Monday Fodder - November 9, 2015

Views from the Ocean Park Needle.

I’m a day late in getting this started. Most of yesterday was spent on my to do list from our RiverGrace Leadership Team meeting.

Our Leadership team interviewed a candidate for pastor.  I will not reveal his name yet, as it has to be interviewed by the Yan Yue (mother church) who will give official approval if they deem him a wise choice.. Hopefully they will conduct an interview in the next couple weeks.  

After the deacons approve the application, the church conference, Hong Kong Evangelical Church, will also conduct an interview and give final approval. The last step is normally just a formality, and unless something is known about the candidate that has not come out in the vetting process, they will approve.

I will tell you this much. I’ve known the candidate since the late ’80’s. He entered United Christian College in 1989, and was in the school my last two years teaching there. He was in the English stream so I got to know him pretty well there. He became a Christian soon after he entered UCC, and was influenced a lot by the basketball coach at that time, Chan Siu Cheuk.

The candidate was also a graduate of the seminary we started in 2000. Please continue to pray for God’s will in this decision. We look at this candidate as the one to take over when we retire, or even before, if he’s ready.

To be honest, it’s hard to find pastors now in Hong Kong. I’m not sure all the reasons, but we had only one other application after several rounds of advertisements in the Christian magazines here. The other applicant was not one that we considered in the end.

The one that we interviewed only came by “chance”. haha. I think it was another God-thing. About a month ago I was sitting by Dr. Tony Kwan at lunch after our monthly co-workers prayer meeting. I asked him if he knew of any graduates / students who might be suitable to pastor RiverGrace. He immediately mentioned the one we interviewed, and texted him on the spot. Even before lunch was over, we had communicated about meeting up to talk about the possibilities. So I thank the Lord for his work and leading in all of this.

On one other note this week, this coming Sunday we’ll have 3 ladies baptized at one of the Hong Kong Evangelical Church’s joint baptismal services. One of the gals is from China and the other two are Filipinas. We praise the Lord for his work in their lives! Next week, I’ll have photos of them.

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


Some church members are like:

- Lobsters, with their skeleton on the outside

- Turtles, retreating into their shells when danger comes

- Birds, flitting from one tidbit to another

- Chickens, always pecking at something

- Peacocks, always putting on a show

- Monkeys, trying to be big swingers

- Roaches, running from the light

- Beavers, stopping things up

- Stray dogs, digging in the garbage

- Bats, spiritually blind

- Alligators, always snapping at somebody

- Lizards, changing their colors to suit the surroundings

@Rocky Henriques,


Pondering God’s Achievement

God, I ponder Your achievement.

You don’t condone my sin,

Nor do you compromise Your standard.

You don't ignore my rebellion,

Nor do You relax Your demands.

Rather than dismiss my sin,

You assume my sin,

And incredibly sentence Yourself.

Your holiness is honored.

My sin is punished…

And I am redeemed.

You have done what I cannot do--

So I can be what I dare not dream--

Perfect before You.

--Max Lucado

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“Neither” - Connie Willems

     I’ve been reading the book of Joshua recently and noticed a new “beginning”to the familiar account of the battle of Jericho. In Sunday school, thestory always started in chapter six with God telling the Israelites to walk around Jericho for seven days before the walls “came tumblin’ down.” This time, I realized the story actually starts at the end of chapter five.

     Joshua is “near the city”—a risky place for an enemy commander to be. In fact, I wondered what he was doing there. Was he on a reconnaissance mission? Was he studying the city walls, trying to come up with a plan of attack?

     Suddenly, Joshua is interrupted when he looks up and sees a man in front of him holding a drawn sword. His battle instincts triggered, Joshua walks forward with a challenge: “Are you for us or our enemies?”

     How does the man answer? “Neither, but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Neither? I love that reply!

     Joshua’s take on the situation had been clear: “This man is either for me or against me.” But that “neither” blew his friend-or-foe categories out of the water. The passage reveals that it is not just a man but God who was in front of Joshua - and God isn’t bound by “option A or option B” thinking.

    “Take off your shoes,” Joshua hears, “for the place where you are standing is holy.”  And soon Joshua is standing barefoot in the middle of holiness as God outlines His battle plan.

