Besides offering quality summer camp and year-round retreats, Ingham Okoboji is committed to encouraging campers of all ages to continue growing in faith BEYOND their time at our youth and family programming. As a part of IOLBC Beyond Ministries, this site is designed to offer engaging content and ministry resources for all.

YEAH! - A Reflection on Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; they rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou prepares a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23 (KJV) It was obvious she had not practiced. Emily was in front of the congregation at her grandm

Speaker Highlights

We have a number of events at IOLBC which include guest speakers. Our Family Camps each summer include a featured guest speaker. In the Fall, our Women's Day Away event and our Elderversity event both have a guest speaker. And in the spring our Spring Elderversity event includes a guest speaker. Additionally, we have guest speakers at our Sunday Summer chapel services. For each of these times, we get excited about who is coming and what God has placed on their hearts to share and want to share that excitement with you. So we will be inviting them to consider contributing here so you can get to know them a little bit even if you aren't able to join us to hear them in person. #guestspeake

Maintenance Update

Hello As we relaunch the blog and website, it was brought to our attention that people were having problems reading the blog posts from their mobile device. I've been working on learning the ins and outs of our web site host program and it should be better for you to view going forward as well as fixed from the relaunch point on the blog. Please let us know if you are having issues. After all, I'm a theology major, not a computer science major, and so am learning some of the more technical stuff as I go along. Thanks for your patience! Sara Beyond Ministries Web Editor

Reading the Gospels - Luke

Luke: The Journey of Salvation Luke’s gospel is about the journey. Mark’s story is quick and concise; the power of the suffering Son of God. Matthew’s story is organized and full of instruction as Jesus the king unveils the way of the upside-down kingdom. But Luke is a storyteller, and a good one, following Jesus and taking us along on the journey of salvation. Luke begins with a long story leading up to Jesus’ birth, a story of angels, of dreams and visions, with prophetic poems announcing what God is doing. Here it’s John the Baptist’s birth that is announced first, because he’s setting the stage. Something big is on the horizon. Jesus’ coming is good news and bad news. Mary remembers what

Reading the Gospels - Matthew: Upside-Down Kingdom

Matthew: Gospel of the Upside-Down Kingdom In the previous post, I suggested a few things for getting the most out of the gospels. The gospels are narratives of Jesus’ life (which is really about God’s kingdom coming and re-making our world), retold in different ways which highlight different angles of God’s kingdom and how it takes residence among us. What we call “gospels” are not merely “informative” – just giving us the history of Jesus’ life; they are “transformative” – written to remind Christians of what God has done and invite them to follow. The beginning of any story is significant. Beginnings set the tone and introduce us to the world of the story and the main characters. Sadly, t

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