Tuesday, October 20, 2015

More Friend Time & Pinnacle

Back to our adventures with the Choates and “Grasshoppers” (as my family has always called them)…

Friday we went down, so Saturday, we headed up!!

Arkansas “mountains” are nothing compared to the west coast mountains Julie and Tate are used to. But, we all thought a hike up Pinnacle would be delightful.

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The energetic kids dashed ahead, then posed themselves along the way. Somehow they seemed to know the mamas would want pictures!

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And there’s no doubt they’re a good-looking bunch! But, the scenery was gorgeous, too. God’s artistry takes my breath away.

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Julie said this one reminds her of a blown volcano. I’d be inclined to agree.

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Olivia and I ended up a little behind everyone else, and we turned a different direction at the top. We finally spotted the rest of the crew on a boulder a little to our left and below us. We snapped this fun picture before heading over to join them.

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There are teenage boys who will let nine-year-olds tag along with them, but not many would include him as a natural part of their “group.” Benjamin and Tate were so sweet to Steven, never making him feel like he was just the little kid that they tolerated.

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Such a great bunch of teenagers!

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And a pretty cute almost teenager.

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These princesses found a nice shady bench to enjoy a snack, some rest time, and the beautiful scenery.

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Love these ladies!

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When it was time to head back down, Benjamin came and asked if Steven could join them heading down the east trail – a more challenging trail. Not only would they have to descend this more difficult path, they’d then have to walk an extra mile around the base to get back to our starting point.

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He was all for it!! So, off they went!

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While the gals returned the way we’d come, enjoying a lighter descent and some sweet visiting.

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We didn’t have to wait too long, either, for the guys to rejoin us at the base. They made great time, and their slight “delay” gave Doug enough time to join us (he’d been at a church work day) for a late picnic lunch.

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The kids were pumped to the last second and didn’t want to say goodbye. But, we could tell they all needed it…even before we saw the evidence.

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Angie didn’t even budge when we stopped for gas, nor when we made a quick grocery stop. And yes, Olivia is asleep sitting up.

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Only my big boy in the back managed to stay awake!

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Another great day with great friends!

2 comments:

Herding Grasshoppers said...

So much fun!
We're missing you all :D
Julie

Steve Finnell said...

REPENTANCE AND ORIGINAL SIN? BY STEVE FINNELL

Does the Bible teach that men need to repent of original sin? No, it does not. The Bible does not even mention original sin. Original sin was invented by men. The promoters of the doctrine of original sin claim that Adam sinned and therefore all men are born guilty of sin because they inherited it from Adam. They teach that all men are born with the sin nature of Adam. The question remains how would it be possible to repent of the sin Adam committed? [ NOTE:Adam was not even the original sinner. Eve was the original sinner. 1 Timothy 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.(NKJV) Also see: Genesis 3:13]

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, "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)

The apostle Peter was not telling those on the Day of Pentecost to repent of their original sin that they inherited from Adam. How can men repent of the sins of others?

Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned---(NKJV)

Death spread to all men, BECAUSE ALL SINNED. Men can repent of the sins they themselves commit, but they cannot repent of the sin Adam committed, nor are they guilty of Adam's sin.

Luke 13:1-3.....3 "I tell you no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.(NKJV)

Was Jesus telling them unless they repented of the sin Adam committed they would perish? Of course not, sinners are sinners because they sin, not because someone else has sinned.

The teachers of the doctrine of original sin believe that in order to be forgiven of Adam's sin and have Adam's sin nature washed away, unbelieving babies and adults must be baptized in water to wash away the guilt of Adam's sin. Where is the Scripture that teaches that doctrine?

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.(NKJV)

Is the Lord waiting for men to repent from the guilt of Adam's sin. Of course not. Men need to repent of their unbelief, and commit to turn from sin and turn toward God.

There are no Scriptures that mentions "ORIGINAL SIN".

There is no Scripture that states unbelieving babies should be baptized in order to wash away the guilt of Adam's sin.

There is not one verse of Scripture that states that sin can be inherited from, Adam, Eve, nor anyone else.

A question that goes unanswered. If original sin in inherited, then how can an infant inherit sin from Christian parents who have been washed by the blood of Jesus the Christ?

The doctrine of original sin is a man-made doctrine.

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