RV “Skiis’ Downhill!

December 31, 2010

by Kellen Moore
The Watauga Democrat

photo by Robert

photo by Robert Moore

No one was injured when a parked RV slid off an embankment recently at Appalachian Ski Mountain (NC).

The RV passengers were on the slopes when the Fleetwood RV slid at about 11 a.m., leaving a dog trapped inside the vehicle.

Blowing Rock Fire & Rescue and the N.C. Highway Patrol responded to the accident, and rescuers cut through the windshield to free the dog.

Trooper T.B. Hendrix of the N.C. Highway Patrol said it appeared that the vehicle was parked too close to the bank and slid backward, stopping on its side on a pile of trees and debris at the bottom.

A wrecker was able to pull the RV upright from a road at the base of the hill, but that same icy road made it difficult for the wrecker to pull it back to the main parking lot, Hendrix said. Crews were still attempting to pull the RV up at about 2:15 p.m., he said.

The vehicle was registered to Erik Ohmstead of Forest City.

Rob Moore contributed to this story.
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Seeing The End From The Beginning (1)

December 30, 2010

by John Imler
John is an RVchurchesUSA Ambassador and author of It’s Never Too Late

In Isaiah 46:9-10 seeing the endwe find these words: “I am God, and there is none like me, I make known the end from the beginning.”

For years the late Paul Harvey broadcast The Rest of the Story giving interesting details of events and peoples’ lives. The end of the stories was often more important than the beginning. That would seem to be true of our lives–of our own stories.

As human beings, we know our beginning: God created our inmost being in our mothers’ wombs (Psalm 139:13). We also know our end: “man is destined to die once and, after that to face judgment” (Heb. 9:27).

Foolishly, we may gamble with God, thinking that we will cross that bridge when we come to it. However, we must remember that that time, that hour, is one over which we have no control. So, to journey through this life without keeping an eye on the end—that time when we will leave this life and enter into eternity—seems unwise, no matter what we believe about that place or time.

God has been faithful in giving us an abundance of warning signs about that day throughout the Bible. Even if we ignore those in His Guidebook for our daily living, He reminds us through the deaths of our friends, family, and associates. He does not remind us as a harsh Judge who we all must some day face but as our loving Creator and Heavenly Father.

Jesus Christ told us this about his Father: “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:17).

So, as we journey through this life, let us live with our eyes on its ending, keeping in mind that God has not only posted reminders along the way but also has provided a way to live that will bring us peace when that time comes (1 Cor.15:45-55).

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Intercessory Prayer

December 28, 2010

Originally published at Gospel.com.
Reprinted with permission

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“. . . men always ought to pray and not lose heart”  — Luke 18:1

You cannot truly intercede through prayer if you do not believe in the reality of redemption. Instead, you will simply be turning intercession into useless sympathy for others, which will serve only to increase the contentment they have for remaining out of touch with God.

True intercession involves bringing the person, or the circumstance that seems to be crashing in on you, before God, until you are changed by His attitude toward that person or circumstance. Intercession means to “fill up . . . [with] what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ” (Colossians 1:24), and this is precisely why there are so few intercessors. People describe intercession by saying, “It is putting yourself in someone else’s place.” That is not true! Intercession is putting yourself in God’s place; it is having His mind and His perspective.

As an intercessor, be careful not to seek too much information from God regarding the situation you are praying about, because you may be overwhelmed. If you know too much, more than God has ordained for you to know, you can’t pray; the circumstances of the people become so overpowering that you are no longer able to get to the underlying truth.

Our work is to be in such close contact with God that we may have His mind about everything, but we shirk that responsibility by substituting doing for interceding. And yet intercession is the only thing that has no drawbacks, because it keeps our relationship completely open with God.

What we must avoid in intercession is praying for someone to be simply “patched up.” We must pray that person completely through into contact with the very life of God. Think of the number of people God has brought across our path, only to see us drop them! When we pray on the basis of redemption, God creates something He can create in no other way than through intercessory prayer.

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Ultimate RV Education Center

December 20, 2010

Harrells, NC – December 2010 — RV Education 101, founded in 1999, announced the launch of a new RV consumer training site today. The URL is http://www.rvconsumer.com/. Mark Polk, founder and co-owner of RV Education 101 said, “We have worked on this RV consumer site for several months now, and are extremely excited to finally launch it.

Tagged as “The Ultimate RV Education Center” Polk says, “This site is a culmination of all of our RV training efforts over the past decade, and is a one stop RV training site for the entire RV consumer’s training needs. One day I realized that if I consolidated all of our RV training material into one RV training site, it would in fact be the premier RV education center.”

