Devotional for May 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]

The 1st three bestowed and pronounced Blessings of Mt.5:3-9 are reflections of the relationship that pertains to what the Holy Spirit of the Lord Jesus is continually developing and forming within all His chosen and regenerated sinner/children while they are still making their personal journey through this fallen world. These first three Blessings emphasize the absolute necessity of the perfect Righteousness that we needbefore we can beperfectly accepted and approved by Holy, Holy, Holy God! And, this perfect Righteousness is found, ONLY, in our Lord Jesus Christ! He was sent by God the Father – and He was delighted to obediently come – into this fallen, sinful world – in the likeness of our sinful flesh [see: Ro.8:3] – and vicariouslyHe has thought, talked and walkedtotally without sinas our Substitute! He has singlehandedly fulfilled God’s demanded perfect obedience on our behalf – in order to make us perfectly approved and accepted – in God’s Holy, Holy, Holy loving and eternal holy presence. Praise His Name!

It is by virtue of our Lord’s perfect Righteousness that we have been – and are – eternally saved! This is the reason why all of God’s true sinner/children continually – by His grace – while still passing through this world – fill the description of each of these Blessings that the Lord Jesus makes known unto us from Mt.5:3-9. We can only fill this description of a genuine Holy Spirit born from above believer — through Christ who strengthens us [see: Phil.4:13] — through the Will of God, who works in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure [see: Phil.2:13]. And, this is why when we traverse the wilderness of this fallen world – we are always hungering and thirsting for HIS Righteousness. Praise God and His great grace – He promises — that we shall be filled! The Righteousness that we constantly desire – is the very person and work of the only Substitute for sinners that there ever was – is – or ever will be, the Lord Jesus Christ! HE is the Holy Bread and Water of Life eternal! We are divinely encouraged from 2Pe.3:18 to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. To Him be gloryboth now and forever!” [or, lit., to the day of eternity]. All this as opposed to that which vs.17 describes as: being led away with the error of the Wicked…”. May God deliver us from this!

So, therefore, vs.3-6 deliver unto us four Blessings that God bestows upon all of His children that describe the Godly attitude that we all have – in the unity of the Holy Spirit – in regards to what we all need, but which we all lack! This is why we all know and believe and understand that Christ by virtue of His being incarnated into the likeness of our sinful flesh – and still remaining holy – that it is He, and He, alone, who can – and who has — provided for us – God’s perfect Righteousness! We shall see that the next three Blessings pertain more to the promise that we shall be actually transformed into His holy likeness! Praise His Wonderful Name!

 

Devotional for April 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]

Well, dear ones, here we still are – in a stand still state — as far as moving forward into a regular camp season. Please pray with us that the Lord will lead all of us into being free – once and for all – from the fear and restrictive regulatory mandates of the pandemic! Saturday, the third, was to be our first work day in our normal preparation agenda for having our 2021 summer camps! Unfortunately, as long as the present restrictions are in place upon us – our normal operation as a camp continues to be prevented. We will, however – Lord willing — make a shift like we did last year and invite whole family groups to come out and allow them to go through a day of Del-Haven Camp activities (including swimming, fishing, outdoor recreation, crafts and of course Bible Study Time). And, as soon as the pandemic restrictions are lifted — we will try to put together a regular camp session(s) – as the Lord leads.

There’s nothing too hard – or, wonderful – for our Lord!  [See: Jer.32:27] Praise His Name! Let’s together diligently seek Him to guide us – provide for us – protect us – and prosper us — in this worthy evangelistic endeavor! All glory to the Lord Jesus Christ!

Please do not forget to pray for all the children that have comeand that want to cometo camp.  And, Please pray for all the young people who volunteer to serve on our staff. They all suffer from all of this negative impact on our not being able to have regular camp sessions. The annual practice of the good and Godly habit of being at Del-Haven during the summer months has been prevented from its performance. The longer this is allowed, the more difficult it is to resume! A great deal of what the Lord has done with His ministry here has been manifested in the fact that over the six plus decades we have existed – we have seen a ministry of the gospel of the glory, only, of Christ — grow into being generational in its capacity and its outreach. Please pray with us that thisby God’s will and good pleasurebe allowed to effectually continue.

We have been – and are – encouraged by the showing of your faithful and prayerful support of Del-Haven. The upkeep of this place always presents unexpected challenges, such as the water heater in the dining hall that needs to be replaced – but our Lord ever demonstrates His hearing and answering our prayers! Praise His Name! Your faithful, prayerful support is the tangible evidence of this “Truth as it is in Jesus”. We love and pray for all of you.

For Christ’s Glory Only! – John Carpenter

Praises and Prayer Requests for April 2021

Well, dear ones, here we still are – in a stand still state — as far as moving forward into a regular camp season. Please pray with us that the Lord will lead all of us into being free – once and for all – from the fear and restrictive regulatory mandates of the pandemic! Saturday, the third, was to be our first work day in our normal preparation agenda for having our 2021 summer camps! Unfortunately, as long as the present restrictions are in place upon us – our normal operation as a camp continues to be prevented. We will, however – Lord willing — make a shift like we did last year and invite whole family groups to come out and allow them to go through a day of Del-Haven Camp activities (including swimming, fishing, outdoor recreation, crafts and of course Bible Study Time). And, as soon as the pandemic restrictions are lifted — we will try to put together a regular camp session(s) – as the Lord leads.

