Bible Study Theme: Blueprint

Ranch Girl Quiet Time

A blueprint is an outline or plan of action. Most of the time, it is used as the starting point for building a house. Before you ever grab a shovel or a bulldozer or whatever else you use to start building a house, you need a plan. Without a plan, even the most skilled construction team will fail. The blueprint guides them. It reminds them of their foundation and shows them what to do next. It gives them a vision for the finished product. In the Christian life, we are not without a blueprint. God has given us a foundation [...]

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The Defeat of Death


As a high school student, I was not the best in my English classes. That struggle continued with me all the way into my freshman classes in college. My struggle has many elements. English was essentially my third language as I was raised speaking Dutch and grew up in a Spanish-speaking neighborhood in southern California. But enough of my excuses. What I do remember about all of my English classes, however, was the use of past tense, present tense, and future tense. As I read through the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament, I am amazed by a past [...]

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MomLife Boot Camp 2014


On the opening night of MomLife Boot Camp, I prayed for great weather. In my mind that meant sunny and 75 degrees, but the Lord is much more creative. He sent a storm and then an amazing rainbow to remind us of His promise and His faithfulness. For the past three years, Pine Cove has had the opportunity to partner with MomLife Today to put on a life-changing event called MomLife Boot Camp. We had over 400 moms at every age and every stage from across the country come together at Pine Cove’s Shores and Bluffs camps. It was a [...]

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The Most Glorious of All Lands

Forge Students in Israel

“On that day I swore to them that I would bring them out of the land of Egypt into a land that I had searched out for them, a land flowing with milk and honey, the most glorious of all lands.” Ezekiel 20:6 For the past seven months, the Forge Class of 2014 has been studying the history and geography of the nation of Israel. This past March the lessons became sight when we traveled to Israel for a 12-day in-depth study tour. Alongside friends and family who joined us for the adventure, our group trekked through the land of [...]

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Lessons from Leadership Weekend

Dutch Speaking to Summer Staff

Being a leader can be amazingly exciting. Being a leader can also be scary. When I pulled into Tyler for Pine Cove Leadership weekend, I felt an interesting combination of both. I was excited — to see old friends, to bond with new ones, to build community, to be trained, to laugh, to talk, to pray. I was also nervous. I have to admit, as I arrived at camp, I couldn’t help but feel somewhat unqualified. Why me? I don’t think I’m cut out for this. Sure, there are some things I know I can do, but plenty I know [...]

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Bible Study Theme: Broken


Fallow is not a word that most people have ever used in a conversation (unless you’re a farmer). So if you don’t know, “fallow ground” is land that has sat unused and become hard and full of weeds. It must be broken up and prepared before it can be useful and planted with seeds. The Bible frequently uses farming images to talk about spiritual truths. For example, Hosea 10:12 talks about sowing righteousness and reaping steadfast love as a prerequisite for the rain of God’s righteousness. But also included are these words: “Break up your fallow ground, for it is [...]

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Express: Our New Half-Week Camp Program

Boys on Water Mat in Lake

We are so excited to introduce a brand-new experience at Pine Cove called Express! Express is a new half-week camp program designed to help transition campers into our overnight youth camps. This new program is a great opportunity for elementary-aged campers entering 2nd-5th grade that may not be ready for a full week away from home. Our desire is for campers of all ages and maturity to experience the life-changing fun and excitement at Pine Cove. In the summer, Pine Cove ministers to kids and parents through three family camps, six overnight youth camps, an on-site day camp (Castle Rock), [...]

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Hot Dog Company Relishes Pine Cove Buyout

Hot Dog Company Takeover

NEWS RELEASE April 1, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Guggenheim Global Hot Dog Industries Buys Pine Cove Camps International Hot Dog Leader Relishing the Buyout of Tyler, Texas-based Pine Cove Camps for Estimated 1.5 Million Franks TYLER, TEXAS – In a play to dominate the increasingly competitive summer camp hot dog market, Netherlands-based hot dog juggernaut, Guggenheim Global, has acquired Pine Cove Camps with the largest beef frank transaction in history. Pine Cove, which is known for it’s full summer of fun-filled, life-changing experiences for campers of all ages, will now also be known for it’s beef-filled delectable hot dog [...]

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Bible Study Theme: Stories

Bible Study Quiet Time

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1-5 What a way to begin a story! I have always loved this first line in the Gospel of John. In his first sentence he uses the phrase, “the beginning”. Arche is the [...]

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Pine Cove Prays

Summer Staff Praying

Over the last several years, the resident staff of Pine Cove have been pursuing the idea that God is deeply engaged with His people that pray. He desires a deep and personal relationship with his children. An active prayer life is one of the ways that we can enjoy him more fully. He has taught us how to pray through the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:9 “This then is how you should pray; Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.” In Hebrews 7:24-25, we see Jesus mediating on our behalf always, and then we are reminded [...]

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