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Reflections on EQUIP Boot Camp: Recognizing our Need for Each Other 

After taking some time to reflect on my experience at EQUIP Boot Camp this year, I realized that the Holy Spirit had used the time spent on Precept’s campus this summer to convict me about an incorrect, sinful pattern in my thinking. Here’s the lie – the only necessary component to a fulfilling Christian life more »

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Reflections on EQUIP Boot Camp: Clashing

As I think back over this summer and specifically on the weeks spent on the Precept campus for EQUIP Boot Camp 2016, the word that keeps coming to my mind is CLASHING. You might not think that a very nice word to choose. But let me explain: There are so many coexisting beliefs and choices more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2: Day 8

We know we’ve already said this, but it felt like camp ended too soon. The Precept campus is too quiet, the rooms and chairs too empty and the last of the staff just drove up and out of our little valley.  But we know that this is an opportunity to trust the sovereignty of our more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2: Day 7

It is humbling that this week flew by so quickly. Again, we are incalculably grateful for your faithfulness to pray, and for the faithfulness of our good Father who has been at work both visibly and invisibly! Day 7 is always p.a.c.k.e.d. Students who had a hard time staying present through the whole class at more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2: Day 6

To everyone who has been praying for EQUIP Boot Camp 2, thank you so much! God has been answering your prayers, and we are so thankful for your support and love to come before the Father for us. Something definitely shifted in the atmosphere of camp. The Spirit was moving, preconceived ideas were falling like more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2: Day 5

Yesterday’s study of Ephesians 3 left us contemplating the mystery of God’s will, as revealed in Christ. Day 5 feels so full and rich in our minds, as God continues to work among us at EQUIP Boot Camp. We’re not going to sugarcoat things: it was a pretty heavy day for us all. Even in more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2: Day 4

Yesterday was such a comforting example of God’s sovereignty and His demand for faith. The morning started with a sweet mini main session focussed on the concept of keeping the Sabbath and that resting and remembering God’s character isn’t optional for believers. Then came classroom time. The approach and structure of the classroom time is more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2: Day 3

For all who have been praying for EQUIP Boot Camp 2, thank you so much. We’re both seeing the benefits and utter need for your prayers clearly from Day 3. The students have begun opening up already, and are wrestling hard with the truths of the Word in such an intimate way. As we said more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2: Day 2

Even though it’s summer (and definitely feels like it in the afternoons), the mornings are still pleasant and calm in our little Precept valley. The first morning of EQUIP Boot Camp 2 was made even more peaceful and endearing by the small crowd of campers sitting with their Bibles open, underneath the breezeway to stay more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2: Day 1

There is a point in every staff orientation where we say “Camp has already started.” It’s the moment when all the 30-40 people who have come from across the country are together in a cozy classroom, huddled together to pray before going out to greet the campers and open up the registration desk. So many more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 1 (Day 8)

Our hearts are both completely full and aching for the students who came to EQUIP Boot Camp 1! In so many ways, the morning of Day 8 of camp felt like it came too soon. That made the studying the armor of God in Ephesians 6:10-24 that much more applicable and meaningful. As David Arthur more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 1 (Day 7)

For those who have been praying for breakthroughs and burdens, thank you. The Lord showed up on Day 7 (just like He did for every day of camp). It seemed like everywhere we looked, walls of fear and silence, pain and conviction were falling as the Lord kept working on each individual’s heart. Break times more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 1 (Day 6)

The sun rose and set yesterday without any weather interferences in the camp schedule, which was a blessing. But it seemed like the Lord had so many other interjections for us to focus on instead. It was one of those days where all the out of the ordinary things happened at once, contrasted between extremes more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 1 (Day 5)

It’s almost impossible to believe that camp is over halfway over. We are praising God for all that He has done in the first five days of camp, as we have set aside time to spend time studying the Scriptures! Thank you so much for praying with us, and we ask that you continue going more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 1 (DAY 4)

