Monday, January 20, 2014

ReBlog: Behold, the Lamb of God

Rev. Renee Splichal Larson was a camp counselor of mine growing up. I have followed her journey and prayed for her while she bacame a pastor. Today she shared her sermon from Sunday. A sermon about her life, the Haiti earthquake for years ago, and her first husband's life and death. I encourage you to read her testimony where even in the end, she can say "Behold, the Lamb of God." 

I continue to pray for my sister in Christ.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Clergy Corner: Run the Race

In less than a month, the Winter Olympics begin in Sochi, Russia. As I child I dreamed of one day becoming an Olympic gymnast or part of the curling team. I wanted to work my hardest to become the best I could be. Alas, my dreams were not realized. Today I compete for something better. I race for eternity.

1 Corinthians 9:24-26 (ESV) says “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.”

When an athlete competes in speed skating races, they start off skating hard. As the finish line came closer, you find them pushing their bodies to the edge. They leave all that they have behind and push more and more to the end. A good athlete leaves all that they have on the track. 

As Christians today we run a race to the end of life and the beginning of eternity. We live life with an end in sight. As we rush toward the end we leave all the training, energy, and things behind. We lean in toward the finish line. When we become weary we rely on those hours of training, those people who support us, and the goal that we strive to reach.

Hebrews 12: 1-2a says “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.” 

Olympians rely on many people to help them train for the gold medal. P&G has put out a series of commercials in the past few years called “Thank You Mom” where athletes can thank their parents for their hard work and support. We as Christians need support in our race just like athletes need their parents, coaches, and competitors. I encourage you, as you run the race toward the finish line to find a cloud of witnesses who support you, who encourage you, and who give you the energy to finish the race sprinting for the goal.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

ReBlog: Why Your Kids Should Go to Church Camp

The Camp attendance has been down at Salem UCC the past few years. If you never got a chance to go to camp, you may not know why to send your kids. Here is an article explaining some of the benefits of camp.
Why Your Kids Should Go To Church Camp

Want to know more about our camp? Placerville Camp