Magazine Issue 5

Weekend Camping

We went camping when our children were very young, family and friends made it possible. Camping again with our grandchildren reminded me that a place where small children are welcome, cared for, and having fun is a good place to be. There is something about family camping that is basic, wholesome, innocent, and peaceful. A friend once told me, “Most campers are good decent people.” In my experience I have found that to be true. Thugs, gang members, and angry, hostile activists don’t seem to find the outdoor wilderness to be compatible for their activities. If my belief that God’s angels watch over small children is true, it would be a serious and powerful opposition to the enemy’s intentions for evil. Moreover, the family unit is the greatest fundamental force and foundation for heath, prosperity, and social order existing on earth. Wherever you gather as family, look for God’s blessings there.

Seeking The Lord

We Know the Lord is near, especially to the brokenhearted, but at times we get very dry and weary from a lack of His presence. David and the prophets of Israel all felt this and expressed a longing for God. “Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 124:8) We become dry and weighed down with many cares and difficulties, but there is an answer and restoration. “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.” (Psalm 126:5-6) This is my prayer, not only for me and my family, but for the Congregation walking the pathways of the Lord. 

Yeshua, has borne our sorrows and grief; restoration, hope, joy and fruitful fulfillment await the Congregation of Believers, even as we journey. “The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” (Psalm 121:5-8)   

What you have

You have a Defender, when you are attacked.

You have a Friend, when everyone has deserted.

You have a Sacrifice, when your sins are piled high as a mountain.

You have a Redeemer, when your debts could never be paid.

You have a Lover, when everyone hates you.

You have an Advocate, when you are accused.

You have a Healer, when the doctors say there is no hope.

You have a Comforter, when you are tormented.

You have a Strong hold, when there is no refuge.

You have His strength, when you are weak.

You have His wisdom, when you don’t know how to answer. 

You have His insight, when you don’t know how to proceed.

You have a Savior, when you are lost.

You have His freedom, when you were captive.

You have a Miracle worker, when you are in an impossible situation.

You have forgiveness, when you have forgiven.

You have mercy, when you have been merciful.

You have His joy, in the midst of sorrows.

You have a Father, even if you were fatherless. 

You have a Family, though you were destitute and alone. 

You have a destiny, though the world considered you worthless.

You have abundant life, though you are humble.