My parents had five children in five and a half years. Neither one were swimmers and when they would take us to Durkee Dam, we were ordered not to go into the water above our knees. When I was in high school they took us to a California beach and didn’t give any instruction, except the usual “be careful”. I took off running, a wave grabbed me and drug me along the sandy beach for what seemed an eternity. I came up sputtering and wondering aloud “That was water?”
When I began Bible studies at AFLBS several teachers instructed us that studying the Bible for four hours a day would have dramatic impact on our lives. Either we would be drawn closer and love the Lord more deeply or our hearts could become hardened.
Pastor Harold Hosch, the Old Testament teacher, emphasized on day one that while the New Testament was the fulfillment of the Old Testament, the Old Testament was just as important and even the long list of genealogies were there for a purpose.
Pastor Phil Haugen, in II Timothy class, assured us that God had not given us a spirit of timidity but of power and love and self-control. Great comfort to someone who had qualms about answering “here” for roll call.
Miss Solveig Larson (now Solveig Hjermstad) exhorted us to choose Sunday School curriculum based on biblical content, not just color and pizzazz.
Pastor Francis Monseth, taught and lived by example, that scripture memorized was a treasure that could never be taken away.
Pastor Amos Dyrud admonished us to be very careful whom you kiss and whom you let kiss you. As a parent and grandparent I can truly say” Amen” to that statement.
As you meet the Lord daily in devotions remember His promise in Isaiah 55: 10-11 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My Word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. (ESV)