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Here is a smattering of photos from this past weekend. It was a busy one with a hike Saturday morning, a wedding Saturday afternoon, a wedding feast Saturday evening, and yesterday having the 63rd anniversary joint worship service of Hong Kong Evangelical Church, of which RiverGrace, and our mother church, Yan Yue are a part. I've uploaded more photos on Facebook, if you would like to check all of them out.
The week was a busy one with another trip to the hospital for a blood test on Wednesday. They upped my Coumadin level a bit, but otherwise, things are going well, and I’m feeling fine.
We also had a traditional Hakka Chinese New Year dinner last Wednesday for our Life Group fellowship at church. Thirty people joined that dinner and fellowship afterwards. We enjoyed the meal and fellowship. Our Spanish fellowship joined and we all stayed together for a time of fellowship. Since there were several newcomers and many did not know each other, we had some icebreaker games for folks to get to know each other better.
The Spanish fellowship had been meeting only once a month, but they’d like start meeting twice a month. They’re now trying to find a suitable time.
Saturday morning a friend, Cindy and I did a hike. The weather was nice, and we were not in a hurry, so I made it into a photo hike. I put a few of the photos on the Fodder site, but many more on Facebook if you are connected there.
Later Saturday afternoon, we both attended a wedding of a young man from our mother church, Yan Yue. The groom grew up in the church and his whole family attended there. In the evening there was a wedding banquet. It happened to fall within the days of the ongoing Chinese New Year. In fact, it was Valentine’s Day according to the Chinese calendar. So one of the features was a lion dance. I had never seen that at a wedding before. It was colorful and had a new feature, which I had also not seen before, LED lights were used on the costume. The food and fellowship of the banquet with the bothers and sisters was good. I saw several friends whom I had not seen in quite awhile.
Cindy did not go to the banquet because she did not want to get home so late. .For me, I got home after midnight, and then got up again at 3:30am to take Cindy to town to catch the train to the start of the Standard Chartered half marathon. She was in the first group to start and it was at 5:45am. They start early, and have time limits, so the traffic won’t be impeded to long by closing off the roads that are used for the different events. It included 10K, half marathon and full marathon. Altogether, there were around 75,000 runners in the event. They come from all over, and an African won the Marathon in 2 hours and 10 minutes. Cindy’s time was a respectable 2 hours and 7 minutes for the half. Unfortunately, one of the half marathon runners collapsed near the finish line, and this evenings news said she had passed away.
I sent back to sleep at the OMS office after I dropped Cindy off. When finished, she came back to OMS to change and get ready for the 63rd anniversary service of our Hong Kong Evangelical Church conference which OMS established after they arrived in1954. The joint worship was held in the MacPhearson Stadium in Mongkok. It was a nice facility and though the 20 churches did not fill it up, there was still a great atmosphere of thanks, worship and celebration for God’s goodness..
There was one sad even that happened on the Mass Transit Railway, one of the major forms of transportation in Hong Kong. A deranged man apparently set himself on fire, after throwing some flammable liquid around and then lighting it. It was between stations and so people could not exit the train until the next station. The man himself is in critical condition and I guess there were four others who were serious and a total of 18 who were injured / burnt and taken to the hospital. Please remember those who were injured in your prayers.
That’s my report for this week. Make it a great week. Blessings, Dave
We know the sovereign Potter is working with us as He pleases. He is the Potter; we are the clay. He is the one who gives the commands; we are the ones who obey. He never has to explain himself; He never has to ask permission. He is shaping us over into the image of His Son, regardless of the pain and heartache that may require. Those lessons are learned a little easier when we remember that we are not in charge. He is. -- Charles Swindoll
To have faith in Jesus does not mean we try to pretend that bad things are really good. Rather we know that God will take our difficulties and weave them into purposes we cannot see as yet. And when He is done, the day will be more glorious for our having gone through the difficulties.
