here are more pics from our florida vacation. this was from our second day there, our first day at the beach. it was later that evening that cade starting feeling the bug that eventually came to define our vacation. it is hard to tell from the pictures, but the beach was scorching hot, the sand almost as white and soft as powder, and the water a beautiful shade of turqoise. it was gorgeous. look carefully at caedmon's eyes in the first picture. the last picture is a sand dolphin that we made, but it is difficult to see in the intensity of the sun's light.
in our church, we are continuing with a series called "letters from Jesus," in which we are looking at the seven letters in the beginning of revelation addressed to seven churches in asia. we are imagining what it would be like if we were to receive a hand-written letter from Jesus to our church. what would it say? how would we be encouraged? how would we be challenged? we've looked at three of the letters now. this week we looked at the letter to the church in pergamum. the letter to them includes some harsh criticism of some of their behavior, but it also says that Christ understands how difficult their situation is. and in case they feel like they are stuck in their sinfulness, Jesus says something amazing to them: i will give you a new name. the world gives us so many names, doesn't it? our parents, of course, give us our birth names. but the naming doesn't stop there. it continues right on through elementary school, high school, and into t