FC: Road Trip: KNOWINGOD | Knollwood Student Life Summer of 2011 | Romans 1.20 Understanding the character of God through His creation
1: Road Trip:KNOWINGOD Kcc Student-Life Summer of 2011 | For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. Romans 1.20 | So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
2: Our three AMAZING volunteers | Julie Brady | Tim and P-Dub (Andrew Paskewitz) | Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 4.10 | My definite top highlight was the ride home on the indescribable/big day, and asking the students what they learned, and to see them actually word it and speak it was huge for me. To see them seem to really understand and grasp God more after the week makes everything completely worth it. I would say that was my biggest God moment, and what it meant for me. To see those guys grow. -P-Dub | My all-time favorite part of the trip was to be with the kids as a volunteer-not at camp or a weekend retreat, but as a mentor there 24/7. You get to see them for who they are (more than just a couple hrs on wed or sun) and they also get to see what kind of person you are, I enjoyed seeing them grow and actually ask and question things on their own instead of questions being given to them. -Julie | I was so thankful that God gave me His idea to take you guys on this God centered journey. I'm equally grateful that I God sent me along with two of the best volunteers I could ask for.. He used them to make His trip successful. And I'm also thankful that along with the two amazing volunteers I had eight of the best students and friends I could ever have. I loved watching all of you grow, see God, and enjoy yourselves. THAT was the best thing about the whole trip and made the months of planning worth every second.. -Tim
3: Hey guys! I wanted to give you something that will help you remember both this awesome trip we took and the memories we have from it, and also to help us stay connected to the God we got to know there each day, who is the same God now, as he was then. I hope you remember some great things as you page through this book. I hope you reconnect with some feelings, memories, and the people you were with, and also with God. We saw and did some amazing things on this Road Trip, and everything we experienced was because of God. God created the world so that we would be able to see Him, know Him, love Him, and live for Him. Because of His creation, we have no excuse not to. Thank you for the great trip, I hope you enjoy. -Tim | Monday, June 27th 5am
4: Monday- God is | Creative | Totally worked! | It will probably amaze us to realize that when the Creator of the universe wanted to create something 'in his image,' something more like himself than all the rest of creation, he made us! This realization will give us a profound sense of dignity and significance as we reflect on the excellence of all the rest of God's creation: The starry universe, the abundant earth, the world of plants and animals, and the angelic kingdoms are remarkable, even magnificent. But, we are more like our Creator than any of these things. We are the culmination of God's infinitely wise and skillful work of creation. -Wayne Grudem
5: Bandlands, SD
6: Know God. That was the reason for this trip. Sure, we all know about God, but that is different than knowing God. Knowing is understanding, We wanted this trip to bring you closer to God, and to know his personality. How he thinks, what he feels, how he loves. | Romans 1.20 was our theme for the week. It was what we based everything off of. We can know God by his creation. What better way to put that into practice then by driving the roads of the mid-west and witnessing what he has made? Think back to our first day. Waking up early...or not even needing to wake up...Getting our road trip bags, stickers, t-shirts and journals. We pile into the van and hit the open road. Our first stop being the Sinclair in Mitchell, SD. Then, we head down the road to a local park where we eat lunch together for the first time, and hear the first of P-Dubs daily devotions. | P-dubs message was simple that day. God created the world so we could see and know him. Not know ABOUT him, but truly KNOW him. Romans 1.20 says since the beginning of time, the qualities of God we can not physically see, are made visible through His creation, and because of that, we have no excuse to NOT KNOW GOD. That was our goal. To see his invisible character through his visible creation. | So, let me ask you. Do you worship Created things, rather then the creator? That was a problem in Romans. People were worshiping things rather then the one who made the thigns. What do you worship? Time? Friends? Technology? Yourself? Whatever it is, remember that | God created it. Does it make sense to worship something that is made by man? Would you give more credit to the amazing pasta at a restaurant, or the chef who made it? Or should I say, why would you spend more time and energy on things that are made by God, rather then God himself who made them? This is a problem in our world. Are you a part of it? | I want you to remember back to our first official stop. The Badlands. Remember how we were only supposed to be there a little while? But, we were so amazed by it, we changed our plans to stay there. The awesome drive, the hiking and climbing, and the devotion over looking miles of the badlands.
