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Country Christmas

One of the main barns

One of the main barns

Here at the farm, we have just started Country Christmas.  Four evenings in December we take hayride tours around the farm and the birth of Christ is portrayed by actors in a play format.  At the last stop, the gospel is shared with the audience.  The evening is completed with pony rides, a petting zoo, Christmas tree sales, hot chocolate and cookies.

Usually, we have around 500-600 people come each evening.  500-600 people who get to hear the gospel that night.  Yesterday, it was different.  We had a big snow storm come through and in the office we got calls all day long about people wanted to transfer to another day because of the weather.  One call included 50 of our volunteers who weren’t going to make it. We were getting somewhat discouraged.  Some people wondered if it was worth doing it at all.

Last night, our total count was 135. 135 people who got to hear the gospel proclaimed.  It was worth it.  It would have been worth it if ONE person was able to hear and see Christ.  Is it really up to us to decide who gets to hear God’s Word?  Is it up to us to decide how many people is enough for us to proclaim the gospel?

I pray that those 135 people last night were changed by what they saw and heard and that God will begin a work in their hearts to salvation.  And now it’s time for us to get ready for the 500 people coming tonight!

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2013 in Christmas

 

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Encouragement

The other day, we got an interesting and rather long phone call in the office.  The other secretary took it but we all heard it since it was so quiet. It was quite obvious form the conversation that it was a displeased camper Mom and that it had something to do with Catholicism.  When she got off the phone, we all just looked at her expectantly.

First off, the lady was not mad at all. She just wanted to know it this was a “safe” camp for Catholics to attend. Do we intentionally try to undermine Catholic beliefs?  Her daughters have been campers for years but something had happened this past summer. Her daughter came home full of doubts as to some of the Catholic rituals. Also, she had been telling her friends in her Catholic school that evolution was not correct and was promoting Creationism.  She also said that when her daughter was at camp they discussed the pope and her daughter wasn’t convinced she really agreed with the idea of a pope anymore.  The mother was concerned; her daughter’s faith was being torn down.

Now, this mom didn’t want anything said to the counselor because she really liked her and didn’t really think she was intentionally doing this.

What she didn’t know was that I work in the office……and I was her daughter’s counselor.

I remember that week so clearly. It was the only week I had older girls (age 11-12) and I had at least 3 who were Catholic. So of course it was a topic of conversation during Bible Study. Not because I brought it up, but THEY did!  (As a side note:  I don’t remember talking about the pope at all that week. But she certainly could have formed her own opinions!)  We did talk about who we should pray to and such things as that. I mean, when we started to study the Bible, these girls had questions. “If the Bible says that, then why do we do this?”  I always stressed that YES you can be a Catholic and be saved!  Of course you can!  Also, God is the only one who can see a person’s heart and I can’t tell anybody if they’re saved or not.

That’s what I stressed to all my Catholic campers.  Apparently, this Mom thought that we were anti-Catholic here when we aren’t really.  However, what she meant for a slight reprimand, got me so excited!

I got to see some more fruits from camp.  How this girl was challenged by Scripture and how it applies to her life!  It’s encouraging to me and…

I’m going to pray for this young lady.

 

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2013 in camp

 

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The Fairness of Life

I was babysitting a six year-old girl at my house the other day.  Bethany said that something wasn’t fair and that little girl looked her in the eye and said solemnly,

“My Daddy says that if life was fair, we’d all go to hell.”

It took me a minute to realize the truth in her statement. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary has this for one of its definitions of fair: Equitable; just; erited.  Fairness is getting what you deserve and although we usually apply it to “good” things, it should apply to “bad” things as well.  By rights, we should all go to hell.  That’s what we deserve. We’re all born sinners and have broken God’s commands as a result.  The fair thing for God to do would be to send us to eternal punishment.

I’m so glad God provided an alternative.  He didn’t have to. He chose to give us grace and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins (1 John 4:10).

Now,  I don’t know about you, but I’m glad life isn’t fair.

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2012 in salvation

 

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