After Family Camp

I think Victor’s post makes a very good point – Family Camp needs to be a more permanent thing. We have to take our Christian lives more seriously than one out of fifty-two weeks a year, and one day out of seven. I used to wonder why things were so hard to do. Why it was hard to focus on God. Why I didn’t see him in my life. In reality it was hard to see him in my life. This is what needs to change. God commands a commitment from his people. This commitment has to be everything, and it has to consume everything in our lives.

And He was saying to {them} all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. Luke 9.23

To his disciples that heard this it could only mean one thing. They have to die every single day. They have to put down things they want, and pick up a cross. A cross that leads to their own death.

Yet, we often think that we can have the religion or spirituality that we want, with all the other desires that we have. Jesus doesn’t think so. I used to think so.

Victor has a great point about how we can truly recreate the family camp situation. Sure we’ll have to go to work, and it might not be as beautiful but you can do it.

    Some good preachers to look up on SermonAudio and SermonIndex

  • Paris Reidhead
  • Paul Washer
  • Leonard Ravenhill

If you’ve got any more, be sure to drop them in the comments

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3 responses to this post.

  1. John,

    I think many of us are coming under conviction regarding this. The lukewarmness in the church, the lack of commitment, the “go to church for an hour or so, then back to the world” cycle.

    Well the “cycle” of playing church is about to end as God is judging and separating the wheat and the tares. If we intend to be harvested as “wheat”, we’d better be examining ourselves now. Very little of the goat versus sheep judgment is about doctrine, not that doctrine isn’t important. But the truth is that the judgment is about what we did with what we knew, and it’s about taking care of the sick, the poor, and those in prison, in particular the brethren. As disciples, we’re called upon to to give of our time, talent, and treasure. Indeed, the early church held daily fellowships, daily communion, and held all things in common.

    As far as links to good convicting preaching, I’d recommend any of Andrew Strom’s material on the 3 websites I’m linking. Also I don’t always agree with Harry Bethel, but I love his attitude of “no compromise”.

    Steve

    http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~revival/index.html

    http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~revival/index2.html

    http://www.revivalschool.com/

    http://www.bethelministries.com/discernment.htm

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  2. For those interested I have a podcast with high quality MP3’s of Paul’s messages, as well as other faithful preachers, called “Uncommonly Powerful Preaching”. The website address is:
    http://upp.mypodcast.com

    If you use iTunes you can subscribe to this podcast here:
    http://www.itunes.com/podcast?id=253804331

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  3. Thanks Matt- I bookmarked your sites. How did you happen by this blog?

    Steve

    Reply

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