Praises and Prayer Requests for October 2021

As we come unto the final months of another year in the ministry of Camp Del-Haven – we find ourselves praying earnestly that the Lord will grant that we be able to – once again — have regular camp sessions in 2022. Make no mistake about it, our God is in sovereign control over all our circumstances – whether we judge them to be good, or to be bad. All our times” – have been, and are, in His hand for to do all His will and good pleasure. From Ps.31:15 David is inspired by the Holy Spirit to say: My times are in thy handdeliver me from the hand of mine enemiesand from them that persecute me.” Therefore, it is totally appropriate for us to prayerfully seek from God, our Savior, His deliverance from our adverse circumstances. Prayer is the activity of His yielded and still children as they exercise their patient waiting for Him to hear and to answer their desperate supplications! From Ps.50:15 God tells us: Call upon me in the day of troubleI will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me!

This is also why each and every month we need you — more than anything else – to continue to pray for all the campers that our sovereign Lord and Leader has sent to us to faithfully declare and deliver to them the pure truth of God’s everlasting gospel of His great grace. Like all of us – they need His daily protection, preservation and strength in order to make it safely through this fallen and sinful world. And, of course, please do not forget to pray for all of the young people that are our staff helpers. Don’t forget – all of us are in essence volunteers. This means that none of us are paid salaries. This means we are constantly facing turn overs where our staff is concerned. This is only normal. It is the Lord who also continues to supply this all important need (Phil.4:19)! Please do not forget to pray with us — in regards to this ongoing matter.

We give earnest thanks to our ever faithful God for your continual financial support whereby we are able to maintain the monthly expenses of the camp property and utilities. We recently had to hire some tree service professionals to deal with some additional real threats of having more damage occur on some more of our buildings. This situation we spotted after our attention was aroused due to what happened to the roof of our Cabin Two! We had to have 12 more trees cut down and four trees expertly trimmed in order to remove the real threat of damage to our Dining Hall, Restroom Facility, Shelter House and Jeff and Leslie’s Home. This put us back by $4250! This did not include the removal of the tree trunks and all the piles of brush. So, we are faced with the awesome job of cleaning up the mess. So, please pray that we safely see this task through to its completion. Thank you all! We love and pray for you.


“For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God

by the death of His Son – much more –

being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life!” [Ro.5:11]


Devotional for October 2021

(13) “But Now – in Christ Jesus – ye who sometimes [or, once werefar off – (lit.) have been made nigh – by [or, in] the blood Christ.(14) For He is our Peace – who hath made both one – and (lit.) having broken down the middle wall of partition {between us}; (15) having abolished in His flesh the enmity, {even} the law of commandments {contained} in ordinances; for to make [or, to create] in Himself {of} twain (lit.) into One New Man – {so} making Peace! (16) And {that} He might Reconcile both unto God in One body – (lit.) through the cross – having slain the enmity thereby:  [or, found therein] (17) And (lit) having come – He preached Peace to you which {were} afar off – and to them that {were} nigh. (18) For through Him – we both have access (lit.) in one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore – ye are no more strangers and  (lit.) sojourners – but fellow-citizens with the saints – and of the household of God! (19) Now, therefore, ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God”! [Eph.2:13-19]

The doctrine of Reconciliation between a chosen sinner/child and their Holy Father God is foundational to the establishment of an eternal relationship of Perfect Peace with God! From within the context of this particular section of scripture — this truth is clearly explained and declared.

From this section of holy scripture we see that it begins and ends with two significant descriptive declarations that compliment one another in more than one beautiful way. First of all, they both describe something that is spiritually significant in that they are describing a spiritual reality in every true believer that is current, even though they are still a part of this fallen and sinful world! And, this section of the Word of God plainly declares how – the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ has – by Himself – fully accomplished this everlasting gospel reality of there being peace – between us and God through our everlasting Reconciliation with Him! Here we are – nothing but completely hopeless sinners – but, through the eternally accomplished and perfect atonement by the Lord Jesus Christ – we have been brought intimately near to holy God! We have been made pristine clean in the precious blood of Christ Jesus.

Why is that the certain reality between the most Holy Lord God and us? Even because the Lord Jesus – the incarnated eternal Son of God – is exactly as vs.14 says: For He is our Peace! Our Perfect Peace with the Triune God – eternal and forever! How did He accomplish our Peace with holy, holy, holy God? The answer is – He did it all as our Sovereign Savior Substitute! He has made both – God and us (His chosen sinner/children) – both of us — One in Him! This is what God secured from eternity when He placed us — in His beloved – and only-begotten — Sonbefore the foundation of the world. And, in conjunction with this eternal act of His everlasting love and grace – He has broken down the middle wall of partition between uswhich has separated us from being able to be completely compatible with one another. You see – if we were not made righteous and holy just like God – then there is no way that we can be accepted and approved in His Holy and Righteous presence. But, what Christ is descriptively declared to have done – here in Eph.3:13-19 – has remedied this whole matter!

This fulfilled what is wonderfully being described in He.10:19-20 which says:Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into [lit.] the Holy of Holiesin the blood of Jesus, (20)  by a new and living way which He consecrated for us [or, which He made holy for us] through the veilthat is His flesh.”

