Family Connection: Empowered

Posted on February 27, 2013 by Phil

not only do we want to make it easier for you to start conversations, but also to connect together as a family. We do a lot of singing at camp, even the older campers. So this may be easier than you think…

Romans 8:26-27; Ephesians 5:17-21; 6:18
Holy Spirit empowers believers’ service and prayers

Family Connections

This week, spend some time practicing two of the activities emphasized in today’s focal passages: singing and praying. Before dinner one night, allow a family member to share his or her favorite chorus, camp song or hymn. Sing the first verse of that chorus as a family. Do this each night until every member of the family has had a chance to share. Discuss the importance of songs and hymns in sharing our faith with others and reminding ourselves of our relationship with God.

After dinner, ask family members to share prayer requests, but focus on the requests for other people. Each night, let a different family member intercede (pray) for the people who were mentioned. Remind family members that we can intercede (pray) for others because the Holy Spirit intercedes for us.

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Praying For Your Kids

Posted on October 31, 2012 by Phil

You’ve heard it before. You’ve done it before. Perhaps you’ve done it today. But we all agree that we NEED to do it. I’m not sure that I’ll ever feel as if I’ve prayed enough for my children.

Sometimes I would try hard and think for something new to pray for on behalf of my kids. Part of this is easy as new challenges, new friends, and new situations arise in their lives. I find myself praying for those things. But I believe that there is enormous value in consistently pray for the same core things for your kids as they grow and mature.

When Amy and I got married a while back, one of my mentors named Charley, who is a phenomenal dad and husband, drilled praying for our kids into our heads. Charley is almost obsessed with his family and praying on their behalf.

Years ago Charley handed me a sheet of paper, with some notes on it. These were the notes he used to pray for his kids. These notes are still tucked in my bible and I still use them to pray for Piper and Lily each day.

I couldn’t think of anything better to leave you with other than a picture of this note. I urge you to print it out, crop it down, and stick it in your Bible, or your car, or your mirror, or over the sink…anywhere that you will see it every day. Don’t worry, it won’t take you long to memorize the list.

No matter how you do it, just do it. Go before the Lord every day on behalf of your children. And know this. Every morning at 9am, here in the Lake Lodge at Camp, we gather and pray for you and your family. Be encouraged and enjoy…


If you ever have questions about this list. Feel free to contact me, I’ll be here!

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Conversation Starters: Pray for Our Country

Posted on September 5, 2012 by Phil

Tuesday is the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Monday, September 17, marks the 225th anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution. Each night this week, pray specifically for someone or something related to American freedoms, responsibilities, or challenges.

Sunday: Pray for your local fire and police departments, and any officers or firefighters you know personally.
Monday: Pray for American military personnel who are serving overseas and their families who are here.
Tuesday: Pray for missionaries who work in primarily Muslim countries. Check out IMB’s website for additional helps.
Wednesday: Pray for your District’s Congressional Representatives and your state’s senators. For a complete listing, go to and
Thursday: Pray for the President and Vice President.
Friday: Thank God for the freedom we have as American citizens. Ask God to help us make good decisions as a country.
Saturday: One of the freedoms the Constitution guarantees is freedom of religion. Pray for all pastors and church leaders (especially yours!) as they prepare for a full day of ministry tomorrow.

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