November 7, 2016

My sister Carol sent this photograph of a place where there family goes near Cuyahoga Falls, OH. the other photo is one my son-in-law sent of the maple tree that is in our back yard at our home in Ohio. Did I tell you that I miss fall? :)

This year has gone by so quickly, it seems. And this week will as well, so this will be a short update.

Tomorrow I have an eye doctor appointment to check the tunnel vision that has happened in my right eye 4 times, since surgery. It is only in the right eye, and each time it lasted for maybe 3-5 minutes, then it returns to normal. The heart doctor said that there is probably nothing major to worry about, but he still suggested I get it checked out.

We have several guests in town for our seminary board meeting which happens twice a year. Im on the board, but the meeting is tomorrow, and I dare not cancel my eye doctor’s appointment as I may have to wait an unknown weeks to get another one, as it’s in the government system.

Cindy’s been extra busy with her prayer training, but that will be done soon. Please remember her in prayer. She has a lot of balls she’s trying to keep afloat.

RiverGrace continues to develop. We are grateful for what the Lord continues to do in the lives of our people and church. At present we minister to 60-70 people each week between the fellowships and Sunday worship service.

Yesterday I led a concerts of prayer emphasizing prayer for people suffering for their faith. It was the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Also, we prayed for the different countries represented in RiverGrace. Among those that attend our church or fellowship, there are 17 countries represented. There have been people from an additional 10 countries who attended in the past but who have since been resettled in other countries, or have returned to their countries of origin. There are also 7 language groups from which our people come. We give God all the glory and praise!

My healing and conditioning continues to improve. I think I’m ready for Stage 1 and 2 of the MacLehose Trail (25km or over 15 miles) which I plan to do on November 18th, the day of the annual Trailwalker event. Since I had my surgery on July 22, that has been my goal. I’ve added distance or difficulty to each hike I’ve done.

On Saturday the health app on my iPhones says that I walked 14.6 miles (about 21km) with 33,759 steps, and I climbed what amounted to 162 floors. It helped that our weather has started to cool off a bit. It was only about 27 degrees C. that day (80 degrees F.)

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


“Do You Love Me?” - Anne Graham Lotz

Anyone who has left houses or . . . or children or lands, for My name's sake will receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.

Matthew 19:29, NKJV

   Jesus looked straight at Peter and asked persistently for the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” (John 21:17, NIV). Under the direct, searching gaze of his Lord, Peter must have known he was being asked whether he loved Jesus more than himself. This time did Peter squirm uncomfortably? Did he love Jesus more than the opinions of others, such as the servant girl in the courtyard? More than his own safety and comfort, as he would now be dangerously identified with Someone Who had been executed as an enemy of Rome? More than his own reputation? More than his memories of sin and failure?

   Jesus reached into Peter’s heart and put His finger on Peter’s motivation for service. Peter’s motivation to live for Jesus and to serve Jesus was not to be an attempt to stave off guilt, or to earn forgiveness, or to avoid criticism, or to prove something to someone, or to gain approval or recognition. Peter’s sole motivation in service was to be his love for Jesus, pure and simple.

@Sent by Mary Sutherland


We Are Wonderfully Made  Anne Graham Lotz

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. - Psalm 139:14, NIV

  We can only imagine the concentrated thoughts that occupied the divine Mind and the gentle, skillful touch of the divine Hand that first shaped man from the dust. Where did the Creator begin? Did He start with a skeletal frame? Did He then cover it with an outside layer of skin, which at no place is thicker than three-sixteenths of an inch, is packed with nerve endings to enable man to feel the outside world, and is virtually waterproof? Into the skin stretched over the frame did He next place the heart that pumps seventy-two times a minute, forty million times a year? When did He hang the lungs in their sealed compartments so that the rivers of blood necessary for life can deposit the carbon dioxide and pick up oxygen to be carried to every single one of the more than twenty-six trillion cells in the body? When did He place the brain inside the bony skull and program it to send messages that travel faster than three hundred miles an hour along the nervous system to the entire body? Truly, we are fearfully and wonderfully and lovingly and personally created by an awe-inspiring, loving Creator!

@Sent by Mary Sutherland


Where Do You Place Your Confidence?

