May 16, 2016

I posted the “official” photos of our May 1 RiverGrace 5th joint worship anniversary service with Yan Yue on Facebook.  There are just over 300 photos!  If you would like to see them, you can go to this link.¬if_t=like¬if_id=1463363189520108

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I had a doctor’s appointment last week. It was not with the hospital or doctors where the surgery will be done, but where I will do the followup.  It was a routine visit with a blood test included. Nearly everything was wishing the normal range, but for the first time, the doctor said my kidney was slightly deficient.  I asked about it, but he did not say anything definitive as to why it may be that way.  I’m wondering if it has something to do with the side effect of the diuretic meds I’m taking to keep the water level in my body down.

In the meantime, I continue to be quite active. I’ve even started walking my old route up the hill behind our house for a workout a couple times a week. However, I am not really power-walking it like I did before. There his no chest discomfort, or anything like that, and the diuretic medicine has stopped the coughing that was affecting me so much before last fall. So it actually feels good to get back in better shape.

As far as the surgery goes, there was no news. I could get a call any time now from the hospital, to come for the surgery.  We had requested that they not call before the middle of May so that Cindy could return to the States to help our daughter and family with the birth of Elia, our first granddaughter.

Elia is one month old already!  She is now gaining weight, so must be eating better. Becki is also feeling better and starting to walk some.  Ace has not yet returned to work. They symptoms of the head concussion from the accident seem to be better, but he’s still doing physical therapy for his neck and back.  I know they appreciate your prayers.

Please continue to pray for RiverGrace’s mother church, Yan Yue. One of the pastors had his last Sunday in the church yesterday.  The deacon’s board will meet this coming Wednesday to interview a couple candidates. Pray for wisdom for the deacons as they consider the options. They had several applications, but most of the candidates seemed to be older, and the deacons would prefer a younger pastor, if possible.

Thanks again for remembering us in your thoughts and prayers. They mean so much!

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


Who is He?

He is the First and Last,

the Beginning and the End!

He is the keeper of Creation

and the Creator of all!

He is the Architect of the universe

and the Manager of all times.

He always was,

He always is,

and He always will be...




and never Undone!

He was bruised and brought healing!

He was pierced and eased pain!

He was persecuted and brought freedom!

He was dead and brought life!

He is risen and brings power!

He reigns and brings Peace!

The world can't understand him,

The armies can't defeat Him,

The schools can't explain Him,

and The leaders can't ignore Him.

Herod couldn't kill Him,

The Pharisees couldn't confuse Him,

and The people couldn't hold Him!

Nero couldn't crush Him,

Hitler couldn't silence Him,

The New Age can't replace Him,

and Donahue can't explain Him away!

He is light, love, longevity, and Lord.

He is goodness, Kindness,

Gentleness, and God.

He is Holy, Righteous, mighty,

powerful, and pure.

His ways are right,

His word is eternal,

His will is unchanging,

and His mind is on me.

He is my Redeemer,

He is my Savior,

He is my guide, and

He is my peace!

He is my Joy,

He is my comfort,

He is my Lord, and

He rules my life!

I serve Him because

His bond is love,

His burden is light,

and His goal for me is abundant life.

I follow Him because

He is the wisdom of the wise,

the power of the powerful,

the ancient of days,

the ruler of rulers,

the leader of leaders,

the overseer of the over-comers,

and the sovereign Lord of all that

was and is and is to come.

And if that seems impressive to you,

try this for size.

His goal is a relationship with ME!

He will never leave me,

never forsake me,

never mislead me,

never forget me,

never overlook me,

and never cancel my appointment

in His appointment book!

When I fall, He lifts me up!

When I fail, He forgives!

When I am weak, He is strong!

When I am lost, He is the way!

When I am afraid, He is my courage!

When I stumble, He steadies me!

When I am hurt, He heals me!

When I am broken, He mends me!

When I am blind, He leads me!

When I am hungry, He feeds me!

When I face trials, He is with me!

When I face persecution, He shields me!

When I face problems, He comforts me!

When I face loss, He provides for me!

When I face Death, He carries me Home!

He is everything for



every time,

and every way.

He is God,

He is faithful.

I am His,

and He is mine!

My Father in heaven can whip

the father of this world.

So, if you're wondering why

I feel so secure, understand this...

He said it and that settles it.

God is in control,

I am on His side,

and that means all is well with my soul.

