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We’re coming up to the time of year that always seems the busiest. Cindy has already had a couple of intensive weeks of preparations for her Elijah House training courses and a seminar she will do at the beginning of April for some folks in one of the largest International churches here in Hong Kong.
For me, it seems springtime brings more meetings, especially of the schools on which I’m on the boards. We also have our RiverGrace 6th Anniversary on the first Sunday of May, and May 1 is a church family interactive fun day that I need to prepare for. Of course the Easter holidays are busy as well.
In addition to all of those activities is what I’ve been writing about in terms of our church moving toward independence, trying to find a suitable place to meet, and the change to a cell model.
We continue to look at different options and consider different options that might work for our space needs. If we had a couple million dollars U.S. we could buy maybe 2500 square feet of space and be set for a while. with a bit of room to grow as well. That’s, on average, the going price for that size of a place, even if it’s not a new building or in a very convenient area.
So, we continue to trust for the Lord’s provision and direction.
Pastor Tommy has started the leadership training course for those who will lead our cell groups, or connect groups, as we will call them. With the variety of people coming to RiverGrace we’ll have to adapt the groups to our situation.
For example, we will have several Filipina groups made up of domestic helpers. They will need to have their group meetings on Sundays, as it’s their only day off for most of them. Eventually we may find enough ladies to start a regular Saturday group, as some get off on that day and have to work on Sundays.
We will also start groups according to such things as age, or groups for new believers, but certainly according to languages so that people can share in their heart languages. Though most of our people speak English quite well, there are really only a handful of native English-speakers that attend RiverGrace.
Though some of the groups, like the Spanish Connect Group, are already functioning, we’ll formally launch the groups the Sunday after Easter.
We have asked Pastor Tommy to head up this effort, as he’s had cell group training in Singapore, been involved in a church with cell groups in his home church, and because we hope that he will be the longer-term pastor after we retire. Please remember him in your prayers as he is still working full-time for the family business as well as volunteering for RiverGrace.
Thanks, much, for your prayers. Make it a great week! Blessings, Dave
Worst Country Song Titles ( & Lines)
* Her Teeth Were Stained, But Her Heart Was Pure
* I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well
* You Can't Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd
* I Still Miss You, Baby, But My Aim's Gettin' Better
* If My Nose Were Full of Nickels, I'd Blow It All On You
* I Wouldn't Take Her To A Dog Fight, Cause I'm Afraid She'd Win
* If The Phone Don't Ring, You'll Know It's Me
* How Can I Miss You If You Won't Go Away?
* I Keep Forgettin' I Forgot About You
* You're The Reason Our Kids Are So Ugly
* If You Don't Leave Me Alone, I'll Go And Find Someone Else Who Will
* I'm So Miserable Without You, It's Like Having You Here
* I Bought Those Boots (That Walked Out On Me)
* I Changed Her Oil, She Changed My Life
* If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too?
Those are some strange titles! But the last one reminds me of a conversation Jesus had with his disciples the night before his crucifixion. In John 14-17, Jesus talked with his disciples about what to expect after his death. Not surprisingly, the disciples had a hard time understanding. Jesus kept talking about "going away," but they didn't want to be separated. Jesus tried to comfort them with these words:
"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also." (John 14:3)
It was hard for the apostles to let go of Jesus. They couldn't imagine life without him. But Jesus assured them that though his departure was necessary, he would be back to get his followers. If he left them, they could one day come, too. Their parting was a time a sorrow, but there were (and are) joyful times ahead (John 16:20)! What a great thought for all of God's children!
Jesus, can I come too?
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"Do everything without complaining" (Philippians 2:14)
Complaining is toxic. It contaminates both the complainer and everyone within earshot. Sometimes we think we're helping by complaining. We maintain, 'If somebody doesn't say something, nothing's ever going to change!' - as though positive change can come from negative words.
We imagine we've contributed something worthwhile by our complaint. But, complaining is what we do to avoid facing, dealing with and solving the problem. It's what we do instead of contributing to constructive change, and it makes us part of the problem instead of the solution. The more you complain the more problem-focused you become, and the more problem-focused you become the more you complain. Ultimately, your complaining affects you more than anyone else. The Psalmist said, "...I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed." (Psalm 77:3).
