Why Did We Change the Camp Name?

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Twenty-seventeen is an incredible and pivotal year. I will be celebrating the 20th year anniversary of leading youth camp. It is hard to believe that nearly two decades have passed, but indeed time waits on none of us! The past 19 years are in the history books. Great memories! Great moves of God! Great friendships! Thousands of young men and women influenced and impacted. Margie and I are humbled and awed by the testimonies of how camp has changed so many hearts and lives. A significant number of those who have attended are now married and have children of their own.

Wow! Little did I imagine in 1997 that I would still be leading this annual gathering of young believers in 2017, but I am honored to do so. As we kick off the third decade, we do so with renewed vision and vigor. We are thankful for our past partners [associations, churches, and individuals] who have helped us do God’s will up to this point. And we are overflowing with words of appreciation for those who are still with us after all these years and new friends with whom the Lord is connecting us now!

The need for a camp like ours is greater now than at any other time in our history. We cannot, and we will not pull away from the need to reach this generation with the truth and the power of Jesus Christ! Camp and conferences aren’t just something we want to do; these God-ordained events are something we must do! God has assembled around us a fantastic team of both seasoned leaders and gifted upcoming leader to eternally influence and impact this generation. I stand in awe.

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This is our season to UPGRADE! As we move into our third decade, we celebrate what was and anticipate greater to come. This new season demands a new name! Youth Ablaze speaks of what the Lord accomplished these past 20 years: THE JOSIAH TRIBE speaks of fresh fire, fresh glory and a fresh passion for God, revealed now and in the years to come. Yes, this is the time for the Josiah Generation’s to rise up.!

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So why Tribe? Acts 4 records the story of two early leaders in the church who were threatened by the religious officials to never preach again in the Name of Jesus. After the attempt of intimidation, the disciples returned to their “own.” Translators differ on the word they use to follow “own” as recorded in Acts 4:23. Some chose “company,” others chose “companions,” still others chose “friends.” From my study, I believe it could best be translated, tribe. They returned to their tribe.

This JOSIAH TRIBE is a company, a group of people, who may not all be of the same race, but we all value relationship. We are made up of males and females, but we all worship the same and only true God. We may not be persuaded about the same styles, but we all share the same purpose. We are not all of the same denomination, but we all share the same desire and destiny. We are THE JOSIAH TRIBE – chosen by God to lead a great awakening in our generation. We are not satisfied with the status quo in the world or the church. We are called to be reformers, restorers, and revivalists. We are raising up the 21st-century JESUS TRIBE!
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In the previous 19 years of camp, great happenings have occurred, but I believe the 20th year marks an era that will cause the past to pale in comparison. The times in which we live demand it. We are going for it! I pray you will join us by getting your young people and yourself into the anointed atmosphere of Camp Tribe this summer! [Click the Camp Tribe box above for more info.]
We are also needing adults, businesses, churches, etc. who will catch the vision and become TRIBE Ambassadors helping us make up the difference between the registration fees (we keep them ridiculously low for all we offer) and the total expenses! To partner with Camp Tribe click HERE.  Thank you for your generosity!

We are raising up the 21st-century JESUS TRIBE!

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Snooze and Lose

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Is the alarm clock your enemy or your friend? If I am real, most of my life it seemed more like an enemy than a friend. What about you? Are you a “morning person?” I’m not! At least, not naturally born. I often need to set my alarms [yes, plural] an hour in advance of when I need to get up. And for some crazy reason, sleep seems sweeter after you are supposed to be up. Crazy! Whoever invented the snooze button is my friend for life!

Once I am finally up physically, it still takes me a good bit of time to wake up. My voice doesn’t sound pleasant for at least 30 minutes, and the closest I want to get to a conversation is, “Spark, please.” However, I discover that when I am looking forward to the day, it is so much easier to wake up. The alarm clock, my enemy from the day before, is my friend today because of what awaits me. Motivation is of vital importance to my perspective.

Our generation is in trouble. A brief review of the news on any given day speaks of the myriad of challenges facing us. The world is spiraling downward further and further into the chaos of wars and rumors of wars. Peace and true love appear out of reach. The truth is no longer considered a constant but a moving target that varies with the mood of the moment. There is an all out attempt to redefine borders and reassign morality.

The truth is no longer considered a constant but a moving target that varies with the mood of the moment. Click To Tweet

There is an answer! It is the Church! Jesus said, “…On this rock, I will build My church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.” [Matthew 16:18] The Church is the body of Christ in the Earth: His hands, His feet, and possessing His heart and Spirit! And yet, If you look at what is happening around the world, the church appears to be falling way short of the intended goal. What’s the issue?
It isn’t an issue of authority or power. The church today is not powerless, just asleep. The problem isn’t that we don’t know the Bible. The church is not Biblically illiterate, but asleep. It isn’t that the church is not loving; but, sleepy people care more about their comfort than the needs of others. The issue is that too many in the church are asleep!

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It is time for the church to wake up! It is past time! The alarms are sounding, and we have hit the snooze button for far too long. Look at the way Kenneth Wuest translated Paul’s admonition in Romans 13:11, “And this, knowing the strategic season, that it is an hour now for you to awake out of sleep, for now our salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.”

This is one of the most strategic seasons of our lives! We cannot afford to sleep through another day. If we snooze we will lose a generation! The prophetic promise of Isaiah 60: 1-3 is upon us, “Arise, shine: For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.” The Church must rise up in the light of His glory! We will stop hitting the snooze button and motivated by the Glory, we rise and shine.

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Mark writes in his gospel the account of the Synagogue leader Jairus’ daughter’s illness. {Mark 5} In numerous ways this generation of young men and women resemble Jairus’ daughter. Many voices are declaring that they are dead and saying all we can do is mourn their demise. But I believe that Jesus’ words concerning the little girl are relevant and prophetic of today, “The child is not dead, but sleeping.” [Mark 5:39] The same anointing is available now to awaken a generation. This anointing is working right now to awaken a generation that is destined to experience His greatest glory! Stop hitting the snooze button! Make the decision! Pay the price of the discomfort. Pull the covers back, throw your legs over the edge and get up! A generation is waiting!

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