Letters from Paul

June 28, 2011

Learning . . . Applying

I have been out of town for a couple of weeks.  One week I spent preaching at a youth camp.  The theme for the camp was “There is Hope.”  It is always a privilege to preach the Gospel and proclaim that there is HOPE with Christ.  It was a good time for me to read and reflect between preaching twice a day and it was a growing time for the teenagers in attendance.  

The second week my family and I spent six days on the beach in Florida.  Each year I am so thankful that God allows us that time as a family.  While sitting on the beach watching our kids play in the surf, my wife and I had a chance to reflect and talk about life.  We talked about our church, things we are looking forward to, and the challenges ahead.  This blog was also a topic of conversation along with the recent activity.  The last blog topic was homosexuality which seems to be a hot topic these days, and perhaps I have made some mistakes.  There are times when we just need to admit . . . we failed.  If you remember, the purpose of dealing with the homosexual issue was, “What was the Christian response?”  This is where I failed those of you who take the time to read this blog. continue reading more…