Praises and Prayer Requests for May 2022

Well my dear family in Christ, things are developing in a genuinely positive way toward our being able to forge on into having a full season of camps! Praise the Lord! Already, we have right at 50 children all signed up for coming to camp. And, the work on getting the campground well groomed for them is making some real progress. Please continue to pray for us as we continue to prepare. The Lord is hearing and answering in His Great Faithfulness. What an awesome God He is! Please pray that the hearts of all the children that our Lord sends to us will be opened and prepared to effectually hear the Good News of the Gospel of the glory – only – of the Lord Jesus Christ – the only sovereign Savior Substitute that there ever was – is – or, ever will be! “Hearts” opened by the Lord are “hearts” that are prepared to receive the Lord. That’s what we earnestly pray and strive for to take place by God’s grace. Do not forget what Paul said about his own ministry: But by the grace of GodI am what I amand His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vainbut I laboured more abundantly than they allyet not Ibut the grace of God which was with me!” [1Co.15:10Please pray that we, too, will minister according to God’s ever enabling and enacting grace.

Please continue to pray for our Staff Help (and helpers). We really want only those to respond whom our Sovereign God has ordained to serve Him and be the ones to fill all our staff needs. One of the most difficult tenets of scripture to follow is the one that says: He that believeth shall not make haste.” [Is.28:16]  Our “waiting on the Lord” is tantamount to our “loving Him”. Compare Is.64:4 with the way that Paul is inspired to quote in 1Cor.2:9-10. So, therefore, pray for a staff who are truly called to a Holy Spirit loving humility to serve Him in dealing with these children.

Dear ones, we have a special prayer request. Pastor Randy Messer of the First Baptist Church of Oak Grove has suffered a stroke. We need to lift him up to the Lord in prayer for his healing and complete recovery. He is in Centerpoint Hospital.

We love you all for your prayers and faithful generous support.

 

Devotional for May 2022

“It is the Spirit that quickeneth – the flesh profiteth nothing – the words that I speak unto you – are Spirit and are life!” [Jn.6:63]

“…God hath chosen…things which are not – to bring to nought things that are – that no flesh should glory in His presence. (30) But of Him – are ye in Christ Jesus – who of God is made unto us wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption: (31) that according as it is written – He that glorieth – let him glory in the Lord.” [1Cor.1:29b-31]

“I will cry unto God Most High – unto God – that performeth all things for me. (3) He shall send from heaven and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up! Selah. God shall send forth His mercy and His Truth.” [Ps.57:2-3]

These descriptive statements of holy scripture comprise one of the most explicit declarations of the absolute sovereignty of our Lord Jesus Christ that there is in all of the Bible! These three texts bring forth — from all of God’s elect unto eternal salvation – a most heartfelt – “Praise the Lord!”.

The first one is from the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself! And, from this text He makes it plain and clear that He – and He alone – is the God of true Spiritual Life which He can simply speak into existence! Think about it – His words are Spirit and are Life!”

The second portion of scripture — from first Corinthians one — boldly declares that our Lord God Almighty has chosen — from the reality of this inglorious world of fallen human flesh – that through the holy glory of His Son, Christ JesusHe has accomplished all the divine requirements for Eternal Salvationfor all of those whom He has chosen and placed in His eternal and onlybegotten Son, Jesus Christ! It is He – and only He – that is our Wisdom and Righteousness and Sanctification and Redemption! This sums it all up quite nicely! What else could any of us needy sinners possibly need. Col.3:11b declares: Christ is all and in all”.

And then from Ps.57:2-3 we have the prophet David descriptively declaring that he will cry “…unto God Most Highunto Godthat performeth all things for me. He shall send from heaven and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up.” Which, ultimately would be that common enemy of the Lord God and all His children – that old devil-serpent Satan!

1Pe.5:8-9 without reservation declares: Be soberbe vigilantbecause your adversary the devilas a roaring lion, walketh aboutseeking whom he may devour: (9) whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” So, then, successful resistance of the devil-serpent Lion is performed through the steadfast performance of the faith of our Lord and Savior! Even – our being led by the Holy Spirit — in the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ (see: Ro.8:14 and Gal.2:16)! For we walk by faithnot by sight.” [2Cor.5:7]  Remember, a close relationship and walk with the “Lion of Judah” is the best safekeeping we can have from a growling, bloodthirsty, devil-serpent Lion that seeks to devour us! We are no match for him — but he is no match for Christ, our God! We will look more into these wonderful scriptures and relish more of the wonderful treasures of the Word of God. Praise His Holy Name!

For Christ’s Glory Only! – John Carpenter

Praises and Prayer Requests for April 2022

Well dear ones we are moving closer and closer to holding – once again – regular camp sessions at Del-Haven – Praise the Lord! We are seeing the signs of the Lord – the Holy Spirit’s moving in that direction. Two different groups are coming out this weekend to help us get repairs done on the camp buildings – and also to help us clean up the campground for having camps. Once again, Praise the Lord! Please pray that these things get done safely and completely.

