For What Are You Listening?

For What Are You Listening?

JeffNealJeff Neal is a former N.F.L. football player and one of the founding member’s of Team Impact. In addition, Jeff is the co-author of “Hold the Rope”, which is a challenge to all Christians to be passionate about evangelism.

For What Are You Listening?

Jeff Neal – FUGE Camp Pastor

The story is told of an American Indian who was in New York City with a wealthy businessman. As they walked through the busy streets, the Indian cocked his head and exclaimed,” I hear a cricket.”  The businessman could not hide his skepticism as he laughed audibly and responded, “there is no way you can hear a cricket above the cars and horns and all the noise in this city.” Undeterred, the Indian, once again, cocked his head to one side and listened. The businessman, in complete disbelief, followed as his friend walked 50 feet, crossed the intersection and walked up to the front of a hotel. The Indian then reached inside of a planter and pulled out a cricket. The businessman enthusiastically questioned,  “How on earth did you do that?” The Indian responded, “It is easy…you hear what you listen for.” The Indian continued, “Let me show you what I mean.” He then reached into his pocket and pulled out ten coins and he threw them in the air. As the coins jingled, upon landing on the ground, every person within a 50-foot radius came to a stop and began to look at where the sound had come from. The Indian finished his demonstration by saying” See, you hear what you are listening for.”

Why do young people hear from God at FUGE Camp? Further, why do so many people I know say their lives were changed at summer camp? I am such a strong advocate for kids to attend camp because I believe there is an environment created where young people can hear the voice of God. For clarification, I am NOT talking about an audible voice that booms from Heaven. I am merely saying that through the music, the devotionals, the Godly direction of the FUGE staff, the stage is set for young people to hear what God has to say through His perfect, infallible Word. It is not that the Word is presented in a “better” way qualitatively. Instead, I contend the miracle takes place because the world is quieted so that the Word is heard. Without reservation, I am a strong proponent for summer camp. I believe most who attend will have the ability to change what they are listening to. The call of the world is loud and, on the surface, attractive. We need to challenge our students to come and hear from God as His perfect Word is boldly proclaimed at FUGE Camp this summer. I look forward to seeing you!

Awaken to the Journey: Devotion by Gary Morgan

Awaken to the Journey: Devotion by Gary Morgan

 

GaryMorganBlogPhotoGary Morgan does life in Nashville, TN with his wife of 22 years, Johni, his two daughters McKenna (15) and Story (12) and his dog Kramer. Gary pastors Mosaic, a community of faith in urban Nashville. You can check out Mosaic on the web at mosaicnashville.org. Gary enjoys reading, coffee, conversation and laughter. He is an ongoing learner of culture and theology and really digs listening to stories about other’s spiritual journeys

 Awaken to the Journey

Gary Morgan-FUGE Camp Pastor

 

National Geographic and a student’s favorite research site, Wikipedia (which their teachers ask them not to use) describe the movie March of the Penguins, as an award-winning documentary where one can see the story of the Emperor Penguins and how they experience a journey like no other. Thousands of Emperor penguins brave icy winds, freezing temperatures, and starvation in this incredible, true story of the continuation of the penguin life cycle. The penguins travel in single file hundreds of miles, crisscrossing Antarctica under the harshest conditions on Earth.

If you have seen the movie or heard the story, you know it is truly an amazing story of journey, family, love and mission.

There is also an amazing story of a journey written in Genesis 12:1-9. Take a few moments to check it out.

  • What are your thoughts concerning Abram’s journey?
  • What does this mean to you?

 Could we awaken to the fact that God invites each of us on a journey with Him? We too are called to travel with God. But sometimes, we’re too preoccupied to hear the invitation, too proud to consider the request, too busy doing too many things, or even too busy talking. In our prayer lives we spend all kinds of time talking, telling God what we want instead of listening to what He has in mind for us.

So, let’s listen to the words of the Psalmist, “Come and see the wonders of God; His acts for humanity are awe-inspiring.” Psalm 66:5

And to the writing in the Book of Jeremiah, “‘For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration —“plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.’” Jeremiah 29:11-12

For the next several minutes, take time simply to be in the presence of God. Relinquish your future to God’s plans. Let God direct what your future will hold.

I know you have thoughts about the rest of your life, but the truth is you have about as much control over your future as you do over the direction the wind is going to blow.

Relinquish the path your feet are going to take AND Awaken to the Journey God has in mind for you.

Disillusioned.

Disillusioned.

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Today’s post comes from Rachel Trammell. Rachel has worked with FUGE as an SLA, staffer, camp director, intern, and a full-time office staff. Currently, Rachel lives in Nashville, TN where she works for Justice & Mercy International, a faith-based organization that aims to make justice personal for the poor, orphaned, and forgotten of the world. Rachel loves being outside, the Georgia Bulldawgs, traveling new places, and, maybe most of all, CAMP.

