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Top"The Lord your God is in your midst, He will Renew you in His Love."               June  2015

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      I was reading in Numbers a couple weeks back, and one verse stuck out to me. It was one of those moments when a Scripture I had never pondered before suddenly became filled with meaning. The verse was Numbers 11:5; "We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost--also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic."
     At first glance this verse just seems like another lament from the ungrateful Israelites. This passage was recounting the complaining they were doing not long after their deliverance from slavery. They wished they were back in Egypt as slaves because of the physical comforts. They were willing to trade their freedom for food. It reminds me of another Old Testament story, one where Esau sold his birthright in exchange for some stew.
     In the past, I've often read these passages in disbelief. How could anyone trade something as important as their freedom or birthright for food? And then God spoke directly to my prideful heart. I am just like them. Every time I complain about the cost of following Christ, I am forgetting the cross. When I long after the physical comforts of secular society, I am wishing I was enslaved to sin once again so I could have the physical satisfaction of my sinful desires. When I long for the things of this world, I forget the great sacrifice it took when Jesus freed me from sin. When brought under the light of the enormity of what I have been freed from, my greed and envy are just as ridiculous as the Israelite grumbling over his lack of melons.
     When I complain that the standard God has called me to is too high, I am listening to Satan's lies. Satan told the Israelites the fish was free in Egypt - "we remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost." But that was a lie. There was a cost to living in Egypt. The cost was their lives. Their freedom. Satan is telling the same lie today. He tells us that following Christ is too hard, that is not worth it, that the cost is too great, that life is better when you're enslaved to sin. How is it that I so quickly forget that sin has its cost as well? Just look around and you can see its effects. You can see the price of sin on the face of a man addicted to alcohol since his youth. You can see the cost of sin in the magazines lining the checkout line. You can see the price of sin as it rips families apart.
     You may be thinking, "But following Christ has its cost as well!" Yes, it does. You may wander in the wilderness. You may have to go without the comforts of this world. You will be called to deny your flesh and its sinful desires. But the difference is - it is worth the cost! Living for Christ may be difficult at times, but in the end I can 100 percent guarantee you that it is worth it. Sin will cost you and misuse you. It is not worth it. One of my favorite verses describes this perfectly. Galatians 6:8-9 says, "Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."
     I'm reminded of a song based on Luke 14:26-33 by Rend Collective Experiment that goes like this,


"I'm saying yes to You,
And no to my desires.
I'll leave myself behind and follow You.
I'll walk the narrow road,
'Cause it leads me to You.
I'll fall but grace will pick me up again.

I've counted up the cost,
Oh I've counted up the cost,
Yes, I've counted up the cost,
And You are worth it."

If you take one nugget away from this, take this - that following Christ and obeying Him is always worth it.

Grace White



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Summer Family Camps
July 2015

We are gearing up for summer camps next month and we are getting so excited about the amazing speakers God has provided for us this year. Week three is already full, so we want to encourage all of you to sign up soon for weeks one and two before they fill up as well!

Summer camp is one of our favorite times of year here at CRC! It is open to adult singles, married couples, and families. What a wonderful way to get away as scrumptious meals are provided and classes are offered from nursery to teens during the adult session. 


Come and enjoy a time set a part to seek the Lord and hear from some great speakers. Be refreshed as you hike the falls, sit in the sun, or browse our Lamppost Books and Espresso. We encourage Godly fellowship around the table and times of prayer in one of our beautiful prayer chapels. Or if you are up for an adventure, ride one of our rope swings or whiz by in the trees on our zip line. We also have archery and mountain golf!


To register and/or view our Summer Camp Speakers and more information about the three individual weeks,  click here.


Week One (July 6-11): Speaker - Dr. Jerry Benjamin 

For all you theological thinkers out there, you're in for a real treat! Join us for a week of digging into God's word and learning about "The Centrality of Christ in the Life of the Believer". Whether you're a baby Christian or a life-long follower, Dr. Benjamin will speak to you right where you're at - right out of Scripture. Prepare to be stretched and challenged as you take time to relax and abide in the love of Christ. 




Week Two (July 13-18): Speaker - Doug Easterday

Easterday is an engaging and spirit-filled teacher who has spent many summers sharing during Family Camp. He often speaks on the Father heart of God and likes to pray for each of our guests individually. We love inviting him back because he speaks to people right where they're at! Come and be blessed by the fellowship and rest you receive as you soak in truth from God's Word.





Week Three (July 27-Aug 1): Phillip Telfer 

This week is full with a waiting list.










Registration: Check in at the Lamppost 4-6pm. 
Retreat begins on Monday with dinner at 6:30pm and ends after breakfast on Saturday. 
Suggested Donation for each week: (5 nights/14 meals) $170/Adult, $85/ Child 7-12, $42/Child 4-6, Ages 3 and under are free. 
Deposit $125/Family, $75/Couple, $30/Single.






Our newest addition opened in July 2011.

We are so blessed to offer another place of ministry at CRC.

It's such a joy to see people share and laugh over a latte,

Lori Riegelmann~Barista

to pray together or just peruse  the bookstore. 






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We look forward to seeing you at The Lamppost during your next visit to CRC.



Did you know...?
 If you want to know more about CRC and how it all began, check out Eunice Hansen's book
 When God Gives a Dream and also a video  of Allan Hansen when he spoke to a live audience in the Main Lodge a few years ago.

 Both the book and the video are available at
The Lamppost 
We hope that all is well with you and your loved ones. Please send us an email if you would like us to pray with you about anything. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you soon! 

Tim & Julie Hansen and the CRC Staff
Tim & Julie
Tim and Julie Hansen Directors~CRC


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Julie Hansen

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