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March 27, 2017

Thank you for your prayers for Cindy last week as she completed the first part of her Elijah House training, which ran all day from Tuesday through Saturday. She has one more similar week to complete the course, but that will happen at the beginning of April.

I had another full week of meetings, some routine, others more special. One of the special ones was on Friday, going to hear Josh McDowell’s testimony of how he came to the Lord. It was followed by a visit to the “Inspired Exhibit” going on at St. Andrew’s Church.

The exhibit is related to how Scriptures has been transmitted in various form through the millennium.  All the items in the exhibit are facsimiles, but they are well done, and intriguing. It is amazing to think of the artifacts that have been found, mostly in the last couple of centuries that were in existence before the time of Christ. Included in the exhibit are replicas of cuneiform tablets from 600 years BC, amulets and the dead see scrolls. Though the artifact items are not exclusively of the Bible, they still confirm events in history that the Bible has also recorded. .  

The writings that are Scripture show the accuracy of the transmission through the centuries. Surely the Bible is a book above all others in the proof of what it says. We can trust that God has guided people from every generation to pass on his truth accurately to us.

The exhibit goes until April 11, so if you’ve not seen it, there is still time.  It is a free entry, but if you’d like, you can leave a donation.

I also had a meeting on Thursday morning… the monthly HKEC pastors’ prayer meeting, and a meeting on Friday with folks from different churches or organizations that have a concern for asylum seekers and refugees. This is also a monthly meeting, at least in the months leading up to World Refugee Day.  This informal committee is the one that plans for the World Refugee Day program in Hong Kong. It will be on held on Saturday evening, June 16 at the ECC Island Church.  

This is perhaps one of rat more significant weeks in terms of the development and future of RiverGrace. There are two important meetings relating to our possible move to a new location. Please pray for God’s will in this matter.

This week, Friday, I’ll be doing a show wedding for an asylum seeker couple who is getting married. The official ceremony, according to the government, is done in the Hong Kong registry office or in a law firm.  The church wedding is just for friends of the couple.

I am licensed to do official weddings, but Hong Kong laws are really strange in this regard. I can only do official weddings in Grace Church and nowhere else. Of the 20 churches in Hong Kong Evangelical Church, this is the only one that can host official weddings.

That’s the news for this week. Make it a great week. Blessings, Dave


Wisdom from the seat of a tractor:

- Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

- Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.

- Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

- A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

- Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled.

- Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.

- Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.

- Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

- It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.

- You cannot unsay a cruel word.

- Every path has a few puddles.

- When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

- The best sermons are lived, not preached.

- Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway.

- Don't judge folks by their relatives.

- Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

- Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.

- Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't bothering you none.

- Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.

- If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.

- Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

- The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with watches you from the mirror every mornin'.

- Always drink upstream from the herd.

- Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

- Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.

- If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.

- Live simply.  Love generously.  Care deeply.  Speak kindly.

Leave the rest to God.

- Life is God's gift to us. How we spend it, is our gift to God.

@Sent by Tommy Wilkerson


Dr. Warren Wiersbe – Confronting Evil – Psalm 139:19-22 - Many people are bothered by the problem of evil. They say, "If God is a loving and good God, why does He allow evil?" David did not ignore this problem, nor did he give in to it. Instead, he made a decision and took his stand with God. Only our God can permit evil and be able to overrule it to accomplish His purposes. As David confronted the problem of evil in the world, he did so in stages.

    Stage one: He evaluated (v. 22). David looked at the wicked, violent, blasphemous, deceitful and rebellious crowd. He showed courage and honesty in taking his stand against them. When we start asking ourselves, Is it safe? or, Is it popular? we have moved away from biblical ethics and integrity.

    Stage two: He grieved (v. 21). God the Father grieves (Gen. 6:6); God the Son grieves (Mark 3:5); and God the Holy Spirit grieves (Eph. 4:30) over sin. We also ought to grieve over sin. When Nehemiah heard that the walls of Jerusalem were destroyed, he sat and wept (Neh. 1:4). Today, we need people who will sit down long enough to weep over sin.

    Stage three: He hated (vv. 21,22). We could use a little more holy anger today. Christians sometimes are too bland, too complacent and too comfortable. Edmund Burke said, "All that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." Love and hate are not contradictory when dealing with sin. Jesus showed both compassion toward sinners and hatred of sin.

