#11 Don’t Be A Stranger To God

“How do we initiate a closer relationship with God? Here are a few tips to get started.

Find a place where you can focus on God

The ideal location would be someplace quiet and private, perhaps even a little isolated, where God’s handiwork is on display. Local parks, hiking trails, and walking paths would be great places to start. Wherever you choose, make sure you free yourself from interruptions while you’re there. Turn off your communication devices.

Learn as much as you can about God from people who knew him well

Everything God wants us to know about him can be found in the Bible. Read it to
-Get a sense of the things God has done;
-find out how God has interacted with different people;
-discover clues as to what God likes and dislikes, anything that might help develop your own relationship with God.

Keep your conversations fresh and interesting

Pray often and creatively. Don’t settle for standard prayers or words you think you’re supposed to say. Talk to God like you would a friend, the greatest friend ever.

“The christian who is truly intimate with Jesus will never draw attention to himself but will only show the evidence of a life where Jesus is completely in control. This is the outcome of allowing Jesus to satisfy every area of life to its depth. The picture resulting from such a life is that of the strong, calm balance that our Lord gives to those who are intimate with Him.” -Oswald Chamber, My Utmost for His Highest

We have access to God every day. So why not take advantage of it? The Bible makes it clear that God is always available to anyone who seeks him. So why don’t we seek God more? Why do we too often remain strangers?”

-The Bible: 50 Ways It Can Change Your Life

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Arc surf camp update

Day 7 of Arc surf camps this season, and already reached over 300 kids in and around the Jacksonville area! Next week we are back up in the Great Lakes area in Holland, MI for surf camps July 1-3. Hope to see you there!

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Jax beach morning surf

My brother is rad. Love this shot of him from last weekend’s morning session. Smooth, pure, and glassy. The Arc surf camps and water safety courses went well last week, and they continue into this week. Hope to see some of you out there! http://www.arcsurf.org

Brandon ARC JAX

Arc Surf Camp Day 1

I was not present at today’s first camp of the season, but I was told it was very successful with big smiles and high fives all around. Great to hear, as this is the reason The Arc Project was started…To share the love of Christ through the gift of surfing.

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Arc Surf Camp

Surf camp season is here!! Come on out to Jax beach (5th Ave South). Surf camps going on through this week and next week, 9:30-2:30. We’d love to see you out there, and can always use a helping hand.

Ski style surf