October 31, 2016

Saturday we hiked from Pak Tam Chung to Hoi Ha, a distance of just over 17kilometers (over 10 1/2 miles). We enjoyed walking over hills, and several streams, as well as walking along the sea. Those who joined the hike are Lincoln, Anthony and Pauline, Ehad, Richard and Irwin. Credit goes to Irwin for all the photos.

I need to make this short and sweet this week. I have several projects to do this week. and it seems there’s not a lot of time to get them all done.

I wanted first to share a link with you about the “Umbrella Movement” that happened two years ago and the current status. http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/entry/13/30001

I think it’s a good article to help people understand what’s happening in Hong Kong today. The article mentions Joshua Wong, one of the key leaders of that movement, who graduated from our high school, United Christian College - Kowloon East.

I don’t often report on politics these days, but Hong Kong authorities continue to struggle to balance the wishes, and even demands, from some Hong Kong people who want greater autonomy and freedom to choose their own leaders, and the Mainlands authorities ’who pre-approve who can stand for election based on their loyalty to the Communist Party.

Despite the umbrella movement, China’s authorities have not budged at all, and in fact, seem to be increasing their influence to control desired outcomes. in politics.

The other link I wanted to share today, is about the expensive property market in Hong Kong, not only living quarters, but a space to park your car. Hong Kong property prices have always been some of the most expensive in the world, and the biggest chunk of a person’s salary goes to housing. In the article, linked here:

http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/2040679/whod-buy-car-park-space-hk48-million-someone-conduit-road  someone shelled out HK $4.6 million dollars just for a space to park a car. That is US $619,000 dollars… just for a place to park a car. What kind of car would you park in that expensive of a space? :)

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


Good Enough! - Jentezen Franklin www.jentezenfranklin.org

     'I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt.' Jer 31:4

     Don't allow anybody but God to tell you what you're worth! That's too much power to give anyone. If people can label you, they can limit you.  Until you know how God feels about you, you'll know neither your worth as an individual nor your life's purpose. You'll worry about how you look, what others think, and whether or not you're going to succeed in life.

     But when you believe God's promise, 'I have loved you with an everlasting love... I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt' (Jer. 31:3- 4), you're free to focus on improving and reaching your God-given potential. What life has torn down, God can rebuild.

     Today, if you're suffering from lack of self-worth, here's a prayer to help you: 'Father, sometimes I think I'm of no use, that I can't do anything right, that nothing I do is ever good enough. But I know that when You look at who I am, and who I can be - You see Jesus. And He is good enough!  It's good enough that He shed His precious blood to cover my unworthiness. Good enough that He paid the price for every sin I would ever commit. Good enough that He's working to perfect me each day. Good enough that He sees me as 'righteous' in Christ. Good enough that He's interceding for me at the throne of God right now. Good enough that He's mending the broken areas of my life and making me whole. Good enough that His love for me is everlasting and guaranteed. Thank You, Father, that everything Jesus does is good enough, and that in Him, I am good enough too!'

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"Tender Words to the Tired Heart "

     Brook Besor. Don't feel bad if you've never heard of the place. Most haven't, but more need to. The Brook Besor narrative deserves shelf space in the library of the worn-out. It speaks tender words to the tired heart.

     The story emerges from the ruins of Ziklag. David and his six hundred soldiers return from the Philistine war front to find utter devastation. A raiding band of Amalekites had swept down on the village, looted it, and taken the women and children hostage. The sorrow of the men mutates into anger, not against the Amalekites, but against David. After all, hadn't he led them into battle? Hadn't he left the women and children unprotected? Isn't he to blame? Then he needs to die. So they start grabbing stones.

     This could be his worst hour.  But he makes it one of his best.

     David redirects the men's anger toward the enemy. They set out in pursuit of the Amalekites.  Keep the men's weariness in mind. They still bear the trail dust of a long campaign and haven't entirely extinguished their anger at David. They don't know the Amalekites' hideout, and, if not for the sake of their loved ones, they might give up.

     Indeed, two hundred do. The army reaches a brook called Besor, and they dismount. Soldiers wade in the creek and splash water on their faces, sink tired toes in cool mud, and stretch out on the grass. Hearing the command to move on, two hundred choose to rest. "You go on without us," they say.

     How tired does a person have to be to abandon the hunt for his own family?

     The church has its quorum of such folks. Good people. Godly people. Only hours or years ago they marched with deep resolve. But now fatigue consumes them. They're exhausted. So beat-up and worn down that they can't summon the strength to save their own flesh and blood. Old age has sucked their oxygen. Or maybe it was a deflating string of defeats. Divorce can leave you at the brook. Addiction can as well. Whatever the reason, the church has its share of people who just sit and rest.

     And the church must decide. What do we do with the Brook Besor people? Berate them? Shame them? Give them a rest but measure the minutes? Or do we do what David did? David let them stay.