If no one else pays attention to your words, you do. Before you say them, you think them: "...out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks" (Matthew 12:34). And when you say them, you hear them and believe them just as you would the words of a trusted authority. Every time you repeat them you reinforce their power over you until eventually you make yourself the victim of your own complaints! Your spirit (attitude) will be overwhelmed, not by the problems and difficulties people bring to you, but as the self-inflicted product of your own complaints.
So, "Do all things without complaining... that you may become blameless and harmless... without fault... in a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world" (Philippians 2:14-15).
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A man used to grumble at the food his wife placed before him at meal time. Then he would ask the blessing.
One day after his usual combination complaint and prayer his little girl asked, "Daddy, does God hear us when we pray?"
"Why, of course," he replied. "He hears us every time we pray."
"And does he hear everything we say the rest of the time?"
"Yes, every word," he replied, encouraged that he had inspired his daughter to be curious about spiritual matters.
Innocently she burst his bubble with her next question. "Then which does God believe?"
SOME WACKY DEFINITIONS
- EGOCENTRIC: a person who believes he is everything you know you are.
- MAGAZINE: bunch of printed pages that tell you what's coming in the next issue.
- EMERGENCY NUMBERS: police station, fire department and places that deliver.
- OPERA: when a guy gets stabbed in the back and instead of bleeding he sings.
- BUFFET: a French word that means, "Get up and get it yourself."
- BABY-SITTER: a teenager who must behave like an adult so that the adults who are out can behave like teenagers.
- TRAFFIC LIGHT: apparatus that automatically turns red when your car approaches.
- PIONEER: early American who was lucky enough to find his way out of the woods.
- PEOPLE: some make things happen, some watch things happen, and the majority have no idea what's happened.
- SWIMMING POOL: a mob of people with water in it.
- SELF-CONTROL: the ability to eat only one peanut.
- TATTOO: permanent proof of temporary insanity.
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A DEA officer stopped at a ranch in Texas , and talked with an old rancher. He told the rancher, "I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs."
The rancher said, "Okay , but don't go in that field over there.", as he pointed out the location.
The DEA officer verbally exploded saying, " Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me !" Reaching into his rear pants pocket, he removed his badge and proudly displayed it to the rancher. "See this badge?! This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish.... On any land! No questions asked! Do you understand ?!!"
The rancher nodded politely, apologized, and went about his chores.
A short time later, the old rancher heard loud screams, looked up, and saw the DEA officer running for his life, being chased by the rancher's big Santa Gertrudis bull...... With every step the bull was gaining ground on the officer, and it seemed likely that he'd sure enough get gored before he reached safety. The officer was clearly terrified.
The rancher threw down his tools, ran to the fence and yelled at the top of his lungs..... "Your badge, show him your BADGE!!"
My wife doesn't complain often, but once she was having an old-fashioned "heart-to-heart" with me and said, "Hon, you never listen to me. Every time I try to talk to you, you get this far-away look in your eyes after only a few seconds. Please promise me you'll try to work on that."
The last thing I remember was replying, "I'm sorry, what was that you were saying?"
Software Engineering Glossary of Product Terminology
- NEW: Different colors from previous version.
- ALL NEW: Software is not compatible with previous version.
- UNMATCHED: Almost as good as the competition.
- ADVANCED DESIGN: Upper management doesn't understand it.
- NO MAINTENANCE: Impossible to fix.
- BREAKTHROUGH: It finally booted on the first try.
- DESIGN SIMPLICITY: Developed on a shoe-string budget.
- UPGRADED: Did not work the first time.
- UPGRADED AND IMPROVED: Did not work the second time.
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For years scientists have debated the reason gorillas should have such large nostrils. Today scientists announced their findings. With grants from the Federal Government and National Geographic it had been possible to complete a major study providing the answer to the question that has baffled scientists for years. By sifting diligently through evolutionary findings aided by trends traceable with DNA testing, scientists developed a theory that has been proven by careful observation. Gorillas seem to have large nostrils because they have large fingers.
Trying to skip stones, but I only got 3 skips. The rocks are too large and round, plus, with waves, it makes it hard to do! This is Lobster Bay, a rocky inlet. The bottom photos shows, me, Iris, Richard, Winnie, but unfortunately not Terrance, who was taking the photos. The bottom photo is of Pastor Tommy preaching yesterday.
Ma On Shan
Tai Wan Village
Fei Ngo Shan