Campus Chapel Devo with Chapin Marsh

CampusDevo-Header-1James 2:1-13

Faith is defined as “the assurance of things hoped for and conviction of things not seen.”

So, we all want to know two fundamental questions in this world:

1. Why am I here (purpose).

2. Where do I go when I die (destiny).

Faith in Jesus answers both of these questions.  First, you and I are here to choose (free will) to receive by grace the free gift of eternal life through the life, love and sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, if we should choose to.  Second, His plan for our lives is an amazing one and unfolds for each of us perfectly moment by moment as we are in relationship with Jesus.

Remember, “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.”

But  “Apart from Me (Jesus) you can do nothing.”

Is life grinding to a standstill for you in some part of your life?  Perhaps you can simply pray to the Lord:

“Jesus, today I choose you, forgive me Jesus, be my Savior, cleanse me and please, please help me, amen.”

Outside of our relationship with Jesus we never really get to the peace, joy and hope of a life fully complete and flourishing because we simply have not chosen to receive the best God has for us.

In James 2 it says: “do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory, with partiality.”

This means once we are Christians we should not look at others for what they can do for us but instead how we can best serve them.  Rich, poor, healthy, infirmed, it should not matter.  We can love everyone and help everyone without partiality.

Remember love People and use money.  Don’t use people and love money.

Finally, “mercy triumphs over judgment.”  Today, the free gift of salvation is available to all.  Is there anyone you can share the Gospel with today?  Don’t be put off by their appearance because we can love without partiality!  In your life too, today ask God to show you His love and kindness and wonderful provision for you too. If you are worn out and tired, Jesus wants to reach into your life today with a gentle “kiss on your cheek” and personal blessing of mercy just for you!

Campus Chapel Devo with Chapin Marsh

CampusDevo-Header-1James 1:8-18

Humble people “glory in their exaltation” while riches and attitudes associated with the “rich man will fade away in his pursuits.”

Amazing when we look back in history how very few “dynasties” last, very few.

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life.”

Ready for this?  When you and I endure or resist temptation we get one of 5 crowns awarded to believers!  The crowns are:

1. Imperishable or incorruptible crown (1 Cor 9:24-25), for those folks who can exhibit self-denial and perseverance in the race God has called THEM to.

2. Crown of Rejoicing (1 Thess 2:19), this is for those with a sincere heart for evangelism and love to share the Gospel!

3. Crown of Righteousness (2 Tim 4:8), if you are anticipating and looking for Jesus’ second coming this is your Crown!

4. Crown of Glory (1 Peter 5:4), is for Pastor’s and Shepherds who love the flock of God in unselfish love being an example to others.

5. Crown of Life (Rev 2:10), is for all who persevere under trials, temptations and tribulations in this life.

The idea or word for crown is “Stephanos” after the first Christian martyr.

Here is how to avoid falling from temptations into actual sin:

“Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted by God; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one (you and me), is tempted when:”

A. He is drawn away (distracted by and focused on) his own desire.

B. Enticed by the desire (preoccupied to the point of obsession).

C. Desire conceives (acting on the desire by positioning oneself to do the desire).

D. Gives birth to sin (doing the desire).

E. Sin when full-grown brings forth death (death of relationships, physical and mental health, etc).

How do we avoid temptation leading to sin so we can acquire our Crown of Life?

“Every good and perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights…”

God has a MUCH better plan for your life than the temptations and lies Satan is trying to entice you with currently. Remember, Satan is the father of lies and a counterfeiter.  In the Garden Adam and Eve lived in perfection and were still tempted to “fall.”

So, when you fall, simply tell God you are sorry and ask him to forgive you. The guilt and anguish will go away as your love for God grows and you receive the forgiveness only Jesus can give to heal your heart.  Then, talk to God and ask Him to give you His best plan for you.  It will always be MUCH better in reality than the temptation you are currently fighting!


Campus Chapel Devo with Chapin Marsh

CampusDevo-Header-1James 1:1-7

This book is written by Jesus’ brother!  Half-brother to be exact. Think about THAT!  Jesus’ half-brother is about to share stuff…wowsa!

It begins with “James a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Bond servant is “doulos” or slave.  Willing slave.  One who chooses to stay and serve under the authority of another.  The mark was an awl being hammered through their ear to signify that they willingly choose to submit to another person’s authority.

Who are you a “doulos” to?  Who is your “doulos?”

“To the twelve tribes scattered abroad.”  This is the diaspora.  The fragmenting of the original tribes of Israel to all over the world…literally…because they simply could not and would not willingly be submitted to God and His plan for their lives.  Where have you and I veered off God’s plan for our lives?  Look for warning signs like:

No peace
No agreement
No joy
No faith
No Hope
No love

Anytime you sense secrets it can be a sure sign that things are not as they should be…be careful!

James then tells us to, “count it all joy when you fall into various trials…”. Here is why:

The testing of our faith produces:

Which has a perfect work which is:
Complete lacking nothing!

We are to ask for wisdom and God will “give to all liberally without reproach and it will be given to him,”(you and me).

But you have to ask in faith “with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind…”

We can end up not receiving what we ask for because we really don’t trust God by faith and are in fact “a double minded man unstable in all his ways.”