There’s just so much to share, so we’re going to just jump right in! The chapter study in Ephesians 2 was tough, long, and heavy; but the Lord is definitely moving and we are so inexplicably thankful for your prayers. Because we see Him working in the campers’ hearts, and in our own. The students more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 1 (DAY 3)

Sunrises in our peaceful little valley of Chattanooga are a favorite. Seeing such green and lush scenery is a startling image of God’s glory in creation as the warm rays reach through the trees. Firstly, let’s just say that the campers were so very ready for Day 3! They were finally able to start the more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 1 (Day 2) 

The first full day of camp was such a blessing to us! The campers have brought with them such willing and open spirits for what we’re doing here this week. We have been amazed at how loudly they’re already singing, and how much they talked and responded in the very first classroom time. That’s not more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 1 (DAY 1)

“Hustle and bustle” is usually used to describe crowds during Christmas, but that’s exactly what registration time for EQUIP Boot Camp feels like to us who have the privilege to staff! We’ve seen God give amazing gifts of life and hope through His Word before, and it’s always such an exciting time to love on more »

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DAY 1 – CAMP 1: Waiting for God to Move

The last three days we have talked about sanctification, and what it means to be patient and persevere while God is transforming us. We have felt that this is so important in the final days leading up to EQUIP Boot Camp. If left on our own, our heart will make a list of its own more »

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(#1) Countdown to Camp 1: Waiting for God to Move

This morning we talked about how the world gives us the expectation to see change and improvement. But the change that God seeks to do in us is not visible or tangible like our shiny new phones or #transformationtuesday Instagrams. May the striving cease. May contentment reign. And may joy abound at what God has done more »

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(#2) Countdown to Camp 1: Waiting for God to Move 

If you’re like me, it’s easy to become frustrated or disappointed with the way things are moving in your life at one point or another. And part of the problem is that we’re becoming programmed to only recognize change when it is tangible. We are being showered with every incremental change happening in our social circles. more »

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(#3) Countdown to Camp 1: Waiting for God to Move

Our deepest desire for you wherever you are, whether you’re coming to this summer’s EQUIP Boot Camp or not, is that we all gain patience and perseverance from the Lord while He transforms us. God is capable of doing anything, and loves to give good gifts; but He is not on man’s timeline, and will work according more »

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Preparing Your Heart for Camp

When we talk about EQUIP Boot Camp to people, we try to communicate what makes it so special, so unique. There’s a simple and pungent list explaining that: Scriptural focus, intentional community, discipleship training, camp staff, and an interactive process. But as much as these things are put into place with Christ-honoring purposes, there are more »

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Praying for Transformation 5/20

Last month, we encouraged you to begin praying for God to receive greater glory in heaven and on the earth. This month, we want to give you an example of how you can do this: praying for God to be victorious over His enemies. At first thought, it does not seem necessary to pray for more »

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2016 ENGAGE Interns – Katherine Ann

We want the world to know that the biggest privilege for Transform Student Ministries is hosting young people of all ages for summer EQUIP Boot Camps and the ENGAGE Internship. We love investing in young men and women. We are humbled and excited to spend intentional time with them, and to see their hearts and lives more »

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2016 ENGAGE Interns – Megan

We want the world to know that the biggest privilege for Transform Student Ministries is hosting young people of all ages for summer EQUIP Boot Camps and the ENGAGE Internship. We love investing in young men and women. We are humbled and excited to spend intentional time with them, and to see their hearts and lives more »

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2016 ENGAGE Interns – David

We want the world to know that the biggest privilege for Transform Student Ministries is hosting young people of all ages for summer EQUIP Boot Camps and the ENGAGE Internship. We love investing in young men and women. We are humbled and excited to spend intentional time with them, and to see their hearts and lives more »

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First Friday – NEW Transform Discipleship Resource

The school year is winding down (or speeding into finals) and we’re feeling a little nostalgic as we look back over all the Lord has done since we started the First Friday posts back in September. When we started posting the Transform Discipleship Resources, it was our heart that God would use these short little studies to encourage more »

