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Ice Camp is Just Around the Corner!

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It’s hard to believe that Ice Camp is less than two months away!! We are already preparing for the snow, as well as preparing for the other awesome things we have planned for Ice Camp 2018! This year’s Ice Camp will include your favorites, such as broomball, the toboggan hill, and the dodgeball tournament, as well as some new activities. While preparations are already happening, we need your help to pray for the hundreds of students that will be here this winter and for their hearts and ears to be open to hearing the gospel preached.

Spots for Ice Camp are filling up fast so if your youth group has not signed up yet, make sure you reserve a spot while they’re still around! If you have more questions about the dates, pricing, speakers, or activities for this year’s Ice Camps, head to www.miraclecamp.com/icecamp!

Keeping Faith Rewind: Jesse Kahler

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This week’s Keeping Faith Rewind is Jesse Kahler’s story. Jesse is the lead pastor of Archbold Evangelical Church in Archbold, Ohio, and has been one of our favorite speakers for the past 8 years at high school summer camps and winter retreats for youth groups. Jesse has been a youth pastor and has brought many students to camp before his time as a senior pastor.

So enjoy the video below as Jesse gives his perspective on the ministry of Miracle Camp and Retreat Center.

Where are your roots?

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Have you ever heard of the “Five Solas”?  Not many people have, but these are considered to be the five pillars of the reformation many many years ago.  They are foundational to a Biblical faith and worldview.

  • By scripture alone – this is the idea that the foundation of truth must rest on the Bible alone.  The Bible is the ultimate authority of truth.
  • By faith alone – True faith, repenting and turning to God, is the only way to salvation.
  • By grace alone – Our salvation is not based on what we do or by keeping a list of rules, but rather the grace of God.
  • Through Christ alone – Only faith in Christ enables God to save us by his grace.
  • Glory to God alone – We shouldn’t worship a pastor, Bible figures, created things, or anything else other than God.

So where are your roots?  Do you believe these five statements?  More importantly…does your life reflect these statements?

We are looking forward to seeing campers’ lives change as they encounter these roots of our faith at youth group winter retreats in 2014!

Ice Camp Youth Winter Retreats

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We are about halfway through our Ice Camp youth group winter retreat season here in Michigan.  So far around 70 students have accepted Christ!  We are forecasting that there will be about 2,400 students and leaders in attendance over the 9 weekends of Ice Camps.  Please continue to pray for lives to be changed as youth groups from Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan come together through the remaining weekends.

Oh…and by the way…if you get a chance to try snow tubing behind a snowmobile you should.  It’s a blast!!!

Keep the Winter Retreat Fire

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When you leave a retreat or summer camp, it’s pretty common to have what we call a “camp high”.  What we’re talking about is this feeling of being really close to God.  And if you think about it, it makes sense.  You have been worshipping, reading the Bible, listening to good teaching, talking about your faith, and maybe even sharing your faith with a friend.  But often when we get home, we stop doing those things.

My challenge to you (those of you who just have attended Ice Camp) is to continue doing those things.  Keep going to church and listening to preaching.  Keep reading your Bible and spending time in prayer.  Keep serving and talking about your faith with your friends.  These things will help keep you connected to God beyond the retreat you attended in Michigan this winter.

I’ve attached a copy of a Bible reading plan that we recommend.  Even if you don’t read it as fast as it says, just spend a little time in God’s word every day.  But don’t keep it there…put it into practice.  Read AND follow what God’s word says.

So about that retreat or summer camp high…it might still go away, but you’ll be living an exciting life to the full following God!

Download the Bible reading plan here –>

Ice Camps Start This Friday

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We are eagerly anticipating the start of our first of 6 Ice Camps this coming weekend.  Over the course of the winter we will have more than 1600 people in attendance.  We are excited to see how God works in the lives of students and leaders throughout this time.

Please be praying for students and leaders as they attend these retreats!

Ice Camps are Underway

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Ice Camp Youth Winter Retreats started this past weekend at Miracle Camp and Retreat Center.  More than 170 youth and sponsors enjoyed the music of Attaboy and the challenging messages of Brian Pruitt.  This year we have more than 1800 people registered for these 6 retreat weekends.  All sorts of winter activities are available from tobogganing, to ice skating, to playing snow football under the lights as shown above!