God’s Battle Plan To Redeem His People


By: Kasandra Lovett

There are many examples in the bible where God says the unexpected, picks the unexpected and does the unexpected.  That is what occurs in the first four chapters of Exodus as God lays out His battle plan to redeem His people, the Children of Israel.

It is an Epic story of an unlikely hero who was for sure the guy and then not the guy, but then the guy again….called by the very voice of God!  This is the story of Moses. This is the story of each one of us!

In Exodus 3:8, Moses encounters God from a burning bush. God tells him, “So I (God) have come down to deliver them (The Children of Israel) out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey…”  Then tells Moses “Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people out of Egypt!”

Moses basically tells God…

“Say that again!”

“Not Me Lord!”

“Can’t someone else do it?”

God assures Moses it will be OK and lays out His plan like it’s no big deal… He says to Moses, “I will be with you and I will bring you right back to this place you stand. I want you to walk right into Egypt declare My name, “The Great I Am”, use your rod that will turn into a snake, and go to the King of Egypt and tell him, “The Lord God of the Hebrews has met with us, now, let us go three days to sacrifice to the Lord!” And when Pharaoh doesn’t listen I will strike him with My wonders, giving the him chance after chance to change his mind.  By My hand the Children of Israel will be saved!”

Unfortunately, Moses was having a hard time wrapping his mind around what God was asking for him to do. He was standing in disbelief and fear that he was chosen to do this.  It was very unexpected and sudden but God did keep his promises.  God performed many signs and wonders through Moses and the children of Israel were set free just as God promised.

This was an amazing event in their lives that they celebrate to this day but this was not the only time God had to deliver His people either.  Another story is found in 2 Chronicles 20 when Jehoshaphat was in trouble and coming under attack. You would have never guessed God’s plan to save His people!

The passage tell us… A great multitude was coming from beyond the sea and Jehoshaphat feared. The Lord tells him, “Do not be afraid for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow go down against them. You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem! Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.”

Jehoshaphat tells his people, “Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” And he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying:

“Praise the Lord, For His mercy endures forever.”

Now when they began to sing! and to praise!, the Lord set ambushes against the people who had come against Judah; and they were defeated!

Our God is amazing!  He is certainly way bigger than any circumstance, addiction, worry, heartache or fear in our life. Can you truly believe this?

Both stories show us that there is no way we can predict God’s next move, not only in what’s happening in the world but especially in our own lives.  Just like He tells us in Isaiah 55:8, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.

The only way we will succeed is by daily taking our thoughts captive and let God win the victory!

When we obey, put our excuses aside and let God show His glory through us, miracles will happen. Compared to His glory we are very insignificant and powerless. Our flesh tells us, “If it’s got to be! It’s up to me!”  We find ourselves working tirelessly trying to find our way, to find happiness, or to seek that next adventure to fill that void in our heart but God is simply telling us to, “Be Still and Know that I am God!”

He wants us to have the true Joy of knowing with confidence that He is the Sovereign God. He wants to become our Lord and Savior. For our salvation comes from the Lord!

From the beginning, God had a very unpredictable battle plan for the redemption of His people.  Galatians 4:3 tells us, “Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.”

As Children of God we are promised,  “…that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”  (John 3:14-17)

Now, as the Redeemed, we have an important role in God’s Battle Plan. In Matthew, we are told by Jesus just what to do so God can redeem His people! He tells us, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you, and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

“So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs and wonders.” (Mark 16:19)

Followers of Jesus are equipped by His signs and His Wonders to redeem His people.

In both the Old Testament and the New Testament we are told to Go! We do not have to fear for God is with us! Arise! Stand on your feet, Jesus has called us for this purpose, to make us a minister and a witness both of the things which we have seen and of the things which will yet be reveal (Acts 26:16).. God will deliver us and we will one day be reunited with Him!

To God Be The Glory! And May He Show His Glory through Us! Amen!

