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Just Beneath The Surface (1 of 3)
Series: Under the Sea
Pastor Kerry Shook
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"If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth." 1 John 1:6 (NIV)
FELLOWSHIP: LOVING AND BEING LOVED AT THE DEEPEST LEVEL
"Do not be yoked together with unbelievers...what fellowship can light have with darkness." 2 Cor. 6:14 (NIV)
"The person who loves God must also love other believers."
1 John 4:21 (GW)
1. DECIDE NOT TO HIDE
"He wore a veil so the children of Israel wouldn't notice that the glory was fading away." 2 Cor. 3:13 (Mes)
2. EXPERIENCE ACCEPTANCE
"With that kind of hope to excite us, nothing holds us back. Unlike Moses, we have nothing to hide. Everything is out in the open with us."
2 Cor. 3:12,13a (Mes)
Well, there's another thing that I did while I was on my break last month. I completed one of my life goals. Mike Hill, a member of our church, has encouraged me - I call him Scuba Mike - he's encouraged me and my family to get our certification in diving. So, we did that. In fact, we went to two days of classroom. We did all the paperwork, all the tests. Then we had to do skills - learn our skills in a pool. And then we did three open-water dives, and I got this. This is called a C-Card, a diver's certification for scuba diving. This means that I can go anywhere in the world for the rest of my life, and I can scuba dive up to 130 feet. And my wife and I got our cards, and Josh and Ryan, my two oldest, got their cards, and my other two did the things that they could do at their age, and they'll be getting their cards soon, but it's just kind of a life goal that we could do that together as a family. I'm really excited about this card, but I'm also a little bit disappointed because I've discovered there aren't many places to scuba dive in Houston. (Laughter) I've tried a few. I mean, I've tried a few of the golf course ponds but the visibility is pretty limited. (Laughter) I've tried the Baptistery Pool the other day, but it seems like there's always somebody in it getting baptized. But I finally found a place where you can scuba dive in Houston, and I went there this last week. Have you ever heard of the new downtown Aquarium Restaurant? (Laughter) It's a great place to eat and dive. I went there this last week. Just watch this....
I survived! What was a little bit scary to me though is all the marine biologists there had stitches and cuts all over their hands from the different animals, and the guy that was in there with me - Todd - he really took care of me, so it was really safe for me. Anytime the shark would come by, he'd scare it away. Or anytime the sawfish would come, he'd scare it away, but he had to pull two eels off me at one time.