M2L Students: Eagle Rock Update – 6/18/20

We are less than two months out from heading back to Eagle Rock Camp in July! ERC is a special place for us, because it’s more than just a “summer camp”. It’s a place where we go to meet with God for a week every summer. And there’s nothing better than a week on top of a mountain (with hardly any cell service) meeting with the Lord!

Up until a few days ago, we were nearly maxed out on how many people we can bring, which was 50. ERC has given us the green light to extend that number to 60, which means as of 6/18/20 we currently have 12 open spots for any student who would like to go that hasn’t registered yet. You can sign up right now online at M2LCamp.com! Keep in mind: A non-refundable $50 deposit is due to secure your spot ASAP.

I will update this post as we fill these remaining spots.

When do we leave for Eagle Rock?

We are taking a charter bus to ERC. We will be leaving between 6pm-7pm on July 21 and will be leaving ERC in the afternoon of July 26 to return home.

If you have any questions please email me or comment below and I’ll get back to you ASAP!

What is Eagle Rock like?

This is taken directly off the ERC website:

Eagle Rock is a Christian ministry based in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. We offer the facilities, resources and support you need to make the most memorable and meaningful retreat for you and your group. Our trained staff will take the stress out of planning by customizing a program that uniquely supports your goals as a leader and organization. Our aim is to create the best possible experience with flexible scheduling, a variety of lodging accommodations, and the ability to cater to your group’s dietary needs with delicious, home-cooked meals.

Whether you’re looking for the group challenge offered by high adventure activities or a time of personal reflection that often only comes with uninterrupted solitude, Eagle Rock is a place of breakthrough. The wrap-around porches of our Lodge, Bunkhouse, and Dining Hall invite you to soak in the panoramic views and peace that God’s creation brings. 

We Need to Be Vocal About Injustice

Our country is in trouble if things don’t begin to change. As a pastor I believe Christians need to be more vocal about injustice than anyone else. God’s people must be the voice for change. Silence is warranted sometimes and other times it speaks louder than we might realize. No more silence. Our culture is on a path of great pain. Some thoughts:

Why should Christians be more vocal about injustice than anyone else? The Church should be the place the world looks to for wisdom, to set the example, to give solutions to the cultural and social issues that are plaguing our world. What happened to George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery was injustice. It was wrong. And it breaks my heart things like this continue to happen.

How can we, as followers of Christ, be more vocal? Use the platform, the sphere of influence, the social media accounts, the places where you have a voice to speak out in love and truth against all forms of injustice. Speaking out in hate or condemnation or blame will not resolve anything.

God’s Word is clear of what the Lord requires of us:

…And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8 NASB

To do justice we must speak out against injustice.

To love kindness (or mercy) we must show it to others.

To walk in humility before God we must ask God to remove every bit of our pride. The Bible is clear that God opposes the proud (see James 4:6)!

The words of George Floyd haunt me: “I can’t breathe!”

The video of Ahmaud Arbery being murdered breaks me.

And the injustice of so many others brings tears to my eyes. Why? Because they are people made in the image of God just like anyone else. It’s sad that some parents have to teach their kids where to go and not to go because the color of their skin might invite trouble for no reason. Church, we must use our collective voice for change! We must speak out. We must set the example of how to love diverse people, because the God we serve is a God of diversity!

We must stand united that all forms of injustice, regardless of race, must end!

Church, we are all different. But we serve the same God (see Romans 10:12). God loves diversity. Just look at creation at all the different animal life, plant life, and the different people all across the planet. I’ll say it again and as many times as needed: God loves diversity! His creation screams it but yet so many of us hate it. This is a serious problem!

Let’s make a declaration that we will no longer be silent but vocal about injustice. That we, the Church, will not allow culture to influence but rather the Church will influence the culture.

Use your voice right where you are.

To love people.

To do justice.

To love kindness (or mercy).

To walk humbly with God.

When we do that, I believe the Church can actually be the catalyst for change. We must begin on our knees repenting of any prejudice and racism, ask the Lord to reveal the true condition of our hearts about these issues, seek the Lord’s forgiveness, and allow Him to use us to influence our culture!

Together, our voices will be heard. After all, as followers of Jesus, we are all part of the same family. Begin today using your voice right where you are to tell others about the only solution to end all forms of injustice: the love of Christ, the Gospel!

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