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TC 2011: Awakening on a MountainTop




At BAC there has been a "Teen's Camp" every year for 20 years (or more). I have been to three, the most recent one last weekend. Every year we are blessed to be able to do what we can. 

We remove ourselves from the familiar in order to enjoy some of God's creation.We plan games and groups, ask questions and are present to talk about them. We worship the Lord together in song, with music, standing with arms raised to our God. We invite a speaker to come and say again the good news of Jesus Christ. These are the things that we, by the grace of God, can do, every year. It is good; it is all good. 

It is good to hear again the Love of God; it is amazing to experience God's love. It is good to hear the call to the kingdom of God; it is amazing to have the Spirit work in us and make that call a summons we must answer. It is good to know we are broken and need to change; it is amazing for Jesus to work repentance in us so that this knowledge becomes desire and then decision. It is good to worship the Lord with arms high; it is amazing to do so, by the grace of God, with heart abandoned and in awe of the One we love. These are the things that we, by the grace of God, cannot do. Only He can. It is great; it is all great. 

At BAC there has been a "Teen's Camp" every year for 20 years (or more). I have been to three. Every year we are blessed to be able to do what we can. Sometimes God does so much more. Like this year. 

So we have left teen's camp awakened anew to the presence of God, a mountain top experience if ever there was one. Now, with this grace of God in our past, we will look ever on for more. More of God's love and grace. More of His presence. We trust and pray that He who has began a good work in us will see it to completion. For now we face the more difficult task. We need you Lord, as we always have and always do, to do the things we cannot. They are the things that matter. 

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