Parents and Guardians,
We are so incredibly excited for your campers’ opportunity to join us at Castle Rock Day Camp this summer. We are anxious for them to learn about the lives of Godly men and women who submit to the Lord’s will throughout the Bible.
We are praying that your children’s hearts and minds will be forever changed.
From the text of today’s reading:
“We are going to start the week out with a group of guys who encounter Jesus and beg him for help. There are 10 guys asking for help, and all 10 of them experience a huge amount of life change. Although everyone in the group leaves, they each respond differently and allow us to learn a lot about thankfulness.
Each year in America, we celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November. It is a time where we slow down and hopefully reflect on the things that we have and the blessings that are a part of life. When we do that, it gives us the opportunity to be thankful. Thanksgiving is only on the calendar once a year, but the reality is, we should be celebrating with thankfulness on a daily basis because of how much God has blessed our lives.
When we think about our blessings, we have the opportunity to be thankful for many things. Being thankful is a good habit to adopt because it changes our perspective. We are naturally selfish people who want to look to our own needs and desires and rarely stop to give thanks for what we have. Thankfulness creates in us a heart of gratitude and humility. It helps us remember that we need to rely on our Creator to bless our lives and sustain us.
It is important for us to express gratitude to others with our words because it isn’t always something that is easy to read from actions or expressions. Giving thanks with your words for something or to someone leaves no room for doubt that you are, indeed, grateful. Lots of times in life, unexpressed gratitude can be mistaken for ingratitude.
This is an important thing to remember as you interact with others, as well as in your relationship with God. Our gratitude towards God should come naturally, as we remember the things that we’ve been blessed with. Our lives should reflect that gratitude! Let’s dig in and learn from God’s word about change that creates thankfulness!”
We ask that you would join us in prayer that the Lord would lead our campers and staff through His word and give them a deeper understanding of who He is. Pray that He creates change in our hearts.
Story of the 10 lepers in Luke 17:11-19
- Why do you think the men called out to Jesus in the first place?
- What do you think they were expecting from Jesus in verse 13?
- In verse 14, Jesus sends them away. Why does He send them to the priests?
- What is interesting about the timeline of when the men were healed?
- Why do you think only one man came back to praise Jesus?
- What do you think happened to the other nine men? What kept them from coming back?
- What causes us to call out to Jesus like the men in the story?
- Why can we trust that when we call, He will hear and answer us?
- Sometimes our timeline and His aren’t the same like in verse 14. How do we solve that problem?
- How can you be sure to give thanks to God and not be like the lepers that didn’t return?
- What are some of the things in life that you should give thanks for?
2 Corinthians 5:17
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old as passed away; behold the new has come.”