The RV training material Polk is referring to is his 18-RV instructional DVD’s, 13-published RV E-books, 3-published RV books, 4-RV online training programs, hundreds of published RV articles, RV product installation videos and RV product reviews.

Dawn Polk, co-owner and marketing director, said, “Our thought behind this new site was to organize the vast field of RV’s and RVing into six major categories and offer the RV consumer invaluable information in each of these areas. The six categories are: RV consumer training, RV consumer buying, RV consumer safety, RV consumer products, RV consumer articles and advice and last but certainly not least, enjoying your RV. To help promote our new site and to introduce our RV videos on demand online training program we are offering a free RV safety e-course to anybody that would like to take it. You can visit www.rvconsumer.com for more details on the free RV safety e-course.

Polk’s other RV educational sites are http://www.rveducation101.com/ and http://www.rvuniversity.com/.  The primary focus of these RV training sites has been to educate RV owners on how to properly and safely use and maintain their RV, using visual and written training materials. RV Education 101 has helped educate more than a quarter of a million RV enthusiasts over the past decade.

For more information on these RV educational sites visit www.rvconsumer.com, http://www.rveducation101.com/
and http://www.rvuniversity.com/

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Christmas Gift for Any RVer!

December 11, 2010

By Duane Careb
President RVchurchesUSA

Erika and I love to watch movies at home as well on the road in our motor coach, “Blessing”. It has become aRV tradition that each time we head out for another adventure in the rig, we excitedly plan to watch the hilarious movie, “RV” staring Robin Williams and Kristin Chenoweth.

Seriously, this is such a fun depiction of a rookie RVer who experiences much of what experienced RVers pray won’t happen to them! Did I mention that it is great for the entire family?

Personally, I think every RVer should have this movie in their entertainment repertoire. It can help keep us all humble.

That’s why I think it would make a great Christmas gift for any RVer!

The executive Bob Munro is stressed, feeling threatened of losing his job and his lifestyle, since his abusive boss Todd Mallory hired the Stanford’s geek Laird to work in their soda’s company. Bob has promised his wife Jamie Munro, his teenage daughter Cassie Munro and his young son Carl Munro to spend vacations in Hawaii, but Todd demands him to prepare a presentation and attend a business meeting with the owners of a family company in a merging operation scheduled in the same period. Bob hides the truth to his family, rents a recreational vehicle and tries to convince his dysfunctional family that a road trip to the Colorado Rocky Mountains would be good to bring old values back to their family. After many incidents and while in the trailers parking area, the rookie Bob is helped by the bizarre but friendly Gornicke family. They escape from the Gornickes and initiate a journey of difficulties and leaning, retrieving their forgotten family bonds.

Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Family
Starring: Brian Howe, Jeff Daniels, Robin Williams, Kristin Chenoweth, Hunter Parrish, Richard Ian Cox, Cheryl Hines, Will Arnett, Josh Hutcherson, Erika-Shaye Gair, Alex Ferris, Tony Hale, Joanna ‘JoJo’ Levesque, Chloe Sonnenfeld, Veronika Sztopa
Available Quality: Hi Def, iPod
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Country: Germany, USA, UK
Year: 2006
Runtime: 1:39:00
IMDB Rating: 5.5/10 (15876 votes)

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Who Are You?

December 10, 2010

by John Imler
John is an RVchurchesUSA Ambassador and author of It’s Never Too Late

No, I don’t mean what did your parents name you but who are you? It is important that unique-youeach of us really know who we are. You and I have just two things in common: we are God’s creation and we were formed in our mothers’ wombs (Psalms 139:13-16). There our similarities end.

Each of us, though wonderfully made (Psalms 139:14), is unique. You are a marvel. In the entire world there is no one else exactly like you and, in all the years that have passed since creation, there has never been anyone like you. You are not like your father, mother, brother, or sister. Although you share some of their characteristics, you are different. You are you.

According to the Scriptures, each of us is endowed by our Creator with different talents and gifts (Romans 12:6). While the Scriptures admonish us to “deny” ourselves (Matt. 16:24), I fear that we often misinterpret that verse. Webster defines the word deny as “to declare untrue.” It is not the denying of who we are that Jesus spoke about but rather the choice of who we follow: the one true God or our own gods (worldly things).

