Main verse: “Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.” Hosea 6:21-3
PROPHETIC GUIDANCE: These verses start with an invitation for us to return to the Lord. It tells us that sometimes God will work through unconventional methods to attract us closer to Him. In the book of Hosea we see how God constantly tries to conquer the heart of his people back to him.
He tells Hosea to marry a prostitute. She constantly runs away from him, but Hosea keeps accepting her back as his wife. God uses that analogy as a comparison to what Israel does to do Him. He conquers us. and at first He is everything our eyes see, but with time we allow other lovers steal our attention away from the One that truly loves us. The verses explain that God has torn us in pieces and injured us. It is not a very common picture of God.
But sometimes the only way for us to truly acknowledge our need for Him
is by allowing Him to break us into so many little pieces that we realize only He can truly put us back together. He acts like a surgeon that cuts, not to kill, but to heal. He cuts through the surface to reach deep and remove what is causing us to slowly die.
He acts like a plow cutting through the hardened land to make ready it for His seed. Although it’s painful, He promises restoration. There is a promise that the same God who tore will heal; the one who injured will also bind up our wounds. He also explains that this healing is a process. In two days he revives what is dead and on the third day He completes the process of restoring us. He remakes us. He restores us to our original place, in His presence. He also explains that after we’re restored, our walk with Him does not end. We need to press on to acknowledge Him. He is coming just like the sun will come tomorrow and warm the cold land, like the rain that falls on the earth which can’t avoid getting wet.
Are we really ready for when He comes like the rain? Will I miss His visitation?
DORAL BUS DEPARTURE
Doral – Check in time: Friday, May 25th at 5:30pm – 6:00pm
****Parents, please arrange to drop off your child at 5:30pm.****
10200 NW 25th Street 115 – Doral, FL 33172
Time from Doral to Camp Site: 2 hours 40 minutes
**** Camp Sparta ****
5055 Camp Sparta Rd – Sebring, FL 33875
WHAT TO TAKE TO CAMP
✓ Bed Sheets
✓ Swimsuit (Please wear shorts and a shirt/tank top over your swimsuit)
✓ Enough clothes and underwear for 4 days
✓ Sweater (might get chilly in the mornings and nights)
✓ Shoes (closed and open‑toe)
✓ Alarm clock
✓ Outdoor chair
✓ Insect repellent
✓ Anti‑itch cream for bug bites
✓ Hairbrush (Girls: Hair clips & hair ties)
✓ Shampoo & Conditioner
✓ Anything else you may need for hygienic purposes
✓ Any medications you may need (we cannot provide any type of medication)