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2016 ENGAGE Interns – Brydon

We want the world to know that the biggest privilege for Transform Student Ministries is hosting young people of all ages for summer EQUIP Boot Camps and the ENGAGE Internship. We love investing in young men and women. We are humbled and excited to spend intentional time with them, and to see their hearts and lives more »

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2016 ENGAGE Interns – GABBY

In case you haven’t heard, we’re so excited for our ENGAGE summer interns, and are enjoying introducing you to them individually! The biggest privilege for Transform Student Ministries is hosting young people of all ages each summer for the EQUIP Boot Camps and the ENGAGE Internship. Investing in young men and women, seeing their hearts more »

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2016 ENGAGE Interns – Stefan

We’re excited to introduce our ENGAGE summer interns to you! Each summer, the biggest privilege for Transform Student Ministries is hosting young people of all ages for the EQUIP Boot Camps and the ENGAGE Internship. Investing in young men and women, seeing their hearts and lives changed by the Word of God and getting to serve more »

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2016 ENGAGE Interns – Rachel

Every summer, the biggest privilege for Transform Student Ministries is hosting young people of all ages for the EQUIP Boot Camps and the ENGAGE Internship. Investing in young men and women, seeing their hearts and lives changed by the Word of God and getting to serve God by discipling and serving alongside them gets our team more »

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Praying for Transformation – 4/15

In Paul’s first letter to the Church at Corinth, after many chapters of reminding the Corinthians of their identity in Christ and instructing them on matters of faith and conduct, he summed it up with this command: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (10:31 more »

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First Friday – NEW Transform Discipleship Resource

Too much. Overwhelmed. Waves that keep coming. And coming. Have you ever had a day like that? What about whole stack of those days one after another? It’s easy to feel as though our experiences are different from the victories of the Bible, let alone the saving God who acted on the behalf of His more »

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Praying for Transformation 3/30

How often do we forfeit something that already belongs to us when we choose not to pray? Do we recognize that prayer is a unique opportunity to commune with the heavenly Father and be intimately involved in others’ lives? What if we viewed prayer as an essential (first, fundamental, important) discipline? An offensive weapon in more »

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First Friday: NEW Transform Discipleship Resource

Have you ever made an assumption about something and found out later that it was completely wrong? Yeah, us too. Assumptions are slippery things. Because they can be extremely helpful; they can also be extremely harmful. –If you assume a test will be hard and study for it well, then that will have a worthwhile result. –If you more »

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Praying for Transformation 2/19

We want to use this month’s prayer blog to update you on where we have seen the Lord leading and providing for our team, as we have sought His will during this transition season. Last fall, we asked you to join us in praying for the hiring of a new director, and balancing the workload more »

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First Friday: NEW Transform Discipleship Resource

For those of you who don’t know, Transform committed to writing one new, free, inductive Bible study a month during last year’s EQUIP Boot Camp. We did that for a couple of reasons, but it all comes down to discipleship: –us continuing to disciple and care for the students we built relationships with during camp –equipping those more »

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REASON #7 (why students should come to EQUIP Boot Camp)

 #7: Scripture changes E–V–E–R–Y–T–H–I–N–G    You must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to more »

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REASON #6 (why students should come to EQUIP Boot Camp)

#6: The benefits don’t end (everything is focused on the you that sits in the seat AND walks out the door)   We’ll say it now, and we’ll say it a hundred times more: EQUIP Boot Camp is not about getting an emotional high while being at camp. That’s not to say that it doesn’t happen. Struggle is inevitable when one more »

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REASON #5 (why students should come to EQUIP Boot Camp)

#5: The mask doesn’t get to stay on (no one gets away with pretending they are perfect) “Authentic” – it’s become an overused word somewhere in the past few years, and sometimes carries a negative connotation (as in, the things that we have done in the name of authenticity haven’t all been pure and healthy). No more »

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REASON #4 (why students should come to EQUIP Boot Camp)