The town I grew up in had a vast, magical place called Dixieland Fun Park. Once in a while, I would get to visit Dixieland for a friend’s birthday party, an end-of-the-softball-season celebration, and the like. The fun at Dixieland seemed unending: a putt-putt course, water raft races, a zip line, a huge arcade. I couldn’t imagine more fun in one place.

Sometime in high school, I went with a few friends to the Fun Park with the intentions of playing putt-putt. It had been years since I’d been to Dixieland, but I definitely had a pretty clear picture of what I remembered the Park to be.  When we arrived, I was stunned. “What HAPPENED? This place is a dump,” I thought. I soon found out, though, nothing had happened. Dixieland had always been like this. A tiny mini-golf course, a few arcade machines, and a murky pool.  Here I was, totally disillusioned by what I had once thought to be so true.

The very best news of our lives is this: Jesus is NOT disillusioned by who we really are. He did not go to the cross thinking He was sacrificing His life for some pretty good people. He knew then, and knows now, the depths of our sinful hearts. He was fully aware of the ways we would fail, dishonor, and ignore Him. Yet “for the joy set before Him, He endured the Cross” (Hebrews 12:2). This, friends, is news worth banking everything on; that the all-knowing Savior would know us deeply, and still choose to call us His beloved. Tim Keller, a pastor in New York City, puts it this way, “But to be fully known and truly loved, is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything.” It’s true. We have a Creator who knows us better than anyone ever will, while loving us more then anyone ever could.

How different would our lives be if we daily remembered we are truly loved by Love Himself? What freedom is found for those who live in this truth!

Everything I Need to Know I Learned from FUGE

Everything I Need to Know I Learned from FUGE

Melissa and family Melissa Crosby lives in South Asia with her husband and three children.  Melissa is from Nashville, Tennessee.  She served on staff at M-Fuge Charleston 2002, M-Fuge Jacksonville 2003, M-Fuge Nashville 2004, and Centrifuge Panama City Beach 2005.

 

Last week I found myself quoting something I learned years ago while working at Fuge summer camps.  I started thinking about all I had learned during my four summers working for the Lifeway camps.

1. Always own at least 10% of the problem.  At least that much is your own sin, probably more.  Coming into a disagreement with this attitude will help diffuse the situation better and will help you come to a resolution quicker.

2.  Everyone you meet is on a journey with God.  Your goal is to determine where they might be and help them get one step closer.

3. Always be on time.  It might cost you a dollar.

4. A good leader handles a lot more problems than you will ever know about.  Your support and kindness goes a long way to encourage them, even if they aren’t able to tell you.

5. When you stick a group of strong, young, single believers together in such a close setting, someone is going to fall in love!

6. Fuge friends are friends for life.

7.  There are Fugers all over the world doing amazing things for God.  Having worked Fuge connects you to an amazing network.

8. Once a Fuger, always a Fuger.  Unless you got fired for some reason.

9. Working for Fuge provides you with all the bags and jackets you will ever need!

10. Saying that you worked for Fuge gives you an instant credibility.

I’m so thankful for that chapter of my life and for the memories!

Help My Unbelief

Help My Unbelief

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Today’s guest post comes from Katie Johnson, a FUGE staffer who most recenly served as a Bible Study leader at North Greenville University in 2013. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Theology. Katie loves spending time with family, North Carolina in the fall, and Tarheel basketball. 
 
 
 
And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’?” All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” Mark 9:23-24

Webster’s defines belief as this: a feeling of being sure that someone or something exists or that something is true. We place belief in so many things: we believe our car will start when we turn the key,  a chair will hold us up when we sit down, a roller coaster won’t break when we get on. We place our trust in family and friends, but the one thing that all of these things have in common is their tendency to fail. It may not be often but nothing of this world is perfect.

In Mark 9 we find the story of a father asking Christ to cleanse his son of an unclean spirit. I will focus on the statements made by these two men; one by Christ and the other by the father. The father says to Christ, “if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us”. Christ is surprised by this, it’s as if He was saying, “If I can, are you kidding?” How could he doubt His ability to heal his son and the power that Christ had? He had been displaying it in that area for over a year, but sometimes that’s not enough. We have seen the power of Christ in the Word and in the world, yet we doubt His ability and control over our lives countless times. We are so independent that we believe we can try to take care of things on our own rather than going to God first. The father cries to Jesus, “I believe, help my unbelief”. What an honest man. He believes in Jesus, believes in His power but admits he has doubt. God has never expected us to have perfect faith. There is always going to be some doubt mixed in but Christ assures us that, “All things are possible for one who believes”. So don’t be afraid to admit your doubt to God, He already knows. Confront it, face it head on and ask God to remove it.