all.
The morning sessions on making wise choices were some of the most practical you will ever hear. The evening topics were powerful and inspiring. Love God. Be sure you are saved. Know that God loves you. Give to God. Realize there’s nothing better.
The hard part is just beginning, though. The challenge of camp is to NOT rely on camp. Camp will only take you so far.
A true, real relationship with God is the hardest but most thirst-quenching thing in life. Ps. 63.
I hope you realize that now—NOW—is your time to make it real. You have already sensed the struggle of having a thirst for things other than God. As soon as you got home yesterday, you had a thirst for sleep (at least I did!) You had a thirst for your phone, TV, and more sleep. This morning, you had a thirst to sleep in. How thirsty are you for God?
Bro. Michael’s Note
If you’re reading this, congratulations! You survived camp! Surprisingly, it didn’t even feel extremely hot all the time like I thought it would. It was just an amazing week. Bro. Tyler’s preaching was great! Every message was extremely practical and applicable. The food was the best camp food I’ve ever eaten. The games and competitions were super fun, though I am still bitter from never beating Michael Loza at ping-pong. The land surrounding Ironwood was beautiful! And nothing could compare to majestic night sky full of millions and millions of stars. I never thought I’d admit it, but this past week at Camp Ironwood was the best week of church camp I’ve ever experienced.
I’m thinking from all of the decisions made this past week, that it was one of the best weeks of church camp for you, too. Some of you made the decision to trust Christ for Salvation this past week. Glory to God! There were others, too: decisions of complete surrender to God and decisions to read God’s Word faithfully were made. There were a lot of decisions made this past week, which means there are a lot of decisions to be kept from hereon out. The decisions that were made in the middle of God’s glorious creation, need to be kept in the middle of good ol’ Temecula (or wherever you live). Just how it was a choice of your own to commit to follow God more this past week, it is your choice to follow God now that all the camp dust has settled. You have probably heard this verse a gazillion times, but here it is: “But be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves”. (James 1:22) It’s a choice, a decision. You’ve already made one at camp. Will you make the choice to stay committed every day? Here comes the grind. Rely on God to be a doer of the Word, but also know that any of us leaders are always more than willing to help.