Cindy and I followed our family tradition last Friday evening that we've had since our kids were young. We walked around in the Tsim Sha Tsui area and looked at the Chirstmas displays that cover the sides of some of the buildings. The first 4 photos are of the Hong Kong side as seen from the the Kowloon side.
This will be a shorter Fodder because of time pressure this week. I ended up going to the hospital again today… this time to check out a hernia that seems to have developed in the past month or so… It might have been caused by all the hard coughing I was doing before. It’s in the same area in the groin where they inserted the heart catheter. Thus, the doctor said I needed to come and have it checked to make sure it was not something that was not healing from the heart cath test. But it was not related. The first time I noticed it was when I was getting ready for the heart catheter.
This evening I attended the funeral of the son of one of our HKEC pastors that died at the age of 17. The autopsy showed that his jugular vein had ruptured, killing him almost instantly. There were a few hundred people at the funeral from our various HKEC churches. We waited on a bus for a while, so got there only a few minutes before the service. We were able to walk in and pay our respects, as is the Chinese custom, but then we walked back out. There were at least 100 people standing outside the door, and many more standing around the seating area. The only thing I heard of the service was when the sang ‘Amazing Grace.”
Our Christmas plans are fairly simple. The Filipino ladies of our church planned a Christmas party for the whole church. On Christmas Eve will go to a friend’s house for dinner. On Boxing Day, the public holiday after Christmas Day, we’ll just be at home and Cindy will cook a turkey. As usual, we’ll miss being with family, but at least these days of modern technology we can be with them by Skype and interact with them on Christmas morning… almost as if we were there.
Wishing you, my faithful Fodder readers, a joyous and special celebration of the coming of Jesus!
Love and blessings, Dave
Christmas Faith: The Shepherds
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." (Luke 2:15 NIV)
If man were to script the Son of God's birth, Jesus would have been born in a palace or a mansion. The news of His birth would have first been sent to one of the power brokers of the day - King Herod or Caesar Augustus.
But, God's script was different:
no palace, but a manger surrounded by animals...
no power brokers, but the social outcasts of the day, a band of shepherds...
They were considered untrustworthy and their work made them ceremonially unclean and as a result they could not participate in worship.
After being surprised (and terrified) by a visit from the angel of the Lord, and then a large group of angels, the shepherds were confronted with what to do with the message they heard: "Today is born this day, in the city of David, a Savior which is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:11). What did the shepherds do with the first announcement of the Gospel? They believed! Their immediate response was: "Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about" (Luke 2:15).
They don't stop to discuss whether it's exactly according to what was written in Daniel. They don't question if they really saw angels or if they're just imagining things because they're overworked. They don't get a religious leader to accompany them. They don't even get cleaned up! They hurry off to Bethlehem to find Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. They believed all that God had told them!
What are you doing with what God has told you? Are you acting and reacting with faith?
Or are you discussing logistics?
Bargaining with God?
Nit-picking the assignment?
Getting another interpretation?
What is God asking you to do today in faith? Just believe!
And you will be amazed at how God works in your life...
how He works through you to reach a hurting world...
how He spreads His message to expand His Kingdom!
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"As we have a high old time this Christmas, may we who know Christ hear the cry of the damned as they hurtle headlong into the Christ-less night without ever having a chance. May we be moved with compassion as our Lord was. May we shed tears of repentance for these we have failed to bring out of the darkness. Beyond the smiling scenes of Bethlehem, may we see the crushing agony of Golgotha. May God give us a new vision of His will concerning the lost and our responsibility." Nate Saint's thoughts on Christmas December 18, 1956... 22 days before he was killed by the Auca Indians he was trying to reach to share the gospel with.
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“GOD so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
This verse is the heart of the Bible. It contains its central message. Every word in it is grand:
- “God” - He is the grandest source of everything good;
- “so loved” – it is love at its highest peak;
- “the world” - it is the widest object which love can have;
- “He gave” – giving is the best expression of love;
- “His ONLY begotten Son” – the grandest gift which could be made;
- “whosoever” - it is the greatest number which can be comprehended;
- “believes” - the simplest condition possible;
- “in Him” – the One most trustworthy, faith in whom presents no problem;
- “should not perish” – it is delivery from the worst fate;
- “but” – the greatest alternative to perishing;
- “have” – the greatest assurance, it is a possession not a hope.
- “everlasting life” – life of which there can be no longer and no better.
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If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent an educator.
If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist.
If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist.
But since our greatest need was forgiveness, God sent us a Savior.
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What Do You Do For Christmas?
The Teacher asked young Patricia Murphy, ”What do you do at Christmas time?
Patricia addressed the class, “Well Ms. Jones, me and my twelve brothers
and sisters go to midnight mass and we sing hymns; then we come home very late and we put mince pies by the back door and hang up our stockings. Then all excited, we go to bed and wait for Father Christmas to come with all our toys.
"Very nice Patricia," she said. "Now Jimmy Brown, what do you do at Christmas?"
Well, Ms. Jones, me and my sister also go to church with Mom and Dad and we sing carols and we get home ever so late. We put cookies and milk by the chimney and we hang up our stockings. We hardly sleep, waiting for Santa Claus to bring our presents.
Realizing there was a Jewish boy in the class and not wanting to leave him out of the discussion, she asked, "Now, Isaac Cohen, what do you do at Christmas?"
Isaac said, "Well, it's the same thing every year... Dad comes home from the office. We all pile into the Rolls Royce; then we drive to Dad's toy factory. When we get inside, we look at all the empty shelves... And begin to sing, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” Then we all go to the Bahamas."
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Adam, a bright-eyed 3-year-old, had been told of his German heritage. After church in early December, I asked him if he had a part in the Sunday school Christmas pageant.
"Yes," he replied, his eyes filling with joy. "I am going to be a German shepherd!"
Advent was one week away so we thought we'd see what the children remembered from our family devotions the year before. "Who can tell me what the four candles in the Advent wreath represent?" I asked.
Luke jumped in with seven-year-old wisdom and exuberance. "There's love, joy, peace, and ... and ... "
"I know!" six-year-old Elise interrupted to finish her brother's sentence: "Peace and quiet!"
A guy was in court charged with parking in a restricted area. The judge asked him if he had anything to say in his defense.
"They shouldn't put up such misleading notices," said the guy. "It said `FINE FOR PARKING HERE`."
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THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
Twas the day after Christmas, and all through the house,
Every creature was hurtin' even the mouse.
The toys were all broken, their batteries dead;
Santa passed out, with some ice on his head.
Wrapping and ribbons just covered the floor, while
Upstairs the family continued to snore.
And I in my Tshirt, new Reeboks and jeans,
I went into the kitchen and started to clean.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the sink to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
tore open the curtains, and threw up the sash.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a little white truck, with an oversized mirror.
The driver was smiling, so lively and grand;
The patch on his jacket said "U.S. POSTMAN."
With a handful of bills, he grinned like a fox
Then quickly he stuffed them into our mailbox.
Bill after bill, after bill, they still came.
Whistling and shouting he called them by name:
"Now Dillard's, now Broadway's, now Penny's and Sears
Here's Robinson's, Levitz's and Target's and Mervyn's.
To the tip or your limit, every store, every mall,
Now charge-away-charge-away-charge-away all!"
He whooped and he whistled as he finished his work.
He filled up the box, and then turned with a jerk.
He sprang to his truck and he drove down the road,
Driving much faster with just half a load.
Then I heard him exclaim with great holiday cheer,
"ENJOY WHAT YOU GOT........YOU'LL BE PAYING ALL YEAR!"
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The bottom photos are near the harbor in Tsim Sha Tsui.