Verse of the Day: Jeremiah 29:11

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Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”hope

 

We often read Jeremiah 29 like it is good news, plain and simple. But to the first people who heard those words, they were a tremendous disappointment. God’s people had suffered terribly. They had lost their land, their throne, their temple. Before Jerusalem fell in battle, the people had given in to cannibalism. They were then force-marched 800 miles and paraded (literally) through a pagan city in which they were now considered as the living symbols of the power of that city’s god.

It was into this kind of despair that Jeremiah offered God’s promise: “I know the plans I have for you … plans for your welfare and not for your harm, to give you a future and a hope.” They were not easy words to hear. Jeremiah promised that God had a plan that was certain and inevitable. But it would not unfold on Israel’s timetable. It would not simply undo Israel’s hardship. Yet the promise stood: God would fully restore His people and bring them out of their desperate situation, but He would not do it in the way any of them would have planned it.

Chris Blumhofer, Relevant Magazine

 

Why the Church Needs More Troublemakers

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troublemakersRelevant Magazine answers the question “Why the Church Needs More Troublemakers” in this compelling article about taking risks, making sacrifices, and changing the world.

 

Read the article at:  http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/church/why-church-needs-more-troublemakers#P7MZb9IAXZ5ID4Q8.99

Verse of Day: Isaiah 40:31

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Verse of the Day: Isaiah 40:31: “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

SoarWhere God had begun the work of grace, he will perfect it. He will help those who, in humble dependence on him, help themselves. As the day, so shall the strength be. In the strength of Divine grace their souls shall ascend above the world. They shall run the way of God’s commandments cheerfully. Let us watch against unbelief, pride, and self-confidence. If we go forth in our own strength, we shall faint, and utterly fall; but having our hearts and our hopes in heaven, we shall be carried above all difficulties, and be enabled to lay hold of the prize of our high calling in Christ Jesus. www.biblehub.com

Now Hiring! Employment Opportunities

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Welcome to Idyllwild Pines Camp Career Page. We are honored by your interest in serving with our ministry. Idyllwild Pines Staff Members are motivated by their passion for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with nearly 8,000 guest who visit our facility each year.

Prayer is the foundation of our ministry at Idyllwild Pines Camp; and as we aspire to surrender to Him and walk in obedience to His Word, our staff is used in mighty ways. If you have a passion for people growing in their relationship with Jesus Christ, desire to serve the Lord in the unique ways He has gifted you, and you are interested in exploring a ministry opportunity at Idyllwild Pines Camp– we welcome you to begin the process by checking out our current openings below:

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To Apply: Please submit your Employment Application IP and/or Resume to Cindy@idyllwildpines.com or my fax (951) 659-5195.  For more information please call (951) 659-2605 and ask for Cindy Cooley.

Encounter•924 (Summer Leadership Program)

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Encounter:924 is not your typical summer camp job experience. This is a program designed to help students gain Confidence, Hope and Courage to make an impact in their generation. See Highlights from 2014!

Developed at Idyllwild Pines Camp, ENCOUNTER:924 is a unique summer experience that gives students the opportunity to develop a significant leadership advantage. It empowers them to live purposefully, to lead confidently, and to make a greater positive impact in every life context; whether in their Career, Marriage, Parenting, Ministry or Community.

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Verse of the Day – Genesis 39:23

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“The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.” Gen 39:23

Are your circumstances far from ideal at the moment? Do you feel confined by them? Do you wish you were in a different job, a different place, or a different relationship? Whatever your circumstances, this passage shows that if you stay faithful to God you can experience His presence, His favor and His blessing right where you are.

Sneak Peak of Park in the Pines

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Exciting renovations are being planned for Idyllwild Pines Camp to improve camp recreation areas.  One example is the new Park in the Pines, a multi-stage redesign of the Playground, Horse-Shoe Pit, Volleyball Court and install of a Human Foosball Court.  The intention is to better use our grounds in a way that is more group friendly and visually appealing, all while utilizing mostly readily available camp resources.  The plan consists of four main stages that will be carried out over the course of the next several months in various phases and by the help of our volunteers!! See more details about our upcoming 2015 Volunteer Weekend!

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Stage One: Volleyball Court Redesign
The current court does not allow for adequate space for proper play.  You have to currently serve against and under trees.  By removing some dirt on the North east corner and a small tree from the south east corner we will be able rotate the court 180 degrees and make use of the current dead space on the south end of the court.  The addition of new sand will also create a more comfortable playing surface for groups.

Stage Two: Upgrade Horseshoe Pits  horseshoe pit
The current four horse shoe pits are in poor condition. We want to create two industry standard pits complete with throwing pads and sand pits.

 

 

 

HumanFooseballStage Three: A Giant Human Foosball Court
Fun and exciting camp activity for youth or adult groups. The players all stand in a small wooden enclosure, holding onto a series of rotating poles while they try to shoot a soccer ball through the goal.

Stage Four: Playground
This plan is to vastly improve our playground with a log theme.  While our small playground is used by many it is in desperate need of upgrades.  All elements in the park will be chiefly created from logs of which we have a ready supply.  We will make use of the slide and swing set with some minor modifications. playgroundPlay

 

 

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A New Way To Support Our Ministry: R4M

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Thank you very much for your support of our ministry which continues to bless and encourage us!

I want to introduce you to a powerful new fundraising ministry whereby even more support is raised for our ministry. What’s exciting is that we raise funds without you having to give any more out of your own pocket. This ministry was founded by a Christian volunteer mission pilot who used the program to successfully raise money for his ministry for more than 20 years. Now he says that God has called him and his team to help other ministries like ours as well. They are blessing many missionaries and ministries around the world and we hope to be another to benefit from it.

Please click here to view a short but informative video produced by this wonderful new organization whose sole purpose is to financially benefit Christian missionaries, ministries and charities. It beautifully explains how you can continue to help our ministry at no additional cost to you. After you’ve watched it, I hope you will then sign up to Join the Team as one of our supporters in order to receive occasional updates designed to help keep me and my ministry “front of mind”. I also hope you will post this site on your own Facebook page and encourage others you know to check it out as well.

Thank you very much for taking a few minutes to explore this easy and powerful new way to bless our ministry even more. I think you will be as amazed as I’ve been how something so routine can result in something so huge.

God bless you!

 

Executive Director’s Note (Jan 2015)

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How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. - Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl  

As I write this on Jan 10, Amnesty International is calling the killings “a disturbing and bloody escalation” and a local defense group says its fighters have given up trying to count the bodies. Hundreds of bodies – too many to count – remain strewn in the bush in Nigeria from an extremist attack that Amnesty International described as the “deadliest massacre” in this group’s history. 

Each day the news around the world is full of horrific stories like this that cause me to mourn the human suffering and ask, “Lord, what can we do?!”

It can all feel overwhelming sometimes.

But God is faithful to remind me that He has already won the victory and I need not worry about things I am not called to do. If only I will trust and obey Him and go and do what He calls me to do He will use me to make a difference.

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Make Your Dreams A Reality In 2015

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Relevant Magazine publish a little “How-To” piece on how to get your New Year’s goals started. The article states six thing you need to do to set your goals and dreams on the path to reality: Get Clear, Find Advisors, Map It Out, Pray Hard, Stay Alert and Flexible, and Start Small. Read more about how you can actually accomplish your goals, click the link: It’s Not Impossible to Stick to Your Goals this Year.

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