Praises and Prayer Requests
Well, my dear friends, we are in the midst of the cold time of winter! I have had to diligently work to keep firewood cut in order to feed the wood stove in our dining hall. That really helps us to save money as far as our propane gas bill is concerned. It also helps in warming up the building where much renovating work in our kitchen is being done. Please remember to pray for the crew of God-sent men who are doing such a wonderful job in our kitchen and shower house. They truly are a blessing! We praise our Lord and Savior for each one of them.
As always, dear ones, please remember to pray for the Lord’s provision of staff members. We relish the return each year of the young men and women that have already been a part of the camp Del-Haven staff experience. Nevertheless – circumstances always bring about change, and “necessity requirements “force many of our wonderful workers to have to forego being available to help us during the summer. This is all a part of having to deal with this passing-away-world. We need to always be praying for the Lord to lead to us good quality staff that can effectually be used in ministering to the campers. Our God is, indeed, a prayer answering God! Please pray with us for our staff.
Of course, the whole ministry centers around the children. Satan has always targeted the most vulnerable among us! He has always been after our children. Jesus loves the little children. He even taught the disciples that except they be converted and become like a little child – they would in no wise enter into the Kingdom of heaven [Mt.18:3]! Let us continue to be persistent to pray for the boys and girls that our Lord chooses to send through our camp program. Satan is, indeed, relentless in threatening and battling against Del-Haven’s very existence. However, we praise our Lord God and His grace because He is ever faithful to sustain us so we can carry on! You all are a large part of the reality of that divine sustenance. We thank and praise God for all of you. We love and pray for you, too.
“Lord, thou wilt ordain peace for us:for thou also hast wrought all our works in us.” [Is.26:12]
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction – and many there be which go in thereat: (14) because strait is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life — and few there be that find it.” [Mt.7:13-14]
“For even hereunto were ye called because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example that ye should follow His steps…” [1Pe.2:21]
The words of Jesus in the first text above were spoken near to the end of His sermon on the mount. They are words that are obviously divinely used to set the stage for our drawing a mental picture of the coming day of judgment. The gospel (or, good news) of the glory, only, of the Lord Jesus Christ is replete with wonderful statements that describe a true believer avoiding an unfavorable personal experience in their individual judgment. Jn.5:24, Ro.8:1 and 1Jn.4:17 to name just three texts that prove this to be true.
It is obvious also from the context of the Mt.7:13-14 text that in that day of final judgment there are going to be some eye opening and foreboding realities. There will be many who thought they would be favorably received by our Lord – only to find out that they were wrong! Jesus describes the sad event from vs.21-23. He said, “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. (22) Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And – in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? (23) And then I will profess unto them – I never knew you.” [I.e. lit., intimately know them like a father knows his children, or a bridegroom knows his bride] Then, with foreboding finality He says: “Depart from me – ye that work iniquity.”
Sadly, it is these persons that prove to be examples of what God’s Word declares as a warning from Pr.16:25. Which text tells us: “There is a way that seems right unto a man – but the end thereof are the ways of death!” These persons that Jesus refers to here believed that they were living and walking through this fallen world as being true believers and ministers of the Lord. Their profession indicates that they regarded Jesus as being their Lord! Nevertheless, their lives were not being lived according to the Father’s will. This fact should make one stop and think!
How do we truly know that our lives are fulfilling the Biblical description of those whom Jesus refers to as those that, will do the Father’s will and enter into the Kingdom of heaven? The all important descriptive phrase in vs.21as: “he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven”. The answer to how we can know that we are living and doing the will of the Father — centers squarely upon the person and work of the Holy Spirit of God. Why? Because it is the Spirit that bears witness with our spirit “that we are the children of God – and if children, then heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ”! For“…the things of God knoweth no man – but the Spirit of God.” And “As many as are led by the Spirit of God – these are the sons (or, the children) of God!”[Ro.8:16; 1Co.2:11; Ro.8:14]
The way for God’s fallen and sinful children in this world to enter into His heavenly Kingdom is very narrow and very hard to find. Indeed, it is a one man charted course – a one man forged pathway. Jesus is the only way, truth and life. No man comes unto the Father, but by Him. He is our one and only Savior. We desperately need the soul-quickening Holy Spirit to guide us in His footsteps through this world of darkness and trouble. We need the Word of God – I.e. the living Word of God – to be the shinning lamp unto our feet – from here to there! Praise His wonderful Name! Amen.
