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Resurrection Burden

Resurrection Burden

‘God doesn’t need you to DO SOMETHING for Him. He wants you to BE SOMETHING because of Him.’ -Jim Putnam The resurrection of Jesus Christ has been explained, unpacked and reviewed time and again this week. It has been interesting to watch the students react to learning the true weight of what happened in the death and resurrection of Christ. Jesus overcame death, sin, the enemy and satisfied God’s wrath. It has become evident that the more students understand why Jesus had to die and what he accomplished on the cross and in the resurrection, the more students realize the invitation to serve the creator. Jesus didn’t die for pity, he died to invoke worship of God’s limitless power. Understanding well Jesus’ resurrection leads to understanding well our responsibility and opportunity as Christians. Probably the most felt response to the resurrection teaching in our students has been a burden for their friends who do not know Jesus; a burden for those around them everyday who do not know the hope of Jesus. I am encouraged and overwhelmed as I think of the revival that could take place in the schools of Holland, Michigan if just half of our student return with this burden for their lost friends and act on these convictions. Please pray with me that this school year will be a year filled with students far from God being introduced to the hope of Jesus through our students’ faithfulness. As we finish our time at camp tonight and depart early tomorrow morning, I ask that you pray for three things specifically: 1. TONIGHT. Tonight we will gather...
Day 3 Pictures

Day 3 Pictures

Students are having a blast.  From football to hiking, to Hammock-ing and the Three Person Swing, our students are getting the most of our Camp SWO.  More updates coming soon.     -Rob...
Redefining the Spectacular

Redefining the Spectacular

If you have been to church for any amount of time you have heard of the cross of Christ and the subsequent resurrection. Somehow in the American church we have let the glorious resurrection become ingloriously mundane.  We can hear of the magnificent resurrection of our Savior and remain unchanged.  We can be challenged in the resurrection of Jesus and our worship remains unaffected. For our students, the resurrection of Jesus is becoming more and more real this week.  The truth and understanding of the resurrection of Jesus is being boldly proclaimed in this place and our students are responding with a fierce hunger.  Brody Holloway, the camp Pastor, put the resurrector in this perspective, ‘The empty tomb is where the immeasurable greatness of God becomes measurable.’   Consequently, worship has been nothing short of spectacular.  Our students, with each passing worship experience, are letting the pride and self UNassurance fade away, making way for the spirit to move.  God’s power is measurably on display this week. Last night, the camp set up a prayer time for the students to simply meet with God.  It is a beautiful sight to witness a sea of students praying, journaling and kneeling before a mighty God. Please continue to pray for open hearts and minds.  For moldable attitudes.  Pray for brokenness. Pray for rescue.  Pray for lasting impact.  Our prayer has been and continues to be that camp becomes more than a week full of ‘Jesus jargon’ to become an altar, a stake in the ground where students can look back to the moment when God captured them and put them on mission....
Here Now…

Here Now…

  By now you are all aware that we made it to Camp SWO.  We safely arrived around 3pm yesterday(Monday).  Our official hashtag for the week is #SWO15 and we have officially kicked things off with a bang! As we arrived, the students got settled in their cabins, sign up for the week’s recreation, encountered the camp food for the first time and we shared in our first camp worship experience.  It was a long day as we left at midnight on Sunday night and went hard until midnight Monday night… but it was so worth it. God is already breaking down walls; students have already begun sharing and the overall understanding that God wants to meet with us this week is setting in.  The theme for the summer here at Snowbird is the resurrection of Jesus and we are studying in the Gospel of John.  Today students will be learning more about the greatness of Jesus resurrection and his ultimate power and sovereignty over the entire universe. This afternoon we will all head out to the Nantahala River for our white water rafting adventure.  Then we will return to camp, have dinner and share in our evening worship experience.  I will be live streaming the service tonight around 7:30.   Remember you can follow the Fuel ‘periscope’ by downloading the app on your phone and searching @fuelcwc.   Here are just a few pictures from the last 36...
Praying for Your Student During Camp Week

Praying for Your Student During Camp Week

  As we leave for Camp Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters (SWO) we are excited and full of anticipation.  Camps can be good, but with prayer they can be great.  Here are a few ways you can pray for your student while we are away; 1. Pray for Spiritual Safety. Camp week is full of activities, experiences, fun, excitement and absolute insanity. Somewhere mixed in with all the fun is an overall experience that will shape your students’ faith in one way or another. While we will all certainly pray for safety, even more so, I would encourage you to pray for your students spiritual safety. Because much more important than even physical safety is the spiritual foundation that will be laid at camp this week that will harbor long term spiritual safety. 2. Pray for Perseverance Distractions abound at camp. From relationships, friendships, experiences and even fun itself, there are many factor vying for the attention of our students. Pray for the directness of the spirit to capture the focus of your student. Pray that the loudest voice is the quiet whisper of God working in the lives of your student this week. 3. Pray against fatigue/emotionalism Pray that decisions, experiences, worship and growth this week are all based on intimate and authentic encounters with the living God. We don’t want emotions to be the primary reason a student takes next steps on their journey with God. Emotions are short sided feelings that produce short term results. Lets pray for decisions rooted in understanding God more and learning to trust Him in deeper ways. 4. Pray about the Conversations you will get...