June 26, 2016

This is another set of before and after photos (neither of which I took). It's what 18 years (more or less) does to the development of Hong Kong. The top photos is of the old Kai Tak Airport that closed at midnight on July 6, 1998. The new airport at Chek Lap Kok opened the same morning at 6:00am. It has taken 18 years of letting the soil have some of the pollutants dissipate, and having the government bodies debating (aka "arguing") about the best use of the land. Notice the new skyline on Hong Kong Island in the background as well.

I got the call from Queen Mary Hospital, but as ____ would have it… I’m not sure what word to put in the blank… they scheduled it for this coming Thursday. Cindy does not get back into Hong Kong until that evening. The good news from that is that it seems the wait is nearly over.

My colleague, Tommy, through whom I communicate with my follow-up doctor… don’ ask, it’s the Hong Kong way… assured me that I’m still on the priority list and did not get moved to the back of the line when I requested them to postpone it a day or two. I wish I had not needed to do that as I’m ready to get the surgery behind me.

Thanks much for your prayers through this time.

We’ve had one of the hottest weeks I can remember. I don’t know if there have been any records seen, but It’s been up to 36 degrees C.  with the heat index up to 46 or so… all with the normal amount of higher humidity. (The heat index has been nearly 120 Fahrenheit.) At the same time we’ve had some of the clearest days I can remember. It’s been sparkling clear!

Yesterday was one of those hot days, and we were out on the playground all afternoon. Our church joined with other churches and Christian organizations for the Harmony Day event. It was miserable, even in the shade.

Normally the event is held in April before the worst of the heat arrives. However, it was postponed because the day on which it had been planned, we had heavy rains and even flooding at the playground venue.

Because of the heat, the attendance was way down, maybe 60-70%. Usually there are up to 20 people in line for our games booth. Yesterday there were only about 3 or 4 at a time. At our facial booth, they only did maybe 10 facials.  

There was one Nepal lady who accepted the Lord after one of our church members shared the gospel with her, so for that, it it was worth it. However, if we need to delay it again until summer, I think we’ll take a pass.

Cindy arrives back in Hong Kong on Thursday evening. Please remember her as she travels back. We are grateful that she was able to spend the time helping Becki and Ace and our grandsons, as out new granddaughter was born.

That’s the update for this week. I’ll keep you posted about the surgery. Make it a great week! Blessings, Dave


     My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust.

     But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?

     If the whole show was bad and senseless from A to Z, so to speak, why did I, who was supposed to be part of the show, find myself in such a violent reaction against it?

     Of course I could have given up my idea of justice by saying it was nothing but a private idea of my own. But if I did that, then my argument against God collapsed too - for the argument depended on saying the world was really unjust, not simply that it did not happen to please my fancies.

     Thus, in the very act of trying to prove that God did not exist - in other words, that the whole of reality was senseless - I found I was forced to assume that one part of reality - namely my idea of justice - was full of sense.

     If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never have known it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.

- C.S. Lewis

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"The moment you say that one set of moral ideas can be better than another, you are, in fact, measuring them both by a standard, saying that one of them conforms to that standard more nearly than the other. But the standard that measures two things is something different from either. You are, in fact, comparing them both with some Real Morality, admitting that there is such a thing as a real Right, independent of what people think, and that some people's ideas get nearer to that real Right than others. Or put it this way. If your moral ideas can be truer, and those of the Nazis less true, there must be something-some Real Morality-for them to be true about." - C.S. Lewis

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This Thing is From Me

     Yahweh says, 'You shall not go up, nor fight against your brothers! Every man return to his house; for this thing is of me.' So they listened to Yahweh's words, and returned from going against Jeroboam. 2 Chronicles 11:4 WEB

     When Solomon the son of David passed away, his son Rehoboam became the king of Israel. A servant of Solomon named Jeroboam led a rebellion and it divided the kingdom of Israel into two parts. The southern kingdom, or kingdom of Judah, was made from the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, and they stayed loyal to the line of David. The other ten tribes became known as the northern kingdom of Israel, or the kingdom of Samaria.

