Encounter Faith Post

: Cultivate Wonder – Grow Gratitude

To this day, my first time canoeing Frank Bell’s Rapid is vivid in my memory:  My tandem partner and I nervously approached the rapid’s horizon line.  I could hear the crashing of the water and feel my heart beating.  I was obsessed with the river as a camper, and always impatient for my next whitewater adventure;…

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: Van Gogh and the WILDEST Gifts in the Cosmos

Dave Trufant gives legendary talks at our Sunday morning Chapel. Chosmen of all generations can attest to this! He relates simple, timeless wisdom with a certain “BOING!” that only “the Dave” can do. His joy is infectious and his talks leave the young men lighthearted, hopeful, and a little bit more comfortable in their own skin, as well as more inclined toward answering the many “knocks” we may receive on the door of our hearts throughout life. One of his more beloved talks revolves around, of all people, Vincent Van Gogh.

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: “Give Thanks in All Circumstances”

Dear Camp Family, Happy Thanksgiving!  We’ve been thinking and praying for you all, and as I wrote my own children in a message on Thanksgiving morning, I wanted to write to you as well.  This morning I’ve been reading 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.  “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s…

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: “Worm & Flippers and Their Great Appalachian Adventure”: Lizzie Denham’s AT Trip Report

Last year, my Chos-man Aaron Miller and I hiked the Appalachian Trail. For those who are unfamiliar with the AT, it is a 2,194-mile trail stretching from Springer Mountain, GA to Mount Katahdin, ME. Every year, aspiring thru-hikers start at one end with the intention of getting to the other before the snow starts blowing. On average, 25% of people who start a thru-hike of the AT finish it. Aaron and I were 2 of that blessed 25% who made it to the end. Along the way, we went by trail names, his being “Flippers” and mine being “Worm.”

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