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My office shelves are filled with tokens collected during our years of service as camp director (#summercamp #camphorizon ).  Each is an object with a memory and a lesson.  Adult visitors to my office rarely comment on these treasures.   However, children are much more curious and frequently ask to hear the story behind each artifact.

I am often asked about a pink pig that is proudly perched on an upper shelf.  It reminds me of how good and kind our summer staff can be toward one another.  It began when a staff member received the pig with an encouraging letter in mail call.  It was such an encouragement to them that they passed it along to another.  This tradition continued through the summer. By the end of camp a second pig surfaced.  I was the final recipient… Continue reading


When I was a brand new baby Christian I spent a lot of time in the home of Dale and Margaret Lantis.  Dale went to be with the Lord a few years ago.  This weekend I learned that Margaret has followed him home.  As I have thought about this dear sister over the past two days I don’t recall a single word spoken in anger.  Maybe time has erased things that I no longer remember, but what I can still see clearly in my mind’s eye and hear in my memory is her unique wonderful laughter.  It did not seem to take much to trigger this laughter.  Her smile assured you that her expression was genuine joy.  Her laughter will be missed on the earth but we anticipate with joy the sound of it again when we… Continue reading


Sometimes the value of a word in Scrabble ® bears no resemblance to that which the word represents.  This is the case of today’s word, MOTHER.   When the Lord commanded us to “honor your … Mother”, He used the language of value or price.

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.”  Exodus 20:12

On the second Sunday each May a day is set aside to celebrate mothers and to let them know how much they are valued by us.  The author of Proverbs 31 describes such a woman, also a mother.  We are told that her value is  “far above jewels”.  God assigns a high price for a good mom.  Have you told the mothers in your life how much you value them?

Work With One Another

Many times while playing Scrabble ® you find yourself with all vowels or no vowels.  Sometimes you have “Q” but not the “U”.  How then can you form a word?  You play on the tiles supplied by another.  If you play aggressively and block your opponent from being able to play a word you may find that you leave yourself with no place to play either.

Ephesians 4:16  … from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

The purpose for the gifts to the church in Ephesians chapter four is for the “equipping of the saints” – for the building up the body (the church).  A local church that… Continue reading

Develop Your Vocabulary

Among the strategies to win at Scrabble (R)  are to know the two letter words, some “z” words, and “q” words.  This requires time with a dictionary memorizing combinations of letters that apart from the game have little use in everyday conversation.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  II Timothy 3:15 (KJV)

That same strategy is required of the believer who would be a servant of God.  The term translated “study” in the KJV is translated elsewhere as “diligence”, “labor” and “endeavoring”.  There is a sense of urgency (speed), work, and tenacity (not giving up quickly) in this beautiful word.

The goal of spending time in the Word of God is to equip ourselves to serve God effectively.  What skilled workman arrives at a… Continue reading

A Pointless Tile Of Great Value

One of my favorite scrabble tiles is the blank. It has no point value but it can be used in the place of any letter that I need to make a word. It is sad that so many Christians fail to see their true value. Like the blank tile, it is only when we allow the Lord to use us that we learn our true worth.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. “So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31

Play The Tiles You Are Given

As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  1 Peter 4:10 (NASB)

In Scrabble® and games based on the same principle you are given a certain number of letters to form words of varying value.  You may interact with tiles already in play but otherwise are limited to what you have been given.  One of the four lists of “Spiritual Gifts” follows the above verse.  All believers have at least one gift.  We are responsible to get the most value out of the gift that we have.  Look at what you have been given and “play your tiles” well.    SBS


Our ministry at Camp Horizon keeps us busy for the summer. There was not enough time to publish weekly so we took a break.  I will endeavor to provide a weekly thought from God’s Word based on a word or phrase found in Scripture.