Monday, August 10, 2009

Whatever Floats Your Boat, er, um, Raft

I thought you'd enjoy seeing these pictures from yesterday's adventure. Dad wanted to go floating down the Provo River for his birthday, so yesterday we had all the aunts and uncles and cousins come down, and we borrowed some tubes and rafts and decided to go for it. It was absolutely gorgeous, and a perfect day! Aunt Angie was so cold her teeth we chattering by the time we got out. (She probably doesn't have enough insulation!) I wasn't very good at steering...Dad had to climb onto the back of our raft and row for us! Jordan and Eliza flipped over three times. The one at the end was pretty scary. Jordan was holding on (for dear life) to a cord in the middle of the river, and Eliza went floating away, but Dad waded back in and caught her. Luckily everyone made it back safe and we all had a really fun time. We wished you could have been here.

We went back to the house afterward and grilled burgers. Grandmother made homemade ice cream for dessert. And of course both aunts made Texas Sheetcake. (But you don't like that, do you?) Anyway, it was an awesome party and everybody wants to make that our new tradition. It was fun for me to realize (watching the aunts and cousins so excited to see a couple of deer in the yard, watching the kids ride the zip line, seeing them run downstairs to watch a movie) that our house is a great place to host a gathering, and an especially fun place for the cousins to come. They don't make it down this way very often, but I think it's pretty magical when they do.

1 comment:

Steve Finnell said...


Did God establish imperatives for salvation? Yes, He did.

1. You must believe that Jesus is the Son of God in order to be saved.

John 8:13-24.....24"Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins."(NKJV)

2. You must confess Jesus as Lord and believe God raised Jesus from the dead in order to be saved.

Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.(NKJV)

3. You must believe that Jesus is the Christ and be immersed in water in order to be saved.

Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved..(NKJV)

4. You must repent of unbelief and make the commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God in order to be saved.

Acts 3:19 "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that in times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.(NKJV)

5. You must be born of water(baptized) and be born of Spirit in order to be saved.

John 3:5 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.(NKJV)

6. You must repent and be immersed in water in order to be saved.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(NKJV)

7. You must believe that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God in order to be saved.

John 3:17-18..... that the world through Him might be saved. 18 "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.(NKJV)
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through Me.(NKJV)

Salvation takes as long as it takes to believe and be immersed in water. Maybe one hour, maybe a week, or maybe years. If you have not obeyed the imperatives of salvation, then you are lost. You are still in your sins.