This year I had the honour of volunteering at junior camp for the third year in a row. Junior camp is an overnight camp for kids ages 9-12 that lasts for one week.
On Sunday morning I drove up to camp with a couple of friends excited for what God was going to do that week. I had been waiting for this camp since it ended last year and I could not wait to be back on the campgrounds and back working with the kids.
When we arrived I got my placement which was originally staff relief but I was able to change it to precampers as that is what I love doing at camp. Precampers are ages 1-8 and they are the children of staff members. It is kind of like a daycare service for staff, so we watch their kids while they do their job from 9am to 4pm or to 5:15pm if you requested late pickup. This year we had a whooping 35 precampers with our youngest being 16 months.
Since precampers did not begin until the next day I was free to do whatever I wanted on Sunday. So I went to eat dinner which was horrible and I ended up eating ramen noodles that I brought from home. After that I went to the staff meeting while the kids went to have free time before night service.
This year our speaker for night service was Shoutin’ Shannon. The kids loved him and his messages and God really moved in that first service and we had a few kids receive the Holy Ghost for the first time.
The next day I went to work with my precampers. Basically with precampers every day we met in the nursery or at the playground for drop off then went on with our daily activities. It was always drop off, play time at the playground, morning service, play time at the trampolines, lunch, varying activities such as outdoor cooking or arts and crafts, then more activities and playtime at the playground before pickup. It was very tiring but I loved working with every single one of the kids that was in my group and I miss them so much already.
Now on the Tuesday of that week many things took place. My group of friends was kind of having some unspoken issues with the other group of girls in our room. It was due to a lot of miscommunication and some other things but we were having issues. And I remember being annoyed at people that I had never even had a conversation with.
That night after we put the kids to sleep some of the girls were out with other staff members. I was already in my pyjamas as it was around midnight and I wanted to sleep. Then one of the staff members got a call from one of the girls that was out asking her if she’d come down to the sanctuary to pray with her and the other people who were out. She agreed and asked the rest of us in the room if we wanted to come. I think only two girls said that they’d go with her.
It’s crazy what anger can do inside you because I remember thinking that these girls were being extra and exaggerating what was going on. I even “spied” on them a little bit from the balcony of the sanctuary.
But a few minutes later my friends and I decided to go down to the sanctuary to pray with them. And I am telling you that I have never felt God more than I did that night. God moved in me in ways that he has never moved in me before. The things that I saw, felt, and experienced literally changed my life.
The part that resonated with me the most is when we were all standing in a circle, there was about 18-20 of us young people, and my friend said “God will not move until we get rid of the issues between us”. It was crazy because it was very similar to a message that was spoken at our family camp a couple weeks before. I also tend to struggle with holding grudges and judging people for no reason or because one of my friends doesn’t like them. And when the message was being spoken at family camp I was clapping and thinking of all the people that that message was calling out even though it was calling me out as well.
So that night I spoke to one girl that I believed I had issues with and she told me that she had forgiven me a long time ago. Which was crazy to me because here I was hanging on to things for absolutely no reason. I no actual issues with any of the other people there so I just prayed for forgiveness and released them in my prayers. Though the next day I did speak to another staff member that wasn’t at the prayer meeting and told him that I had no issue with him and we had the chance to talk that out.
It’s just crazy to me because now I’m friends with those same girls I was annoyed at and I realized that they’re actually pretty great. And it’s ridiculous that I was missing out on friendships because of dumb, petty reasons. So please if you’re doing that sort it out now, it’s not worth it.
We ended up praying for almost four hours ,though it felt like 15 minutes. At the end of praying we sat and sang songs including my favourite track right now “O come to the altar” by elevation worship. We then sat and discussed what took place and it was insane hearing the experiences people were having alongside my own.
I ended going to bed at 5am that morning and even though I had to be up at 7:30am I had no regrets. We were all dead tired the next morning but I’ll be forever glad that I went because that experience changed my life.
