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Men’s Weekend Recap

“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13 There are fewer things more powerful than listening to a room of a few hundred men singing in unison and laughing together. On the weekend of January 24-26, over 450 men from multiple churches, small groups, families, and communities gathered at Pine Cove’s Shores, Bluffs, and Timbers camps. For years, several hundred men have been meeting at Men’s Weekend to be encouraged and to encourage each other as they take a weekend away from their daily routine and distractions in everyday life. This year, we […]

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Identifying Your Legacy

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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A Foundation for Marriage

As I’ve been on the web lately, I’ve seen many ads such as “5 Steps for Better Abs” or “How to Lose 10 Pounds in 10 Days.” These all sound appealing to those of us who would like a quick fix, but they’re not usually as easy as they seem, which is why most of us don’t pay attention to the ads. I’ve seen the same types of ads for marriage. They read something like “10 Ways to Safe-Proof Your Marriage” or “6 Steps to an Easier Marriage.” Alluring and inspiring, right? As I talk with newlyweds, I find that […]

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Gingerbread Houses: Guys Versus Girls

Winterfest was a blast! Maybe by now all of our campers have finally caught up on rest, because they were having so much fun over the weekend! There are several highlights that we could talk about, but let’s be honest: we know everyone just wants to know about the the Ranch Gingerbread Launch. We’ve known that guys and girls are different for a long time. But this year at the Ranch for Winterfest, the differences became even more clear. It became obvious early on that each gender was going to take a much different approach in construction, even with the […]

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Britt Nicole at Camp

Pine Cove is thrilled to host Christian recording artist Britt Nicole as our special performer for Winterfest. Each year we invite an artist or band to come and perform in Tyler, Texas for the Ranch, Timbers, and Shores campers. This concert is a fun, high-energy highlight of this action-packed winter camp weekend. The concert will take place Saturday night, December 14th, and is exclusively for Winterfest campers at the Ranch, Timbers, and Shores. We want it to be small (about 300 people) so that our campers can hear not only Britt’s music, but also a little bit about what God […]

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Winterfest is in the Forecast!

What is Winterfest? Winterfest is Pine Cove’s winter camp for 1st – 12th graders, December 13-15. If you’ve never experienced the awesomeness of summer, this is a great opportunity to see what it’s all about. On the flip side, if you have been or have sent your child to summer camp before, this is an amazing time to catch up with old friends and to recharge in the middle of the school year. We’ve got a ton of our summer college staff coming back, and they’re pumped to hang out with campers! What do you do at Winterfest? We’ve got […]

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Camp is God’s Idea

When I was a kid, I went to as many church retreats and weekend camps as I could. I would jump at the opportunity to spend time with my friends away from home, hang out with the older guys who lead our group, and play sports and games with kids my age. It was a blast. But the more church weekend retreats I went on, the more I realized that they aren’t just for hanging out with friends and playing big youth group games where I might win a prize or something. The more times I went go throughout my […]

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Junior High “Awake” Weekends

There’s a popular song out there right now by Avicii called “Wake Me Up.” I’ll be honest– it’s pretty catchy! To be brutally honest, it sums up what our culture is buying into at the moment. Feeling my way through the darkness Guided by a beating heart I can’t tell where the journey will end But I know where to start They tell me I’m too young to understand They say I’m caught up in a dream Well life will pass me by if I don’t open up my eyes Well that’s fine by me So wake me up when […]

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Don’t Hit the Snooze Button On Life

I love the snooze button. I’ve been a snoozer since I was given the responsibility of setting my own alarm clock in the 5th grade. I’ve been known to set my alarm for two hours prior to the time I actually have to get up. Every nine minutes my hand can fly to that button so fast. Why disrupt my sleep? I like telling myself that it’s not time to wake up yet. I reward myself with broken sleep for the pure satisfaction of staying warm in bed. And why not? My bed is comfortable. There are no demands and […]

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Life Lessons from Mud Wrestling

There I stand, six inches deep in a giant pit of mud surrounded by 80 other 30 to 40-year-old men. At the instruction of a young man with a bull horn, we all get down on our hands and knees. Though it’s a warm spring day, the mud is cold. Many of the men have already smeared mud on their arms and chests. The man next to me is smearing a handful of mud into his unusually thick beard. Just then 100 elementary school-aged boys with their shirts off crest the hill led by an Indian Chieftain. The bull horn […]

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