Star Wars and Faith at Camp Wesley Pines – Day One

As many of you may know, I’m leading an Older Elementary Camp this week at Camp Wesley Pines in Gallman, MS.  Camp Wesley Pines is one of my favorite places in all the world.  It is where I first felt the call to preach and is a place where I, and many folks that I dearly love, have been drawn closer to God.

It’s always an honor to get to come back and lead a camp, remember me, the campers, counselors, and everyone hear this week in your prayers!

I thought that you may like to see what it is that I am teaching this week.  I started off Monday night talk about how I love Star Wars, my family, my God, my church and lots of things.  And as I read the Bible, I began to see common threads between Biblical characters and Star Wars characters . So, each night we will look at a Biblical  character and see how it relates to someone in Star Wars.

Night One was Abram.  We read his story in Genesis 12:1-9:

The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your land, your family, and your father’s household for the land that I will show you. 2 I will make of you a great nation and will bless you. I will make your name respected, and you will be a blessing.

3 I will bless those who bless you,
those who curse you I will curse;
all the families of the earth
will be blessed because of you.”

4 Abram left just as the Lord told him, and Lot went with him. Now Abram was 75 years old when he left Haran. 5 Abram took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all of their possessions, and those who became members of their household in Haran; and they set out for the land of Canaan. When they arrived in Canaan, 6 Abram traveled through the land as far as the sacred place at Shechem, at the oak of Moreh. The Canaanites lived in the land at that time. 7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “I give this land to your descendants,” so Abram built an altar there to the Lord who appeared to him. 8 From there he traveled toward the mountains east of Bethel, and pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and worshipped in the Lord’s name. 9 Then Abram set out toward the arid southern plain, making and breaking camp as he went.

maxresdefaultYoda was among the most powerful Jedi and taught others how to use the power of the force.  For us a Christians, Abraham is much the same.  Yoda understood that the Force was the most powerful thing in all the universe, where Abraham shows use that Faith is the most powerful thing in all the universe.

Just as Yoda used the force to fight battles and do all types of amazing things, we use faith to help us daily in our life, to fight the battle against temptation, and through faith, we can do amazing things, things that we can’t even believe.

Yoda understood the power fo the Force. Abraham understood the power of faith.

And by reading Abraham’s story, we can learn the power of faith, and have that faith change our lives.

May the faith be with you!

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