1 Samuel 12:24
But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.
OUTBACK AMERICA, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA!
“We have found that the number one fear of teenagers is not finding their purpose in life, and the number one fear of parents is not being able to pass their values down to their children.” JH Ranch
Outback America is a non-denominational ministry inspired to reconcile relationships. Practical answers and day-to-day strategies to deal with difficult questions are presented by encouraging, energetic speakers and motivational dramas. Outback America is about fun first. There are lots of activities during the weekend, and we’ll make sure you have a big time while you’re in “the outback.”
Outback America is about building, restoring and strengthening relationships. The weekend experience is designed to give parents and teens, husbands and wives or college students a practical strategy for daily living, focusing on their relationship with God, their family, friends, church and community. If you would like to arrange this event for your organization call us today at 951-659-2605 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We also except individual registrations.
That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God. (1Tim 4:10)
Strengthened by the Spirit and assured by the Spirit’s word, our hope is sustained. The result of sustained hope is the strength to endure difficulty and continue to labor and strive in doing the work of God. As Hudson Taylor wrote, “God’s work done God’s way will never lack God’s provision.”
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. (Proverbs 13:12)
The fulfillment of our hopes, dreams, and prayers is one of life’s great joys. It provides us with renewed energy, trust, and vision. However, when fulfillment is delayed, hope can be hard to sustain. When heart sickness sets in, we run the risk of losing the motivation, faith, and dreams that were once a source of life.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” (John 13:7-8)
It is wise not to expect thanks for our service for others because it will not always be recognized or appreciated by them. Parents serving their kids is a clear example, but Peter’s childish resistance exemplifies the lack of appreciation by an adult. He didn’t get it, but as Jesus promised, he certainly got it later.
He got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. (John 13:4-5)
The towel was a symbol of service, used to wash people’s feet in a world of dusty streets where people did not wear shoes or socks and reclined on the dirt floors of their homes to eat. Foot washing was an act of humility and service, usually the work of a submissive servant.
This past weekend Idyllwild Pines Camp hosted it’s first program that was completely sponsored, created, and carried out by Idyllwild Pines staff. The First IPC Women’s Retreat featured four challenging talks by IPC executive director Martha Snyder. Her theme of The Beauty of God was complemented by an engaging craft seminar led by IPC Events Coordinator Jeanne Ewing, who is an interior decorator and master florist. All meetings also included evocative worship led by Jeff Mercer and A. J. Harbison, who will be back for our Thanksgiving High School Retreat and our New Year’s College Retreat.
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Idyllwild Pines is adding a significant amount of new adventure program elements. We’re thrilled to be able to offer high and low ropes challenge courses, archery, hikes in the local mountains, horseback riding, and other activities. There’s more to do here than ever before.
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