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By Ted Camp, SWM Mount Everest in Tibet was named after Sir George Everest, a surveyor, who in 1865 recorded the height of 29,028 feet and the location of the mountain on the map (Wikipedia). Mount Everest represents a challenge to mountain climbers around the world. The first person to stand atop Mount Everest was Sir Edmond Hillary on May 5, 1953. Since then, many have tried and failed. “As of November 2012, there are over 200 bodies on Mt. Everest, and they are used as landmarks” (smithsonianmag.com). Only a few have finally reached the top. Those who did knew what few people have ever known. They could say, “I did it.” “During the climb there are halfway houses located at the South and North Base Camps for climbers to have a time of refreshment, rest and regrouping before continuing the great challenge before them” (washingtonpost.com). These halfway houses provides warmth, coffee, chocolate, food, and a shelter from the cold. The overseers at these base camps notice that in almost every climb, some linger at the base camp and wait for the others to return. They offer many different excuses why they just could not continue the climb. They watch while others leave to conquer the mountain. The overseers say that those who remain behind are continually restless. They pace as they look out the window toward the mountain. They guess where the other climbers are about this time. They wonder how they are doing. Again and again they justify why they remained. Finally, the climbers return with great excitement and awe. They climbed the mountain. They reached the top! They did it! They describe the adventure to those who remained, but it is just not the same. Only those who climbed the mountain share in their adventure. They saw and knew what only a few people in this world have ever known. They will remember the event for the rest of their life. They actually did it! Those who remained have no excitement, share no joy, and had no fulfillment of finishing the task. They return home with regrets and remorse instead of rejoicing. They only know of what might have been. Learn that a failure is not someone who fails but someone who quits. Success is not determined by what it takes to start you, but what it takes to stop you. You will reap in due season only if you continue (Gal. 6:9). There are many starters but few finishers as Paul (2 Tim.4:7). Don't stop at the halfway house but keep going and going. Decisions determine directions and directions determine destinations. Don’t stop, don’t quit, and never give up – Never! ... See MoreSee Less
My Heavenly Father By Ted Camp, SWM When I read the Lord taught His disciples how to pray, He said, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name” (Matthew 6:9). I thought of His words, then I researched and learned that no one in the Old Testament ever prayed to God as Father or Heavenly Father. I thought about Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob who never prayed or referred to God as “Our Father.” The Lord was introducing the word “Father” for the first time to His disciples. They could pray to God as their Heavenly Father or Abba (Hebrew).” Up until that time God was never referred to in the past as Father or Heavenly Father. Now for the first time Jesus Christ introduced God as “My Father” and “Heavenly Father.” The Lord then mentioned in Scriptures “My Father” (62 verses) and God as Father (275 times NT). The Lord introduced God as Father because it identified God as the Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ as His Son. As the disciples prayed to God as Father it also identified them as the children of God. Jesus Christ made it possible for the disciples to be in the family of God. It became a “wow” moment when I realized that we can do what Abraham, Issac, and Jacob could never do. We can pray to the Lord God Almighty, the Creator, Jehovah, Elohim, Yahweh, and the Everlasting God, and call Him, “Abba Father.” “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” (Gal. 4:6-7). This meant much to me because when I was four years old my dad forsook my mother and me. In my lifetime, I have never known what it was to call someone, “Dad.” My favorite word from our children is “dad.” When I was 23 years old, I became a son and God became my Heavenly Father. This is one of my special moments because I now have a Heavenly Father who will never leave or forsake me. “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up” (Ps.27:10). “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee” (Deut. 31:6). So the next time you pray, pause, and realize who you are, His child, and who He is, your Father. Only through Christ do we now have access to pray to Him as a son or child of God (Eph. 2:18). Selah! Think of it! When we pray, we can look up and say, “My Heavenly Father...” Then pause and feel Him respond, “Yes, my child.” Selah! Now, “Do you know God as your Heavenly Father?” You can also have a "wow" moment! ... See MoreSee Less