August 22, 2016

Hong Kong regularly has cruise liners like this anchored in the harbor. Below is what we used to see when we first came to Hong Kong... fishing junks. (from a scanned slide).

Cindy had a very busy week last week, facilitating the Elijah House prayer training. The training this week continues, but at a retreat house… Bethany House on Cheung Chau Island.


Please remember her in your prayers. She goes pretty much every day… all day.


There are about 17 people in this training session - part 2 in learning how to do prayer counseling.


I continue to recover. At least physically My energy level is pretty much back to normal. I have started to add a bit of incline to my 8km (5 mile) walks. Though I may have to stop and catch my breath a time or two on the steepest parts, it’s so nice to be out closer to nature again. It clears my mind and helps keep me sane!


We’ll see in a couple days how the meds are doing… especially the blood thinners.


I’ve not shared a lot about RiverGrace and Yan Yue of late because of the surgery, etc., but please keep both churches in your prayers. I did mention some weeks ago about the pastoral changes coming in Yan Yue.  


At this point they have a candidate that most of them agree has good potential, but the finances are an issue as the attendance in Yan Yue has been down some in the past couple of years.


Different scenarios have been discussed, but decisions need to be made soon. Please pray especially for the coming deacon’s meeting on Wednesday evening, when the second interview will be given to the candidate.


Also, if there is time, we will discuss the future development of RiverGrace, and also the related pastoral issues we face. Our volunteer colleague, Pastor Tommy, whom I’ve told you about, is still going to stay on a volunteer status for the time being. He has fit in well with the brothers and sisters of RiverGrace, but when considering our retirement, that is getting ever closer, and the pastoral leadership changes in Yan Yue, our pastoral situation also has a  bearing on Yan Yue’s future as well.


Thus all of these things, and even more, are on the table to be decided. Pray that we will all hear God’s heart, both for Yan Yue, and for RiverGrace.


Thanks much for your continued prayers for our ministry here over the years. When the Lord passes out rewards, we know that many of the rewards will go to you who have prayed. so faithfully over the years. That’s how it should be!


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


SERIOUS FODDER


RESTRICTED AREA


    Suppose we raised our children with guidelines patterned after the Old Testament law.  Instructions regarding where they can eat and where they can't might sound something like this:


Of the beasts of the field, and of the fishes of the sea, and

of all foods that are acceptable in my sight you may eat, but

not in the living room.


Of the hoofed animals, broiled or ground into burgers, you may

eat, but not in the living room.


Of the cloven-hoofed animal, plain or with cheese, you may eat,

but not in the living room.


Of the cereal grains, of the corn and of the wheat and of the

oats, and of all the cereals that are of bright color and

unknown provenance you may eat, but not in the living room.


Of the juices and other beverages, yes, even of those in

sippy-cups, you may drink, but not in the living room, neither

may you carry such therein.


Indeed, when you reach the place where the living room carpet

begins, of any food or beverage there you may not eat, neither

may you drink. But if you are sick, and are lying down and

watching something, then may you eat in the living room.


    When I was a child, the rule may not have been worded quite that way, but the principle was surely in place.  There were places where I was forbidden to go except in extreme or unusual circumstances.

    The Jews of the Old Testament were in a similar situation.  There was a place forbidden to them -- that special room in the tabernacle and later the temple called the Most Holy Place, the Holy of Holies.  It represented the very presence of God and the punishment for entering was nothing short of death.  The only exception took place on the Day of Atonement when the high priest alone entered -- and then only after the room was filled with the smoke of incense.

    One of the things Jesus did for us on the cross was to open our access into God's presence.  Have you considered the significance of the tearing of the veil in the temple when Jesus was on the cross (Matt. 27:51)?  What once was forbidden has now been made available!

    "...[W]e have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body." (Hebrews 10:19-20, NIV)

   You may still be restricted from eating in the living room, but going into the presence of God is now a possibility!

