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The Birth of Grace

December 16, 2016

Greetings my dearest Brothers and Sisters, Wow; what a year it’s been. The Spirit has done amazing things at LCSC, the devil has countered with everything he has at his disposal, and God is, again, VICTORIOUS! And, of course, LCSC continues to thrive in the amazing grace of our awesome God. As I sit in my new office, looking out over the work of the Spirit on these blessed grounds, pondering the things of God, and reflecting upon the events of 2016; I am humbly reminded of our Savior’s birth. I’m not reminded of His birth merely because it’s Christmas time, but because I see rebirth at LCSC. I am reminded of our Savior’s birth, because it was truly the birth of unimaginable grace; something that I see here at LCSC. It is funny how the Spirit works. Today, I opened my Bible, for the first time in way too long – I opened it to First Corinthians. As I read the first few chapters, I was shocked to see the reality of what the devil has attempted to do here at LCSC – divide the ministry. You see, Paul struggled with the church in Corinth because they were bickering over whom they followed: Paul, Apollos, or Christ. Paul asked: “Is Christ divided?” (1 Corinthians 1:13). I am glad to say that the answer is, of course, “no!” Christ is not, nor can He be, divided! I want to reassure each and every one of you that He is certainly not divided at LCSC. Doug, Jon, Brenda, Wendy, your board of directors, and the Blankenship family have pulled together to make sure that the things of Christ remain the things of Christ at LCSC. Doug has been gracious and kind in assisting me during this transition, Wendy is here to train her replacement, and Jon is here to make sure that the cabins are ready for another amazing summer. Your staff realizes whom they follow – WE FOLLOW CHRIST! As we close out this challenging, yet blessed year, and prepare for another, I implore each and every one of you to ask that same question: whom do you follow? LCSC is a partner-ministry. We need each and every one of you to continue reaching out to those who desperately need Christ. We need each and every one of you to serve alongside of us to make sure that the image of Christ is presented to all people at all times. Simply put: we need each and every one of you. Please join your Brothers and Sisters at LCSC in 2017 as we continue battling the devil for the sake of Christ. Believe me when I tell you that there is no battle more important. And how can you assist us? You can assist LCSC by praying, daily, for the camp, the staff, and the people who step foot on these blessed grounds. You can assist LCSC by setting aside a part of your daily blessings – giving monetarily so that we can continue the work of Christ. You can assist LCSC by continuing to trust and support those individuals whom God has installed as the leaders of this camp. You can assist LCSC by simply following Christ. Let’s do our part in making 2017 the most victorious, yet, for the sake of Christ. Thank you, I love you all, and, far more importantly, God loves you. May He continue to bless us as we attempt to be a blessing to Him. Because of Christ, Gordon Blankenship LCSC Camp Manager

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