This we will endeavor to explain next time.\

For Christ’s Glory Only! – John Carpenter


Praises and Prayer Requests for September 2021

Well, dear ones, we are now experiencing some real nice weather. And, that means we here at Del-Haven can – more comfortably –  get things done around the whole campground. As we embark on the season of Fall – we anticipate the wonders and colors that will come with it. Already our trees are showing signs of becoming brilliant by the way they will reflect only what God can do with the splendor of the Autumn leaves!

My dear praying friends, our thoughts and prayers do continually go out to the children that have gone through our camp schedule that is literally filled up with the proclamation of the Word of  the Truth of the Gospel. For two years now – we have not been able to have a regular camp session. Please do not forget to pray concerning this matter. Pray for the children – and pray for our Country – and for that matter, our whole world! Pray that our sovereign God would be pleased to lift off of us this plague – as well as all of the lies that have been spun as the result of it.

Also, once again, please do not forget to pray for all of our helpers that have been so loyal to us in the way that they were looking forward to coming back every summer to serve the Lord in helping in our ministry. This has been beneficial in their Christian Walk as well as the boys and girls under their charge. Our hearts continually go out to these dear ones.

We want you to know how much we are so thankful to our Lord for all of you who have shown your continual support – both in prayers and gifts – throughout the stifling effects of the last two years due to the plague. Oh Lord! Please set us free from this untoward time! Do this for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ! Amen.


Devotional for September 2021

And He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:

3.“Blessed — the poor in spirit – for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

4.Blessed — they that mourn – for they shall be comforted.

5.Blessed — the meek – for they shall inherit the earth.

6.Blessed — they that hunger and thirst after righteousness – for they shall be filled.

7.Blessed — the merciful – for they shall obtain mercy.

8.Blessed — the pure in heart – for they shall see God.

9.Blessed — the peacemakers – for they shall be called the children of God.” [Mt.5:2-9]

“Blessed is the man whom thou choosest and causest to approach unto thee – that he may dwell in thy courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house – even of thy Holy Temple.” [Ps.65:4]

Having commented on the subject matter of Mt.5:2-9 – we are now ready to see the connection between this and Ps.65:4. This one verse in this Prophetic Psalm of David is a perfect summary of the seven Blessings Mt.5:3-9. Which Blessings are bestowed by God upon all whom He has chosen and caused to come unto Christ as His eternally saved ones.

This is a truth that is told to us throughout the Bible! Eph.1:3-4 plainly says: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who hath blessed uswith all spiritual blessingsin heavenly places in Christ (4) according as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the worldthat we should be holy and without blame before Him in love…”. The eternal Son of God – by virtue of the Covenant that was cut within the divine and determinate Counsel of the Triune (of which He is one of the holy Three) was sent into this fallen-in-sin world to be incarnated into being the eternal Person of our ever present Kinsman-Redeemer! This means that the eternal Son of God was chosen and sent into this world to be the Lamb of God and to accomplish the eternal atonement for the sins of all those whom the Great Triumvirate has chosen and placed in Christ to be eternally saved. Praise His Holy and Wonderful Name!

This means that Ps,65:4 is an everlasting – pure Gospel statement – that refers to both: Christ Jesus the Lord – and all whom the Heavenly Father has given unto Him (Jesus) to eternally save!

Our Lord declared from Jn.6:37 All that the Father giveth to meshall come to me. And him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out”. Also, vs.38-39 go further to say: For I came down from heaven not to do my willbut the will of Him who sent me. (39) And this is the Father’s will which hath sent methat of all which He hath given meI should lose nothing but should raise it (all of them) up again at the last day.”

This statement – as well as all that we have been talking about for the last several months (including everything that has been said concerning Mt.5:2-9) – falls under the all-governing sovereignty of God Almighty. He is in complete control – and He always has been! Knowing this and realizing this truth — will lead us directly into the Rest that remains for the people of God. In fact, the only ones that have not – nor cannot – enter into the Rest that resides in Christ –  are all the unbelievers [see: He.4:1-11].

Jesus said, Ye have not chosen mebut I have chosen you[Jn.15:16]. Amen.

For Christ’s Glory Only!  -John Carpenter


Praises and Prayer Requests August 2021

Well, dear ones, as we come to another end of the camp season we are – naturally — somewhat perplexed about our future. However, like the song says: “I know not what – the future holds – but I know who holds the future! It’s a secret – known only to Him.” And, this is the reality. Our sovereign God is both Omniscient and All-powerful and He knows our needs before we do! We can (and do) trust Him. This is His ministry! We are His servants!

Once again, we want to tell you how much we thank you for your faithfulness in prayerfully supporting us. It is a great encouragement to know you are supporting us in your prayers and supplications.

Please continue to pray earnestly for all the children that the Lord has sent through our camp program. And, don’t give up on the real possibility that we will once again be able to implement our regular camp program. Of course, we must always pray, even when we pray for one another, remember to pray in the overall context of – if the Lord will”. So, please pray for our boys and girls – and please pray for our staff and their helpers – that they be safe from harm or sickness and that they be strengthened and encouraged by the Holy Spirit!

Also, remember in your praying – pray for all the family groups that have responded to our invitations to come spend a big part of the day here at Del-Haven. Right up front I present the everlasting gospel unto them all. The last group we ministered to was the largest group yet! Fifteen people showed up – and all but four were brand new! The Lord may be introducing us to another whole new approach Del-Haven Ministry. Pray with us about this possibility. Thank you – we love you.


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