Also, the following is our 2022 camp schedule so that you may continue to pray us through our whole season:

June 6-8                Staff Training             

June 13 – 16         6 to 8 yr. old  boys and girls

June 20 – 23         9 to 12yr. old girls

June 27 – 30         9 to 12yr. old boys

July  11 – 14         9 to 12yr. old girls

July  18 – 21         6 to 8 yr. old  boys and girls

Aug. 01 – 04         9 to 12 yr. old boys

The Lord has also met the need of our getting our trash picked up – Praise His Name! The only thing is – it is going cost us almost twice as much. Please pray with us where meeting the camp expenses is concerned. His coffers are never exhausted!

Dear ones, even though we will once again have our trash picked up – we still need for someone with earth moving equipment to come out and help us get our trash dump and burning pit redug, renewed and expanded. So, in all your praying for our needs – please put this on your list as well. Thank you…we love you.

 

 

Devotional for April 2022

(2)“For the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus – hath made me free from – the law of sin and death.(3)For what the law could not do – in that it was weak through the flesh – God – sending His own Son  – in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. (4) That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us – who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” [Ro.8:2-4]

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked. For whatsoever a man soweth – that shall he also reap! (8) For he that soweth to his flesh – shall of the flesh reap corruption – but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap Life Everlasting!” [Gal.6:7-8]

Before we finish our perusal of these two texts – let’s look a little bit at what it means to walk after the Spiritand to sow to the Spirit”. Why? Even because it is the result of doing these things that we reap Life Everlasting”.

First of all, we know that “walking” and “sowing” after the flesh is a purely Carnal enterprise that reaps only corruption, or spontaneous decay. And, “walking” and “sowing” after the Spirit is actually being led through this world by the Holy Spirit of God. Ro.8:14 tells us that “…as many as are led by the Spirit of Godthey are the sons [or, the children] of God.

From 1Cor.2:14-15 we see the “flesh” and the “Spirit” accurately described and contrasted: (14)“But the Natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of Godfor they are foolishness unto himneither can he know them,  for they are spiritually discerned. (15) But he that is Spiritual discerneth all thingsyet he, himself, is discerned of no man.”  The “Natural man” is, in essence, a Carnal man. He is of the flesh. He is definitively unregenerate and spiritually dead! Ro.8:5-6 also contrasts the flesh and the Spirit by this more complete description. It says: For they that are after the fleshdo mind the things of the fleshbut they that are after the Spiritthe things of the Spirit. (6) For to be Carnally minded is deathbut to be Spiritually minded is life and peace.”

So, we are not at all addressing something insignificant and unimportant! What we are looking at literally defines us – as to whether or not, we are genuinely born from above and truly quickened by the Holy Spirit into being true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ! God’s Word clearly says from Ga.5:16: I say then, Walk in the Spiritand ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh!” There’s no other way – except by the Holy Spirit — to keep from sowing and following the dictates of our fallen-in-sin flesh.

But, what then is it to Sow to the Spirit”?

It is indeed to follow the words and dictates of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus says from Jn.6:63: The flesh profits nothing! It is the Spirit that quickens! The Words that I say unto youthey are Spirit and they are Life! And, remember, it is the Holy Spirit of Christ (our God) that has inspired the whole Bible! Lk.18:1 says: And He spake a parable unto themthat men ought always [meaning: “at every when” and “at all times”] to pray, and not to faint.” Does not this echo 1Thess.5:17 which says: Pray without ceasing.” Also, this exhortation is in the midst of vs.14-22 which verses encourage us to live according to the workings of the Will of God. Read it! All of which is the practice of Sowing to the Spirit”…from which we’re assured by the Spirit of God to reap Life Everlasting”.

For Christ’s Glory Only! – John Carpenter

Praises and Prayer Requests for March 2022

Well, dear ones, we are beginning once again on another new camp season here at Del-Haven. Please keep urgently praying with us that we have no problem(s) in going forward with having regular camp sessions. Sheri consistently has inquiries from some children in regard to exactly this! We have been working hard at getting the campground cleaned up and ready regular camps as well. Please pray that our Lord and Savior will open the door and lead the way for His choice as to what children He will send – and as to whom will be willing to help out on our Staff (both male and female).

We will once again be having regular Saturday Work Days –  beginning in April – and running all the way to Saturday the 4th of June. That being the case, of course, we will be happy to accommodate anyone, or any group, that can come out at any time to help us get the buildings and grounds fit and ready for camp. Just give us an advance call…our number is at the top of the previous page.

Also, we have lost our regular connection to a Van rental company. So, if any of you know of any Church or person that can help us with transportation of children – to and from camp sessions – please let us know. Our camps begin on Monday morning and end on Thursday afternoon. We have the Monday morning pickup at 10 AM and the Thursday drop off at 2 PM. We typically have camps beginning the 3rd week of June (Mon. through Thurs.) every week except the week of the 4th of July. This means we could fit 6 camps in by the end of July. If any person or church could help us with transporting children on any of those Mondays or Thursdays – that would be wonderful! Please pray with us for the meeting of this need. Thank you.

To put it mildly – We are excited at the prospects of being able to have regular camp sessions once again! If things work out to this end – you just might hear a very hardy Praise to the Lord(!) coming from the area of Lone Jack, MO!