Easter Freedom

1 04 2010

Hey guys,

Well spring has sprung, and with 80 degree temps I’m not complaining at all.  You can’t help but find joy in the resurrection of life after the dead winter.  And as we head into this Easter weekend it couldn’t be more appropriate to celebrate the resurrection of creation and of our Savior. 

One awesome announcement I want to make: 

 College Camp 2010!

A time up at Quaker Haven camp for those of you who have graduated from high school and can no longer attend camp as a camper.  The purpose of this camp is to offer a weekend at camp for young adults to worship, play, fellowship, and grow closer to the Lord while exploring the themes of God’s sufficiency and purpose for our lives.  Here are the details:

Who: College Students & Young Adults (High School Graduates-30yrs)

When: May 21-23, 2010

Where: Quaker Haven Camp

Cost: $60 (after May 1st $75)

In order to encourage folks to be a part of our Connections gatherings as well as attend this camp we are offering a $10 discount to those who have attended at least on of our Connections gatherings.  The next Connections gathering is April 25th for those who are interested in being a part of that community.

Plan to attend now!  Brochure is attached.  Let me know if you’ve got questions.

Here’s some Easter thoughts from Mariya Jones:

Excerpt from an e-mail, that was taken from a newspaper printed near Luke Air Force Base in Arizona .
The complaint:   
‘Question of the day for Luke Air Force Base:   
Whom do we thank for the morning air show? Last Wednesday, at precisely 9:11 A.M, a
tight formation of four F-16 jets made a low pass over Arrowhead Mall, continuing west over Bell Road at approximately 500 feet. Imagine our good fortune!  Do the Tom Cruise-wannabes feel we need this wake-up call, or were they trying to impress the cashiers at Mervyns early bird special?  Any response would be appreciated.

The response:   
Regarding ‘A wake-up call from Luke’s jets’ On June 15, at precisely 9:12 a.m . , a
perfectly timed four- ship fly by of F-16s from the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base flew over the grave of Capt. Jeremy Fresques. Capt Fresques was an Air Force officer who was previously stationed at Luke Air Force Base and was killed in Iraq  on May 30, Memorial Day.  At   9 a.m.  on June 15 , his family and friends gathered at   Sunland   Memorial Park   in   Sun City   to mourn the loss of a husband, son and friend.. Based on the letter writer’s recount of the fly by, and because of the jet noise, I’m sure you didn’t hear the 21-gun salute, the playing of taps, or my words to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques as I gave them their son’s flag on behalf of the President of the United States and all those veterans and servicemen and women who understand the sacrifices they have endured.  A four-ship fly by is a display of respect the Air Force gives to those who give their lives in defense of freedom. We are professional aviators and take our jobs seriously, and on June 15 what the letter writer witnessed was four officers lining up to pay their ultimate respects.  The letter writer asks, ‘Whom do we thank for the morning air show? The 56th Fighter Wing will make the call for you, and forward   your thanks to the widow and parents of Capt Fresques, and thank them for you, for it was in their honor that my pilots flew the most honorable formation of their lives.  Only 2 defining forces have ever offered to die for you…. Jesus Christ and the American Soldier.  One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.  
Lt. Col. Grant L. Rosensteel, Jr.

This was one of those chain e-mails that my father just can’t resist passing on. I usually delete them and don’t give it a second thought, but this one stood out. A story like this just can’t be made up and it stuck out since it is Easter time. It is so easy for us to forget how much was sacrificed and this holiday is supposed to represent that. Lately, I have been hearing people talk about how unimportant this holiday is or that it’s not as major as other holidays. I think Easter has been made this way because people have forgotten the sacrifice our Savior made for us all. 

Independence Day in America has also become different. We are celebrating our freedom and all those who helped us become free. Today, people use the 4th of July as an excuse to party and set off as many fireworks as possible. Maybe people celebrated this way in the early days of this holiday, but it has definitely evolved since then. People are quick to forget the lives given on these holidays to free us. Galatians 5:13:

“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.”

God calls us to use our freedom wisely. He paid a high price for our freedom, but our sinful, human nature tends to make us want to use it for our pleasure and not to glorify God. We don’t act grateful to God for the great gift He gave us when we downplay this awesome holiday and act like it’s all about the bunnies and chocolate. These things are fun, but Jesus Christ paid the ultimate charge for the thing He loved the most: you! Don’t you want to glorify him and in some way say thank you for that? Maybe we should do like Paul said and “….serve one another in love.”

I hope you have a wonderful Easter celebration this weekend full of the reality of the resurrection and the appreciation of the freedom you personally have experienced through Jesus Christ.

Blessings!

To the King!

Katy

College Camp ’10 Brochure

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