This Post Didn’t Go Where I Thought it Would

Lake Ann has to be the most awesomest (not a word, but I don’t care) camp in the world. I don’t have much to compare Lake Ann to but I don’t think you can compare it.

Everything there has a purpose, from the challenge courses to the games and activities. Everything has a spiritual purpose. I went to a Baptist (nothing against Baptist) camp when I was younger. The camp which I talked about a week ago pushed salvation. If you don’t get save you are going to hell, BAM! That is all the preached. I got saved so many times. The reason was out of guilt and the fact that I didn’t want to go to hell. And well, who does?

Lake Ann provides a great experience. First off, you are put our of your comfort zone. You are stuck with people that you have never met before. You might just have 1 or 2 people that you know in your cabin, but for the most part you don’t know any of them. This is super scary, I’m a naturally quieter person so being stuck with 20 other people that I haven’t ever met before is very scary. This allows you to open up. There is absolutely no way that I could have opened up in front of my youth group. I see those guys everyday at school. I would feel their watchful eyes on the back of my head wondering if he’s screwed up. Psychologically this was my thought about coming clean with my porn and lust issue.

At Lake Ann you:

Wake up

Devo time

Breakfast

Chapel

Challenge course

Lunch

More Challenge courses

Group activity (teams) Each cabin and sister cabin are in a team and they have activities to challenge your team and another.

Super time

Chapel

Camp fire (weather pending)

Lights out (usually at 11pm or 12)

This schedule is harsh mentally and physically, if you are lucky you might get 6 hours of sleep. Lunch is horrible too; you eat but then you are cheering trying to gain points for fight night. This schedule doesn’t leave much time for free time. This whole set up is to promote spiritual discussion and thinking. The Chapel time is pretty powerful, and the team building gets you comfortable with your cabin mates. Lunch is to physically stretch you and also team building. The whole experience is getting you to open up to these people you met just hours before hand.

With me, I already had been to Lake Ann, I knew what to expect, but then again I didn’t. Right away I was challenged, and had a meeting with my counselor and explained to him some of my troubles. I did not explain my issues with porn, just my issues with mentoring and trust. Being able to open up to him was astounding on my part. I don’t open up to very many people. Actually there is only about 2 or 3 people that actually know me and sadly none of them are my own family. I have a hard time opening up to them. I have always had trust issues, but being able to open up to Matt totally helped. About a day later, that night actually, after chapel I talked to Matt about my issues with porn, and was severely convicted. This is where we cried. Read about it here. The whole Lake Ann experience brought me back to what really mattered. It opened my hear and allowed me to be honest about my struggles. That night we had what called the glory bowl. It’s where you can speak about what you have been challenged with, or whatever God has laid on your heart. I sat in line for 1 hour and eventually warned the junior highers not to be naive. To be ready to fight porn. Years ago, I knew what porn was, I knew that I should of avoided it, but I didn’t. I fell to my knees in the face of it.
My goal: If I can stop one kid, teen, adult; from struggling the same I have won. I don’t want to see other go through the pain and the guilt that I have went through. I don’t want people to have to hide and lie about it. I myself have lied about it to my own parents. I have jumped around the bush about it. It is time to wake up teens and adults.

FATHERS: Be real with your kids about it. Even your daughters. It is an epidemic that affects everyone. Not just guys, even women struggle with it, if they don’t then you obviously don’t have facebook. It is everywhere. Be real about it, be honest to your kids when they bring up their questions. It is your job to prepare your kids for the real world. Prepare them! How can you prepare them when they don’t know about lust and the sin that comes with it.

This article didn’t go exactly where I wanted it to go, but please don’t throw this off like it’s nothing. I hate it when people doubt my maturity just because of my age. Take heed and be warned, that it is real and it’s only the beginning.

-Cody Sweeny

Philippians 1:12 May the gospel be advanced through you and the words you share.

MAKE WAR!!!!

Yes, I’m annoying

Hello all, I have just update a bunch of my pages, ranging from about me, to my favorite coffee. I encourage you to read these especially if you are bored and are looking for someone to stalk. I am transparent and am willing to answer any questions, like seriously anything. Just let me know if you need something. I am hoping to add more up there then just me, but that’s all I can come up with at the moment. If you have any suggestions feel free to comment. Thanks

-Cody Sweeny

How Important is Music in Spiritual Battle?

On a 1 to 10 where does the importance of music relate in your life? 10 music is very effective in my spiritual battles, or a 1, music is there but not as important by any means. As Christians we tend to here songs on Sunday and then on the radio and eventually get sick of them. Believe me, I have. We here the same song over and over. These are great songs, but through this we have a tendency to push towards secular music. Therefore wrecking our week with language and sin. I have noticed this in my own life. It isn’t healthy to let music dictate what is happening for the week, but we tend too. If you are listening to morally bad music, then your just adding fuel to the flame of sin. There is nothing in the bible against secular music, but as Christians we should be listening to music that will build us up, and give glory to God. There are many great secular songs, but we can’t get brainwashed by music that is unpleasing to God.

