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I hope you're having a wonderful day! Please, Please, Please if you haven't, sign up for the Swamp's 25th Anniversary Celebration. It is only TWO WEEKS AWAY!! Details and a link to tickets are available at the bottom of the page. You won't want to miss out!
In addition, The Swamp will be hosting its annual Father Son Retreat the weekend of November 10-12. This year's theme is Revolution! Click HERE to register and find out more. Just look at how happy this father and his sons are at last year's retreat!
Now, on to this week's topic! This past weekend I got to be a part of the Southeast Teen-Led Conference in Asheville, North Carolina. The conference was very similar to our teen retreats at camp, except the sermons and lessons were all led by teens. Teens taught lessons on spiritual growth, as well as several breakout classes based on struggles teenagers face while trying to live righteously as a young person. Many of the teens who led classes shared how they overcame those struggles in their own lives. Witnessing all of this reminded me of how much bravery it takes to be righteous and Godly in high school.
"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." -1 Timothy 4:12
I asked a teen leader and a couple of teens to tell me what really impacted them about this weekend. Hopefully, their words will encourage you in your fight to be faithful!
"My experience at the Teen Conference was out of this world! It was so great reconnecting with old friends and meeting new people! The Bible Class on courage really helped me because I naturally am more fearful than courageous and that class taught me to be more courageous knowing that I will get to praise God by doing so."
Gabriel Batcho, Freshman, Northview Church of Christ
"I felt proud going to the first ever teen conference led by teens. It was incredible to see the teens step up and lead others teens. They planned almost everything and led every lesson. Some of my own teens were on the planning committee and led classes so to watch all of their hard work come into fruition was an amazing thing to experience. I was extremely proud of all of the hard work and dedication that the teens put into the conference."
Ashley Bowman, Teen Leader, Athens Church of Christ
"I think what impacted me most this weekend was the talent of the teens who spoke and the messages they shared. If I had a word to describe the weekend I would probably say eye opening because each of the lessons that were taught, including the sermon done by AJ and Parker, really just took me back and made me think about my life and my relationship with God. It was very inspiring to see kids my age(and younger!) to be preaching the word of God and sharing there heart in such a mature way, to hear what they have done and what they have been through is so empowering to someone like me because it gives me courage and confidence that I’m not too young and anything is possible through God."
Samantha Goss, Senior, Athens Church of Christ
I really loved how these teens talked about having courage and loving and serving God at a young age. In 1 Timothy, Paul writes for Timothy to not let anyone look down on him because of his youth, but to set an example for everyone in the way he lives his life. As young people following God, we have the opportunity to glorify God in a special way by showing that God can do powerful things through people who have less life experience and less worldly knowledge. When thought of like that, it makes being a young Christian seem more like an honor and less like a hardship. Remember, you are NEVER too young to do amazing things for God!
Until Next Week!
Much Love & Respect, Julie <3
We are TWO WEEKS AWAY from The Swamp's 25th Anniversary Celebration!!! * cue confetti *
If you haven't heard the news, camp is hosting a giant 25th birthday party in honor of 25 years of camp! The celebration will be at the Georgia Freight Depot in Atlanta on October 29th. Attendees will include international camp directors, alumni of all ages, and we hope, you! It's going to be a great time. Not to mention, we will be having a camp-style singing devotional and barbecue for lunch! Click the link below to learn more and purchase tickets.
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