7: Then it was on the the Sturgis house! What a great place to stay. I believe we ended the day in that house amazed, tired, and excited for the rest of the week. I want you to remember how you felt then. How exciting it was not knowing what the rest of the week had in store for us. | I want you to remember why you came. was it for fun? For spiritual growth? For the experience? Or for all of it? No matter what it was, God brought you there, and made it happened for a reason. He wanted to show himself to you. He wanted you to know him, not just know about him. He wanted you to see his invisible character in visible ways. He wanted you to see the creator behind all of the created things. | Most of all I want you to remember how close you felt to God on this trip. And I want you to know HE is still that close to you. Are YOU still that close to HIM? Know God, worship the creator, not created.
8: Tuesaday- God is | wrathful | In order to understand love, we need to understand wrath. Remember all of the amazing things that happened on this day. Devils Tower, the prairie dogs, the long Wyoming drive and seeing the Rocky Mountains in the distance for the first time. And of course the death defying drive across the entire Rocky Mountain National Park...wow. | But out of all of those amazing things, I want you to remember one thing. That night around the camp fire. The way you felt safe and secure compared to the drive thousands of feet up the mountains with out anything to keep you from falling off the side.I want you to remember the wrath of God. That none of us have earned the right to live. God owes us nothing. That each person that is alive is an example of God's love. Romans 3.23 says that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glroy of God. | You have offended him infinitely more than ever a stubborn rebel did his prince; and yet it is nothing but his hand that holds you from falling into the fire every moment. It is to be ascribed to nothing else, that you did not go to hell the last night; that you were suffered to awake again in this world, after you closed your eyes to sleep. And there is no other reason to be given, why you have not dropped into hell since you arose in the morning, but that God's hand has held you up. -Sinners in the hands of an Angry God
9: Devils Tower, WY | We, alone, do not deserve anything, let alone eternal life with God. We do not even deserve life now! What have we done to earn this life? I want you to remember this...we are not alive because we are good at living. We are alive because God loves us and wants us here. Remember back to that night around the fire. We were not there because of someones great driving ;) as we traveled dangerous mountain terrain 12 thousand feet up. We were there because God held us in his hand. Protecting us. God is upset when we abuse his grace and live like he is not there. Though he is so loving and patient that he keeps us protected in his hand. | Like the sermon we read that night about the spider being dangled over the fire, God is not playing with us and dangling us over death and hell for fun. Instead he is keeping us from it in patience, hoping that we will come to him and live like he is the most important thing in our lives. Because, he is. Whether we believe it or not. | And now you have an extraordinary opportunity, a day wherein Christ has thrown the door of mercy wide open, and stands in calling and crying with a loud voice to poor sinners; a day wherein many are flocking to him, and pressing into the kingdom of God.- -the end of "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"
10: From Sturgis, SD, to Devils Tower, WY, to the Rocky Mountains, CO
11: Rocky Mountains | That was reassuring...
12: Wednesday- God is | oving | L | Sunrise over the Rockie Mountains | After understanding the wrath of God, the love of God is completely different. Its like going from a black and white love, to a full color love. It means more than it did before. God is only angry because we do things that hurt our relationship with him, not because he doesn't love us. Remember when we talked about love in that really shady Days Inn in Denver? We talked about how at the end of the week we would all be returning to our loved ones. But what if they had forgotten about us? What if they lived their lives like we were never gone? | We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? | Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything. -First John 3
13: The same is true with us and God. He is waiting for us to return, but we often live like we forgot about him. The thing that is amazing about God's love, is that even if we don't love him back, he still loves us. This is an unconditional love. A love that nothing can stop. No matter what you do, God loves you. He loves you enough to protect you in a shady motel room...God doesn't just love. He IS love (1 John 4.8). And if you want the definition of that love, 1 John 3.16 says we know what real love is because God sent Jesus to die for us. God loves you so much and wants to be with you. He will, and HAS done everything for you. But, he also loves you enough to let you make your own mind whether or not to be with him. He won't force you.
