Reading: John 6: 35
So often during family holiday meals, my mom bakes rolls to go with the dinner. Recent holidays have been no exception, as we have enjoyed both white and wheat rolls to accompany our large dinners. It’s a family joke, though, to remind my mother of a particular meal in the past which she has never lived down.
As per our usual tradition, mom bought the brown-and-serve rolls to go with dinner. She even got them out of the freezer to get them ready to bake. She busily prepared the rest of the meal and when we sat down to eat, she remembered the rolls. Problem was, she had forgotten to put them in the oven. So, we did not get to enjoy the rolls for that holiday. We laugh about it to this day.
I’m sure we all could tell similar stories about times when we forget something. And, as in this passage from John, we could probably tell a story when we needed something and didn’t have it at our disposal. But we can rest assured that God is not one of these missing items. Jesus says He is the bread of life. He will provide our “daily bread” and will be with us as we journey through life. When we sit down to the dinner table, we can be sure that Jesus will be there, providing the rolls to nourish us on holidays and every day. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Reading: Romans 5: 8-11
Wow! I reserve that word for things that really boggle my mind; those things that are hard to comprehend but yet are true. And when I read this verse I say, "Wow!" God loves us so much that He chose us even when we are sinners. God does not go out and look for the righteous-- God looks for those who need God the most. God accepts us for who we are and then it is our job to follow the Word and live a
Reading: James 1: 19
Every one of us probably has gotten advice from someone at one time or another. Most times, advice is free. It is given to us by friends and family, who may or may not have expertise in the particular area we are seeking advice in. I know I have given people advice based on my opinions or my experience in a particular area.
I think this verse is pretty good advice that we should heed. We should be swift to hear. We should be willing to listen to others and hear what they have to say. We may just glean something from their accounts. We should be slow to speak. We don't always have to outdo what someone says or try to tell a story greater than theirs. We should think before we speak. And, we should be slow to wrath. We should not get angry instantly. We should take things in stride and not let our emotions get the best of us.
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath. It's God's advice for our lives. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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Reading: John 4: 24
Who are you? When asked that question, many times we tell people what we do for a living, who our family is, or what we are involved in. We may hand the question-asker a business card or a resume, which is supposed to describe who we are. But describing who we are can be difficult.
We often may ask or be asked what or who is God? Since we cannot see God, it may be difficult to describe God. We can see God's mighty works, but how do we describe the physical characteristics of God?
This verse tells us what God is. God is a spirit. And, it goes a step further. It tells us that we must worship God
Reading: Philipians 1: 20-21
Have you ever experienced failure? I'm sure each of us can think of experiences when we felt like we did not live up to expectations or did not complete a task to the best of our ability. Human beings strive to be successful. And when we are not, we feel inadequate and lacking in our self esteem.
The writer of Philipians also felt those same emotions. He says it is his desire not to fail in his duty. He wants to bring honor to Christ. We should all feel the same way. We should strive for success, but more importantly, we should strive to bring honor to Christ. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Reading: 2 Peter 1: 18
In these verses, people went to the mountain to learn about God and follow God's teachings. They worshipped God there, probably because they felt close to God at the higher altitude. They felt peace at the top of the mountain.
What do you do each week to learn more about God and God's teachings? How well do you follow those teachings? We each need to reflect on our own life and the part that God plays in our life. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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