Sometimes we as believers feel it is wrong to accept a complement after we have used our God-given talents and gifts in His service. We somehow feel we must be self-degrading to be humble. In doing so, are we denying the person our Creator made us? Should we not in our service to Him let our lights shine before men, that they may see our good deeds and praise our Father in heaven (Matt. 5:16).

Yes, as believers, the Holy Spirit assists us in serving our Master, but will He not be using the gifts and talents that God gave us? Don’t forget who you really are. You are unique and wonderfully made! The Psalmist acknowledged who he was when he declared, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderful made” (Psalms 139:14).

Don’t forget in this Thanksgiving season to thank God for the person you are. Ask Him to use you for His glory in the coming Christmas Season and in the New Year.

John welcomes your comments either below or email him directly at john@faithrescued.com

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Buying Fresh Food On the Road

December 9, 2010

by RA Manseau
as appeared on Woodall’s Family Camping Blog

Buying fresh food on the road can be challenging. Most of us want to buy the best and most mixed fresh fruit and vegetablesnutritious food for our families, at a price we can afford.

Fresh produce from the local farmers market, fresh seafood from the local fish market and good restaurants are everywhere, but how do we find them when in a strange place?

Local farmers markets are fairly easy to find. And, nothing beats a farmers market for fresh except right of the plant. Most Local Farmers Markets, in the United States, can be found on the geographical search provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service. This site is a great resource and extremely user friendly.

How about buying fish? With the all the worries about pollutants and mercury levels how do you know which fish are safe from one region to the next? The Monterey Bay Aquarium provides a pocket guide for each region of the USA. You can download the guide at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Website. I carry the “Seafood Watch” card in my purse all the time. I find it very helpful even in my home town.

For those that are looking for a good restaurant in a new city, I recommend checking out the parking lots. If the local firefighters, police, ambulance drivers or construction workers are dinning there, the food is most likely very good.  People in those occupations tend to dine out a lot. So, they usually know the best places to go without spending your whole paycheck on one meal.

Buying fresh food on the road when you don’t have the time to hit the Local Farmers Market is only a smile and a question away. If you want to know which local grocery store has the best produce or the best meat counter, don’t be afraid to ask a local on the street. I have found that most people are friendly and helpful when given the opportunity to share their opinion.

Enjoy your trip and I hope you find buying fresh food on the road to be a fun extension of your vacation experience.

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Volunteering – Who Really Benefits?

December 8, 2010

By Duane Careb
President RVchurchesUSA

Volunteering is very noble, necessary and noticeable. But have you ever considered who benefits more – the recipient of your efforts or you?

Wikipedia defines Volunteerism as the willingness of people to work on behalf of others without being motivated by financial or material gain.

I love that definition because it is so succinct:

  • Willingness of people – as in God’s will manifested through you. In Christianity, that’s referred to as submission to His will or following a Godly leading. A cause stirs within you that just won’t go away.

Soon, that leading develops into a passion for the cause. Time after time you are emotionally touched by this cause and soon find your self sincerely desiring to respond in some way which leads to  ………

  • Working on behalf of others – as in expelling an effort to be “used” to the degree that a personal sacrifice ensues. To volunteer means to go “beyond” the realm of the normal work load most of us execute because of financial needs, among other reasons.

It is during this stage of the definition that we joyfully grasp at any one of the “gifts” we each possess such as teaching, administrating, helping, leading and (yes) even following!  Actually there are twenty three “spiritual gifts” described in the Bible that fit the bill for volunteering. We all have them – sometimes it takes the act of volunteering to bring them out which leads to ………

  • Volunteering without being motivated by financial or material gain – as in not having any expectations of compensation (monetary or tangible) or acknowledgment.

To not expect anything in return for volunteering is the essence of submission mentioned earlier. Whether we processed the thought of serving others in some meaningful way for quite a while or made an impromptu decision based on the genuine passion of our heart, having realistic expectations – no compensation or acknowledgment – is the key to volunteering joyfully.

Within this ministry to serve the RV Community there are many opportunities to volunteer.

The mission of our ministry is to encourage and equip campground owners to start or maintain on-site nondenominational church services or Bible studies.

Many campground owners desire to serve the RV Community’s needs for spiritual growth and outreach as evidenced by the emails we receive. However, many owners feel ill equipped to organize, administer or speak at their church services.

Our Ambassador Club bridges that gap by providing serving opportunities to retired or active pastors, church outreach ministries, experienced Bible Study leaders, chaplains and other spiritually mature followers of Jesus Christ. All Ambassadors possess a passion to serve as speakers, administrators or worship leaders to campground owners in their area. They may also mentor owners as they develop on-site programs for their patrons and any local residents who may attend services as well.

