Official Website of the Minnesota State Conference of the Churches of God
Our purpose is to co-ordinate and assist the members of the conference in worship, training, edification and evangelism.
One way this is accomplished is through the gathering of our members for conferences. The vision of a place for our members to meet was realized with the establishment of the Long Lake Bible Camp. Twice a year we gather together to worship together, learn together and join together making lifelong friendships.
We also conduct summer camps to teach the youth of today the message of the gospel. Two week long camps, one week for Jr Campers and one week for Sr campers, help youth with Biblical solutions to everyday Christian living. The unique island campground also provide opportunities for friendship and recreation with other Christian youth.
These conferences and camps bring many into a relationship with God and his son Jesus that last a lifetime. Through the people of the Minnesota State Conference’s mission department, many here in Minnesota and throughout the world have been influenced for Christ and his coming kingdom. This is the primary focus of our efforts here at the conference and in our lives.
Various Articles from the Minnesota Church Conference:
Music is woven into the very design of our universe.
Job 38:4,7 says:
"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?"
The stars were singing, according to God, when He "laid the foundations of the earth" (Job 38:4) They continue to sing today, according to NASA.
Who likes Pie?
Of course in this case I am talking about the Math version.
Pi is always the Circumference divided by the diameter. The older way to say it is Pi is the Circumference divided by the Radius squared. Pi is interesting since it is an irrational number, so it never repeats.
Back in 8th grade when I was learning in Math class the teacher said something about Pi that shocked me so much I almost fell off my chair.
February 2014 the Kepler Science Team announced the discovery of 715 new planets outside of our solar system.
How do we know that it’s a planet and not something else in the way? We keep watching. If we see the same star, dim by the same amount, for the same amount of time in the future; we know we have a planet.
So if you think about it, scientists look for planets outside of our solar system, not by what we see, but by what we don’t see. When the Kepler team are convicted that what they have NOT seen is a planet, they announce it.
“‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’” Jeremiah 29:11
A bright future and hope are dawning on the horizon, but they may not be as close as we think.
Have you ever thought about the planets and the solar system in relation to the Bible?
“He stretches out the north over empty space
And hangs the earth on nothing.
Many other cultures thought that the earth was supported by different animals, but way back in the time of Job we are told it is hung on nothing. A very good description of space.
“rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality." Romans 12.10-13
Hope really does “spring eternal” when it’s biblical hope. It gives rise to rejoicing in anticipation of what is to come.
Ever think about the Moon? We know that God created it in the beginning.
God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night
We know it gives us light at night, light reflected from the sun.
“Surely there is a future, And your hope will not be cut off.” Proverbs 23.11
When you think about the future, what do you envision? Likely there are at least some fear-fear-inducing prospects as well as promising possibilities. The future, it’s been said, is like someone standing before us with their hands behind their back. We don’t know if what they hold is a bouquet or a brickbat. Hidden from our eyes is the reality of either adversity or prosperity, or a likely mixture of both. Whatever may come, we can be assured of this: there IS a future, and our hope will NOT be cut off.
Chongquing in China came up with a way to remind pedestrians of the danger of being distracted by a cell phone while walking.... separate lanes for those using or not using their cell phone.
Just like driving while distracted, walking while distracted had become an issue.
This got me to thinking about being distracted in our lives. Do we ever get so distracted we forget what is most important?
“I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope.” Psalm 130.5
My quiet times before the LORD can hardly be characterized as spiritually seismic. His presence has never shaken the room, nor has His voice thunderously boomed. Perhaps some day I might have a Moses burning bush experience, or an Isaiah temple experience, but I’m not counting on it, or disappointed by the absence of such an experience. I wait for Him, not for what He might do.