America’s Keswick

post date: August 29, 2013

This morning Marlene and I are on our way to America’s Keswick in Whiting, New Jersey, about an hour east of Philadelphia. I’m speaking at their Labor Day Weekend Conference. 

America’s Keswick is unique for at least two reasons. First, it was founded to continue the work of the “Keswick movement” that started in England in the late 1800s. That was (and is) a movement to promote holiness and spiritual growth among God’s people. As a result there is an emphasis on practical Bible teaching and real life change. Second, America’s Keswick is home to the “Colony of Mercy,” a 120-day residential program for men struggling with various addictions, but especially drug and alcohol addiction. The “Colony of Mercy” was established in 1897 by Williams Raws so it’s been around even longer than the conference center.

The men from the “Colony of Mercy” sit together in each service. I recall that on our first visit to America’s Keswick, we began the first service by singing “Victory in Jesus.” I’ve been singing “Victory in Jesus” since I was a little boy, and I’ve sung it slow and fast and heard it done in many different ways. But I have never heard it sung with such gusto and deep feeling because the men from the “Colony of Mercy” sing that song from deep personal experience. They know what victory in Jesus is all about.

I’m speaking six times this weekend on “Questions for Jesus.” You can watch the live video stream of all the services on their website.

In the meantime, I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend. Stay safe, count your blessings, and enjoy your family and friends.

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