November already? Less than two months till Christmas… where does the time go?
Hong Kong has quickly returned to normal and I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly the cleanup has gone after our strongest typhoon since records have been kept. There are still a few areas where trees are down, or stumps left behind, but not in any key areas.
Cindy is extremely busy these days teaching/facilitating two training sessions for Elijah House. One is a two-week intensive, from morning till late afternoon. She’s also started another one that meets on Monday evening and all day on Saturday. That will last until January. Please remember her in your prayers for energy and wisdom.
In the past she’s used videos for the teaching, but as she’s an intern, this time she needs to teach a few sessions on her own.
In RiverGrace, we have completed the 2019 church plan that has been in the works since September. It will be presented to the members who, according to HKEC policy, needs to be approved by them in a congregational meeting.
This coming Sunday we will join HKEC’s united baptism service. Several of the HKEC churches join together in districts for this event. We will have 3 of our ladies baptized and 4 that will transfer their membership to RiverGrace. We also had four ladies that invited Jesus to be their Savior and Lord in the past month. We rejoice in what the Lord continues to do in our midst.
I’ve continued walking, not hiking hills yet, but at least doing hills that are on the road. Doctors instructions are that if I walk longer than an hour I need to sit down for 10 minutes. Usually, I do over 8 miles (13km) in that amount of time. Though it’s not like hiking the beautiful trails, at least we live out in the country enough that even walking on some of the roads, especially in the country park area, I can enjoy walking in an environment that is still, relatively speaking, close to nature.
That’s it for this time. Thanks for your prayers. We always appreciate them. Dave
"I hear people say, 'Why do you want to go to church? They are all just hypocrites.' I never understood why going to church made you a hypocrite because nobody goes to church because they're perfect. If you've got it all together, you don't need to go. You can go jogging with all the other perfect people on Sunday morning. Every time you go to church, you're confessing again to yourself, to your family, to the people you pass on the way there, to the people who will greet you there, that you don't have it all together, and that you need their support. You need their direction. You need some accountability, you need some help." - Rich Mullins, musician best known for "Awesome God"
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- Matthew 14:27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Be of good courage; it is I. Do not be afraid."
- Mark 6:50 Because they all saw Him and were alarmed. And immediately He spoke to them, and said to them, "Be of good courage; it is I. Do not fear."
- John 6:20 But He said to them, "I am He. Do not be afraid."
The three words, "It is I," are in Greek only two words (ego eimi), and they are much more powerful and significant than most Bible readers realize. Jesus says not, "It is I" but "I am," which is a direct assertion of His deity. Moses had asked God:
"Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they say to me, 'What is His name?' what shall I say to them?" And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And He said, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'" (Exodus 3:13-14).
Clearly, Jesus is declaring that He is the Yahweh of the Old Testament. Throughout the New Testament, there are a number of significant amplifications of this: Christ is the "I AM" that is the bread of life; the light of the world; the good shepherd; the resurrection; the way, the truth, and the life; and the Alpha and Omega, among other things (John 6:35; 8:12; 10:11; 11:25; 14:6; Revelation 1:8).
In the Garden of Gethsemane the night before the crucifixion, the "I AM" lesson was made unambiguous. When soldiers came to arrest Christ,
He went forward and said to them, "Whom are you seeking?" They answered Him, "Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus said to them, "I am He" ["He" has been inserted by the translators]. And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them. Now when He said to them, "I am He," they drew back and fell to the ground. (John 18:4-6)
The disciples in their peril at sea needed the great "I AM." These two words alone should have removed all their fear.
In this incident, the disciples show that they were growing in faith. In the earlier miracle of Christ stilling the storm on the sea, they asked, "Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?" (Matthew 8:27). Now they have advanced in their knowledge to recognizing Jesus as God (as "Son of God" indicates) and worshipping Him.
Recognizing that Jesus is God means that their worship was correct doctrinally. True worship cannot be separate from true doctrine. Jesus says to the woman at the well, "You worship what you do not know" (John 4:22). He could say this to some even in the greater churches of God today who sadly do not know enough about the Father and Christ. We, too, must know Him as the Son of God and fully divine to worship Him acceptably.
— Martin G. Collins
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When a potter bakes a pot, he checks its solidity by pulling it out of the oven and then thumping it. If it "sings," it's ready. If it "thuds," it's placed back in the oven. The character of a person is also checked by thumping.
