Doug and I have been here in “springtime” for the last few days, and it has been refreshing and encouraging in many ways to be with the folks here at the Family Advance at Sandestin. There have been several choice things I have wanted to remember to pass on to you, and I should have been taking notes. But here are a couple that stand out (and you can always order the tapes if you’d like to hear it all).
Doug has been speaking about “My Life for Yours” and his opening talk emphasized the need for parents (and everyone else) to understand that law exists in a context of grace, and not the other way around. He pointed out that there was blood on the doorposts before the law was put on the doorposts. Parents can take the things that are intended to feed their children and turn them into things that destroy them. Instead of emphasizing what we “get to do” on the Lord’s Day, some (with a zeal for the law outside the context of grace) emphasize instead what we “may not do” on the Lord’s Day.
Pastor Steve Wilkins has been teaching on friendship, a subject that the Bible has much to say about. He mentioned that living with wisdom means living skillfully, beautifying and glorifying. Now that one I will ponder on. He has exhorted us to understand our God-given need for friends, and laid out some of the duties of friendships as well as the kinds of friendships.Â He said that you cannot choose your family, and in many ways you cannot choose your friends either, because all those in the household of God are called to love one another like family. Good stuff.
We will go worship this morning and then head off to Pensacola this afternoon where we will spend some time tomorrow with the folks at Trinitas Christian School. Then it is home again, jig-iddy jig.