Kasandra Lovett, Sales and Marketing Director

Kasandra Lovett is the Sales and Marketing Director at Idyllwild Pines Camp. She has more than 20 years’ experience in woman’s ministry and leads the women’s bible study. She has a passion to study and teach God’s word and help people to Know, Love and Follow Jesus.

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“The Pause; that impressive silence,that eloquent silence, that geometrically progressive silence which often achieves a desired effect where no combination of words, however so felicitous, could accomplish it.”

- Mark Twain


We are driven and called to pursue our future. We anxiously wait for the day where all our plans come to fruition, where each one of our meticulously thought out dreams come together and show us a glimpse of what is to come!

But there is a time before that day where we still reside. During this time, we should be taking advantage of our moments where we can cherish the blessings of now before the promises of tomorrow take ahold of our lives.

We all need a moment between moments!


We are very excited to announce our first Statio weekend for high school senior groups! We want to embrace the time before transition and focus on who God intends for us to be in the coming months of future. We can’t wait to see all of the worship, paintball, archery, bonding, and legacy building to take place!

See below for details on what this incredible weekend will bring for over 350 high school seniors and leaders, and feel free to talk to your ministry leader about bringing a group to the Statio weekend! Between the adventure and fellowship, you will not want to miss out!

Register Your Group Here!

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November 2015 Volunteer Weekend!



Everyone is invited to join us for our upcoming volunteer weekend the weekend of November 13-15, 2015.  A great time to bring your family or ministry group.  The weekend will include 2 nights lodging, 5 delicious meals and fun activities.

Volunteer Weekend Info and Schedule

To register click here.

For more information please email info@idyllwildpines.com or call us at (951) 659-2605

Inspiration from the Summer


As we reflect back on this past summer, we’ve been thinking about some of our favorite moments with staff, campers, and visitors! We wanted to share one, and we hope that it can inspire others like it inspires us!

Back in July, we challenged the campers from LA Church of Christ to write a letter to a future camper telling them what they might encounter when they come to Idyllwild Pines. We got some great responses, some talking about the “amazingly epic events” and others wrote us about their week here being “a special time for me to get closer to God!” How awesome is that!

Below is a letter that moved us, and we hope that it might be able to speak to your heart too!

“Dear Future Camper,

You are very lucky that you have the chance to go to PreTeen camp at Idyllwild Pines.

Some of the activities I enjoyed were the zip line, rock climbing, the big swing and swimming. We had a water war with super soakers and water balloons. Mad hatter hunt is also lots of fun. My friends and I had enjoyed running around camp and exploring the area.

The camp is well organized. They served us different kinds of food and I always found something tasty to eat. There were lots of places to get a drink of water.

The most impacting time at camp were the nighttime devotionals. The singing made me feel happy about worshipping God. The lesson helped me understand that God dreams for all of us [to] do great things for Him. We also had a starlight devotional on Wednesday – it seemed that there were millions of stars in the sky. This made me understand how big God is.

I definitely recommend that you plan on going to camp. You will have the greatest experience with God and all your friends.

Have lots of fun!

 – Alex”

We love having the chance to hear these stories as we get ready for more campers every week! We can’t wait to see Alex and more campers throughout the next year see God how big and impactful God is in our lives.

SkateBoarding Bash 2015!


This weekend, we saw over 120 people from around the community show up to see our talented youth skate, glide, and ride for Christ! Led by Zac Archuleta and Daniel Yeager from The Lost Boys Project, the Idyllwild Pines Skate Park saw people from all different ages support each other in their pursuit of riding for a greater purpose.

Thanks to Idyllwild Assembly of God Church and The Lost Boys Project for hosting this event!

To check out more photos at this event, head on over to our Facebook page here!

Verse of the Day, Romans 8:25


Romans 8:25

But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

“God writes novels, not sitcoms. He specializes in miracles that take time. He doesn’t cheaply wrap up our stories in a half hour. He’s into setting the scene and fleshing out every character and every plot line down to its last detail.

