PCC-Making An Eternal Difference

  


Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. NLT

 

There is an unseen battle that takes place everyday in the lives of those who are truly striving to live their lives in accordance with the Bible, God’s Word. We will either succumb to the pressures that this world hurls against us and conform to ungodliness or we will be transformed in our minds, that our behavior might be pleasing to God. This battle can be especially intense for young people who are in their formative years and are making choices and decisions that will determine who they are and ultimately, where they will spend eternity.

I am so thankful for Pacific Coast Camp, which I was privileged to be able to attend last week with my family and other members andoung people from our church. I can’t remember the exact number of campers (ages 7-25) that were there, but I know it was over 300. Most of the young people that attended have already received their initial salvation experience of repenting of sin, being baptized in the name of Jesus and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. However, there is a whole lot more to living for God than obeying Acts 2:38. We still have a sinful nature to contend with and a devil that does all he can to hinder our salvation experience from becoming a growing and wonderful relationship with Jesus Christ. At Pacific Coast Camp, young people were given an opportunity to disconnect from the hindrances of technology(cell phones, ipads, ipods, MP3 players, etc.) and connect with God through the preaching of the Word, prayer, praise and good fellowship.

The teaching of Bro. Lackey each morning and the preaching of the good elders in the evening services was outstanding. It was so uplifting to see the response to each message as young people would flood to the altars to rededicate themselves to God. How helpful it is for young people as well, to see other youth from different churches who are endeavoring to live for God too. It is encouraging to know that you are not alone in choosing to walk in a way that is contray to the practices of this world.

I am grateful to the men that had the burden and vision to bring this camp into existence. This was the camp’s 10 year anniversary, and I believe it was our 6th year of being in camp with a group of young people from our church. There is much time, work and sacrifice involved in putting together such a powerful meeting, and I know God does reward and will reward those who played a part in it.

I believe the greatest reward will be seeing those that make it to heaven, because something they received at camp got embedded deep in their spirits, and they remained faithful. Thank God for Pacific Coast Camp!

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I Refuse To Be Part Of Another Generation!

This past week, my family and I were down in Ventura at Pacific Coast Camp. (a combined youth and family camp)We had a wonderful time! The weather was great, the fellowship with brothers and sisters of like precious faith was enjoyable, but for me, the crowning jewel was the awesome preaching and teaching from God’s Holy Word, the Bible. Tuesday morning was especially rich for me. Brother Gary Howard preached a message entitled I Refuse To Be Part Of Another Generation. I am so thankful for the young people in the apostolic ranks that love God, love holiness and by the power of the Holy Ghost are refusing to follow after a sinful, ungodly lifestyle. Apostolic young people, I believe in you, and I am proud of you! I’d like to dedicate this poem to all the youth that live and love Bible truth. May you walk with God in such a way that others of your generation will hunger and thirst for what you have.

I Refuse

 

I refuse to be part of another genearation

that goes down the path that heads to damnation.

Though some go the way that leads to a fall,

m heart is tuned in to the Master’s call.

I confess with righteous indignation;

I refuse to be part of another generation.

The Holy Ghost will aid and assist

to keep me from sin, temptation resist.

I’ll give none a cause to despise my youth;

for I’ll walk on the road of God’s holy truth.

I refuse to be part of another generation

that carries a load of condemnation.

The world with its allurements may beckon.

Deaf to its sound, myself I will reckon.

I’ll cling to the cross. I’ll cling to salvation.

I refuse to be part of another generation.

written 6-24-10

 

Judges 2:7  And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD, that he did for Israel.

2:8  And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being an hundred and ten years old.

2:9  And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathheres, in the mount of Ephraim, on the north side of the hill Gaash.

2:10  And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.

1Timothy 4:12  Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Romans 6:11  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Other Side of Camp

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This area of the camp is called the Ampitheatre.  We had a bonfire here on Wednesday night where we roasted marshmallows and had a great time after the evening service.

For those that read my first post about camp, I didn’t mean to make it sound like we get up in the morning, have breakfast with the angels Gabriel and Michael and have church all day.  Children need to have a balance in their lives.  They need church, but they also need recreation and fun time, and they get it at camp.  Camp Sylvester is equipped with a basketball court, volleyball area, baseball field and a tetherball spot.  In addition, there is a lake nearby where the kids can go swimming.  The kids had the opportunity to participate in a talent show, a drum-off , and there were crafts for the younger kids (8-11)to assemble.  Church and all these activities combined made for a great Jr. Camp.  New friendships were made by many and memories that will last a lifetime.

Carol’s Commentary and Chorus of Campmeeting

My family and I had a wonderful time at our Western District Campmeeting in Santa Maria, California.  I know that Shirley Buxton and Tena Valenti have already wrote about this blessed event on their blogs, but I wanted to share some about campmeeting too, from my crazy perspective.  Like many that go to campmeeting, we stayed right on the fairgrounds in a rented RV for the week.  To sum up how I feel about campmeeting, I’ve written a parody to the tune “My Favorite Things”. (This song comes from the musical, The Sound of Music.) If you know the song, you could have yourself a little sing along if you are inclined to do such things.  🙂

Campmeeting, (sung to the tune of My Favorite Things) 

Inside the big tent with no pomp, no steeple,

Worshipping gladly with God’s precious people.

As in His presence, we shout and we sing,

These are a few of my favorite things.

 

Hearing anointed and powerful teaching

Blessed by the wonderful, Spirit filled preaching


Santa Maria weather, it feels like spring

These are a few of my favorite things.

 

Books, food and garb upon which I spend money

Preachers that crack jokes, just so downright funny

As around the campfire, their humor they bring

These are a few of my favorite things.

 

Fellowship, friendship unlike any other

Greeting each person as sister or brother

God’s Word is the anchor, to which we do cling

These are a few of my favorite things.

 

Chorus

When the black tank’s being emptied

And it’s smelling bad

I simply remember my favorite things

And then I don’t feel so sad!