     I don’t know about you, but I often get stuck in “this or that” mode: People are either friends or foes. A situation is right or wrong. I can only choose between Door 1 or Door 2. Sometimes I even batter away at God, trying to get Him to tell me which option He’s going to identify with. Joshua’s story reminds me that God may be replying to my “This or that?" questions with, “Neither.”

     And just maybe, He would like me to recognize His presence, take off my shoes, and stand still for a while on holy ground so He can outline a perspective I’d never have considered otherwise.

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A man  was singing some solos in a concert and after a couple songs a man stood up in the back and said, "We can't hear you back here."   At that point a man on the front row stood up and said,  "Well, I can.  Do you want to trade places?

@Senty by Keith Brown


     Frustrated at always being corrected by my hubby, I decided the next time it happened I would have a comeback. That moment finally arrived, and I was ready.

     "You know," I challenged, "even a broken clock is right once a day."

      He looked at me and replied, "Twice."



10. "Did anyone think about bringing a couple of umbrellas?"

9. "Hey, there are more than two flies in here!"

8. "Wasn't someone supposed to put two shovels on board?"

7. "OK, who's the wise-guy who brought the mosquitoes on board?"

6. "Help! I need some Pepto for the elephants, QUICK!"

5. "Don't Make Me Pull This Ark Over And Come Back There!"

4. "No Ham, you cannot eat the Pig!"

3. "And whatever you do, DO NOT pull this plug out."

2. "Nice Doggie!"


1. "Are We There Yet?"

@Laugh & Lift -


- Some people are kind, polite and sweet-spirited  until you try to get into their pew.   [George Goldtrap, Madison, Tennessee]

- The good Lord didn't create anything without a purpose, but the fly comes close.   [Mark Twain]

- Most of us spend the first six days of the week sowing wild oats, then we go to church on Sunday and pray for a crop failure. [Fred Allen]

- Do you know the three times that most people are in church? When they are hatched, matched and dispatched.   [Lowell B. Yoder, Holland, Ohio]

- Quit griping about your church; if it were perfect, you couldn't belong. [Msgr. Joseph P. Dooley, Martins Creek, Pennsylvania]

- If a church wants a better pastor, it can get one by praying for the one it has.    [Rev. Robert E. Harris]

- A lot of church members who are singing "Standing On The Promises" are just sitting on the premises.   [Sr. Monique Rysavy]

- We were called to be witnesses, not lawyers. [Donna Maddux, Stillwater, Oklahoma]

- Every evening I turn my troubles over to God  He's going to be up all night anyway.    [Donald J. Morgan, Columbus, Ohio]

- I don't know why some people change churches  what difference does it make which one you stay home from?    [Rev. Denny Brake]

- If a Savior leaves you as you are and where you are, from what has He saved you?     [Rev. Denny Brake]

- Young man, the secret of my success is that at an early age I discovered I was not God.   [Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.]

- If your left hand doesn't know what your right hand is doing, you should consider running for a job in Washington.  [Anonymous]

- Some minds are like concrete, thoroughly mixed up and permanently set. [Rev. Denny Brake]

taken from "More Holy Humor”

@Sent by Susie Buckey



     Turkeys will thaw in the morning, then warm in the oven to an afternoon  high near 190F. The kitchen will turn hot and humid, and if you bother the cook, be ready for a severe squall or cold shoulder.

    During the late afternoon and evening, the cold front of a knife will slice through the turkey, causing an accumulation of one to two inches on plates. Mashed potatoes will drift across one side while cranberry sauce creates slippery spots on the other. Please pass the gravy.

    A weight watch and indigestion warning have been issued for the entire area, with increased stuffiness around the beltway. During the evening, the turkey will diminish and taper off to leftovers, dropping to a low of 34F in the refrigerator.

     Looking ahead to Friday and Saturday, high pressure to eat sandwiches will be established. Flurries of leftovers can be expected both days with a 50 percent chance of scattered soup late in the day. We expect a warming trend where soup develops. By early next week, eating pressure will be low as the only wish left will be the bone.

Sent by Carl Gustafson

Aberdeen and Ap Lei Chau

The show stadium for dolphins and seals... no more Orca whales...

A view south and some of Hong Kongs 263 islands