His Grace Reaches Us!

July 21, 2008

If you had a child attend ACU Leadership Camps this summer, chances are you have had a discussion about Grace!  I just finished Kadesh 3 this past Friday and it was an amazing week.  We had 20 students at camp last week and I’m sure there were others at other sessions.  Kadesh always holds Bible Study and relationships as its top priority.  Their message is solid and our students grow after each session.

Why Grace?  Don’t we talk about Grace a lot in church now?  Could there be a better message for our students to hear?  I don’t think so.  As I worked with my group during Kadesh it was obvious that we have a grasp on forgiveness, but grace is still foreign.  Grace is foreign because of it being free and that God cares enough to give it to us.  It is truly troubling when you think about how you don’t deserve grace at all, yet God sent his only Son to die for you anyway.

“His grace reaches us!”, is an intentional title.  His grace does reach me personally, but His grace is for the communal body as well.   We are desperate seekers of His goodness and when we find grace personally, our entire community of faith is strengthened.  When we participate in a community of faith that not only receives grace, but extends it, we become Kingdom people who can change our world through being the incarnate Jesus! 

God’s Grace is for us all!

-Mercer

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Vacation

July 7, 2008

   Vacation!  That is where my family and I have been for the past week.  We first headed to Houston so that I could officiate a wedding and then we stayed there and around so we could spend some time with family.  Oh they just love those grand-babies. 

Vacations are extremely common among our culture and range from simple to extravagant.  Some go camping, some stay home, while others head to Hawaii or some other exotic destination. 

We know that vacations are worth it, but what does it actually do for your family.

Rest

We live in an area where the pace of life is slow.  Do you feel that?  While there isn’t as much traffic and everything is only 15 minutes or less away our lives sustain an all too busy schedule and drive.  When we can get away and slow down and rest our family recharges and thrives.  Rest doesn’t require scheduling or obligation.  It requires intentional slowness.

Play

Families need time to have fun together.  Growing up it was the times we played as a family that I cherish and remember most.  Play doesn’t necessarily take planning or forethought as much as it requires looseness.  Find the sparkle in your child’s eyes and let loose.  Let them see a side of dad they rarely take in and allow them to experience mom with little reserve.  Playing hard will bring refreshment to the family.

Time

Vacations are seen most purposefully in spending time together.  Families are in all different directions with kids involved in academics, sports, arts, and church and adults involved with work, household responsibilities, and church the family spends less than a few hours together every day.  Vacations are an excellent way to spend almost all your time together and allowing that availability to renew your family ties.

While vacations can be stressful and make you more tired than when you began it will rejuvenate your family life and allow the Holy Spirit to redeem what the world tries to take away.

We got back last night and I’m tired, but as a family we are refreshed!

-Mercer