#4 They love you with Christ’s love (persistent, intentional, and inviting)   It’s sounds awful and I cringe as my curled fingers type it out: I didn’t believe that I had ever seen Christians truly love each other before. I wasn’t a Christian at the time; but it still makes me sad that it took nearly 17 years more »

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REASON #3 (why students should come to EQUIP Boot Camp)

#3: They make you face yourself (in more ways than one).   “As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects man.” Proverbs 27:19 No matter what age you are, facing one’s own heart is difficult. The desire to hide and cover up sin comes as naturally as a toddler wanting brightly more »

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REASON #2 (why students should come to EQUIP Boot Camp)

#2: They don’t shy away from the hard things.   (They talk about them appropriately, openly, and with grace) Students have questions. It’s a fact of life. From the “why” stage of a small child, our desire to ask questions doesn’t ever fade. Whether we have the ability to ask them or not is another issue altogether. There are more »

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REASON #1 (why students should come to EQUIP Boot Camp)

#1: They didn’t tell me what to think or believe. (They taught me how to search out what God says) No matter what age or stage of life you’re in, let’s admit: parenting is hard. Growing up is hard too. Between all the different roles (parents, teachers, pastors, etc.) who teach students, there can be more than a few crossed wires. Maturing involves thinking more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp: Why It’s Needful

There’s something paralyzing about the amount of information and knowledge in the world. Accessible. Looming and shouting. Taunting and bullying, interrogating and intimidating us left and right. I don’t mean to be completely discouraging or pessimistic; but the more time that I live on this earth, the more aware I become of just how little more »

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Christmas: Surrounded but Alone?

I was sixteen when I spent my first Christmas away from my parents. I was back in America for high school, so I spent Christmas with the host family that I was living with at the time. It was more difficult than I was ever going to admit, and I just swept the whole notion more »

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Praying for Transformation 12/18

When your strength is running low and your heart is weary, when you’re overwhelmed by circumstances, or the list of to do’s, the people to see, the time needed to just rest, we recognize our finite state, our neediness more. We wonder what it will take to ease the stress, anxiety, fears, but it’s honestly more »

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FIRST FRIDAY: NEW TRANSFORM DISCIPLESHIP RESOURCE

Have you ever been around a ticking clock? One that literally announces every single second aloud to the nearby world with a string of incessant clicks – it drives some people crazy, and comforts others. If you’re a student ending the semester, you might be able to count hours easier in flashcards and coffee cups more »

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Where can I find Genuine Thankfulness?

The food, the family, the warm fuzzes of a sugar coma and lack of schedule…Thanksgiving is a confusing holiday. And with everyone talking about why we should be grateful and how healthy of a practice it is, there’s a lot of pressure to celebrate it correctly. But sometimes the littlest baby in the family cries more »

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Praying for Transformation 11/20

Have you ever become discouraged about persevering in prayer? We have. But we’ve also heard testimonies of spouses who have come to know the Lord after 25 years of their spouse praying for them. That it just amazing! But also, in the church, it’s all to easy to play the comparison game, to listen to more »

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Thankfulness: Practice for Purpose

  This month I am doing something I have failed at every year and have never been strong at. Confession time…It’s journaling as part of my daily routine. I blame it on the simple fact that my mind creates thoughts quicker than my hand can write. I know that’s a poor excuse and something that (at more »

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First Friday: New Transform Discipleship Resource

Have you ever found yourself wondering what gives some people an unshakeable faith? You know, the ones who walk through the hard life stuff, yet continue to have joy? I mean, even in the midst of uncertainty, they are unwavering…  Where does this kind of stability and direction come from? It really can only come more »

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Praying for Transformation 10/18

  Change is hard. It brings at least two companions with it when it comes. The first is Grief as we wrestle with the reality of letting go. When the wrestling match is over and we are exhausted, our hearts are opened to a new emotion. This one is Anticipation that we experience as we more »

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Transform Announcement: Changing Seasons