     "Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel." (1 Chronicles 21:1)

     God always requires total trust in Him alone for our victories in life.  Throughout Scripture we are cautioned not to place our trust in the strength of horses, other men or our own abilities. In 1 Chronicles, David's decision to take a census was a failure to keep his trust totally upon the Lord.

     David's purpose in counting his population was to assess his military strength, much like the second census taken under Moses (see Numbers 1:2-3).  David found 800,000 men eligible for military service in Israel, and 500,000 men in Judah (see 2 Samuel 24:9), more than double the previous head count.

     David's commander evidently recognized the grave error that his king was about to make. "But Joab replied, 'May the Lord multiply his troops a hundred times over. My lord the king, are they not all my lord's subjects? Why does my lord want to do this? Why should he bring guilt on Israel?'" (1 Chronicles 21:3).

     Joab was right - the census displeased the Lord. David was falling into the temptation of trusting in the size of his army rather than in the Lord. In consequence, God punished David and reduced his forces by bringing a plague that killed 70,000 men.

     How do you avoid placing your trust in God today? Do you trust your bank accounts, your skills, your abilities, your resources, your own wisdom or your own strength?  When you begin to place your faith in these things instead of in the Provider of these things you get into trouble with God.

     What a lesson this is for each of us. Today, place your total trust in the Lord for all of your needs.

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Can You Tell A Book By Its Author?

French Population................Francis Crowded

Downpour! ...........................Wayne Dwops

Cloning ..............................Ima Dubble

Irish Flooring ......................Lynn O'Leum

Handel's Messiah ....................Ollie Luyah

Personal House Construction ....Bill Jerome Home

Unemployed ............................Anita Job

Off to Market ....................Tobias A. Pigg

Holmes Does it Again .........Scott Linyard Home

Alone IV ........................Eddie Buddyhome

Carroll ...................Alison Wonderland Leo

Tolstoy ....................Warren Peace Neither

Borrower ........................Nora Lender Bee

Chef ...................................Sue Flay

Tight Situation .......................Leah Tard

Why Cars Stop ........................M. T. Tank

Wind in the Willows ...........Russell Ingleaves

Look Younger ..........................Fay Slift

Mountain Climbing ..................Andover Hand

It's Springtime! ..................Theresa Green

No! ..................................Kurt Reply  


"Not the sharpest tool in the shed"

I worked with an individual who plugged their power strip back into itself and for the life of them could not understand why their computer would not turn on.


A friend had been doing temp work at various offices.  At one place she became the resident expert on the photocopy machine.  One day there was a big backup.  She went over to help and found that no one knew how to stop the copier from "punching" three holes down the side of each copy.  She opened the paper tray, removed the three-hole paper and solved the problem.

@Sent by Don Murray


- A Messy Kitchen Is A Happy Kitchen And This Kitchen Is Delirious

- Help Keep the Kitchen Clean  Eat Out

- Countless Numbers Of People Have Eaten In This Kitchen and Gone On To Lead Normal Lives

My next house will have no kitchen… just vending machines


     A college senior took his new girlfriend to a football game. The young couple found seats in the crowded stadium and were watching the action. A substitute was put into the game, and as he was running onto the field to take his position, the boy said to his girlfriend, "Take a good look at that fellow. I expect him to be our best man next year."

     His girlfriend snuggled closer to him and said, "That's the strangest way I ever heard of for a fellow to propose to a girl. Regardless of how you said it, I accept!”


            Rules and Regulations for Teachers in 1872

1. Teachers each day will fill lamps, clean chimneys, and trim wicks.

2. Each teacher will bring a bucket of water and scuttle of coal for the day's sessions.

3. Make your pens carefully: you may whittle nibs to the individual taste of pupils.

4. Men teachers may take one evening each week for courting purposes, or two evenings a week if they go to church regularly.

5. After 10 hours in school, the teachers spend the remaining time reading the Bible or other good books.

6. Women teachers who marry or engage in unseemly conduct will be dismissed.

7. Each teacher should lay aside from each pay a goodly sum of his earnings for his benefit during his declining years so that he will not become a burden on society.

8. Any teacher who smokes, uses liquor in any form, frequents pool or public halls, or get shaved in a barber shop will give good reason to suspect his worth, intentions, integrity and honesty.

9. The teacher who performs his labors faithfully and without fault for five years will be given an increase of 25 cents per week in his pay, providing the Board of Education approves.