Scenic view of trees at camp

Category: Spiritual


Camper Story: Receiving Your Spouse

by Mario ZandstraPosted Jan 6, 2014

Catching Football

At family camp, adults get to enjoy teaching on parenting, marriage, and the Christian life by excellent Christian speakers. One week, our speaker shared the concept of leaving your mother and father, cleaving to your spouse, and receiving them as a gift from God. The speaker shared the “power” of accepting this realization and the commitment […]

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7 Ways to Prepare for Sunday

by Chris SherrodPosted Jan 2, 2014

family reading on porch

If you’re like me, Sunday mornings can often feel hectic and anything but restful or even spiritual. As you’re thinking through changes for the New Year, I’d like to suggest some ways to help your hearing of God’s Word be more effective and to even make your Sundays less stressful. Why Prepare? Matthew 13 records […]

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A Foundation for Marriage

by TJ NicholsonPosted Dec 21, 2013

Newlywed Couple

As I’ve been on the web lately, I’ve seen many ads such as “5 Steps for Better Abs” or “How to Lose 10 Pounds in 10 Days.” These all sound appealing to those of us who would like a quick fix, but they’re not usually as easy as they seem, which is why most of […]

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Why We Need Christmas

by Mario ZandstraPosted Dec 5, 2013

Wood Cross and Wood Nativity

We love to celebrate Christmas at the Zandstra house, do you? If you were to ask your friends and families why we celebrate Christmas, you will no doubt get varying answers ranging from, “It’s a time to celebrate family” to “Santa Claus” to “Jesus’ birth.” But, I want to ask a different question… Why do […]

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Don’t Hit the Snooze Button On Life

by Ginger CiminelloPosted Oct 25, 2013

Alarm clock snooze button

I love the snooze button. I’ve been a snoozer since I was given the responsibility of setting my own alarm clock in the 5th grade. I’ve been known to set my alarm for two hours prior to the time I actually have to get up. Every nine minutes my hand can fly to that button […]

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Universal God

by Jillian VerretPosted Sep 13, 2013

Camper and Counselor Talking

We had the privilege of having a foreign exchange student as a camper at the Timbers during week 3! She is from Mexico and has been in the U.S. (Houston) for six months and will be returning back to Mexico on Monday. She and her counselor talked about her family life and how it has […]

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Are You Living the Legacy You Want to Leave?

by Chris SherrodPosted Jul 26, 2013

Father hugging daughter in pool

Have you ever noticed that we don’t really use the word “legacy” until someone is gone? Only then do we look back and reflect on what they’ve left behind. I did exactly that a year and a half ago when my grandfather died. In fact, when asked to lead his memorial service, I titled my […]

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Wee Little Man Turned Tree-Tall Man

by Jake CollinsPosted Jul 3, 2013

Sycamore Tree

“Zacchaeus was a ‘wee little man’”… But the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10), and found him… just outside of Jericho. “… and a ‘wee little man’ was he…” (Rom. 3:23) Then, there was a tree. I’ve always been challenged and impressed by the steps of courage taken by […]

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Reunited Through Living Water

by Melissa LaughlinPosted Jul 1, 2013

Shores Counselor and Camper

With Week 4 wrapped up and Week 5 on the move, campers and counselors will tell you that time has been flying by at camp! And every week God is making his transforming power known. Recently a camper at the Shores was baptized, proclaiming the truth of this power publicly. This was a great snapshot […]

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From Doubt to Faith

by Jillian VerretPosted Jun 21, 2013

Camper Worshipping Jesus

At Pine Cove, we have a wide variety of campers from many different of backgrounds. Sometimes that is a camper who waits for Pine Cove year round and loves it more than anything, and other times it’s campers who have never been before and didn’t want to come, have disciplinary problems, have hard home lives, […]

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