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Falls Creek: A city made for summer
May18

Falls Creek: A city made for summer

Falls Creek youth camps offer many activities for students and adults throughout the week. Each summer offers a number of new options, which adds to the already busy camp life. A full lineup of breakouts each week offers students and adults opportunities to grow in their spiritual life, as well as gain biblical understanding on hot cultural topics and life skills. More than 30 percent of registered campers attend a breakout each...

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Our freedom under attack, our hope still secure
May17

Our freedom under attack, our hope still secure

Summer is approaching. Baseball is in full swing. Warm weather and the ability to engage in a number of outdoor activities is upon us, with family vacations and time off from work and school. There is one day out of the summer that rises above the rest, one in which Americans set apart as a day of particular importance. That is the 4th of July. What this day represents can be summarized in one word: freedom. Those who are born in the...

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How to encourage your church to give
May14

How to encourage your church to give

Discipleship is vital to creating a healthy church. When we think of discipleship, we often think of particular spiritual disciplines: Bible study, worship, Scripture memory, serving, etc. Often, as a pastor, I will address these disciplines from the pulpit and encourage the congregation to practice them in everyday life. Yet there was one spiritual gift I consistently avoided, especially in the pulpit—giving. In 2 Corinthians 9, Paul...

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The Burden for Missions Begins at Home
May11

The Burden for Missions Begins at Home

A mark of a healthy church is a biblical understanding of, and practice of, missions. Missions isn’t a biblical word, but it’s a biblical idea. Missions is taking the gospel across boundaries, especially across the boundary of language. And, according to the Bible, this mission is to transform the nature of humanity, and nothing less—to bring us into a reconciled relationship with God, our good Creator and Judge. Missions Begins at...

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More than just summer camp
May03

More than just summer camp

Falls Creek youth camp provides an opportunity for Gospel impact, extending from the heart of the individual to the ends of the earth on a daily basis. Many have stories of personal life change and challenge associated with Falls Creek youth camps. Many stories compare to Holden McCracken’s, student pastor at Duncan, Immanuel, who cited the ministry of Falls Creek has shaped him over the years “as a person and as a minister of the...

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Proof that God can use you
May01

Proof that God can use you

I was 14 years old when my family moved from Mexico to Oklahoma in the summer of 1990. I had just finished the ninth grade, and the prospect of moving to another country was both daunting and incredibly exciting. I could not speak English, and the culture was quite different from what I had experienced previously. The first six months in this new country were challenging but also rewarding. I had started school and made new friends,...

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