Everyday is a blessing for GOD Is!

@From my sister, Carol Richardson


     A young minister sitting down to dinner was about to say grace when he opened the casserole dish that his thrifty new bride had prepared from all of the refrigerator leftovers.

     "I don't know," he said dubiously, "but it seems to me that I've blessed all this stuff before."

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New Things to Ponder

- Why are you IN a movie, but you are ON TV?

- Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

- How come we choose from just two people for President and fifty for Miss America?

- Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They're going to see you naked anyway.

- If a 911 operator has a heart attack, whom does s/he call?

- I signed up for an exercise class and was told to wear loose-fitting clothing. If I HAD any loose- fitting clothing, I wouldn't have signed up in the first place!

@Sent by Mary Sutherland



- HAMMER: Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate expensive parts not far from the object we are trying to hit.

- MECHANIC’S KNIFE: Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered to your front door; works particularly well on boxes containing seats and motorcycle jackets.

- ELECTRIC HAND DRILL: Normally used for spinning steel Pop rivets in their holes until you die of old age, but it also works great for drilling mounting holes in fenders just above the brake line that goes to the rear wheel.

- PLIERS: Used to round off bolt heads.

- HACKSAW: One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle. It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes.

- VISE GRIPS: Used to round off bolt heads.  If nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.

- OXYACETYLENE TORCH: Used almost entirely for lighting various flammable objects in your garage on fire.   Also handy for igniting the grease inside a brake drum you're trying to get the bearing race out of.

- WHITWORTH SOCKETS: Once used for working on older British cars and motorcycles, they are now used mainly for impersonating that 9/16 or 1/2 socket you've been searching for the last 15 minutes.

- DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your drink across the room, splattering it against that freshly painted part you were drying.

- WIRE WHEEL: Cleans rust off old bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light.  Also removes fingerprint whorls and hard-earned guitar calluses in about the time it takes you to say, "Ouch...."

- HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK: Used for lowering a motorcycle to the ground after you have installed your new front disk brake setup, trapping the jack handle firmly under the front fender.

- EIGHT-FOOT LONG DOUGLAS FIR 2X4: Used for levering a motorcycle upward off a hydraulic jack.

- TWEEZERS: A tool for removing wood splinters.

- PHONE: Tool for calling your neighbor to see if he has another hydraulic floor jack.

- SNAPON GASKET SCRAPER: Theoretically useful as a sandwich tool for spreading mayonnaise; used mainly for getting dog-doo off your boot.

- EZ OUT BOLT AND STUD EXTRACTOR: A tool that snaps off in bolt holes and is ten times harder than any known drill bit.

- TIMING LIGHT: A stroboscopic instrument for illuminating grease buildup.

- TWO-TON HYDRAULIC ENGINE HOIST: A handy tool for testing the tensile strength of ground straps and brake lines you may have forgotten to disconnect.

- CRAFTSMAN 1/2 x 16INCH SCREWDRIVER: A large motor mount prying tool

that inexplicably has an accurately machined screwdriver tip on the end without the handle.

- BATTERY ELECTROLYTE TESTER: A handy tool for transferring sulfuric

acid from a car battery to the inside of your toolbox after determining that your battery is dead as a doornail, just as you thought.


- TROUBLE LIGHT: The mechanic's own tanning booth.  Sometimes called a drop light, it is a good source of vitamin D, "the sunshine vitamin," which is not otherwise found under motorcycles at night.  Health benefits aside, its main purpose is to consume 40watt light bulbs at about the same rate that 105mm howitzer shells might be used during, say, the first few hours of the Battle of the Bulge.  More often dark than light, its name is somewhat misleading.

- PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER: Normally used to stab the lids of old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splash oil on your shirt; can also be used, as the name implies, to round off Phillips screw heads.

- AIR COMPRESSOR: A machine that takes energy produced in a coal-burning power plant 200 miles away and transforms it into compressed air that travels by hose to a Chicago Pneumatic impact wrench that grips rusty bolts last tightened 60 years ago by someone in Springfield, and rounds them off.

- PRY BAR: A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a 50 cent part.

- HOSE CUTTER: A tool used to cut hoses 1/2 inch too short.

Therse are some of the RiveGrace family who attended the 5th anniversary service on May 1. A few were first time guests at our service, but several of our regulars could not attend for various reason. I posted over 300 photos on Facebook.