For instance: you listen to music on the ride to work. You hear language that isn’t pleasing to God, everyday you are surrounded by coworkers that say that same language. Later on in that week you start letting “one” or two fly. Then you are right back where you started. It is inevitable that we are going to sin, but the general thought is that your music might not be helping your battle.

So, we started with the bad, now it’s time for the good. Music is great is spiritual battles. I’m currently in my own battle over porn and lust. During the reformation they sang the hymn A Mighty Fortress is Our God. They used this song to propel them to victory. Historical proof that music helps. This song is on the line between Christian and secular. It doesn’t use unpleasant language. Note: I am not responsible for this content, I did not write this, or help in the production of it in anyway. Sorry I have to say that or else I might get sued. (Shrug emoticon here)

This song has been my “revolution” song. Whenever I am struggling I think of this song. This song reminds me what and who I am resisting. “If you can here that you want a resistance, burn a candle in your window til the wicks end, If you can hear this you’re the hope of our mission, To change the future through the power of resistance.

Here we go

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Our goal as men and women of Christ is to change the future, some might argue that resistance isn’t the best path. Resistance is! As Christians we must embrace change, but stand for what we believe. It is time to wake up and fight. We have millions of churches across the world. What would happen if we all started to share the gospel. If we all, at the exact same time started knocking on doors. First off I think the media would have a frenzy, but second I am convinced that the people would come to Christ, why? Because we have God on our side, and on the other we have the Holy Spirit. Wouldn’t this be awesome? It might be my childlike ambition, but WHAT IS IN OUR WAY? What is stopping us? Fear? Forget fear, forget the devil, we are challenged as Christians to go and share the gospel.

Please, do not read this article and throw it away. Think about it, pray about it. Now is the time of revolution, just like it was during the reformation. It is time to bring people to Christ.

In Christ

-Cody Sweeny

Romans 8:18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

With everything said, how important is music to Christians. Hint: After everything I have said, it should probably be a 12.

No Jury, Just a Judge

There you are, standing in a courtroom. No jury, just the prosecutor and judge. The judge quietly turns to the prosecutor. “Well, what do we have today?” the judge asks. “Hmm, a sinner, lusted over a million times, lied about the same. So yes, a sinner.” The judge eyes you, you can’t and are quite frankly too scared to even utter a word. “well?” the prosecutor asks. The judge looks at him and then at you. “He’s a sinner, and he deserves death”. Just as the judge utters the word death, a man strolls into the courtroom. Beauty and respect shroud him. He looks at you, and then at the judge. No words are spoke. The judge nods quietly, while the prosecutor, Satan, screams “Another one? How must I win this battle!”. The man that walked in turns and looks at you. “Your with me now. You don’t have to worry about him.” With the exact same beauty and respect he gracefully strolls out with you on his heels. He stops out side the courtroom. He points to the scars on his hands and feet. “Do you see these?” you nod because you can’t even speak in his presence. With tears in his eyes he quietly says “These, my friend, were for you, for your sin, and for you life.” He quietly walks out the door.

Thanksgiving: Salvation

Here goes:

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My salvation is pretty basic, I went to a camp up in northern Iowa, and through guilt of death in hell, I was saved. At this particular camp the only thing they preached was your going to hell, accept Jesus as savior. After that I got “saved” at least 4 more times either through church or Jr. boys camp. I was raised with this question the other day: Why do I believe what I believe is true….

That question sent my head spinning, I grew up in the church, I grew up knowing everything. Sunday school, Vbs, Awana. I did it all, and I couldn’t answer a simple question. After thinking about it I had a few different replies back:

Logic (God is the only logical explanation)

What I grew up doing

And what I truly believe.

Ironically I went with the last one. I truly believe that Jesus is in heaven, preparing a place for me. I have seen Jesus in action At different camps and retreats I have seen people saved, I have seen some of the toughest guys I have ever met, kneel down and cry. I have seen the power of Christ. This is why I believe what I believe.

I was one of these hard guys. Over the years I have been used to being in church. I knew all the answers. I went to Subzero 2012 and my mindset was changed.

Right away Don Jackson told us to open our hearts. To not let this weekend go by just as another retreat, but to be challenged and changed. It was after this weekend that I really lived up to what I believe. I didn’t hide my faith. Everyone needs a moment like this, where they know what they believe, but they truly live up to it. As Christians we tend to hide in the background of the world. We need to need be on the front lines with a bible and a pen. Ready and prepared to share the gospel.

So I guess you could say that I was reconfirmed in my beliefs at Subzero 2012. I am still a work in progress but I am getting better each and everyday. Thank you!

 

-Cody Sweeny