     When Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, gathered his army together and planned to reunite the kingdom, the Lord told them to go home for 'This thing is from Me.' This had to appear like the worst possible thing that could have happened, but it was all a part of God's plan and He had prophesied it through Ahijah (1 Kings 11:29). It was no accident that the rebellion split the nation. It came straight from the Lord.

     Once I was a supervisor at what was a high paying job at the time. I worked really hard and as I was fasting and praying to get closer to the Lord. Suddenly I was called to the office and instead of being promoted, I was laid off. The guy that they kept in my place was illiterate and could not even fill out the reports. I was confused and felt wronged, but after praying about it I knew 'This thing is from Me.' I walked through a rough patch, but led some people to the Lord along the way, and then He put me in my own business. In the end it was better, but God had to remove something first, along with some of my pride.

     Though it is hard to understand at times why things happen, God loves you, and He is in control of your life. Do not panic when bad things happen. Even satan had to get permission from God to attack Job (Job 1:10). If you are trying to be obedient to the Lord, nothing will come on you that He does not allow, and in the end it will work out for good. Don't give up when a promotion seems to go the other way. There is something better around the corner.

     Prayer: Father, I thank You for the times that I don't get my way, for You are smarter than me. I want what You have. Share Your vision with me and let Your desires, become my desires. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Read more at: www.refreshinghope.org


     A minister was called away unexpectedly by the illness of a close family member. He entrusted his new assistant with filling the pulpit. The Pastor's wife stayed home. When he returned, the Pastor asked his wife what she thought of the young man's sermon.

     "The poorest I've ever heard," she said. "There was nothing in it, nothing at all. It didn't even make sense. It was very unorganized. I was disappointed."

     Later that day, the concerned minister met his assistant and asked him, "How'd the Sunday service and sermon go? Did all go well? How did you manage?"

     "All went very well, sir, absolutely wonderful," he said. "I didn't have time to prepare a new sermon of my own on such short notice, so I got on your computer and pulled up one of your old sermons from last year."


     After driving up and down several lanes, I finally found a parking spot at the shopping mall. I noticed another man driving very slowly in the same direction, and, since he was closer, I gave him the "Are you going to park there?" look.

     His responding gestures were very confusing. First he shook his head. Next he pointed at me, then at the parking space and then at himself, his watch and the mall. Finishing off, he frowned, raised his palms upward and shrugged. Once I parked, I walked over to the driver to make sure he didn't want the space.

     "You must be single," he replied. "If you were married, you would've known that was the universal sign for 'Go ahead and take the spot. I'm waiting for my wife.'"

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1. You and your teeth don't sleep together.

2. You try to straighten out the wrinkles in your socks and discover you aren't wearing any.

3. At the breakfast table you hear snap, crackle, pop and you're not eating cereal.

4. Your back goes out but you stay home.

5. It takes two tries to get up from the couch.

6. Your idea of a night out is sitting on the patio.

7. You say something to your kids that your mother said to you, and you always hated it.

8. All you want for your birthday is to not be reminded of your age.

9. You step off a curb and look down one more time to make sure the street is still there.

10. Your idea of weight lifting is standing up.

11. Your address book has mostly names that start with Dr.

12. The pharmacist has become your new best friend.

13. It takes twice as long -- to look half as good.

14. You have more hair in your ears and nose than on your head.

15. Everything either dries up or leaks.


     Just as she was celebrating her 80th birthday, our friend received a jury-duty notice.  She called to remind the people at the clerk's office that she was exempt because of her age.

     "You need to come in and fill out the exemption forms," they said.

     "I've already done that," she replied. "I did it last year."

     "You have to do it every year," she was told.

     "Why?" came the response. "Do you think I'm going to get younger?"


     Johnny's teacher paid a visit to his house one day. When little Johnny opened the door, she asked "Are your father and mother in, Mr. Morton?"

     "They was in, but they is out now," he answered.

     The teacher gasped, "Why, Mr. Johnny Morton, it is 'They were in, but they are out now.' Where's your grammar?"

     "She's upstairs taking her nap."


     Two intrepid explorers met in the heart of the Brazilian jungle.

     "I'm here," declared one, "to commune with nature in the raw, to contemplate the eternal verities and to widen my horizons. And you, sir?"

     "I," sighed the second explorer, "came because my young daughter has begun piano lessons."

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