I’m in the middle of writing a novel right now, and I can attest that it takes a while. I create back stories and intricate plot twists. I have to take my characters through all kinds of crazy things to get them to my perfect ending, which I’ve already planned out. When I get frustrated with how long it’s taking, I press through and remember that God is an author too. He’s writing my story and He’s writing yours. It may seem like it’s taking a long time, but trust me, the ending will be worth it.” (Jennifer E Jones, CBN)

Verse of the Day, James 1:6


But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. James 1:6stormy_sea_by_jrivadulla-d651j21

“James, familiar with sailing on ships at the mercy of stormy waters, described doubt in those terms: “The one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” Winds make the sea unstable. Waves move back and forth in a constant state of disruption. What wind does to water is what doubt can do to faith. Doubt will keep your life in stormy turmoil.

James 1:6 says we should pray with faith—with no doubting. He has just told us that trials and testing are God’s preferred method of training us into maturity. Then he lets us know we’re going to need wisdom in order to exercise joy as the training unfolds. We’re going to have to ask for it, expect it, and rely on it. If we don’t get God’s wisdom, we will end up“double-minded [and] unstable in all [our] ways.”

So ask God for the wisdom to identify doubt and turn away from it. Ask with the humble faith of the man who said to Jesus, “I believe; help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24), and step forward with confidence and the promised presence of God.”  (James McDonald, Walk in the Word).

Audrey Hepburn


A few days ago on May 4th the world recognized Audrey Hepburn on what would have been her 86th birthday. Audrey died of cancer in 1993, after leading an extraordinary and inspirational life. Though far from perfect or smooth, Audrey’s life is an example of a life lived by someone full of heart. Inspired by her own childhood struggles with poverty, she grew to be a compassionate woman who not only stunned the world with her beauty, laugh, and personality, but also with her kindness and dedication to serving others. To honor her birthday and share her spirit, here are ten quotes from Audrey about life and love:

 “I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.”

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

“You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.”

  “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”

“Opportunities don’t often come along. So, when they do, you have to grab them.”

“The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present — and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.”

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands: one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”

“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.”

“There is more to feminine charm than just measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much femininity, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.”


“If my world were to cave in tomorrow, I would look back on all the pleasures, excitements and worthwhilenesses I have been lucky enough to have had. Not the sadness, not my miscarriages or my father leaving home, but the joy of everything else. It will have been enough.”



quotes from (http://www.tv3.ie/xpose/article/fitness-and-wellbeing/166084/Wednesday-Wellness-with-Willow-Lane–10-inspirational-quotes-from-Audrey-Hepburn)


Verse of the Day: Matthew 11:29


Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29

“Rest! Doesn’t that sound nice? In a culture gone mad on business, a culture that has exchanged recreation for rest, that sounds nice. But we must not be deceived. Jesus’ way isn’t necessarily easy. His call to discipleship isn’t escapism. But there is a difference between doing nothing and resting. There is a difference between being burdened and doing strenuous things. In a world where so many things we chase for gratification leave us depleted, Jesus is promising that when we take up our cross and follow him, he can give us rest—that restorative, nurturing, and rekindling strength that gives us the power to face what life brings or Satan throws in our paths” (heartlight.com).

Verse of the Day, Psalm 31:24


Psalms 31:24   Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the LORD.


Christian courage may thus be described. It is the undaunted audacity of a sanctified heart in adventuring upon difficulties and undergoing hardships for a good cause upon the call of God.

 Some conceive our English word courage to be derived from cordis actio, the very acting of the heart. A valiant man is described in 2 Samuel 17:10 for to be a man whose heart is as the heart of a lion. And sometimes the original translated courageous may most properly be rendered “a man of heart.” Beloved, valour doth not consist in a piercing eye, in a terrible look, in big words; but it consists in the mettle, the vigour that is within the bosom.