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Do Not Grow Weary!

As part of the SOWER ministry, we work four days/ week, and six hours/ day (usually for the men). A project month is four weeks long, three weeks of work and one week off. The fourth week is used for rest (as we are doing this time) or travel to the next project, or a…
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To God’s Glory

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do,  do everything for the glory of God.”  (1 Corinthians 10:31, NET)  As I (Bruce) was trying to paint the trim on Lake Lavon Camp’s original building, it struck me: “I never thought that at 67 years of age I would be painting houses and doing…
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To Receive Anew

“Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength;  They will mount up with wings like eagles,  They will run and not get tired,  They will walk and not become weary.”  (Isaiah 40:31, NASB95)  The first thing you see as you enter Lake Lavon Camp is a white sign with bright blue letters…
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Lake Lavon Camp

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!  Give thanks to him; bless his name!”  (Psalm 100:4, ESV)  This verse could not have been more appropriate. As we returned to Lake Lavon Camp, after weathering the electrical and ice storms in Anadarko, OK, and then three days of cold rain and wind on…
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This Morning was Intense:

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God,  who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting,  for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.”  (James 1:5–6, ESV)…
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A Work in Progress

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you  will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”  (Philippians 1:6, ESV)  When an RV’s air conditioning (A/C) unit starts, the compressor draws a huge amount of current for a fraction of a second (~50 amps). This inrush…
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Willingness to do Whatever

“He has filled him with the Spirit of God— with skill, with understanding, with knowledge, and in all kinds of work,”  (Exodus 35:31) The camp staff removed the white spindles from another fence at Oakridge Camp. They were in good shape and the staff did not want to dispose of them. Could we think of…
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Servanthood

“… and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of all.”  (Mark 10:44) “… but emptied himself by taking on the form of a slave, ….”  (Philippians 2:7) The Greek term used in these verses is frequently translated as “slave.” It is also translated as “servant.” However, neither translation captures the ancient meaning…
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He Provides Beyond our Needs

“For forty years you sustained them. Even in the desert they never lacked anything. Their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell.”  (Nehemiah 9:21, NET) Last month we noted that our inverter/converter was giving us problems and needed to be replaced. The inverter is what allows us to use our batteries…
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Servants on Wheels Ever Ready (SOWER)

“I heard the voice of the sovereign master say, “Whom will I send? Who will go on our behalf?” I answered, “Here I am, send me!”” (Isaiah 6:8, NET) As a SOWER, we go where we feel the LORD is calling us to help Christian ministries. These include camps, conference centers, orphanages, schools, missionary retreat…
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