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Church Signs

1. "No God - No Peace? Know God - Know Peace."

2. "Free Trip to heaven. Details Inside!"

3. "Try our Sundays. They are better than Baskin-Robbins."

4. "Searching for a new look? Have your faith lifted here!"

5. An ad for one Church has a picture of two hands holding stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments are inscribed and a headline that reads: "For fast, fast, fast relief, take two tablets."

6. When the restaurant next to another Church put out a sign with big red letters that said, "Open Sundays," the church reciprocated with its own message: "We are open on Sundays, too."

7. "People are like tea bags - you have to put them in hot water before you know how strong they are."

8. "Fight truth decay - study the Bible daily."

9. "How will you spend eternity - Smoking or Non-smoking?"

10. "Dusty Bibles lead to Dirty Lives"

11. "Come work for the Lord. The work is hard, the hours are long and the pay is low. But the retirement benefits are out of this world."

12. "It is unlikely there'll be a reduction in the wages of sin."

13. "Do not wait for the hearse to take you to church."

14. "If you're headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns."

15. "If you don't like the way you were born, try being born again."

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GUFFAW FODDER


     After being with his blind date all evening, the man couldn't take another minute with her.  Earlier, he had secretly arranged to have a friend call him on his cell phone so he would have an excuse to leave if something like this happened.

     As he finished the call, he lowered his eyes, put on a grim expression and said, "I have some bad news.  My grandfather just died."

     "Thank goodness," his date replied. "If yours hadn't, mine would have had to!"

~

     After being with his blind date all evening, the man couldn't take another minute with her.  Earlier, he had secretly arranged to have a friend call him on his cell phone so he would have an excuse to leave if something like this happened.

     As he finished the call, he lowered his eyes, put on a grim expression and said, "I have some bad news.  My grandfather just died."

     "Thank goodness," his date replied. "If yours hadn't, mine would have had to!"

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     Jill's car was unreliable and she kept telling her husband John about it, but when he would drive it, it would always seem fine. So he dismissed it thinking that she was exaggerating. Then he got a call:

     John: "Hi honey."

     Jill: "My brakes went out. Can you come get me?"

     John: "What!? Where are you?"

     Jill: "I'm in the drugstore."

     John: "And where's the car?"

     Jill: "It's in here with me..."

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     Hamburger Helper: It works, but only if the hamburger is ready to accept the fact that it needs help.

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     In one small rural town the sheriff also fulfilled the role of the town's veterinarian.

     One night the phone rang, and his wife answered.

     An agitated voice inquired, "Is your husband there?"

     "He is, but tell me, do you need him as the sheriff or the vet?" the wife asked.

     "Both!" was the reply.

     "We can't get our dog's mouth open, and there's a burglar in it."

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2. Now, describe your problem accurately: _________________

3. Speculate wildly about the cause of the problem: __________

4. Problem Severity:

A. Minor__ B. Minor__ C. Minor__ D. Trivial__

5. Nature of the problem:

A. Locked Up__ B. Frozen__ C. Hung__ D. Shot__

6. Is your computer plugged in? Yes__ No__

7. Is it turned on? Yes__ No__

8. Have you tried to fix it yourself? Yes__ No__

9. Have you made it worse? Yes__

10. Have you read the manual? Yes__ No__

11. Are you sure you've read the manual? Yes__ No__

12. Are you absolutely certain you've read the manual? No__

13. Do you think you understood it? Yes__ No__

14. If `Yes,' then why can't you fix the problem yourself?____________

15. How tall are you? Are you above this line? ___________________

16. What were you doing with your computer at the time the problem occurred?

________________________________

17. If 'nothing,' explain why you were logged in: ___________________

18. Are you sure you aren't imagining the problem? Yes__ No__

19. How does this problem make you feel? _______________________

20. Tell me about your childhood: _______________________________

21. Do you have any independent witnesses of the problem? Yes__ No__

22. Can't you do something else, instead of bothering me? Yes__

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