Above: Hong Kong has some nice beaches. This is the main beach on Cheung Chau Island. The scenery here has changed very little since we first came to Hong Kong.
Below: Marjorie with the children that gathered after school today to hear a Bible stori\y and sing songs. Majorie's daugher is holding the song poster.
I was set back a week and a half ago because my computer died. Initially the technicians indicated it was a hardware problem, However, it ended up being a software issue. Since I had a recent backup I only lost a couple days worth of work, and several hours of restoring the computer to its original state before the malfunction.
I've reported this in my RiverGrace newsletter last Thursday, but I wanted to mention it here in Monday Fodder because many of you do not get the newsletter.
Less than two weeks ago, one of our Filipinas, Marjorie, returned to the Philippines for good to be with her family. She had accepted the Lord as her Savior nearly 4 years ago, soon after she started attending RiverGrace. During those four years she grew a lot spiritually and became one of our worship leaders, and leaders of the Filipino group.
Within the week of her return to the Philippines, she had gathered some neighborhood children into a group to share a Bible story and the gospel with them. 11 of them accepted Christ. She also attended a small church on Sunday, where should led worship. Most of the children also went with her to the church service.
I just finished chatting with Marjorie on Facebook, and she says she will plan to meet the children Monday and Wednesday after school for Bible stories and songs, and take them to church on Sunday if they want to go.
Marjorie also has plans to start a Bible study with her family in her home.
While the turnover rate in our church is quite high because of the often transient people that we're ministering to, when they leave and make a difference where God plants them, the parting is made a little easier. Easier is the key word. It’s still not easy when they leave, though, animist of the time there are lots of tears spread around.
I still have no news on my surgery, but I am waiting the appointment on March 11th with the doctors at the hospital where the surgery will take place. In the meantime I feel fine and I am able to carry on with normal activities.
It's been a very busy January and now February, as well, with our trip to Thailand, Chinese New Year retreat, and having several guests… not to mention doctors and dentist appointments.
Thanks, always for your prayers. One request I would ask you to pray for this week is for our new Alpha course which will start on Wednesday. There are several who will be attending who are not yet believers, or who are still not sure of their salvation. Please pray that God would do a special work in the hearts of each of them and draw them to himself.
It was about 20 years ago I started sending out Monday Fodder. Any suggestions on how to celebrate the 20th anniversary? Hehe. In fact, Monday Fodder was a blog before blogs were blogs. According to Wikipedia, the term blog was not used until the late 90’s.
That’s it for this week. Make it a great week! Blessings, Dave
If you never felt pain,
Then how would you know that I'm a Healer?
If you never went through difficulty,
How would you know that I'm a Deliverer?
If you never had a trial,
How could you call yourself an overcomer?
If you never felt sadness,
How would you know that I'm a Comforter?
If you never made a mistake,
How would you know that I'm forgiving?
If you never were in trouble,
How would you know that I will come to your rescue?
If you never were broken,
Then how would you know that I can make you whole?
If you never had a problem,
How would you know that I can solve them?
If you never had any suffering,
Then how would you know what I went through?
If you never went through the fire,
Then how would you become pure?
If I gave you all things,
How would you appreciate them?
If I never corrected you,
How would you know that I love you?
If you had all power,
Then how would you learn to depend on me?
If your life was perfect,
Then what would you need Me for?
@Sent by Sunday Moronfolu
If You’re Not Sure Of Your Part
I heard about a junior high music teacher who had just organized a band in her school. The principal was so proud of the music teacher's efforts that without consulting her he decided that the band should give a concert for the entire school. The music teacher wasn't so sure her young musicians were ready to give a concert, so she tried to talk the principal out of holding the concert, to no avail.
Just before the concert was ready to begin, as the music teacher stood on the podium, she leaned forward and whispered to her nervous musicians, "If you're not sure of your part, just pretend to play."
And with that, she stepped back, lifted her baton and with a great flourish brought it down. Lo and behold, nothing happened! The band brought forth a resounding silence.
I can't help but wonder if we have the same problem in the church at times. Christians may have the idea that since they're unsure of the part that they are to play, they'll just sit and pretend. The problem is, when everyone is unsure of what part they're supposed to play, the result is silence -- nothing gets done.
What is the solution? The solution is helping each and every member of the body of Christ to learn their part. In I Corinthians 12 and Romans 12, Paul pictures the church as a body with all of the different parts of that body having different functions.
"Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them..." (Romans 12:6).
I can't do everything, and I certainly can't do everything well. But that's OK. The saxophonist in an orchestra isn't expected to know how to play the drums. His talent is playing the saxophone. His job is simply to make use of his talent and do the very best that he can.
Learn what your gift is, and then use it to the glory of God. Paul offers a list of possibilities. Maybe your gift is speaking, or serving, or encouraging, or giving, or leading, or showing mercy (Rom. 12:6-8). Perhaps your gift is in that list, perhaps it's something else altogether.
But, if you're not sure of your part, please don't sit and pretend to play. Find out what your gift is and then make use of it to the glory of God!
--Alan Smith, Helen Street Church of Christ, Fayetteville, North Carolin
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