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February 20, 2017
The top two photos are of a lovely sunrise when the tide was out from a couple weeks ago. The photo of the farm is one I found on the Internet from the 70's of our farm when our family would have been living there. The bottom two photos are a couple from my hike with a friend on Saturday. I'll post all of the photos from the hike in a separate album. It was another perfect day in terms of the clearness.
There’s not a lot of news this week, so I won’t try to make something out of nothing! Maybe it’s just writer’s block this time. But maye, sometimes no news is good news.
I preached in a new Chinese church on Sunday. Last year at this time Raymond To, the pastor of the Hung Hom Baptist Church, was an intern in RiverGrace for a missions class at our seminary, United Wesleyan Graduate Institute. He invited me to come to his church to preach. I enjoyed the time there, as these days I get few opportunities to preach anywhere but RiverGrace.
When I was the Hong Kong Field Leader, I regularly preached in our Chinese churches, including our mother church, Yan Yue.
Because their service was at 11 and RiverGrace’s does not start till 12:00, I made it back to the church shortly after Cindy had started to preach. She’s starting a series on the book of Ephesians and will, in principle preach one time a month on that book.
Pastor Tommy and I will soon be starting a series on Nehemiah, perhaps a great theme as we look forward to building on what we’ve started by becoming an independent church and looking for a new place to meet where the space usage will not be a problem.
At the end of our RG service on Sunday, we prayed for another couple, Grant and Vicky, who are going to be helping another church. While we’re sad to see them not being part of our RG family, we know God will continue to use them in the new church settings where Grant will be helping the implement the cell group strategy. Grant helped us in the planning and training for our transition to starting more of a cell church model.
Saturday was another perfect day to hike. It was about as clear as it gets in Hong Kong. I just posted a couple photos from the hike on this week’s post, but will post the rest of the photos on Facebook. If any of my readers have a FB account and would like to connect with me there, please send me a friend request. My name on Facebook is just “Dave Aufrance”.
Thats it for this week. Make it a great week! Blessings, Dave
A Sermon Walking
"But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." (James 1:22).
In 1953, reporters gathered at a Chicago railway station waiting to meet the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize winner. He was a big man, well over six feet tall, with bushy hair and a large mustache.
Reporters were excited to see him and expressed what an honor it was to meet him. Cameras were flashing, compliments were being expressed when, looking beyond the adulation, the visitor saw an elderly black woman struggling to carry her two large suitcases.
"Excuse me," he said as he went to the aid of this woman. Picking up her cases, he escorted her to a bus and then apologized to the reporters for keeping them waiting.
The man was Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the famous missionary-doctor who had invested his life helping poor and sick people in Africa.
A member of the reception committee remarked to one of the reporters, "That's the first time I ever saw a sermon walking."
The measure of any man or woman is not their name, nor their fame, nor what they say, but what they do. "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says!" (James 1:22)
"I'd Rather See A Sermon"
By Edgar Guest
I'd rather see a sermon
Than hear one any day;
I'd rather one should walk with me
Than merely tell the way.
The eye's a better pupil
And more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing,
But example's always clear;
And the best of all the preachers
Are the men who live their creeds,
For to see good put in action
Is what everybody needs.
I soon can learn to do it
If you'll let me see it done;
I can watch your hands in action,
But your tongue too fast may run.
And the lectures you deliver
May be very wise and true,
But I'd rather get my lessons
By observing what you do;
For I might misunderstand you
and the high advice you give,
But there's no misunderstanding
how you act and how you live.
And all travelers can witness
That the best of guides today
Is not the one who tells them,
But the one who shows the way.
Though an able speaker charms me
with his eloquence, I say,
I'd rather see a sermon
than to hear one, any day.
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In the spirit of the current discussion about the importance of using good illustrations and telling good stories in your preaching, I offer this anecdote:
My sermon focused on how God knows which of us grows best in the sunlight and which of us needs shade. "For example," I said, "roses must be planted in the sun, but fuchsias thrive in the shade.”
After the service, a woman, face-beaming, approached me. "Your sermon did me so much good," she said.
Before I had time to gloat too much, however, she added: "I always wondered what was wrong with my fuchsias."