Friday, August 1, 2008


Last night my friend Joel quoted Psalm 145 through tears. God has been faithful, generation to generation. Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp has helped us, and many other families, pass on the faith in a joyful way.

The picture shows Amara Berthelsen, daughter of our friends Wendy and Joel, on the shoulders of our boys, Daniel and Jonathan, with Amara's brother Stefan in the front. It was taken on Tuesday at the beach by the Okoboji staff. You can see more highlights of our week at camp by clicking here.

How do you use your fun time? Do you use your vacation to build joy into the next generation? Sure, we have Bible studies at camp and a speaker for the adults, but just spending time together is the greatest. Praise the Lord!
Psalm 145
The Greatness and the Goodness of God
Praise. Of David.
1 I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
2 Every day I will bless you,
and praise your name forever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable.
4 One generation shall praise your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.
5 On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
6 The might of your awesome deeds shall be proclaimed,
and I will declare your greatness.
7 They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness,
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
8 The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 The Lord is good to all,
and his compassion is over all that he has made.
10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
and all your faithful shall bless you.
11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom,
and tell of your power,
12 to make known to all people your mighty deeds,
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
The Lord is faithful in all his words,
and gracious in all his deeds.
14 The Lord upholds all who are falling,
and raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food in due season.
16 You open your hand,
satisfying the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is just in all his ways,
and kind in all his doings.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desire of all who fear him;
he also hears their cry, and saves them.
20 The Lord watches over all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
and all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever.

We signed up to return to Okoboji next year, June 28-July 3. Why not join us? If you can't afford it, let us know and we'll find a way to help!

Here's a pic of my nephew and friends on "stage" at camp!

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