15: Yup. That was real. | We should have never turned down La Quinta
16: Thursday- God is | Faithful | At this point in our trip, we have experienced many of the characteristics of God that we have talked about. But probably none as first hand and frequent as Thursdays characteristic. Faithfulness. I can think of three things that showed God's amazing faithfulness, and they all happened BOFRE this day, Thursday. I think we can all admit that the drive over the Rockies, in the pitch black, 12,000 feet up was scary. But, we prayed (some of you harder then others...) and we trusted God would guide is down and keep us safe. He did. He was faithful. How about this one? Remember when Lee wanted to see a moose? I prayed for God to show us one. We drove around, went hiking where the moose should be, only to be told that it was too hot for moose to be out at that time. And as we all know, on our way back, God was faithful in my prayer and our desire to see one. LEE! MOOSE! There it was on the side of the road. Faithful. | If we are unfaithful, He remains faithful, for He can not deny who He is. -2 Tim 2.13
17: And how about the night before this day? When we felt uneasy in the Days Inn? Maybe we didn't REALLY think we would get shot at or hurt....but we all did feel scared or uneasy to some degree. That was real. God protected us and saw us through to the next morning. Today. Thursday. | From the Rockies, to the Denver zoo, to Colorado Springs, CO | Just like on the trip, I want you to remember God's faithfulness everyday. Even though it may not be as obvious as it was here, it is still there. It always will be. God is always faithful, no matter the degree or circumstance.
18: Everlasting | Friday- God is | if you remember, we decided to skip traveling to Dinosaur, CO and instead go to Colorado Springs. I'm glad we did. We saw some cool stuff that we didn't even know about. One of them was the Cave of the Winds. A couple things stuck out to me about this part of the trip. The first was how Holly and Loren used their money. They asked a cashier if they would give it to the next family in need that they saw. The cashiers agreed. We came back a little later to see if that had happened. The cashier said no. He went on and asked if they could give the money to a fellow worker that had a family and was going through a very hard time financially. Holly and Loren quickly agreed. Then the cashier said something that stuck. He said he could tell they were Christians. Thats what life is about. Showing the love so much that people who you have NEVER met see Christ inside you and in the way you act. | the next thing that sicks out in my mind is what Robert said in the cave. He was talking about how darkness can effect your eyes and mind. He said if you were trapped in a pitch black cave, soon you would start seeing and hearing things. Voices, objects, movement, stuff like that. then he said something amazing... | Lord, you have been our home throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God | Psalm 90
19: Robert! | If you were trapped in perfect darkness over a long period of time, you would eventually go blind. Thats right, completely blind. This is much like life. Christ is the light of the world. If we are away from Jesus our lives become in danger. Some people have been away from Jesus so long that they don't even see anymore. Their lives, actions, and thoughts are so dark that they don't even realize they are away from Jesus. Don't let that happen to you and your life. Stay in the light near Jesus. Darkness is never a good place to be. In fact, think about it. Most sin we do happens in the dark, at night. And remember no matter how long you are in th darkness, Jesus can give sight to the blind. | This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. first John 1 | Stalephabet
20: The Sturgis house! | Evolution of the ostrich | What Godly men
21: Saturday- God is | BIG | Man, God is BIG. Just look at the week we had! Look at the amazing things we saw and experienced! I hope at this point when you see the world, there is no way you can not see God in it. Think of the stories, events, thoughts, and things that you have been a part of this week. These are all made possible because of the Creator God who made it all, and wants to be a part of your life. From the small lizard we saw at the Garden of the Gods, to the 12,000 foot mountains we were on TOP of ! God did everything between them and more. I want you to remember Friday night when we pulled over to watch the sunset in Wyoming. We sat by the road (and by that spooky house) and reflected on how big and amazing God is. THAT God, is still the God of RIGHT NOW. Things may have happened and feelings may have changed since then, but God has not. I hope you still feel close to him, and I hope he still seems big to you. Because he is. | And I pray, that you may have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. -Ephesians 3 | I hope this trip was life changing for you. I hope you were challenged with new thoughts and feelings. I hope you saw some stuff you won't forget. I hope you made new friends, and some new dance routines ;) But most of all, I hope you grew closer to God, and know him better because of this week. He created you and everything we saw that week. He wants you close to him. | I'm not sure where you are with him now, but where ever you are, God still wants you. For God created the world so you will have no excuse not to know him. -Romans 1.20
22: Do you remember...