One thing I have learned over the years is that life flows in and out of seasons. There are seasons we love, and never want to end. Yet, there are others that feel like one last snow storm in March…the winter that will never end, making you wonder if God forgot spring should have sprung. more »

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First Friday: New Transform Discipleship Resource

If you don’t have time to read this blog, here is what you want to know: — where to download this free study (God our Yearning)    (once you log in, you can find the study in the “Resources” tab) — more about Lightning studies — how to download them free by creating a POC account Friends, more »

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Trust through Transition

It’s been a whirlwind of a summer for me.  I thought it was a transition from a season of waiting to a season doing.  But since school started a month ago, the pace of this summer seems to have just continued; and I’ve realized that I was really ‘doing’ even though it felt like waiting. more »

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Third Friday: Praying for Transformation

In the midst of full schedules and syllabi, it’s good to stop and pray – to widen our perspective from what’s going on in our small world to the full body of believers in Christ’s church. Over the past few months, several of you have asked how you can be praying for us. We want more »

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When Waiting is Hard

  Whether big or small, it seems like we are constantly waiting on things. We wait to grow up. We wait for someone to open our texts. We wait to meet the person we might marry. We wait in line at the store. We wait for: motivation, healing, reconciliation, money, and lots of other things, more »

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First Friday: New Transform Discipleship Resource

It is our desire and goal to see people established in God’s Word by spending intentional time in it, with Him. In order to make this a reality for more of you, the first Friday of each month we will post a simple Bible study that you can use for your personal study and to more »

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Be a Part of the Change

I could feel the frustration in the air. I’ve seen it many times: the disgruntled spirit of someone who has learned the Word of God. Their eyes, ears and heart have been awakened to Truth and they just can’t go back and un-know what they know now. Maybe that’s you. Maybe you have returned from more »

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3 Truths for Back to School

I’m in my second year of graduate school. That means I’m starting my 17th (I think) first day of the school year. Let me share with you some things I’ve learned. From third grade until I graduated high school I attended public school. I was one of very, very few students who claimed Christ as my savior. more »

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August: battleground of reality

Another year. Another August. The same me. The same questions. The same struggles. The same doubts. The same fears. Same old. Same old. Nothing has changed. I think that somehow I used to think that I would magically change after Boot Camp. Somehow all the knowledge I had stored up in my brain, all those more »

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Simplicity for Today

There’s something mysteriously beautiful about memory, about the way God has caused human hearts and minds to experience and re-experience things days and decades after they happen. It is also pretty incredible that 150 people at a camp will have distinctly different experiences and interpretations of what happened. While serving during the 2015 EQUIP- Boot more »

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Reflections on EQUIP-Boot Camp 2016: Carlotta

As I think back on this year’s camp, I stand in awe of God and the work He did in my heart and the hearts of those who were here!  It was truly amazing to see how praying, planning and the preparation paid off as God through His Holy Spirit put the pieces together for more »

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Reflections on EQUIP-Boot Camp 2015: Ryan

Love your brother. That is what I think of when I think about these past camps. I see faces. Most of them are smiling faces that are living in the joy of communion with their brother/sister. Camp is about growing together. We grow in our knowledge of Scripture. We grow in our understanding of how more »

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Reflections on EQUIP-Boot Camp 2015: Brooke

“So, how was camp?” is a question I get A LOT once Boot Camp ends. I’m never quite sure how to answer it. It almost doesn’t feel like enough to say “good, it was really great.” Each day at camp is packed with so much….and not just activity…but LIFE. Spending 4-5 hours a day in more »

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EQUIP-Boot Camp 2 Day 6

What an amazing day! It was all about love! We love because He first loved us. What an amazing truth to dwell in after a day of looking at sin. We are thankful that perfect love casts out fear for the day of judgment. God is love and in His love He sent His Son more »

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EQUIP-Boot Camp 2 Day 5

As students have headed to class at the moment, rain is pouring profusely. However, it’s not dreaded but welcomed as a great reminder of God’s majesty. Day 5 was hard because they focused on chapter 3 of 1 John which deals with those who practice righteousness and those who practice sin. It reveals those who more »

