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Posts with the ‘gospel’ tag

Life Transformation On The Road

Two Women Praying

Editor’s Note: At Pine Cove we pray big prayers, and often the Lord reveals himself in the most unexpected way. Read this incredible story of what happened while we were on the road recruiting prospective summer staff this fall. One of my favorite parts of recruiting is getting to minister to college students. For some, this is more than just an interview; it could be a life-changing moment for them. Many students have never thought through the issues we ask them about and others have never been asked to explain the Gospel. Often the challenge that we give them at the end […]

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Bible Study Theme: MADE

Shores Made

The summer is here once again and numerous high school students all around the country are preparing to pack their bags to come and spend a week at the Pine Cove Shores. All the while, the counselors have been named, the excitement is high, and the jumping is even higher! Every year there is a new Bible study prepared for the campers and this year is no different. The theme for the 2014 Bible study at the Shores is MADE. Though it may seem like a simple title, MADE contains a vast amount of information that is both challenging and […]

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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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Faith: No Doubt About it

Old chair and wall

A condition that plagues many Christians today – both young and old – is what I call Thomasphobia: the fear of doubting. This malady often begins in elementary Sunday school class when the Easter story is told and children hear about Doubting Thomas. Wide-eyed children are asked, “Can you believe Thomas doubted that Jesus rose from the dead? You don’t want to be a Doubting Thomas do you?” This is significant because as these children grow and begin to think more about their beliefs, they may have genuine questions that need answering, but since it’s been ingrained in them that […]

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Forge Trip: Dominican Republic

Forge-Member-Praying

Last week, my fellow Forge students and I took a 9-day adventure to Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic. The Forge is Pine Cove’s resident discipleship program. There we joined alongside a ministry called Students International (SI) to assist local missionaries at various sites that included microfinance, social work, community health, dentistry, education, special education, sports, and physical therapy. After a long day of travel on Friday, we kicked off our week in the DR with a day of tourism. What better way to experience the beauty of La Republica Dominicana than with a rafting trip! 27 of the 29 members of the group took off for […]

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Identifying Your Legacy

Family Silhouette by Water

What would you say if I asked you to identify your magnum opus? Would you point somewhere between your inferior vena cava and your superior colliculus? Of course, a magnum opus is not an anatomical term. It simply means “great work” in Latin. An artist’s magnum opus may be their most valuable piece of art. An athlete’s magnum opus could be their greatest season. For a musician, it could be a great symphony. The truth is, all of us should aspire to create a magnum opus that becomes part of our legacy. The problem for many of us is identifying […]

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Why We Need Christmas

Wood Cross and Wood Nativity

We love to celebrate Christmas at the Zandstra house, do you? If you were to ask your friends and families why we celebrate Christmas, you will no doubt get varying answers ranging from, “It’s a time to celebrate family” to “Santa Claus” to “Jesus’ birth.” But, I want to ask a different question… Why do we need Christmas? If you are familiar with the creation story, you know that God created a perfect place and gave mankind the unique opportunity to tend to the earth and creation. Man was deeply loved and blessed. Our Creator only asked for love and […]

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Universal God

Camper and Counselor Talking

We had the privilege of having a foreign exchange student as a camper at the Timbers during week 3! She is from Mexico and has been in the U.S. (Houston) for six months and will be returning back to Mexico on Monday. She and her counselor talked about her family life and how it has been a blessing to come to America because she used to be popular and a bully at her school in Mexico, but when she got here, she knew no one and she found herself on the other side of bullying. She told her counselor that […]

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Life Transformation Before My Very Eyes

Ranch Counselor with Camper

I was in my sophomore year of college at the University of Tennessee in early 2008, sitting at my little apartment desk. The past two summers I had gone to work for my parents, who had moved to Destin, Florida the week after I graduated high school. It was a great job, running errands around the coastal tourist town in slacks and a polo shirt, making decent money as an “administrative assistant” to local real estate agents. But I wasn’t sure I wanted to do it again for a third summer. I was longing for more, for an adventure on […]

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Wee Little Man Turned Tree-Tall Man

Sycamore Tree

“Zacchaeus was a ‘wee little man’”… But the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10), and found him… just outside of Jericho. “… and a ‘wee little man’ was he…” (Rom. 3:23) Then, there was a tree. I’ve always been challenged and impressed by the steps of courage taken by Zacchaeus. I can’t get past the plethora of reasons why Zacchaeus could have not climbed the tree. The insecurities and pride that must have gotten in his way (not to mention the people who probably didn’t want him to succeed!) from taking that step had […]

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