It has been over one and a half months I sent out the last issue of Monday Fodder. It really does not have much to do with my health issues, as they have been more stable since my stay in the hospital at the end of April… mainly due to an adjustment of medications I was taking for high blood pressure.
Those five days in the hospital were simply to try to find out the reasons for the high blood pressure that resulted in the tear in my aorta. There have been no definite conclusions, all those there have been some possible causes eliminated. Next Monday Night I will have a test for sleep apnea, and am still awaiting an endoscopy in August.
Because I'm taking the blood center Coumadin, or what they call Warfarin here, it will result in another few days in the hospital because of possible bleeding from that test. They have to stop the blood thinner medicine in case that happens, so they need to monitor me.
Overall I am feeling fine and I'm now again permitted to drive. I cannot take yet, but I do how fast walk into our nearby town and back. It takes me a half hour, which my doctor said I should not try to do more than that for the time being. I tried to do that at least three times a week.
Cindy has been in the states for just over a month now. She's working with the architect and builder for the in-law addition we want to make to our house where Ace, Becki, and the grandkids are living.
They spent a few days camping down in Kentucky. I was supposed to be with them, but the doctor had not yet given me a permit to fly. I didn't ask the last visit, because I don't plan to go anywhere in these few months. If I get the clearance to fly, I may go home at Christmas for two or three weeks.
Not going home, I also missed the wedding of my youngest niece on June 29. It would have been nice to be home for that, but at least and it was able to attend.
Just a bit of news on our RiverGrace Church for those who aren't on the weekly email list, or connected via Facebook, on June 18, we had an outreach event which featured basketball games with outside teams, and also a cheerleading competition. Over 100 people enjoy that event, and we are praying that it will result in longer-term spiritual fruit. Many of them were a variety of ethnic minorities, and also Filipino men, who brought a basketball team. The fact, there were more guests then there were our own people!
Our Spanish service has now met three times, and it has the potential to grow a lot, because there are few, if any church options Spanish speakers who may not speak much Cantonese or English. There are estimated to be around 5000 Spanish speakers in Hong Kong.
Tommy and I have been meeting with some students from United Christian College. When RiverGrace moved to the school, one of our aims was to start an English Fellowship with interested students. Because of my medical crisis in February, we had to put that on hold because there were already too many things going on and I was really basically out of the picture four a few weeks.
Those are some of the highlights of these past weeks. I do hope to start to Post Monday Fodder more regularly, but I know I will not get one out next week. It's a busy week with the end of year school board meetings, and such.
Thank you for your prayers for us and for me during this time. I know that many of you have been praying and I appreciate it deeply. Blessings, Dave
Three Things, Four - by Rich Mullins, Release Magazine Winter 1994
"There are three things that are too amazing for me,
four that I do not understand:
The way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock,
The way of a ship on the high seas,
and the way of a man with a maiden." Proverbs 30:18-19
I may have liked the sayings of Agur when I was a kid because they got in at the end of the book of Proverbs like third string players get in for a few seconds in the fourth quarter of a game that is already safe or unsalvageable. Solomon pretty much dominates the first 22 1/2 chapters, the anonymous "Wise" gets the next 7 1/2, then Agur gets one and finally Lemuel. Lemuel concentrates on wine and women; Agur focuses on song.
"Four things on earth are small,
yet they are extremely wise:
Ants are creatures of little strength,
yet they store up their food in the summer;
Coneys are creatures of little power,
yet they make their home in the crags;
Locusts have no king,
yet they go forth in ranks;
A lizard can be caught with the hand,
yet it is found in king's palaces." Proverbs 30:24-28
I might have liked Agur because he had such an ugly name. Few people really like their own names - not many have as much reason to hate it as did Agur. Most people dislike their names much like they dislike their noses or ears or eye-brows - it's pretty much just a symptom of adolescent self-contempt. I just think that no matter how uninflated his ego may have been, he may likely have wanted a more flattering name - at least maybe one slightly less appalling.
"Two things I ask of You, oh Lord;
do not refuse me before I die;
Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me my daily bread.
Otherwise I might have too much and
disown You and say, "Who is the Lord?"
Or I may become poor and steal
and so dishonor the Name of my God." Proverbs 30:7-9
Of course he came to terms with it - given his sense of wonder and his practical approach to prayer. He didn't apparently fuss over religiosity - there is nothing fancy in what he asked of God. He may have gone a little overboard with requests (considering that he says he is asking two favors and ends up asking for five) but I suspect that God took into account his spirit instead of checking his math. Agur might have snuck the answer to his prayer into his very request - a guy with this bad math may have had no idea how much he had or didn't have, he may not have known if he was poor or wealthy. He knew only enough to ask God to be involved - to, in fact, be the focus of his life, the source of his security, the object of his desires.
It is sometimes amazing what you can find tucked away in these much overlooked books of the Bible. It is amazing what shines through the sometimes supposed cracks. It's wonderful what a third-string, nearly unknown guy with an ugly name and a poorly developed sense of math might have to say to us.
Don't stop reading. Don't stop listening. There are many things that are too amazing for all of us, many more that can empower us beyond what we can understand.
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- never iron a four leave clover: you don't want to press your luck
- what is the difference between a cat and a comma? a cat has claws at the end of it's paws and a comma has a pause at the end of it's clause.
@Sent by Ed Zinn
If you're not familiar with the work of Steven Wright, he's the famous Erudite (comic) scientist who once said: "I woke up one morning, and all of my stuff had been stolen and replaced by exact duplicates."
His mind sees things differently than most of us do. Here are some of his gems.
1 - I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.
2 - Borrow money from pessimists -- they don't expect it back.
3 - Half the people you know are below average.
4 - 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
5 - 827% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
6 - A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.
7 - A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
8 - If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain.
9 - All those who believe in psycho kinesis, raise my hand.
10 - The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
11 - I almost had a psychic girlfriend, ...... But she left me before we met.
12 - OK, so what's the speed of dark?
13 - How do you tell when you're out of invisible ink?
14 - If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
15 - Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
16 - When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
17 - Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.
18 - Hard work pays off in the future; laziness pays off now.
19 - I intend to live forever... So far, so good.
20 - If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
21 - Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
22 - What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
23 - My mechanic told me, "I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder."
24 - Why do psychics have to ask you for your name.
25 - If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
26 - A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
27 - Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
28 - The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.
29 - To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.
30 - The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.
31 - The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up.
32 - The colder the x-ray table, the more of your body is required to be on it.
33 - Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don't have film.
34 - If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
35 - If your car could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights still work?
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I went on a job interview the other day. Now I'm not really looking for another job, but it doesn't hurt to see what's out there. I saw a great one in the paper with much higher pay then what I was getting. However, I wasn't really qualified but I decided to apply anyway. A week later, I became very excited when I was called in for an interview.
Realizing that I didn't submit a resume when I filled out the application, I brought a copy with me to the interview. My prospective employer asked a few questions then read through my resume. After a few anxious moments as I sat in silence waiting for him to finish reading, he put down my resume.
He looked up at me and said, "We have an opening for someone like you."
"Really?" I replied excitedly. "What is it?"
"It's called the door!"
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