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EQUIP-Boot Camp 2 Day 4

So thankful for your prayers, again. We had a wonderful day of reading through cross references and seeing how Jesus is our Advocate. He is our propitiation.   Pray that the students grasp the reality of what this means in their lives. Sometimes, when you hear the same thing over and over it becomes…well…dull or more »

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EQUIP-Boot Camp 2 Day 3

Wow! What a great day! We started off the morning worshiping Jesus and taking time to prepare our hearts before we headed into class. Thankful for His Spirit which leads us daily. Pray that these mornings will be fruitful!   Students jumped into chapter studies for Day 3. They studied chapter 1 and chapter 2 more »

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EQUIP-Boot Camp 2 Day 2

Day 2 of camp is always a little rough. This is not because we are fighting the enemy, lack of sleep, or bad tempers. Day 2 of camp always kicks off the study with the OVERVIEW. When you read a book that has multiple chapters in it over and over and over…it…can…be…a little…tiring. I think more »

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EQUIP-Boot Camp 2 Day 1

EQUIP-Boot Camp 2 has begun and we couldn’t be more excited! We praise God that all the campers arrived here on time and safely! We come expecting the Lord to work in everybody’s lives this week. We pray that His will be done and that we can be instruments in His hands. Will you pray more »

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EQUIP-Boot Camp 2015 Day 6

“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also more »

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EQUIP-Boot Camp 2015 Day 5

Well, we are more than half way through camp and are continuing to dig deeper and deeper into 1 John.   Today, we studied 1 John 3 which is a pretty heavy chapter. We looked at: Those who practice sin and those who practice righteousness. Fixing our eyes on Jesus who is our hope and more »

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EQUIP-Boot Camp 2015 Day 4

This morning things started off with a sweet time of worship. I wanna be near near to your heart Loving the world hating the dark I want to see dry bones living again Singing as one– Hallelujiah Holy, Holy   Today, the Lord spoke through His Word making Himself known… Jesus Christ, The Righteous Jesus more »

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EQUIP-Boot Camp Day 3

“Wow! We’ve studied for 3 hours? It feels like 20 minutes!” “Can’t we have 4 hours to study?” Those were some of the comments that were heard in class today as the students were studying 1 John. After reading the whole book 5 or 6 times yesterday, we started doing chapter studies today! What was amazing more »

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EQUIP-Boot Camp 2015 Day 1 and 2

    Believe it or not, Equip Boot Camp 2015 is off and running!   After several days of preparing with our staff, we were ready to meet the students we would be serving.   Students are now here and eager to see the Lord work!     Today, students began their study of 1 more »

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EQUIP-Boot Camp 2015 Prayer

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD And whose trust is the LORD. “For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a more »

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5 Ways to Walk In Wisdom

No one wants to be a fool. At least most of us don’t. Ephesians 5:15-16 reminds us, “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” But the question persists, how do I walk in wisdom? What does it look more »

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Wisdom and Decision-Making

Have you ever wondered if you’re making the right decision? When you’re choosing between two good things and there is no sin involved, how do you know what to do? This summer, our family is moving from Georgia to Texas for my husband’s new job. Big life changes like these are inevitably followed by a more »

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Wisdom and Fear

Wisdom is one of those slippery words. Some people use it as a synonym for “smart.” But we know it’s more than that. For me when I’m alone and thinking, or in a group and feeling small, wisdom can easily seem like this unattainable thing only superior humans achieve. Whether you think of “wisdom” as more »

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Will You Embrace the Cross

Is there any chance for change? For letting go of the bitterness, of a wounded relationship, a disappointing past? For changing the drudgery you face each day as you go to work? For changing the morals of our decadent society? Is there any chance of turning around a marriage that’s become nothing more than a more »

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Wisdom and Counting It All Joy

For the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of leading a class through the study of James. Possibly the first New Testament book to be written, James echoes and builds on Jesus’ teachings in beautiful, simple, and potent ways. Covering such topics as trials, partiality, taming the tongue, friendship with the world, prayer, and more »

