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I can't say, when the English version "We Have an Altar" will be published. It is already in Spanish. In the meantime, I would like to give you an idea of the contents and the theme. God's people need better understanding of the cross... of the substitutionary work of Christ and our identification with His work. If we want to love Him, worship Him and serve Him, there is no greater motivation, than to contemplate His cross. This chapter begins with a story of a real moving of God among young people in a camp. Then, it briefly presents the One, who went to the cross, and gives a general glimpse into His work. Please read it prayerfully with a heart and mind ready to receive the truth, which will draw you closer to Christ.                   

Chapter 1

The Cross – One Single Theme

“For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”
1 Corinthians 2:2

I have been invited many times to speak at youth camps. What material do we generally think appropriate for challenging young people? Often, the emphasis is on particular youth problems and challenges, about the things that they confront in school, such as sex, evolution and peer pressure. We hear of the use of inspiring, professional speakers, as close to the age of the young people as possible, for camp speakers, so that they can identify with him. They are especially effective, if they can crack a lot of jokes to keep the kids entertained.

Personally, on different occasions, I have taken young people through the book of Jonah, speaking about the dangers of missing the will of God for their lives, and the first six chapters of Daniel, showing the necessity of standing uncompromisingly for God. I have talked about Samson and his supernatural strength, about David, his youth and commitment to the purposes of God. I have stressed discipleship and missionary activity.

A couple summers ago, I went to a camp that was to be over a week in length and I would be speaking at least twice a day. As the time approached for it to begin, the growing burden on my heart concerned the cross of Jesus Christ. I will have to admit that I struggled for a while, imagining myself before over a hundred energetic, life-loving, human beings, trying to convey to them a message of resignation and death. To any kind of natural thinking, such an emphasis was incongruous and destined to failure. But then, 1 Corinthians 2:2 turned me away from natural reasoning and put me in touch with eternal truth.

The Prodigal Son


The Prodigal Son

By Dave Brueckner

Amazing grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me;
I once was lost, but now I’m found,
Was blind but now I see.

“What is God like?” The Bible reveals the heart of God. There is found a sure answer in the Bible for those who are serious enough to read its sacred pages.

One of the things that God yearns for is fellowship with his people, who are the crown of his creation. In Genesis, He walks in the garden in the cool of the day, looking for Adam. In Mark, he calls his 12 disciples, “that they might be with Him…” Later, when His disciples discover that Jesus is going to leave them, He tells them that He is going to prepare a place for them, “that where I am, there you may be also”.