Freedom, Family, and Friends

Wow! What a weekend. Since Thursday we have had wonderful company.


Richard and Samantha (Richie and Sam) Moore stayed with us Thursday evening before collecting their son Samuel from Indian Creek Youth Camp. It is always great to catch up with the Moores. They were a dating couple in one of the earliest youth groups I worked with (circa: April 1987-April 1989). I had the privilege of performing their wedding ceremony on August 5, 1989 (one week before Amy and I married). They stopped in at Central the Sunday before when they dropped Samuel off at camp.  We had a great visit over lunch that day. We count them as some of our dearest friends, we just wish we could get together more often.


breakoutFriday evening, Doug, Tammy, and Melanie came for the holiday weekend. For new readers, Doug is my brother. Friday evening we stayed around the house and caught up. Saturday we went racing at Birmingham Autobahn, for lunch we grilled Grouper Cheeks and Shrimp they brought up from the Gulf of Mexico. Sunday was worship and then that evening after worship we tried to breakout at Breakout Birmingham – notice I said tried. Monday we took in a movie and then they left for home.


Yes it was Independence Day Weekend. The time when we as citizens of the United States celebrate our independence from Great Britain that began 240 years ago – has it really ben 40 years since our Bicentennial Celebration? Surely not!

More importantly, the connection we have with the Moores and my brother and his family is deeper than friendship. Our relationship is deeper than family. Our bond goes beyond our freedom as citizens of this nation.

Our connection is in Christ.

Our true freedom is in the Son of God “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36). In Christ we are free from the law of sin and death (Rom 8:2). Once we died to our self and sin, being buried with Christ, we rise alive in Him and no longer a slave of sin, but we belong to God (Rom 6:3-6, 17-18).



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