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FBC Youth Camp – Vertical 2007

I just spent five days in the mountains of New Mexico with about 450 other people at the 2007 edition of youth camp. It was my “first” camp since I was a youth many years ago. Our church took about 200 people. There were three other churches that also brought about that many combined. Everyone stayed in 3-4 bedroom condos that slept about 10 people. The young men that I stayed with were great.

Although there were a few problems with schedules and food, camp was fantastic. The problems were addressed and soon things were running relatively smoothly. It was the first time that the four youth ministers had organized a camp as big as this and they were learning from their mistakes.

The theme of the camp was Vertical, emphasizing our vertical relationship with God. The first night the message was about how big God is. Our faith can only be as big as our perception of God. The next night, we learned that we can have freedom from the “iron chariots” that hold us down. That reference is from the story of Gideon when the tribe of Manasseh let the previous inhabitants back into the promised land with their iron chariots. A lot of kids talked with counselors about the struggles they were having in their lives. The third night was for those that had not yet made a decision for Christ. I think 7-10 kids made decisions that night. The last night, the kids were encouraged to take what they learned back with them. The camp speaker was great.

The worship was led by Forty Days, a great band from the Dallas area. They have led worship at a lot of FBC-Forney’s youth events. The music was loud, high energy, and awesome. These guys are now one of my favorites.

The kids were divided up into about 20 teams for recreation time each day. There were seven games to keep us entertained. We played volleyball and dodgeball with exercise balls and dodgeball with water soaked balls. We played Chicken Baseball and Ultimate Chicken which both required using a rubber chicken. I guess I provided some comic relief as I ran around throwing that floppy chicken. There were three other games, all of which were fun. I probably got more exercise last week than I have gotten in a year.

I had a great time at camp. I got to spend some quality time with Trey and his buddies. I think the thing that I came away with was how impressive some of these kids were. They really inspired me.

Categories: Family, Games, Music, Religion

20 The Countdown Magazine

September 16, 2003 Leave a comment

Looks like my involvement with 20 The Countdown Magazine is coming to an end. I have maintained the website for the show for about seven years. It is really a long story (and not really my story to tell) but it saddens me to think about how things worked out. I guess God has a purpose for this. I consider the producer to be a good friend. He is a godly man who inspired and encouraged me. I will miss our interaction.

Listening to: How Do I Love Her from the album “All About Love” by Steven Curtis Chapman

Categories: Music

How Do I Love Her

August 23, 2003 Leave a comment

Steven Curtis Chapman has a gift. One of my favorite lines is the bridge to his current single….

Well I know it’s gonna take a lifetime to answer this prayer I pray
and that okay…cause I’ve given you and her my lifetime anyway.

That is so awesome.

Categories: Music