The Ambassador Club members serve with zeal beyond their expertise and with focused purpose – happy to lift the spirits of the recipients.

Regardless of the type organization you volunteer for – political, educational, medical, religious  etc – I challenge you to serve with passion, excellence, intention, joy and an encouraging word.

There is a book I read almost every day that says it all: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”  Phil 2: 3-5 The book, of course, is the Bible which offers excellent guidance for all who desire to volunteer.

By volunteering one can gain experience in areas outside their “comfort zone”, help meet real needs of recipients, realize personal satisfaction putting the needs of others ahead of their own and fulfilling a passion for a cause that requires personal sacrifice.

Try volunteering then evaluate who benefits most – the recipient or you!

You may comment below or contact Duane at info@rvchurchesusa.org

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The Knitty-Gritty of RVing!

December 4, 2010

by Erika Careb
Co-founder RVchurchesUSA

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Read Prov 31:10-31

One of my hobby passions I enjoy at home is knitting, Another passion is gardening.

I knit almost every day of the year – after my morning devotions, in between house chores and even while watching TV. It’s a little hard to do when we’re watching a movie with subtitles, however!

As I am preparing for our 90-day RV trip to Cathedral City, California and back (to Chicago), I think about how I can enjoy those hobbies during that time. Knitting wins over gardening because I like to watch my plantings grow – typically something that may present a challenge while “on the move”.

One thing I considered was whether to take an existing project along or if I would be starting a new one. If it’s a new project, do I have the supplies I’ll need – yard, instructions and the right needles? And what if I run out of yarn or need help for my project?

GPS units just don’t have yarn shops as a point-of-interest! Of course, one could always ask locals for shop locations or go to Walmart (maybe stay overnight) for generic products. However, if I’m using natural yarns, staying in a Cracker Barrel lot might be more beneficial – at least for breakfast or lunch, anyway!

fiber maniaSo, I found a solution:  I found a resource for people who do things with string. It’s called Fiber & Fabric Mania! - a travel guide to finding knitting, needlepoint, crocheting, weaving, spinning (not on the cycle), cross-stitch and embroidery stores and guilds in the United States – it cover says it all! it’s perfect for the knitting RVer.

It’s divided by states and much like the RV maps we all use from time to time, it has stars that actually represents the city locations at a glance. There’s even one in Spearfish, South Dakota. What male spouse wouldn’t want to drive through a town with that name?

The book features an easy-find icons for yarn, needlepoint, spinning and more. Simply look up the state you’ll be traveling through, check out the star embedded map, select a city and see the names of stores and  guilds bearing the icons mentioned above. It’s terrific!

Happy knitting and don’t get caught up in the knity-grity!

You can comment below or contact Erika at info@rvchurchesusa.org

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Does Only Kindness Matter?

December 4, 2010

by Robert Ruesch
a RVchurchesUSA Ambassador and  CRMintl Senior Chaplain

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At the Macy’s store in Philadelphia something incredible happened this last October!

The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah was played on an original Wanamaker Organ to over 600 onlookers  who broke into song right there in the foyer of Macy’s . The store was  formerly the factory of Wanamaker Organs.

The event was part of a program titled “1,000 Random Acts of Culture”.  The video is on YouTube and is really inspiring to watch.

After viewing that video, my thoughts immediately turned to the realization that we are continually blessed with so many bountiful gifts and blessings in this great country of ours.  Often we don’t see the blessings, but many other nations do. Throughout the world, American’s are known for their generosity and acts of kindness toward others.

We have been given much and, as Christians, should personally consider sharing our blessings while extending many random acts of kindness to the myriad of people we meet in our much appointed lives. But not just the surface “Merry Christmas kindness”, but genuine intentional  kindness to others. That would certainly edify God and could impact hearts for The Kingdom.

Though many believe that “in the end only kindness matters”,  there is a good possibility that an act of kindness can lead to a deeper opportunity – sharing the Good News of Jesus and His free gift of salvation.

Listen for God’s “whispers” and follow the prompting of your heart while navigating through your interactions with others  – not just during the Christmas season – and dare to go beyond extending kindness to sharing how your life has changed since committing to a personal relationship with The Savior.

I believe everyone will be blessed and God will be glorified. Give it a try!

Oh, and the next time you hear Handel’s Hallelujah chorus, sing it out loud. You may attract others who will join you!

You may leave a comment below or contact Bob at  bob@CRMIntl.org

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