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Author: Eric Elkin

Disconnected from the World

Disconnected from the World

“The earth was a formless void, and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.” Gen. 1:2 Not until running a camp does one fully appreciate how much a camp director’s job is risk management. There are physical risks to adventure activities and emotional risks to the interaction between counselors and campers. Even weather provides a constant challenge. Humid conditions can lead to heat stroke. Summer storms can turn…

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What Do You See?

What Do You See?

“Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”  Mt 2:2 I was blessed with great peripheral vision. It allows me to see things many people miss. My brother, on the other hand, was not. The difference in our range of vision was always an issue when we drove together. I would see an eagle flying far off to the side of the…

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The Land Never Forgets

The Land Never Forgets

For darkness shall cover the earth,     and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you,     and his glory will appear over you. Is 60:2 On Friday mornings, I used to eat breakfast with the pastor of a neighboring church. He had a fascinating hobby and used to share stories about it when we met. During the year, he and some friends would study a specific battle from the Civil War. They would chart troop movements and unique…

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The Greatest Picture in the World

The Greatest Picture in the World

Praise him, sun and moon;     praise him, all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens,     and you waters above the heavens!  Ps. 148:3-4 The song Tribute is a ballad about an imaginary encounter with a demon. The demon challenges the band, Tenacious D, to play the best song in the world. The band members, Jack Black and Kyle Gass, accept the challenge and end up playing the greatest song in the world. However, as the song goes, they forgot the…

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Like A Burning Torch

Like A Burning Torch

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,     and for Jerusalem’s sake, I will not rest, until her vindication shines out like the dawn,     and her salvation like a burning torch. Is. 62:1 Early in December, President Trump announced the United States would begin the process of moving its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The decision was a significant step towards identifying Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The President called the move both the fulfilling of a campaign…

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Strong Enough to Make Me Strong

Strong Enough to Make Me Strong

“All of our praise rises to the One who is strong enough to make you strong” Romans 16:25 A fear of heights has tormented me most of my life. It’s a torment because deep inside I dream of being a daredevil. Unfortunately, I have an allergic reaction to activities I deem unsafe. Until this feeling goes away, adventures like hang gliding, parachuting and base jumping, will remain confined to my imagination. A zip-line on a high ropes challenge course helped me conquer…

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