    Stage four: He decided (v. 19). David decided to separate himself from evil (Ps. 119:115). We need to stand among sinners as the salt of the earth and the light of the world, but we need to have contact without contamination.

    Stage five: He trusted (v. 19). We must leave vengeance with God; He will punish the wicked (Rom. 12:19). Our job is to give ourselves to Him and do the work He wants us to do.

@Sent by Mary Sutherland


I know that there are people in this world who do not love their fellow man, and I hate people like that! -- Tom Lehrer

@Sent by Tommy Wilkerson


     Three women are talking about leftovers.

     "My husband is a TV producer and when I serve leftovers, he calls them reruns."

     "You think you have it bad! Mine's a quality control engineer. He calls them rejects!"

     "That's nothing! My husband is a mortician. He calls them remains."


Dear Pastor:

     Don't ever forget about us old folks. We are worth a fortune. We have Silver in our hair, Gold in our teeth, Stones in our kidney's, Lead in our feet and Gas in our stomachs.

     I myself have become quite a frivolous old gal since I wrote you last. As a matter of fact, I'm seeing five different gentleman everyday.

     When I get up in the morning, Will Power gets me out of bed. Then I immediately go see John. A few minutes later, Charley Horse comes along. When he leaves, Arthur-itis shows up and finally I'm so tired, I go to bed with Ben Gay.

     As you can see, we all need your prayers.....

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Notes Found On Hospital Charts

- She is numb from her toes down.

- While in ER, she was examined, x-rated and sent home. {This probably was not far from the truth!! Those gowns are probably put under the classification of 'x-rated!!!!}

- Occasional, constant infrequent headaches.

- Patient was alert and unresponsive.

- She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life, until she got a divorce.

- I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for physical therapy.

- Skin: somewhat pale but present.

- Patient was seen in consultation by Dr. Blank, who felt we should sit on the abdomen and I agree.

- Large brown stool ambulating in the hall.

- Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities

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If the metric system did ever take over, we'd have to change our thinking to the following:

* A miss is as good as 1.6 kilometers. (A miss is as good as a mile.)

* Put your best 0.3 of a meter forward.  (Put your best foot forward.)

* Spare the 5.03 meters and spoil the child. (Spare the rod and spoil the child.)

* Twenty-eight grams of prevention is worth 453 grams of cure. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of a cure.)

* Give a man 2.5 centimeters and he'll take 1.06 kilometers. Give a man an inch and he’ll take a mile.)

* Peter Piper picked 8.8 liters of pickled peppers. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers… a tongue twister.)

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Thought I'd let my doctor check me

Cause I didn't feel quite right. . .

All those aches and pains annoyed me

And I couldn't sleep at night.

He could find no real disorder

But he wouldn't let it rest

What with Medicare and Blue Cross,

We would do a couple tests.

To the hospital he sent me

Though I didn't feel that bad,

He arranged for them to give me

Every test that could be had.

I was fluoroscoped and cysto-scoped,

My aging frame displayed

Stripped, on an ice cold table,

While my gizzards were x-rayed.

I was checked for worms and parasites,

For fungus and the crud,

While they pierced me with long needles

Taking samples of my blood.

Doctors came to check me over,

Probed and pushed and poked around,

And to make sure I was living

They then wired me for sound.

They have finally concluded

(Their results have filled a page)

What I have will someday kill me;

My affliction is OLD AGE.

The first few photos are of the "Inspire Exhibit" that showcases how the Bible has been transmitted throughout history starting with the cuneiform tablets from 600-500 BC to the Holocaust. It is being held at the St. Andrews Anglican Church through April 11. Though the original items are in different museums, the facsimiles are still intriguing and the exhibit is well worth the time to see it.


Ma On Shan

Tai Wan Village


Fei Ngo Shan

Josh McDowell (right) shared his testimony with us before we entered the exhibit. Dr. Scott Carroll (left) was the creator of the exhibit and co-author of the "Be Inspired" devotional that is given to those that come.

Replicas of cuneiform tablets. They were made by using reeds to write the characters in wet clay, then baked.

Replicas of the Dead Sea scrolls.

Working replica of the Gutenberg printing press - first invented around 1455 A.D.

While man invented the above "technology", a lowly spider created this masterpiece. Because of the fog and clouds, it's the only photo I took on the hike!

My Saturday hike / workout.

Hong Kong Evangelical Church pastors and colleagues who celebrated birthdays, January to March