-- Rebecca Manley Pippert
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Five Ways God Uses the Problems in Your Life
The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you - depending on how you respond to them. Unfortunately, most people fail to see how God wants to use problems for good in their lives. They react foolishly and resent their problems rather than pausing to consider what benefit they might bring. Here are five ways God wants to use the problems in your life:
1. God uses problems to DIRECT you.
Sometimes God must light a fire under you to get you moving. Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to change. Is God trying to get your attention? "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
2. God uses problems to INSPECT you.
People are like tea bags... if you want to know what's inside them, just drop them into hot ever water! Has God tested your faith with a problem? What do problems reveal about you? "When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience." James 1:2-3
3. God uses problems to CORRECT you.
Some lessons we learn only through pain and failure. It's likely that as a child your parents told you not to touch a hot stove. But you probably learned by being burned. Sometimes we only learn the value of something by losing it. "It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes." Psalm 119:72
4. God uses problems to PROTECT you.
A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents you from being harmed by something more serious. Last year a friend was fired for refusing to do something unethical that his boss had asked him to do. His unemployment was a problem - but it saved him from being convicted and sent to prison a year later when management's actions were eventually discovered. "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good" Genesis 50:20
5. God uses problems to PERFECT you.
Problems, when responded to correctly, are character builders. God is far more interested in your character than your comfort. Your relationship to God and your character are the only two things you're going to take with you into eternity. "We can rejoice when we run into problems... they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady." Romans 5:3-4
Here's the point:
God is at work in your life - even when you do not recognize it or understand it. But it's much easier and profitable when you surrender to his plan for your life.
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Technology! The gas pumps of today can pump $40 in the same amount of time it took just a few years ago to pump $20. Amazing!
George Washington Carver, the great botanist and educator who died more than 50 years ago, often summarized his view of life with this story:
"When I was young, I said to God, 'Tell me the mystery of the universe.' But God answered, 'That knowledge is reserved for Me alone.' So I said, 'God, tell me the mystery of the peanut.'
"Then God said, 'Well, George, that's more nearly your size.' And He told me."
It was Super Bowl Sunday, and in a Presbyterian church the time for the collection of tithes and offerings was approaching. The minister, a true sports enthusiast, reached into his pocket, took out a quarter, flipped it into the air, glanced at it as it landed, then in typical referee fashion joyfully announced: "The ushers will receive!"
Bobby's class was having an English lesson, and the teacher called on Bobby to recite a sentence with a direct object.
Bobby stood and thought, then said, "Teacher, everybody thinks you are beautiful."
"Why thank you, Bobby," the teacher said, blushing. "But what is the direct object?"
"A good report card next month," he replied.
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A guy took his girlfriend to a football game for the first time.
After the game he asked his girlfriend how she liked the game.
Oh, I really liked it," she said, "but I just couldn't understand why they were killing each other for 25 cents."
"What on earth do you mean???"
"Well I saw them flip a coin and one team got it and then for the rest of the game all they kept screaming was, "Get the quarter back! Get the quarter back!"
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"Resumania" is a term coined by Mr. Robert Half, founder of RHI Consulting's parent company, to describe the unintentional bloopers that often appear on job candidates' resumes, job applications and cover letters. Here's some examples:
- "I perform my job with effortless efficiency, effectiveness, efficacy, and expertise."
(And an eye on the "e" section of the dictionary, evidently.)
- "Insufficient writing skills...thought processes have slowed down some. If I am not one of the best, I will look for another opportunity."
(No problem ...)
- "Seek challenges that test my mind and body, since the two are usually inseparable."
(Glad to hear it.)
- "My compensation should be at least equal to my age."
(And bonuses "tied to" his shoe size?)
- "I am very detail-oreinted."
(With the possible exception of spelling)
- "I can play well with others."
(We'll be sure to tell your mommy.)
- "Married, eight children. Prefer frequent travel."
(A new twist on work-family balance.)
- "Objection: To utilize my skills in sales."
(Have you considered law school?)
- "My salary requirement is $34 per year."
(They say money isn't everything.)
- "Served as assistant sore manager."
- "Work history: Bum. Abandoned belongings and led nomadic lifestyle."
(So you're willing to travel?)
- "Previous experience: Self-employed - a fiasco."
(Definitely to the point.)
- "I vow to fulfill the goals of the company as long as I live."
(And they say loyalty is hard to come by.)
- "Reason for leaving last job: Pushed aside so the vice president's girlfriend could steal my job."
(We're glad you're not bitter.)
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In the first photo Kidd