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Winning Redefined: Will's Story

Thursday, August 10th 2017

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“Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you… So, the last will be first, and the first last.” Matthew 20:14, 16 We place an incredibly high value on winning in our culture. This manifests most obviously in our sports world. Every year dozens of sports teams compete to win their National or World Champi...

Loved, Welcomed, Cared For, and Valued!

Wednesday, August 9th 2017

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When you watch the camp video on our website, you hear – at the very end – Mark Ragland say these words: “There’s no place that I feel more loved and welcomed and cared for and valued than here at Camp Rockmont.” Powerful words! And from a Rockmonter who has been loved well in so many different settings, he still fe...

Disc Golf and the Kingdom of God

Monday, August 7th 2017

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“For the kingdom of God is . . . justice and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17 Jesus talked a lot about something he called “the kingdom of God.” He preached about the coming of the kingdom, taught us to pray for it to become real “on earth as it is in heaven,” and he began many stories and parables with the words, “The kingdom o...

"Now We Walk": A Mountain Camper's Story

Monday, July 31st 2017

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“If Jesus can heal the paralyzed man, why is anybody ever paralyzed?” That was the question I heard the first Wednesday of last session. Our devotional reading was Matthew 9:1-8. The question was specific to the biblical story, but the underlying thought is one that creeps into our hearts, especially at the teenage years; “If God is loving, w...

Growing Through Adversity: A Disc Golf Story

Thursday, July 27th 2017

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In the summer of 2012, Jack stepped onto the Rockmont property on opening Sunday as a veteran, a returner. A sense of knowledge, of comfort, and of pride coursed through his veins that morning as he unpacked his belongings in the spacious and upstairs Cabin 12- the top of Thunderbird Lodge. As I bent down to greet Jack, it was easy to see his en...

Solid Ground: Finding A Place to Stand

Monday, July 24th 2017

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“Give me a lever and a place to stand and I will move the world." —Archimedes “Archimedes (c. 287–c. 212 BC), a Greek philosopher and mathematician, noticed that if a lever was balanced in the correct place, on the correct fulcrum, it could move proportionally much greater weight than the force applied. Archimedes imagined a fixed point, th...

The Holiness of Hospitality: An Opening Day Reflection

Monday, July 24th 2017

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I met Will just this morning in the parking field. He smiled from the backseat as I approached his family’s car to give them directions for unloading luggage. “Welcome to Rockmont,” I said. “Or should I say, ‘Welcome back?’” “It’s ‘Welcome back,’” he replied with that same inviting and eager smile. “I’ve been here three years.” I knew then that...

Divine Interruptions

Wednesday, July 19th 2017

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I would like to reclaim the concept of interruptions. Historically, they’ve been this unfortunate occurrence that disturbs my path to getting everything done just right and on time. I am on course to accomplish the busy planning I think my life needs and then, suddenly, a lapse in the way things should have gone. That’s not interesting. I would ...

A Place to Stand

Sunday, July 16th 2017

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Give me a lever and a place to stand and I will move the world. —Archimedes “Archimedes (c. 287–c. 212 BC), a Greek philosopher and mathematician, noticed that if a lever was balanced in the correct place, on the correct fulcrum, it could move proportionally much greater weight than the force applied. Archimedes imagined a fixed point, the fulcr...

Lightbulb Moments: Troublemaker's Story

Thursday, July 13th 2017

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As an educator, I often hear the phrase “lightbulb moment” thrown around on what seems like a daily basis. Good instructors and motivated educators seek out instances that push learners toward moments that illuminate ideas that had previously been hidden from view. The best teachers are the ones that push their students to these times without a ...