I know that it has not even been a month but I feel so different ever since that day. And I just want to tell you that if you have a problem with someone, please solve it. In 1 John 4:20 it reads “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” Do not let that issue be the reason you miss out on your blessing. Do not let that petty problem be a stumbling block in your relationship with God. It’s not worth your salvation. It’s not worth it.
If you have any problems that you want to talk about just know that my inbox and my messages are always open. I love you and God bless! 😊
I was reading both the books written to timothy the other night and something dawned on me. timothy was literally all Paul had towards the end of his work on earth. in 2 timothy Paul constantly reminds timothy of how all his close friends and fellow christians just deserted him. As Christians we need to realize the fact that it could literally come down to just you and Jesus in you walk with him. we cant rely on other people lifting us up or keep us from falling spiritually but we need to get in the altar and rely on a holy ghost saturation to up lift us and let Gods word wash us and mold us to where he needs us to be.
If you think about it there were only three or so people at Calvary with Jesus out of the thousands that followed him while he preformed miracles.
If we strive to be more like Jesus everyday, then less is more in that case
How do you know Pentecost is the right religion for you?
Well, Anon, there is only one answer. Apostolic Pentecostals are one of the few churches that follow the Biblical path of salvation.
If you don’t know what that is, it is what Jesus and the Apostles taught about getting right with God, and keeping your heart right with God.
Belief, baptism in Jesus name, being filled with the Holy Ghost as they were in the Book of Acts, following the teachings on life choices from Jesus and the Apostles, belief that Jesus is returning, Belief that not everyone will find themselves in Heaven (despite the fact that they call themselves Christian), prayer is essential for daily life in the Spirit, Living a victorious life is a commandment - not an option… etc.
Request from Bruce Howell, General Director of UPCI Global Missions: My wife, Diane, has been diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) or Lou Gehrig’s disease. We have faith that God can heal her. Diane and I have seen hundreds of miracles and KNOW HE CAN DO IT! We need your prayers! Our faith and determination are strong. The world needs to be reached and we are dedicated to that task!
It hurts me to see Christian standards pushed aside but all my hero’s live by them and for good reasons. Of course no one like likes being told what to do, growing up we experience this all the time: hating going to bed during nap time, being told to eat your vegetables, or getting spanked for being bad.. No one likes standards and rules but there needed, and without them were in trouble.. God didn’t give us His word to make us stumble and fall, He gave it to us to guide us in the right direction, don’t abuse it..
Twentieth-century Christianity, in general, has failed to reach the human race. Sometimes the church becomes too institutionalized; therefore we cannot relate to the common needs of (…Missing Text…) drowning in the Pacific Ocean is not interested in a gourmet meal. This individual is drowning, and the only thing of any importance to this desperate soul is a life jacket, a rope and someone to save them.
Likewise, our world is in a precarious situation. People are addicted to narcotics and alcohol, are destitute, hungry, depressed, despondent, homeless, guilt-ridden, and many of their marriages are on the rocks. The church of Jesus Christ must reach individuals at the point of their need. We must come out of the clouds and live down on the level of humanity.
For I was hungered, and ye gave me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in; naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungered and fed thee? Or thirsty and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger and took thee in? Or naked and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick or in prison and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto thee, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (Matthew 25:35-40)
Christ is telling his church that the priority of the Christian life is to minister to those who are in need – those who hunger, thirst, are sick or naked, those in prison. Many modern-day churches lack true compassion and continue on in their beautiful edifices with towering steeples, stained-glass windows, carpeted aisles and padded pews. They are singing songs with lyrics that appeal to a certain element of the church and preaching sermons that meet the criteria of scholarly individuals who sit in the pews. Many times they do not preach messages or sing songs to the hearts of broken and torn men and women.
An example of this is when Jesus related the story of the man who left Jerusalem and journeyed to Jericho. As he traveled, robbers sprang upon him from the side of the road, beat him to a bloody pulp, kicked him, ripped his garments from his body, and took what little substance he carried with him. Christ related how the priest had left his home that morning with the necessary elements to help the poor and the hurting. It was customary for him to carry a horn of oil at his side to put on the wounds of the suffering.
