“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!
Take note that we are getting ready to mail out tax deductible receipts for gifts and donations that have been received in 2017. If there are any mistakes, or discrepancies – please let us know so we can correct it. You can call us at (816) 690-8465.
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.
Welcome to the new and improved website for Camp Del-Haven and Del-Haven Ministries! Whether you are a regular visitor or a first-time guest, we hope you enjoy our redesigned format. To help you better utilize our digital campground, we thought we’d highlight some of our new internet features to help you get a better idea of what Del-Haven is all about.
For those visitors who aren’t familiar with our ministry, we recommend reading The Story of Camp Del-Haven to learn more about our amazing 65 year history. More importantly, you can learn all about Del-Haven’s current ministry focus on the Our Mission page, or study the biblical foundation of our ministry as presented in our Statement of Faith.
One of our newest and most exciting features is our Camp Videos page which should be of great interest to both our friends and guests. Each video provides vivid examples of the history and ongoing Christ-centered activities of our camp, along with a wonderful presentation of the many joyful faces of our dedicated staff and happy campers over the years.
Hopefully, you will want to visit us again in the future to read about our monthly articles and devotionals, as well as find any news on upcoming events or prayer requests. If so, please bookmark our Homepage for quick access to our latest information.
If the internet isn’t your thing, please sign up for our free monthly newsletter that will provide you with the latest happenings at Del-Haven, along with our prayer requests and a short devotional by John Carpenter. You can sign up for our newsletter HERE.
Last but not least, we are so very thankful to the Lord for the support of folks like you who might share in our desire to glorify our Lord and Savior in this work. If you feel led to donate your time, talent, or money to Del-Haven Ministries, please contact us through our easy-to-use Contact Page or go to our Donation page for further information on how to send your tax-deductible monetary gift.
We hope you enjoy our new website and will come back often to see what the Lord is doing at Camp Del-Haven and how you might help us “turn kids from crime to Christ”. God bless you, and thanks for stopping by!