     He and the remaining four hundred fighters resume the chase.  David and his men swoop down upon the enemy like hawks on rats. Every Israelite woman and child is rescued. Every Amalekite either bites the dust or hits the trail, leaving precious plunder behind. David goes from scapegoat to hero, and the whooping and hollering begin.  And what about the two hundred men who had rested?

     You might feel the way some of David's men felt: "Because they did not go with us, we will not give them any of the spoil that we have recovered, except for every man's wife and children" (1 Sam. 30:22).

     A Molotov cocktail of emotions is stirred, lit, and handed to David. Here's how he defuses it: "Don't do that after what the Lord has given us. He has protected us and given us the enemy who attacked us. Who will listen to what you say? The share will be the same for the one who stayed with the supplies as for the one who went into battle. All will share alike." (30:23-24)

     Note David's words: they "stayed with the supplies," as if this had been their job. They hadn't asked to guard supplies; they wanted to rest. But David dignifies their decision to stay.

     David did many mighty deeds in his life. He did many foolish deeds in his life. But perhaps the noblest was this rarely discussed deed: he honored the tired soldiers at Brook Besor.   Someday somebody will read what David did and name their church the Congregation at Brook Besor. Isn't that what the church is intended to be? A place for soldiers to recover their strength?

     If you are listed among them, here is what you need to know: it's okay to rest. Jesus is your David. He fights when you cannot. He goes where you cannot. He's not angry if you sit. Did he not invite, "Come off by yourselves; let's take a break and get a little rest" (Mark 6:31)?

     Brook Besor blesses rest.

     Brook Besor also cautions against arrogance. David knew the victory was a gift. Let's remember the same. Salvation comes like the Egyptian in the desert, a delightful surprise on the path. Unearned. Undeserved. Who are the strong to criticize the tired?

     Are you weary? Catch your breath. We need your strength.

     Are you strong? Reserve passing judgment on the tired. Odds are, you'll need to plop down yourself. And when you do, Brook Besor is a good story to know.

@Max Lucado - www.MaxLucado.com  From "Facing Your Giants"


     Mrs. Harris visited a surgeon to be examined for her pain. The surgeon looked her over and said, "You need an operation."

     Mrs. Harris thought it over and then said, "I'd like a second opinion."

     "O.K.," replied the surgeon. "You don't need an operation."


     Little Johnny visited a neighbor's house.

     "Can I see your trap?"

     "What trap? I don't know what you mean," said the neighbor.

     Little Johnny replied, "The one my Dad says you can't keep shut."

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Census Taker: "How many children do you have?"

Woman: "Four."

Census Taker: "May I have their names, please?"  

Woman: "Eenee, Meenee, Minee and Frank."

Census Taker: "Okay, that's fine. But may I ask why you named your fourth child Frank?"

Woman: "Because we didn't want any Moe."


Business Signs  

Bakery: "It's nice to be kneaded."

Car Dealership: "The best way to get back on your feet - miss a car payment."

Computer Store: "Out for a quick byte."

Operating Room Entrance: "May I Cut In?"

Photographer's Studio: "Out to Lunch: If not back by five, out for Dinner also."

Podiatrist's Office: "Time wounds all heels."

Proctologist's Door: "To expedite your visit, please back in."

Propane Filling Station: "Tank heaven for little grills."

Sanitarium Door: "Nobody leaves here mad."

Store Window: "Why go elsewhere and be cheated when you can come here?"

Undertaker's Window: "Drive carefully. We can wait."

Waterbed Shop: "Your vinyl resting place."

@Sent by Mary Sutherland


     A farmer on vacation called his hired man to see how things were going.

     "Well everythin' out'nt your place is just fine right now 'cept your dog aint doin so good."

     Is the dog sick or somethin’?

     No, he got kicked when t' horse run away and he's dead.

     Oh I see, and is the horse back in the pen now?

     No, the horse ran away 'cause of the fire and we been so busy fightin' fire no ones had time to look for t' horse.

     Oh I see, and where's the fire?

     Well the barn catched on fire and its 'bout gone by now but we did manage t' save most'n the house.

     You managed to save most of the house, did it catch fire too?

     Not zakly, see we's blastin out'n that ol stump next t' the drive and ol' Rube got to much dynomite in t' hole and blowed away t' stump and t' REA pole.

     I suppose that let the hilines down across the house and started the fire.

     No, t' fire started when we's tryin t' chase a mouse out'n a hole with a cuttin' torch.

     You were chasin' a mouse with a cuttin' torch in the house?

     Not in the house! You think we ain't smart or somethin? We weren't chasin' a mouse in t' house. We's after t' one what run under the propane tank. Amazin' how much fire a mouse can start!

     So how did the house catch on fire?

     I never said t' house caught on fire. We saved most of'n it any way.

     So what happened to the house?

     Well like I said, ol' Rube got too much dynomite in t' hole an' BOOM! but t' porch and front door looks real good yet. Don't worry 'bout us. We got everything under control. You all just enjoy your vacation now ya hear.

@Sent by Fred Miller