However, as the priest traveled the road and spotted the object lying in the middle of the road, heard the groaning appeals from a broken, torn victim of greed, the priest felt too busy and too rushed for time. His religious activities were more pressing to him than the needs of a broken world. He could not relate to the point of that mans need.
Likewise, the Levite was of devout social standing. His priorities were such that his heart could not hear the groan, so consequently, he did not respond to the need of the man who lay bleeding and destitute on the highway.
Then the good Samaritan came. It is significant to note that he was a Samaritan, who was, by Jewish custom, looked down upon, referred to as a dog, a Gentile, one who had no part in the kingdom of Israel. Yet, he felt compassion for this one who was victimized. When he heard the groan, his compassionate heart reached out to the man. He tenderly lifted him, poured oil in his wounds, bandaged him, placed him upon his own beast and cared for him.
If the church is to reach our world, we must be versatile and caring. We must be sensitive to the needs of the human race.
It is imperative that Christians today change their approach to follow the pattern of Christ, the Anointed One, so they can minister as Jesus ministered.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
There is a period of church history that is referred to as the Dark Ages by historians. During those days, the Bible was chained to the pulpit for the disposition of the theologians of that time. They believed the laypeople were ignorant and incapable of handling the Word of God. They thought the clergy were the only ones with enough knowledge, understanding and education to interpret the Word of God.
It is sad to say, but there exists, in a sense, a Dark Ages mentality in the 20th century among many church groups. All ministries are chained to the pulpit, therefore the body is uninvolved. As a result, the church cannot thrive or grow. These churches are without spirit and life, half-empty, just merely existing as a body of people.
The early church, shortly after the upper-room experience, made the word of God available to all, and it flowed among them freely. These born-again believers were released to minister to their neighbors, to those upon the street and whomever they contacted. They lived with a zeal and a fire burning within them to love, touch, restore and convert the entire world.
In the Old Testament, men of God received revelations through such theophanies as the burning bush. In the New Testament, the early church had a burning-bush experience through the Holy Ghost. He worked in them and through the supernatural by the Holy Spirit. Is God’s power different today than it was in the first-century church? Absolutely not! He is the same yesterday, today and forever. The power to meet humanity at the point of the need is still available today. The bush is still burning. If we are to impact the world as the first-century church, we must witness the burning-bush experience. This experience will bring great results in the body of Christ. Moses was a Hebrew before the burning bush; after the burning bush, he was the mighty leader, and the prophet of God who brought the Hebrews out of Egypt.
An American and an English gentleman were viewing the Niagara whirlpool rapids when the American said: “Come, and Ill show you the greatest unused power in the world.”
The American took his friend to the foot of Niagara Falls. “There,” he said, “is the greatest unused power in the world!”
“Ah, no, my brother, not so!” was the reply. “The greatest unused power in the world is the spirit of the living God.”
Only you have the power to activate the power that is readily available to all. With it, you will be empowered to reach hurting humanity. Imbued with his spirit, you can become a flame that will set the world on fire with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You can proclaim the same Gospel that Peter preached on the day of Pentecost.
On that day, the people, with great conviction, asked, What shall we do to be saved? Peter answered, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 2:38)
This aching world needs a message of everlasting hope and joy. We can meet them at the point of their need, if we will become emblazoned with the fire of Holy Ghost fever. You can unleash Gods power to love, heal, restore and create new life through his spirit.
In the spirit
The Rev. Kenneth F. Haney is minister of Christian Life Center in Stockton. He is also president of Christian Life College and KCJH Radio. He serves as assistant general superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church. He is the international host speaker for the daily Hour of Restoration radio program.
NOT WRITTEN BY ME.
Written by Bishop Kenneth F. Haney and published in the Stockton Record on July 27, 1996.