Junior High Discipleship

DESERTED

What we feel – What God experiences

Dean: Brian Schreiber & Jimmy Ranshaw
 Check-in: July 26 @ 5:oopm
Parent Pick-up: August 1 @ 10:00am

In the book of Exodus, we read the story of how God’s people had endured years of bondage under the Egyptians. They were oppressed, abused, mistreated people. They needed rescue, they needed a way of escape. God saw their need, he didn’t miss a thing, and in his perfect timing, he acted on their behalf. God met them where they were.

“I have seen these people, ‘the Lord said to Moses, ‘and they are a stiff-necked people…” Exodus 32:9

In Exodus 32 we read the story of how the people DESERTED God when the road got too tough to travel. The very people that just had watched God perform miracle after miracle on their behalf, and guide them through desert days, were now bowing down to a golden calf they’d set up in the place of God himself.  We have relied on our cell phones to be our god more than God.

How easily we often desert. What starts as complaining, grumbling, hearts going astray, leads us deeper into DESERTED pathways we wished we’d never entered. Sin gets ahold of our minds and hearts.   It’s like a disease we can’t shake off on our own strength. We believe we can do life without God.

But God, through His Son Jesus, gives his mercy, forgives and sets free. Jesus redeems us from the pit that far too many of us have wandered into and been stuck in. He lifts us out and places our feet on solid ground. He gives us fresh purpose and hope. After Jesus gives up His life for ours, He leaves behind the Holy Spirit so we won’t feel Deserted on our journey.

We may feel deserted and left on our own, but God is always with us.  He has left us his Holy Spirit to give us help when we need it, power for the moments, and help when we don’t feel confident.  Emmanuel – God with us – resides in us to tap into through the Holy spirit.

Even after all these things the Israelites had done, and how they’d wandered away from God, he said these words just a few verses later, “The Lord replied, ‘My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14

God’s Holy Spirit presence is powerful and strong. The Holy Spirit is never dependent on how good we are, he is faithful even in our hardest struggles. Only in him can true rest and peace be found. The years of desert wanderings must have been difficult to endure. 40 years is a very long time. But God doesn’t always work on our timetable. And he saw them through to the end. He never abandoned his people. They kept pressing through and God continued to be with them, and he is with us as well.

Not a day goes by that we’re not in need of God’s huge grace and peace. Come to this week of camp and be reminded we need his Spirit to fill us again, to strengthen us for what’s ahead. Come and hear and find training on how we can get a fresh word that he speaks to our hearts, to keep our focus on what’s most important. Trying to run this race of life without him will do nothing but drain us dry…feeling…DESERTED.  In whatever you’re facing, be assured, God is with you, he’s providing for your needs, he has a plan, and nothing is too difficult for him.  You are …NEVER DESERTED!

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About the Deans

Brian Schreiber

Where are you involved at church?
I have been at the Fairfield Church of Christ for 28 years.  I began my time with the church as their youth minister for 22 years.  The last 6 years I have served as the Lead Minister.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
Too many to list – Romans 12; Romans 8:35-39; Prov. :3:5-6; Proverbs 4:23
What does camp ministry mean to you?
It truly is a place where you can leave distractions, finding yourself better connecting with the Lord and with others, and finding that what you really needed was for your soul to find rest again.
What is your favorite memory or aspect of camp?
Truly, it is watching what only God could orchestrate by being away from distractions and submitting in real worship and service as kingdom workers.
What is your favorite dessert?
My favorite camp desserts are warm coffee cake in the mornings and peanut butter/corn flake bars.

Jimmy Ranshaw

Where are you involved at church?
I am a Lead Minister (Family and Outreach) at Milford Christian Church. I have been at Milford Christian Church since 2008.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39 NIV)
What does camp ministry mean to you?
Camp ministry is important to me because it allows us to step out of society and for one week be with God and His nature. To be able to unplug from the world and to show students how to plug into Jesus is what camp ministry is all about.
What is your favorite memory or aspect of camp?
I love that our camp still worships outside and that we serve others during our week of camp. Ultimately I love to see how the lives of young students can change when they are exposed to the light of Jesus Christ.
What is your favorite dessert?
I love cheese cake!