For Christ’s Glory Only!
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Well, dear friends, we have officially prayed in another the new year, 2018! Praise the Lord! We have grand expectations for this year in regards to the Lord’s ministry here at Camp Del-Haven.
The renovation projects on our camper restrooms and shower facilities – plus our kitchen — are coming along, but not yet finished. Please be in prayer with us that the Lord will continue to lead those directly involved in finishing these tasks. Also, we are thankful to the Lord for the fact that God’s people from First Baptist Church of Oak Grove have raised $800 to put toward a replacement for our brush-hog. This would naturally be a good time of year to shop for one, even if it’s a good used one. Please pray with us that the Lord would lead us to just such a deal. When spring comes – we will really be needing one to handle the rough terrain of the campground. We have – in over 65 years of our existence – faced similar circumstances of need and the Lord has heard and answered our prayers in supplying. He has been ever faithful to supply all our needs (Phil.4:13).
We must never neglect to lift up in prayer our wonderful staff. These young men and women are on the front line in the battle for the souls of the boys and girls. Satan wants to get to the children as early in their lives that he can. The spiritual warfare around them is highly intensified. Pray that our staff is not compromised or corrupted in any way. While your at it – please remember the children themselves. We always have many repeaters. Pray that the seed of sound gospel truth has been sown in good soil (as far as their hearts are concerned). This is a sound gospel seed sowing ministry! Please pray with us that the Lord of the harvest will cause our labors to bring forth much fruit for His Kingdom and glory.
“Remember the former things of old – for I am God, and there is none else – I am God and there is none like me; (10) declaring the end from the beginning – and from ancient times – the things not done. Saying, My counsel shall stand – and I will do all my pleasure (11)…yea, I have spoken it – I will also bring it to pass – I have purposed it – I will also do it!” [Is.46:9-11]
“Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us – but unto thy Name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake! (2)Wherefore should the heathen say: Where is now their God? (3) But, our God is in the heavens – He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased.” [Ps.115:1-3]
Isn’t it wonderful to realize that our sovereign God has all our lives and times in His sovereign, almighty hand? In addition, isn’t it especially grand to understand that all the glory for all that’s needed for our eternal salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ has been completely and totally accomplished? Indeed, God is pleased because His eternal Son — our sovereign Savior and vicarious substitute has done it! That is what these texts of scripture are declaring unto us.
From the Isaiah passage – Holy God, Himself, heralds out to us that from eternity – in eternity — and for eternity, He has decreed and purposed everything that’s necessary where our eternal salvation is concerned. He tells us that His counsel – His plan — shall stand – or, (lit.) shall be accomplished. He does all according to His will and good pleasure! Nothing shall frustrate or hinder His plan. Why(?) – even because He, Himself, shall bring it all to pass. He, Himself, shall be the one that carries it out!
In fact, this is exactly what Ps.115:1-3 substantiates. All those, in this fallen-in-sin world that do not have ears to hear – nor eyes to see and who scoffingly declare: “Where is now their God?!” – will all too soon discover that our God — who rules from the heavens all things after the counsel of His own will – has already done it! He has “saved us and called us with a holy calling – not according to our works – but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world [or, lit., before time] began.” [2Ti.1:9]
These are the pure truths of the gospel of the glory, only, of our Lord Jesus Christ! And, every new year – or, even every new day – of our journey through the maze of this fallen-in-sin world we should prayerfully remind ourselves of these wonderful things. This is a part of what the Word says from Phil.4:8 from where it exhorts us, saying: “…whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report – if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise – think on these things.”
May the Holy Spirit lead us all through every new day of the new year being ever mindful of who He is as being our great God and Savior. Who, Himself, is ever faithful to us – His true children – ever guiding and providing – protecting and preserving – for His Name’s sake and for His glory!
May we fit the description of Col.3:1-4 which says: “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. (2) Set your affection [or, lit., your mind] on things above, not on things on the earth. (3)For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. (4)When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory!” Let us praise His wonderful eternal Name for all His wonderful eternal works. May the Lord bless you and keep you throughout this whole year.
-For Christ’s Glory Only!