25: the Rocky Mountain night drive
28: Haha....nice. | LEE! | YATZEE! | Dats only in da mornin. | Its just for decoration. Thats it an thats all. | Home grown beef | Creepy Days Inn | "And I don't care what your fingers smell like" | Waking up in the mountains :) | Being at the campsite in the Rockies at night and just looking up at the stary sky and being embraced by God's love and amazement | Battleship ;) | Going to the zoo and out to eat | Sinclair | MOOSE! | Almost going swimming in the fountain at the DoubleTree | Sturgis grab bag | Driving through closed roads and a golf course inColorado Springs | I want Joe Biden, need Joe Biden... | Comin from the LIPS of an angel | You can have whatever you want....twice... | Looking for dice in the Double Tree pool | The Rocky Mountain drive of death...thank you God. | Old Colorado City | BIG HUNK | The scary house | The vanishing city of Estes Park | P-dub milking that plastic cow | The Sturgis house fight | Helping others with our money | Having no McDonals on I90 in South Dakota for THREE HOURS | Everything sounding like a Rattlesnake | Blacktized! | Road Trip music | Stalephabet
29: Thank you all so much, for making that evening so much better for me! It was very uplifting to see that there are still nice young people like you in America. I am attaching your picture of that evening. God Bless you all. -Ed Hernandez | Here is the email from Ed, the man at Chilis from the night in Denver. Remember how amazing it is do do things for people with no expectations.
30: Holly- Waking up and watching the sunrise in the Rockies and just everything in Colorado in general especially driving through the mountains and also climbing around the Badlands. My God moment was that it made me really think about how small we are and how perfect nature can be, that it may not look perfect from far away. like the Badlands, its just a pile of rocks and sand, but when you look closer you realize that its put in such a perfect way that gives you a glance into Gods works. | Eliel- Sleeping in the Rocky Mountains and looking over the plains of Wyoming while hiking through Devils Tower My God moment was that the trip was an eye opener of what God means to me and what he has done for me. It brought me closer to God and showed me how awesome it was to be surrounded by people who were so positive and influenced by God. | Lee- Seeing the moose (duh), and singing and dancing in the van. My biggest God moment was standing overlooking the badlands because I got to really see how detailed everything is that He created. | P-Dub- Camping in the Rockies, and seeing the students amazed with God and His creation (really all places, but I loved the wayI saw it in the Rockies). Sketch motel. Yahtzee. Getting lost at the US Open. Losing dice. | Loren- Camping in the Rockies and the Badlands. My God moment was the stars in the rockies, because it reminded me of how big God is. The road trip did a lot for me, but it definitely made me a better person. | Charlotte- One big "God moment" would be that night when we stayed in the Rockies. After the drive along the road up and back down the mountain, and arriving at our campsite in the dark, not really knowing what we were surrounded by, and then waking up and being amazed by the beauty around us. We had to face obstacles to get to our destination, but it was completely worthwhile.Another cool memory was in the caves when we were in complete darkness. I just thought that was super cool how the guy put it, and that light is sooo important to our everyday lives, we cannot function apart from God’s light, literally and metaphorically. | Megan- Favorite memories are looking for rattle snakes and seeing the rocky mountains.My God moment would be me being around nature. | Taryn- My favorite memories the conversations in the van (the serious ones), and the whole time we were in the mountains. my biggest God moment: feeling the peace that was around through the whole trip and really feeling his presence everywhere. Especially when I was scared of heights and sketchy motels | Jon- Driving through the mountains in Estes Park and everyone comforting those who were scared and just being in awe of everything around me, and also being by the water fall. Just climbing through all the rocks and things and just finding these rapids and a water fall and just sitting there with Eliel looking at it. My God moment was blessing all the people that we blessed with the money that we had. It as awesome to see what the smallest things can do. | Julie- I loved all of the creation we got to see other than the 'city' life or a missions trip, and the way the lessons tied into the places that we visited just made everything that much better. even though we had a schedule, God totally planned how the day was, whether it be getting lost/ trying to find a place to stay or that we spent the whole day climbing/ exploring the badlands and didn't end up going to the next destination for the day. | Tim- How can I have just 2 highlights when I'm with 10 of the best people I know for a whole week? I loved it all. The long rides, the sites, the jokes, the lessons, the obstacles, the spontaneity, and the cooperation you all gave us every day, and the trust and maturity you showed. And I LOVED the wolfpack mug. I loved seeing you give money away, and love doing it. I like the mix of fun and serous times. I loved yelling at P-dub. I loved that we didn't have to take a trailer. Most of all, I loved being with all of you. It truly is one of my favorite things, and you truly are more then just students. Thats my memories and my God moment in one. And also each and every small prayer He answered on the trip, There were many you did now know of, and he came through each time. Trust him.