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The Way of Wisdom

“But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? “Man does not know its value, Nor is it found in the land of the living. “The deep says, ‘It is not in me’; And the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’ “Pure gold cannot be given in exchange for it, more »

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The Power to Change

How would your life change if you committed to meeting with God everyday? The writer of Hebrews tells us the Word of God “is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts more »

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6 Things to Understand About Patiently “Bearing With Others”

By now, I am sure that you have read from the other blogs about how hard it is to patiently bear with others, including God. However, the concept that I’d like to convey is that patiently bearing with one another has a foundation in Christ and not self-will. It is important to understand that there more »

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The Struggle With Patience

I don’t know about you, but being patient is something I struggle with every day. I recently went on a trip for a week, spending almost every waking moment with other people. I came out on the other side without losing patience, and I counted that a victory. When I succeed in remaining patient I more »

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Waiting and Patience

Are you waiting on something? It seems like we spend our entire lives waiting. We wait at the doctor’s office, wait on our friends to show up, or wait in the interview room. There are a lot of different situations that arise in our lives, but the same thing always seems to happen. We wait, more »

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Opportunity for Patience

The alarm goes off.  I roll out of bed, get ready, grab my breakfast and head out the door to experience what this new day will have for me.  Of course, the events of my day are well-planned out making sure to fill every minute.  Then it happens… opportunities for patience. I hit what seems more »

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Instant Patience

It’s obvious that I live in a society of instant gratification. I easily can get whatever I want…when I want it. Just the other day, I was making popcorn in the microwave and brewing a cup of tea in the Keurig when it hit me…I am a product of my society! I’m too busy to more »

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Pursuing Kindness

  I work with children, and one thing that I find myself repeating on a daily basis is “be kind.”  As I observe and interact with them, I notice that for the most part they need positive reinforcement in the kindness department when it comes to playing with me or other children. It’s something we’ve more »

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Unusual Kindness

I was completely soaked! It was my first semester of college and it was raining cats and dogs. It would have been fine if it had been the weekend, because I could have just stayed inside. But it was not the weekend. It was a Thursday. And on this Thursday, I had my first presentation more »

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Kindness: Fueled By Christ

I hung my head as I watched another debate go down on Facebook. You have seen them right? They spring up over theological issues. People standing up for the “name of Christ” and “His Word.” Yet I wonder how their desire to be right with a lack of kindness shows anything about Christ. While technology more »

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Kindness Compels Me…Us

I remember as a child reading a book called “The Giving Tree.” A simple book about a boy and a tree which personified kindness.  The tree showed its love for the boy by sacrificial kindness. At each phase of the boy’s life, the tree gave him something that he asked for. Whatever the tree gave more »

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An Avalanche of Kindness

Does anybody remember the library VHS stickers that said, “BE KIND. REWIND?” I can’t tell you how many minutes I spent staring at those things in my childhood – in the rows of silent plastic-covered films, on the drive to or from the local library. But no matter how long I stared, I couldn’t figure more »

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2 Things You Can Do In Kindness

Be kind… This phrase has become a mantra for Christians and non-Christians alike. We’ve all seen the cute plaques that say something like, “Be kind. You never know what someone is facing.” But what does it actually mean, from a Biblical perspective, to be kind? Don’t lie? Don’t yell? Don’t push one another’s buttons? Don’t more »

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Law, Grace and What Makes Les Miserables

“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” Abraham Lincoln, speech in Washington D.C., 1865 …mercy triumphs over judgment. – James 2:13 In Christianity it seems there is always a struggle between grace and law, between those who are merciful and those who demand strict justice. This balance between judgment and more »

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Kindness In Action

Sitting in the rocking chair praying… Listening to my father in law in the other room singing… Bless the Lord, O my soul O my soul Worship His holy name Sing like never before O my soul I’ll worship Your holy name Sending texts to friends asking for prayer… All the while the sound of more »

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