Category: Discipleship

EQUIP Boot Camp 2 (Day 8)

As one of the classroom teachers prayed today, “we cannot even begin to show how grateful we are for what [God] has done this week!”  This afternoon the last few staff and students were huddled on campus while the rain poured fast outside. The wind became so strong that several tree branches came down, and an entire tree more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2 (Day 7)

We canNOT believe that it is already Day 7! This camp absolutely could not run smoothly without the incredible staff that help in the background. We are so grateful to the kitchen crew who labor almost round the clock to keep everyone fed, the security crew, and the support staff who help clean day in and more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2 (Day 6)

Sports time has been so pleasant with this mild weather, and everyone’s excited energy to enjoy the games. This year we are doing “covenant teams” for sports, which basically means that there are two teams that never oppose each other, and that work together to help each other. A practical reason for this structure is more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2 (Day 5)

As we get further into the week, students and staff alike are taking naps during room time before sports. But you wouldn’t think ANYONE was tired based on the energy everyone had after ice cream last night, and during the “creation stretches” this morning! We are so grateful to be spending the week with these more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2 (Day 4)

The room was dark – small sniffles could be heard between the intimate, heavy words of Isaiah 53. It was a moment of pain, morphing into praise of the Creator-God who willingly came to rescue His creation from the death that our sin requires. We sang, I once was lost in darkest night yet thought more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2 (Day 3)

Thank you so much to those who have been praying!  We saw the Lord answer our requests yesterday so obviously during class times, as the students were responsive and interacting with both the study of Genesis and discussion with each other. The first full day of camp is always exciting, as we begin the process more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2 (Day 2)

As the students and staff gathered on the sports field last night to meet their team and pray over the meal, a T-Rex appeared. No, really. One of our leaders, Kiersten Wells, ran onto the green in a T-Rex costume to greet the students and “break the ice” with a little silliness. Since the first more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2 (Day 1)

It’s camp day! The staff for EQUIP Boot Camp has been meeting over the past couple of days to prepare our hearts and minds for the campers, pouring over the study, praying together, making sure things are prepared to run smoothly. We cannot wait to greet parents and campers as they travel to the little more »

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First of February – New, Free Study

The more I learn about God’s design of and for His temple, He increases how beautiful, holy, and sacred it is to me. So if you’re wondering whether to take the time to study “Temple of the Living God,” read on and see why it is important to believers. The book of Exodus describes the more »

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First of January – New, Free Study

New years somehow brings up the same old questions about fresh resolve for new behaviors, habits, or outlooks. Everything around us seems to suggest a new wardrobe, diet, workout plan, GPA, or relationship goal to freshen up where we fell short in 2016. Believers often make spiritual goals for the new year – a consistent time in more »

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First of December – New, Free Study

During the month of November we always tend to focus on the things we are thankful for. Social media is full of posts giving thanks for family, friends, jobs, food, and many other things in life that we appreciate or enjoy. We gather with our families to give thanks for life and God’s gifts to more »

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First of November – New, Free Study

November 1. Brisk mornings. Cool evenings. Leaves falling. Schedules packed with all types of autumn events. Holidays just around the corner. As we shift from one season to another, our focus often turns toward serving others rather than ourselves. Something about the holiday season makes it natural to reflect on what matters in life. We more »

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First of October – New, Free Study

Getting out of bed. Don’t want to. In fact, there is not an atom in body or mind that wants to leave this first-world, privileged padding we call a mattress. Then the thoughts flood: –this person to text –that errand to run –this paperwork to fill out –that commitment to uphold –this thing to study more »

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David – Not Just for Me

This month we’re wrapping up an encouraging blog series on our fantastic 2016 ENGAGE interns! We are still praising God for what He did in the hearts of those on the Precept campus this summer. The ENGAGE interns are such a gift from the Lord; we just want to keep praising Him for working in and through their stories! Our desire more »

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Rachel – When Confidence Comes

In case you don’t already know, we’re halfway through an exciting blog series on our fantastic 2016 ENGAGE interns! Though we’ve stepped into September, we’re still praising God for what He did on the Precept campus this summer. This group of ENGAGE interns was such a gift from the Lord; we just want to praise Him for working in more »

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First of September – New, Free Study

Perhaps you’ve heard the statement from Scripture, “therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). But you may not know its context, which is really important because that statement is huge and we need to understand what it means. The more »

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FIRST OF AUGUST – NEW, FREE STUDY

It is our deepest desire and goal to see people established in God’s Word by spending intentional time in it, with Him. In order to help make this a reality for more of you, and to help those of you who are actively discipling others, we are posting a simple Bible study the first day 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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