Cindy arrived safely in the States last Friday. I will be heading that way on Thursday. I will not do the weekly Fodders during that time, but if I have time to do one, I’ll do my best!. I’ll return to Hong Kong on August 11.
It was a significant week, especially on Thursday. I had two meetings in the morning, lunch with the UCC – KE school staff, and two more meetings after that.
My colleague, Pastor Tommy, and I met with the Hong Kong Evangelical Church Executive Committee. They officially approved RiverGrace as being the first international church of HKEC, and the 21st church in the conference.
Becoming an official church will mean that RiverGrace will have a new name. Our officially registered name will be “RiverGrace International Hong Kong Evangelical Church.” We May use the name “RiverGrace International HKEC” in our promotional materials so that it won't be so long.
Most of the committee's discussion was over the issue of membership. It’s stated in the bylaws of HKEC that a person cannot be a member of two churches. However, the majority of our people are from overseas. Some of them, like us, have membership in their home churches of whatever country they come from. They do not want to pull their membership from those churches because they will not permanently stay in Hong Kong. For now, we will submit names of those who qualify to the executive committee for their approval. That means there's no need to change the bylaws.
Membership is an important issue in HKEC, as non-members cannot be deacons or be in some other leadership positions.
Please continue to pray as we work through all the issues before us, in becoming independent, and moving our worship services activities to a new location.
We've already had some very positive meetings with the school where we will move, United Chrisitan College in the Shek Kip Mei area, and with Grace Church, the HKEC church next to UCC. Grace Church also uses some of the classrooms of the school for their Sunday activities, as they also have space usage issues. So we’ll have to coordinate with their schedule as well as that of the school during the week.
That's the news for this week. Have a great couple of weeks! Blessings, Dave
"Our Thinking Vs. God's Promises"
All things are possible (Luke 18:27)
"I'm too tired"
I will give you rest (Matthew 11:2830)
"Nobody really loves me"
I love you (John 3:16 & John 13:34)
"I can't go on"
My grace is sufficient (II Corinthians 12:9 &Psalm 91:15)
"I can't figure things out"
I will direct your steps (Proverbs 3:56)
"I can't do it"
You can do all things (Phillipians 4:13)
"I'm not able"
I am able (II Corinthians 9:8)
"It's not worth it"
It will be worth it (Romans 8:28)
"I can't forgive myself"
I forgive you (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)
"I can't manage"
I will supply all your needs (Phillipians 4:19)
I have not given you a spirit of fear (II Timothy 1:7)
"I'm always worried and frustrated"
Cast all your cares on Me (I Peter 5:7)
"I don't have enough faith"
I've given everyone a measure of faith (Romans 12:3)
"I'm not smart enough"
I give you wisdom (I Corinthians 1:30)
"I feel all alone"
I will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)
Dr. David Jeremiah - Jesus Has No Opinions
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing." Matthew 7:15a; 1 John 4:1-4
"Jesus does not offer an opinion," wrote A. W. Tozer, "for He never uttered opinions. He never guessed; He knew, and He knows. His words are not as Solomon's were, the sum of sound wisdom or the results of keen observation. He spoke out of the fullness of the Godhead, and His words are very Truth itself."
Our world has lots of opinions, and most of them are wrong. In an increasingly secular society, we must guard against false teachers both inside and outside the church. Evolutionary theory saturates our scientific community. Humanism frames our laws and judicial decisions. Professors and educators exclude God and discriminate against Christian teachers. The entertainment industry churns out moral propaganda like ancient Rome. Popular preachers export a diluted message. And even our busses and subway cars declare there is no God.
Jesus warned that false teachers would dominate the last days. But secular opinion cannot withstand divine truth. And Jesus is very Truth itself. It is important to know Him and study His Word. How much more do you know Him today than you did yesterday? Know Him and study His Word.
It is well that He spoke... and it is good that we listen. His words are the essence of truth. A. W. Tozer
A young girl who was writing a paper for school came to her father and asked, "Dad, what is the difference between anger and exasperation?" The father replied, "It is mostly a matter of degree. Let me show you what I mean." With that the father went to the telephone and dialed a number at random. To the man who answered the phone, he said, "Hello, is Melvin there?"
The man answered, "There is no one living here named Melvin. Why don't you learn to look up numbers before you dial them?"
"See," said the father to his daughter. "That man was not a bit happy with our call. He was probably very busy with something and we annoyed him. Now watch." The father dialed the number again. "Hello, is Melvin there?" asked the father.
"Now look here!" came the heated reply. "You just called this number and I told you that there is no Melvin here! You've got a lot of nerve calling again!" The receiver slammed down hard.
The father turned to his daughter and said, "You see, that was anger. Now I'll show you what exasperation means." He dialed the same number, and when a violent voice roared, "Hello!" the father calmly said, "Hello, this is Melvin. Have there been any calls for me?"
Ending his sermon, a preacher announced that he would preach on Noah and the Ark on the following Sunday, and gave the scriptural reference for the congregation to read ahead of time.
A couple of boys noticed something interesting about the placement of the story in the Bible. They slipped into the church and glued two pages of the pulpit Bible together.
The next Sunday, the preacher got up to read his text. "Noah took unto himself a wife," he began, "and she was" - he turned the page to continue - "three hundred cubits long, fifty wide and thirty high."
He paused, scratched his head, turned the page back, read it silently, and turned the page again.
Then he looked up at his congregation and said, "I've been reading this old Bible for near fifty years, but there are some things in it that are hard to believe."
A man was having trouble getting his neighbor to keep his chickens fenced in. The neighbor kept talking about chickens being great creatures, and as such they had the right to go where they wanted.
The man was having no luck keeping the chickens out of his flowerbeds, and he had tried everything. Two weeks later, on a visit a friend noticed his flowerbeds were doing great. The flowers were beginning to bloom.
So the friend asked him how he managed to keep the birds away. "How did you make your neighbor keep his hens in his own yard?"
"One night I hid half a dozen eggs under a bush by my flower bed, and the next day I let my neighbor see me gather them. I wasn't bothered after that."
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It makes sense for worship leaders to wear jeans. In the Bible, the musicians at the Temple were all descendants of Levi's.
The price of balloons is going up. They blame it on inflation.
When my three-year-old son opened the birthday gift from his grandmother, he discovered a water pistol. He squealed with delight and headed for the nearest sink. I was not so pleased.
I turned to Mom and said, "I'm surprised at you. Don't you remember how we used to drive you crazy with water guns?"
Mom smiled and then replied....."I remember.
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My van had been parked in front of a high-rise building where I had been making some repairs. To my dismay, when I approached I saw broken glass and bits of plastic lying on the road from around the headlight. I thought I had been the victim of a hit- and-run and asked a grounds keeper working at the building if he had seen what had happened.
Rather sheepishly the man told me his truck had been parked about 50 feet uphill from my van. At some point the parking brakes had failed, and his truck rolled down and struck the front of my van.
The police were called and while sitting with the investigating officer in his car, I heard him quietly chuckling. "In all my years of police work," he said, "this is the first time I've ever investigated an accident between two parked vehicles."
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