There’s nothing too hard – or, wonderful – for our Lord!  [See: Jer.32:27] Praise His Name! Let’s together diligently seek Him to guide us – provide for us – protect us – and prosper us — in this worthy evangelistic endeavor! All glory to the Lord Jesus Christ!

Please do not forget to pray for all the children that have comeand that want to cometo camp.  And, Please pray for all the young people who volunteer to serve on our staff. They all suffer from all of this negative impact on our not being able to have regular camp sessions. The annual practice of the good and Godly habit of being at Del-Haven during the summer months has been prevented from its performance. The longer this is allowed, the more difficult it is to resume! A great deal of what the Lord has done with His ministry here has been manifested in the fact that over the six plus decades we have existed – we have seen a ministry of the gospel of the glory, only, of Christ — grow into being generational in its capacity and its outreach. Please pray with us that thisby God’s will and good pleasurebe allowed to effectually continue.

We have been – and are – encouraged by the showing of your faithful and prayerful support of Del-Haven. The upkeep of this place always presents unexpected challenges, such as the water heater in the dining hall that needs to be replaced – but our Lord ever demonstrates His hearing and answering our prayers! Praise His Name! Your faithful, prayerful support is the tangible evidence of this “Truth as it is in Jesus”. We love and pray for all of you.

 

Praises and Prayer Requests for March 2021

Well, dear ones, we are now in the midst of March and we still do not know for certain if we will be allowed to – once again — accept campers for regular camp sessions. Please be in earnest prayer with us concerning this all important matter. There is nothing too hard for the Lord – regardless of the adverse circumstances! We already know that even if we cannot – again this year – do camp ministry like we have done for decades – we plan to once again have families come to Del-Haven for a full day of Camp Del-Haven activities – including Bible class – and minister to Mom and Dad and campers altogether. The Lord blessed our time last year when we did that. So, if need be — we are prepared to do the same this year. Again – please pray for our Lord’s wise leading where this is concerned.

And, as always – please remember to pray for the children that we have so much on our hearts — that have been campers (and that want to be campers) at Del-Haven. All the boys and girls that have come from all the different broken backgrounds that God has sent to us to hear the wonderful truth of the gospel of the glory, only, of the Lord Jesus Christ! We all have had a lot of other people that have been led of the Lord to pray for us – some whom we know – and a lot whom we do not really know. The prayers of the people of God are what God uses to graciously accomplish His will and good pleasure…and we all need just that!

Pray also for our staff as well. For over 60 years the sovereign Savior has always met our need of good help to fill the key positions of leadership in this camp ministry. Many of our staff were at one time in their lives also campers of ours. What a living miracle to see how the Lord God brings us campers only to enter into their lives and also turn them into our valued and faithful helpers. It is truly a marvelous thing to witness! Please pray for our staff – especially if the Lord sees fit to have us in full operation this year!

We do love you all and really appreciate you being so faithful in continuing to prayerfully support the Lord’s ministry here. This encourages our hearts and serves to strengthen and comfort us – as we wait on the Lord!

 

Devotional for March 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]

Of the seven blessings that our Lord God has bestowed upon us through the person and work of His incarnated eternal Son, Christ Jesus – we have briefly touched upon in previous newsletters,  only the first two, viz., Blessed are the poor in spiritand Blessed are they that mourn”. We have also noted that both of these blessings pertain to the Righteousness that God requires in order to be approved and accepted into God’s holy and heavenly presence! Of which – none of us naturally have – nor can we perform, or attain. This is why Jesus tells us from Jn.14:6: I am the Way, the Truth, and the Lifeno man cometh unto the Fatherbut by me.” The Lord Jesus Christ, by God’s great grace, is our approval and acceptance with holy, holy, holy God Almighty! The Lord Jesus Christ – indeed — is our eternal Salvation and Life! [see: Rom.6:23, 1Co.1:30-31 and 2Co.5:21]

We now come to the third divinely pronounced blessing: Blessed are the meekfor they shall inherit the earth.” This blessing – like all of them – is a spiritual blessing – and must be received, believed and understood in a strictly spiritual sense. It has been said that meekness is the mark of sinner who has been mastered by God. To be meek — for the most part – in this world – is mocked by a false humility. This is hypocrisy! But, what this verse is referring to is produced in a sinner’s soul that has been blessed with God’s grace of true repentance. Meeknessaccording to God’s grace is a true regenerating realization of who you are – as a sinner – before Holy God. This regenerating realization is completely wrought out because the Holy Spirit of God bears witness with your spirit that you have been placed in Christ before the foundation of the world – or, in other words – before the creation of the world – completely forgiven, cleansed and made whole by the atoning blood of He, who is the Lamb of God! The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world! [Rev.13:8] It is this Truth of the person and work of Christ that causes you to stand silent, humble and thankful – in a state of true worship — before holy God. And, in this true state of contrition – you know that you do not deserve — in the least bit – for this to be eternally true. Moreover, God promises all who fill this scriptural description – that it is they – that will inherit the New Heavens and a New Earthwherein dwelleth Righteousness! [see: 2Pe.3:13Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift!” [2Cor.9:15]

Now the question may be asked: “How can I attain this blessing?” And, the answer is we can’t! No one attainsany of God’s blessings. If they are possessed – it is because they have been given by His grace. Jesus commands – He does not invite – Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest! (29) Take my yoke upon you and learn of mefor I am Meek and lowly in heartand ye shall find rest unto your souls. (30) For my yoke is easy and my burden is light[Mt.11:28-30]  This is the only way that we can obtain God’s holy Meekness”.

For Christ’s Glory Only! – John Carpenter

 

 

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