So, today, let’s consider being open to the Lord.  Let’s be real with Him and share our weaknesses and hurts and “failures” and fears.  Then let’s quietly ask for wisdom and believe He will give us the measure of wisdom we need to move forward.  We can all choose today to serve as a “doulos” unto the Lord, wherever we are and to whoever we are serving.  But, remember God will use the peace of His Spirit and other clues to shout “out” or “safe” in your life as seasons change.  Obey those promptings.  If we obey we will be blessed as He carries us from faith to faith.  If we don’t we can end up feeling like those in the diaspora and truly end up like the man James notes who is, unstable and double minded in “all his ways.”





First, THANK YOU! Phew! It feels like we have made it part of the way through some major changes and we can see the light at the end of that tunnel! I wanted to update you as we thank you for praying and supporting us at Youth Development Inc., (YDI), and Calvary Chapel University, (CCU).

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1. Thanks for praying for us…it truly is the most important thing we need and appreciate about what you have done for us.

2. For all who have donated money or resources, again, thank you! We have invested a lot toward the CCU application for accreditation to TRACS, which has now been submitted for review! THANK YOU!

3. The merge with YDI and CCU has been enormously blessed by God. Examples include the immediate increase at the YDI lodge of camps and retreats coming up, leaders living onsite and the most recent blessing of God selling our lake property! This sale has resulted in YDI having some much needed resources to put in new tile in bathrooms, build a new maintenance building next to our barn, paint for our duplexes, prepare plans to build a new fellowship hall and expand rooms to allow for larger groups to enjoy the lodge and the Lord, and much more!

4. Our very recent partnership with Calvary Chapel Bible College (CCBC),
Murietta has started out with a very loud bang! In our first three days we have had over a dozen phone calls and emails and over 45 students sign up for information and connect with us from their college fair. The students want to transfer into CCU to complete their degree from CCU!! To give you an idea, if we added 45 students it would grow our enrollment 50%!! Game changer! Thank you Lord!

5. Our faculty, staff, deans, directors and students serve at Calvary Chapels around the world like: CC Philly, CC Old Bridge, CC Ft. Lauderdale, CC Las Vegas, CC San Diego, CC Glenwood Springs, CC Lone Mountain, CC Palm City, CC Santa Barbara, CC Pacific Hills, CC Costa Mesa, CC Downey, Horizon Indianapolis, Horizon San Diego, Port Loyola CC in Belize City, CC Merida Norte, CC Uganda and many, more! At the Lodge in Head Waters our YDI and CCU corporate offices we serve many churches from many denominations as well as Calvary Chapels like: CC Lynchburg, CC Fredericksburg, Horizon Harrisonburg, Rock Ministries in Philly, Cornerstone Chapel, Salisbury Christian School, Blue Ridge Christian, Grace Christian School, Faith Christian School, Calvary Chapel Flauvana, CC Miami, CC Lighthouse United and many more!

Here are our updated prayer requests:

1. Believe it or not we will be hitting the road and meeting with pastors, superintendents, para-church featuring ministry leaders and others. Our footprint in all our areas where we have leaders is growing. So, we would like to ask for prayer for donations of a car, truck or RV so we can wrap with our CCU @ YDI logo.
Think Southern New Hampshire University TV ads with their rolling RV wrapped in their logo.

2. We are also looking for a boat to be used for meetings with donors, sharing with kids, ministry groups we partner with and more. We have a family who has committed to covering the first year’s slip rent for a boat should anyone be blessed to give theirs away and get the tax write-off and joy of knowing many kids and others will be on it weekly.

3. We are prayerfully moving forward to improve many aspects of what we do at YDI and CCU. As noted, we are already improving the Head Waters Lodge. We need pretty much everything in order to build our new addition of a fellowship hall on the Lodge property, which, God willing, will allow 50-75 more campers, almost doubling our capacity. We could also double our summer Doulos Servant program and double the number of CCU or Gap year students serving and living at the Lodge. As you pray, the specifics of what we need, by faith, include:

  • Favor with county planning, architectural renderings, permits
  • Construction supplies like foundation work, electrical, lumber, roofing, flooring, and dry wall
  • And the list goes on

Ok, that was a bunch of blessings from the Lord. We are thankful for you and if you want to send us your prayer requests please know we do pray for you too!


God is delivering His promise in Isaiah 54:2-4
 “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; Do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes. For you shall expand to the right and to the left, and your descendants will inherit the nations, and make the desolate cities inhabited. Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.

Thanks for being on this journey with us!

 Chapin and Crew


doulos campfireSummertime at Head Waters is something not to be missed. It’s a magical time of fireflies, dry lightning, campfires and teenagers…lots and lots of teenagers!

One incredible blessing the Head Waters staff witnesses every summer is the transforming work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of those teens who serve on our Doulos team.

A few days ago, we got to hear first-hand from our Doulos team exactly how the Lord has been working in their lives, and we wanted to share their words with you:

“I learned about absolute surrender. I need to come to the end of myself, because things that are impossible with men are possible with God”

“During the last two weeks, God showed me that I need to let go of myself and give everything to God.”

“I increased in my capacity to know the Lord.”

“The Lord taught me total submission.”

“It’s been a great two weeks. I learned so much, working and spending time in the Bible. It’s been awesome!”

Wherever the Lord has you serving and learning this summer, we pray you are blessed and abounding in His love.

Contact Us

We would love to hear from you.

(540) 396-4823
Youth Development Inc.
117 Sparrow Lane
Head Waters, VA 24442