My Week at Camp – Friday

childrens-ministry-big questionIt’s the last day of camp! Wow, the week went by so fast! This morning in chapel we are asking the BIG question, “Does God make a difference in our life?”

And the answer is a resounding “yes!”

The first big difference God makes in our life is what happens when we become Christians.

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Thank you, God, for making us new!

God makes us new – with new desires to love and obey Him. And God helps us to become more and more like Jesus. That is the second big difference God makes in our lives. As we change on the inside, it shows on the outside in how we act and in how we treat others.

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen…Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:29,31-32

I have a Winnie the Pooh pez dispenser. I love pez dispensers because they dispense sweet, delicious candy out of their mouth. With God’s help, we can be like pez dispensers and dispense sweet things out of our mouths. Instead of anger and unwholesome talk, we can dispense kindness, compassion, and forgiveness.

As God changes us to become more and more like Jesus we will dispense more and more sweet things from our mouths and the way we act and the way we treat other people will become sweeter too!

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My Week at Campt – Thursday

childrens-ministry-big questionI love hide and seek! Is your favorite part the hiding or the seeking? The theme this week has been “Seek Him!” Today’s BIG question is “What does it mean to seek God?”

That is a very good question. Because of what Jesus did for us when He died on the cross, we can be friends with God. Our relationship with God is restored. But we want that relationship to grow. We want to get to know God better.

Seeking God is all about building our relationship with Him. We seek God in order to love Him more and get to know Him more.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Lost and Found vs. Buried Treasure

If something is lost, we will look for it. It could be something valuable or something we could live without. We won’t look forever, though. We may eventually find it or we may not.

A buried treasure isn’t lost. Someone knows where it is, we just need directions to find it. A treasure is something valuable. If it’s really important to us, we’ll keep seeking until we find it.

God is like a buried treasure. He’s not lost. He’s given us the directions to find Him in His word.

We find out who God is and what He wants us to do by reading the Bible. Even though we can’t see God, we can seek Him and find Him in the Bible!

We can also seek God in prayer – we can talk to Him even though we can’t see Him!

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My Week at Camp – Wednesday

I can’t believe it’s Wednesday already! Camp is half over. Today in chapel we are answering the BIG question, “Why did Jesus have to die?”

childrens-ministry-big questionThat’s a big BIG question!! To start we are going to play a game of The Price is Right! Two cabins will compete to guess the price on some very important consumer products – M&M’s, ketchup chips, double bubble, and a hot wheels car. Once they have finished I will tell them I have one more item and will show a sign that says ‘forgiveness of sin.’ How much money would it cost to buy this? The answer is that no amount of money can buy forgiveness of sin. The sign is turned over and it is revealed that Jesus’ death on the cross paid the price for our sins.

Why did Jesus have to die? Because sin has to be paid for and that payment required the death of a perfect person. Jesus is that perfect person. Jesus sacrificed His life to save us.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3:16-17

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My Week at Camp – Tuesday

Tuesday morning find’s these 9-11 year olds raring to go! They are fueled up from breakfast and the fresh air and exercise they got at their skills and now it’s chapel time.

SEEK HIM!

childrens-ministry-big questionToday’s big question is, “Is sin really a problem?” I want the campers to understand that not only is sin disobeying God, it causes a barrier between us and God.

Is sin really a problem?

God created us to have a relationship with Him, but because God is holy our sin causes a barrier between us and God and that relationship is broken.

I brought some props with me to help the kids understand this important concept:

1. Golden Circle – This reminds us of God. It is golden to remind us that God is holy and can’t stand sin. It’s a circle to remind us that God is eternal. There is no beginning and no ending.

2. Little People – These people remind us of us! We are people created by God, loved by God, who have sinned against God.

3. Lego Blocks – I start building a wall with the lego blocks. The wall will go up in between the golden circle and the little people. As I build the wall, I talk with the kids about what sin is and how it affects our relationship with God. Sin causes a barrier between us and God.

We were created by God to be friends with God. God loves us and created us to have a special relationship with Him, but there’s a problem. Something has caused a barrier to go up between us and God and that something is sin. We can’t have a close relationship with God because sin is in the way. Because of sin we can’t be friends with God. That’s a huge problem because we will either spend forever with God or forever without God.

“When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.” Romans 5:12

So, back to our BIG question, “Is sin really a problem?” Yes, it is. Sin causes a barrier between us and God and sin has to be paid for. But God loves us so much that He has a plan to solve the problem. A plan that would break down that barrier and pay for our sins; a plan that would make a way for us to be forgiven for our sin.

I’ll tell you what that plan was tomorrow!

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My Week at Camp – Monday

It’s Monday morning…

Breakfast  √

Cabin clean-up  √

Skills  √

It’s time for chapel! I love seeing the kids lined up outside the chapel doors eagerly waiting to get in.

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Today’s big question is, “Is it okay to ask God questions?” Chapel’s going to be extra fun because I get to play with fire!

I am telling the story of Moses’ encounter with God in Exodus chapter 3. Moses does question God (3 times in fact!) But God listens and responds. Moses approaches God respectfully and reverently. And when Moses goes too far (continues questioning instead of obeying, God does get angry and says He is sending Aaron along with Moses.)

So, is it okay to ask God question? Yes. Be real with God. He already knows anyway. Ask your questions with respect. Don’t forget to read your Bibles! God has answered so many of our questions in the Bible. Seek God in prayer and in His Word – the Bible!

“Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.” Psalm 62:8

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