Street scenes a couple blocks form our church on Nathan Road. Hong Kong has no shortage of people!
Cindy arrived safely in the States, and is now recovering from jet lag and preparing for the birth of our first granddaughter this coming Friday. Please remember my daughter Becki and the baby as she will have a C-section.
My son-in-law, Ace, is getting better, but is still bothered some with headaches and a bit of dizziness, especially in the evenings. He’s starting to drive some now, but still not on the freeway or at night.
As for Daniel, we thank the Lord that he’s pretty much fully recovered, though his ribs are still a bit sore from where the seatbelt held him in place.
I think I had mentioned in January that Cindy had been bitten by a dog on Cheung Chau Island. The site of the bite got itchy and is still somewhat sensitive, even more so since she returned to the Sates. Thus, as a preventative measure, and to alleviate any anxiety, she decided to get the anti-rabies shots.
At the time she was bitten, the doctor at the clinic on Cheung Chau that treated her, said there had not been any cases of rabies reported in Hong Kong for 20 years, so she decided not to get any shots at that time. Please pray that whatever it still going on on her calf muscle, where she was bitten, will heal up.
Things are going okay here in Hong Kong. I’ve actually started hiking again, though I’m still not doing any trails that are too hilly. I did about 14 K on Saturday (8.7 miles) and had no problems.
It does feel great to be hiking again. In the past couple years before I started taking the stronger diuretic, I would cough too much and have breathing issues because of full lungs, so I could not do much, and when I did it was not easy. But since taking the medication those problems have disappeared.
Yesterday our church was supposed to join several others to have a community outreach on a playground in Yaumatei. However, the Lord must have had other plans! First off, it was raining hard in the morning, and there were thunderstorm warnings most of the day. But the worst was that a water main must have broken near the playground, and it had flooding even before the rain started. In fact, it did not rain much in the afternoon, though the clouds were dark and heavy, but anyhow, they’ll come up with another date. So we should still be able to have the event.
That’s my brief update for this week. Make it a great week! Blessings, Dave
GET THE RIGHT SONG IN YOUR HEAD
"I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord.
The Lord has punished me severely, but he did not give me over to death.
Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord." Psalm 118:17-19
There was a time when, if you heard a Christmas carol, you knew Christmas was near. Carols were about the birth of Jesus, and unlike today, they were rarely heard before Thanksgiving. In Jesus' day, Psalm 118 was to Passover what Christmas carols are to Christmas. Just as "Silent Night" is often the last song sung at the Christmas Eve service, Psalm 118 was often the last psalm sung during the Passover service. The psalm may have been stuck in Jesus' head as he completed the Passover meal with his disciples. It may even have been replaying in his mind as the nails were driven and the cross was raised. The psalm brought home the grim reality of Jesus taking our punishment for sin, but it also brought the hope of his coming resurrection.
I shall not die, but I shall live,
and recount the deeds of the Lord.
The Lord has punished me severely,
but he did not give me over to death.
Everyone knows what it's like to get a song stuck in their head. Once, after visiting Disney's water ride "It's a Small World," I got the theme song stuck in my head for weeks. Unsurprisingly, it has been said that this is the most performed and translated song on earth. Even as I write this reflection, some children's choir in my mind is singing that chorus over and over again.
But if you're going to get a song stuck in your head, the one to choose is Psalm 118.
This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Save us, we beseech you, O Lord!
O Lord, we beseech you, give us success!
Do your best to get this song stuck in your head, so you can keep moving forward in the company of Jesus, always remembering to sing in good times and bad.
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
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The Supreme Sacrifice
"For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:7-8
"Leslie Weatherhead, in his book, Key Next Door, told about a benevolent ruler named Goho who, centuries ago, lived on the island of Taiwan. One ritual he desperately wanted stopped was the ancient custom of offering humans for sacrifices. He wanted them to substitute an ox or a pig for their annual offering.
For many years he succeeded. However, after one extremely poor harvest the tribal leaders complained that the animal sacrifices weren't working and they needed a human sacrifice to appease the gods whom they believed to be angry at them.