Been thumped lately?
Late-night phone calls. Grouchy teacher. Grumpy moms. Burnt Meals. Flat tires. "You've got to be kidding" deadlines. Those are thumps. Thumps are those irritating inconveniences that trigger the worst in us. They catch us off guard. Flat footed. They aren't big enough to crises, but if you get enough of them, watch out! Traffic jams. Long lines. Empty Mailboxes. Dirty clothes on the floor. Thump. Thump. Thump.
How do I respond? Do I sing? Or do I thud? Jesus said that out of the nature of the heart a man speaks (Luke 6:45). There's nothing like a good thump to reveal the nature of a heart. The true character of a person is seen not in momentary heroics, but in the thump-packed humdrum of day-today living.
THE VERSE James 1:24 "My brothers and sisters, when you have many kinds
of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience. Let your patience show itself perfectly in what you do. Then you will be perfect and complete and will have everything you need."
COMMENTS In our daily life, we go through so many things that can either make us stronger or weaken us. How we react to those situations show the world what is really in our hearts. If we decide to learn from our mistakes then in the future we become stronger.
In situations in my life right now, God is teaching me that it's all right for me to go through things that frustrate me sometimes. Many times I learn and grow from those situations in such a tremendous way that it changes my outlook on certain situations in life.
My prayer for you and me today is that we will learn to persevere through those things that "thump" us and look at them with joy as James tells us to
I recently picked a new primary care physician. After two visits and exhaustive lab tests, he said I was doing "fairly well" for my age. A little concerned about that comment, I couldn't resist asking him, "Do you think I'll live to be 80?"
He asked, "Well, do you smoke tobacco or drink beer?"
"Oh no," I replied, "I've never done either."
Then he asked, "Do you eat rib-eye steaks and barbecued ribs?"
I said, "No, I've heard that all 'red meat' is very unhealthy!"
"Do you spend a lot of time in the sun, like playing golf?" he asked.
"No, I don't," I said.
He said, "Do you gamble or drive fast cars?"
"No," I said, "I've never done any of those things."
He looked at me and said, "Then why on earth do you want to live to be 80?"
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A lumberjack went into a magic forest to cut a tree. Upon arrival, he started to swing at the tree, when it shouted, "wait stop I am a talking tree."
The lumberjack grinned and replied, "then you will dialogue"
Imagine if America would switch to from pounds to kilograms overnight..... there would be mass confusion.
A car's weakest point is the nut holding the steering wheel.
~ Everyone who hates speeding tickets ... raise your right foot.
Chinese takeout $25.90. Gas to get there $1.90 getting home and realizing they forgot one of your containers..... Riceless!
Even though I have been bald for 15 years I still have my comb, I just can't part with it.
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A visiting minister was very long-winded. Worse, every time he would make a good point during his sermon and a member of the congregation responded with "Amen" or "That's right, preacher" he would get wound up even more and launch into another lengthy discourse.
Finally, the host pastor started responding to every few sentences with "Amen, Pharaoh!" The guest minister wasn't sure what that meant, but after several more "Amen, Pharaohs" he finally concluded his very lengthy sermon.
After the service concluded and the congregation had left, the visiting minister turned to his host and asked, "What exactly did you mean when you said "Amen, Pharaoh?"
His host replied, "I was telling you to let my people go!"
@Sent by Carmen Copuz
Tour Guides: What They're REALLY Saying
TOUR GUIDE TERM .....and the...... TRANSLATION
Old world charm .............. No bath
Tropical .......................... Rainy
Majestic setting .............. A long way from town
Options galore ................ Nothing is included in the itinerary
Secluded hideaway ......... Impossible to find or get to
Pre-registered rooms ...... Already occupied
Explore on your own ....... Pay for it yourself
Knowledgeable trip hosts ..They've flown in an airplane before
No extra fees .................. No extras
Nominal fee .................... Outrageous charge
Standard ........................ Sub-standard
Deluxe ........................... Standard
Superior ......................... One free shower cap
All the amenities ............. Two free shower caps
Plush ............................. Top and bottom sheets
Gentle breezes ............... Occasional Gale-force winds
Light and airy ................. No air conditioning
Picturesque ................... Theme park nearby
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