Unfortunately, Goho failed to convince his tribe of the error of their way and finally gave in to them. He said. "Go into the forest tomorrow morning. There you will find a victim tied to a tree. He will be wearing a red robe of sacrifice and a red cloth over his face and head. Strike! For this is your next victim."
The following morning the men went to the forest and found the victim just as Goho said. In a crazed frenzy they rushed in and decapitated him. When they uncovered his head they realized what they had done. They had killed Goho, their leader!
According to the story, Taiwan has never again had a human sacrifice. Goho accomplished through his death what his teaching failed to do.2
And on this day some 2000 years ago Jesus's death on the cross at Calvary accomplished what all of man's own efforts could never do. He died to pay the penalty for your sins and mine so we could be fully forgiven and given the gift of eternal life. If you have never accepted God's full and free pardon, you can do that right now by praying the following prayer:
"Dear God, I confess that I am a sinner and am sorry for all the wrongs that I have done. I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for my sins. Please forgive me. I invite You, Jesus, to come into my heart and life as my Lord and Savior. I commit and trust my life and way to You. Please give me the desire to be what You want me to be and to do what You want me to do. Thank You for dying for my sins, for Your free pardon, for Your gift of eternal life, and for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's name, amen."
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A man goes to the doctor and tells him that he hasn't been feeling well.
The doctor examines him, leaves the room and comes back with three different bottles of pills.
The doctor says, "Take the green pill with a big glass of water when you get up. Take the blue pill with a big glass of water after lunch. Then just before going to bed, take the red pill with another big glass of water."
Startled to be put on so much medicine the man stammers, "Wow doc, exactly what's my problem?"
The doctor says, "You're not drinking enough water."
Hey Baby Boomers! Some of our old favorites have been re-released. The following songs are on a new album called "Baby Boomers Turn Gray: Re-heated Oldies."
- Paul Simon--"Fifty Ways to Lose Your Liver"
- Carly Simon--"You're So Varicose Vein"
- The Bee Gees--"How Can You Mend a Broken Hip"
- Roberta Flack--"The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face"
- Johnny Nash--"I Can't See Clearly Now"
- The Temptations--"Papa Got a Kidney Stone"
- Nancy Sinatra--"These Boots Are Made For Bunions"
- ABBA--"Denture Queen"
- Leo Sayer--"You Make Me Feel Like Napping"
- Commodores--"Once, Twice, Three Times My Back's Out"
- Procol Harem--"A Whiter Shade of Hair"
- The Beatles--"I Get By with a Little Help From Depends"
- Steely Dan--"Rikki Don't Lose That Clapper"
- Herman's Hermits--"Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Walker"
- Credence Clearwater Revival--"Bad Prune Rising"
- Marvin Gaye--"I Heard It Through the Grape Nuts"
- The Who--"Talkin' 'Bout My Medication"
- The Troggs--"Bald Thing"
Sometimes kids get things a little......well, maybe these came from kids:
- Give us this day our deli bread!
- Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Whole East Coast.
- We shall come to Joyce's, bringing in the cheese.
- Gladly, the consecrated, cross-eyed bear.
- He carrots for you.
- Bringing in the sheets.
- Yield not to Penn Station.
- Dust around the throne.
- Praise God from whom all blessings flow, Praise Him all creatures, HERE WE GO
- While shepherds washed their socks by night
- He socked me and boxed me with His redeeming glove
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A little boy opened the big and old family Bible with fascination and looked at the old pages as he turned them. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible, and he picked it up and looked at it closely. It was an old leaf from a tree that had been pressed in between the pages.
"Momma, look what I found," the boy called out.
"What have you got there, dear?" his mother asked.
With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered: "I think it's Adam's suit!"
A sixth grade class is doing some spelling drills. The teacher asks Tommy if he can spell 'before'.
He stands up and says, "Before, BEPHOR."
The teacher says, "No, that's wrong. Can anyone else spell before?"
Another little boy stands up and says, "Before, BEFOOR."
Again the teacher says, "No, that's wrong." The teacher asks, "Tyrone, can you spell 'before'?"
Tyrone stands up and says, "Before, BEFORE."
"Excellent Tyrone, now can you use it in a sentence?"
Tyrone says, "That's easy. Two plus two be fore."
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