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February 27, 2017
Tai Wan Village, where we have lived since 1991. Our house is the one on the lower left hand corner with the orange tiled roof. Below that is our house as seen from the sea when the tide is out.
RiverGrace International Chrisitan Fellowship, the church I pastor, along with Cindy, Tommy Hui and our Filipina pastora, Irma, is continuing to move ahead with becoming an independent church and looking for a new place to meet.. We still have a fair bit of turnover, people coming to Hong Kong / our church, then moving on, mostly to other countries, or returning to their own countries. But that is quite a common problem for any international church here.
We have been in discussion with OMS-founded Hong Kong Evangelical Church conference to become their 21st church, and the only international church among the 20 other churches.
Some of the we are considering, include finding a school, rental space or even establishing some kind of community center where we can serve the community. The biggest obstacle for this prosperous, expensive and crowded city, of course, is the cost. However, we know that God can provide whatever we need, and so are praying for his leading and provision. Space is what it comes down to.
My grandson, Daniel, had a nice weekend. He plays for an ice hockey team, the Newark Generals and plays for a Pee Wee AA league team. It’s a travel team, so they make trips, mostly within Ohio and Indiana, to play their games.
This past weekend the league championship series was held in Cincinnati, OH. They won both games they played in on Saturday in the double elimination tournament, and had their championship game Sunday evening. They won with a score of 7-0 to become champions. Some of this week’s photos are of that event.
I hiked again on Saturday, but it was gray, cool and misty, so not good for taking photos. We hiked on Stage 3 of the 100km MacLehose Trail, and due to the steep hills and erosion, it makes it one of the toughest and most hazardous section. Being wet and slippery, added to the hazards, so it was a relatively slow hike. Still it was a good workout for the muscles and we avoided any falls and injuries.
Friday night Hong Kong urban areas recorded the lowest temperature of this winter at 10.6 degrees Celsius (about 52 F.) in the urban areas. It’s been a rather mild winter here and it’s not unusual to get into the lower 40’s and sometimes even the upper 30’s Fahrenheit.
That’s about it for the news this week. Make it a great week. Blessings, Dave
Luke 17:32 (32) Remember Lot's wife.
Genesis 19:26 (26) But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
Just before Lot's wife reached her place of safety—though she had made some effort to escape the impending disaster—Lot's wife disobeyed the angel's command and looked back. "She became a pillar of salt" (Genesis 19:26).
Why did she look back? The context does not specifically give a reason, but she probably had an inordinate love for the world and the material things she had in Sodom. Obviously, Lot was a wealthy man who had enough livestock and servants to cause a problem while he lived with Abraham (Genesis 13:5-7). He and his wife may have had a palatial house with many fine furnishings, servants to do her bidding, fine clothes, sumptuous food, and frequent entertainment.
Also, Lot had achieved prominence among the citizens of Sodom beyond his wealth. Genesis 19:1 shows him sitting in the gate of the city, a place usually reserved for the elders and judges. Lot's wife may have been reconsidering her decision to forsake the privileges of her high social status and her prominent friends.
Maybe she just loved the ways of this world more than God. John writes:
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. (I John 2:15-17)
There may be more to it, however, than we have thought. Most people assume that Lot had only two daughters, but this is not the case. He says to the Sodomites, "See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man" (Genesis 19:8). He had two unmarried daughters. Later, in verse 14, he "spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters," meaning he had other married daughters who were not virgins. Finally, the angels tell him, "Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here" (verse 15), implying he had daughters elsewhere.
Since Lot and his wife had more than two daughters, they left more than just material possessions in the city. When God rained down fire and brimstone upon Sodom, their married daughters and sons-in-law—and possibly grandchildren—perished with the rest of the city's populace. What a poignant and tragic test of their faith!
Thus, when Lot's wife fled for little Zoar, her wealth, her house, and her social circle were not the only things on her mind. Those concerns were insignificant beside the certain death of her flesh and blood. Perhaps she did not believe that God would follow through on His threat. As a loving mother, her emotions for her doomed family in the city clouded her ability to make proper decisions.
Jesus makes a pertinent comment in this regard in Matthew 10:37-39:
He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.
Though it goes against our human nature, God requires us to have more allegiance to Him than to the members of our own families. For His disciples, leaving family members behind to do God's will may be the most common hardship that they have to face as they come out of this world (Revelation 18:4). Perhaps this is why He reminds us to "remember Lot's wife." The day may soon come when we will have to heed God's warnings without hesitation to flee again.
"In that day, he who is on the housetop, and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back" (Luke 17:31). When God commands His elect to flee to a place of safety, many of us will be required to entrust family members to God's mercy. Without doubt, this will be one of the greatest tests of our spiritual lives. We will know that before us lie life and hope and behind us death and destruction, just as Lot and his family experienced in fleeing Sodom.
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Senior Computer Skills... or lack of them!
Tech support: What kind of computer do you have?
Customer: A white one...
Tech support: Click on the 'my computer' icon on the left of the screen.
Customer: Your left or my left?
Customer: Hi, good afternoon, this is Martha. I can't print. Every time I try, it says 'can’t find printer’. I've even lifted the printer and placed it in front of the monitor, but the computer still says it can't find it..
Customer: My keyboard is not working anymore.
Tech support: Are you sure it's plugged into the computer?
Customer: No. I can't get behind the computer.
Tech support: Pick up your keyboard and walk 10 paces back.
Tech support: Did the keyboard come with you?
Tech support: That means the keyboard is not plugged in.
Customer: I can't get on the Internet.
Tech support: Are you sure you used the right password?
Customer: Yes, I'm sure. I saw my colleague do it.
Tech support: Can you tell me what the password was?
Customer: Five dots.
Tech support: What anti-virus program do you use?
Tech support: That's not an anti-virus program.
Customer: Oh, sorry... Internet Explorer..
Customer: I have a huge problem. A friend has placed a screen saver on my computer, but every time I move the mouse, it disappears.
Tech support: How may I help you?
Customer: I'm writing my first email.
Tech support: OK, and what seems to be the problem?
Customer: Well, I have the letter 'a' in the address, but how do I get the little circle around it?
A woman customer called the Canon help desk with a problem with her printer.
Tech support: Are you running it under windows?
Customer: 'No, my desk is next to the door, but that is a good point. The man sitting in the cubicle next to me is under a window, and his printer is working fine.'
Tech support: 'Okay Bob, let's press the control and escape keys at the same time.
That brings up a task list in the middle of the screen. Now type the letter 'P' to bring up the Program Manager.'
Customer: I don't have a P.
Tech support: On your keyboard, Bob.
Customer: What do you mean?
Tech support: 'P'.....on your keyboard, Bob.
Customer: I'M NOT GOING TO DO THAT
@Sent by Kay Jones
These notes left for milkmen came from the UK, so you'll notice a slight, endearing British ambiance to them.
- “Dear Milkman, I've just had a baby, please leave another one."
- “Please leave an extra pint of paralyzed milk."
- “Cancel one pint after the day after today."
- “Please don't leave any more milk. All they do is drink it"
- “Milkman, please close the gate behind you because the birds keep pecking the tops off the milk."
- “Milkman, please could I have a loaf but not bread today."
- “Please cancel milk. I have nothing coming into the house but two sons on the dole."
- “Sorry not to have paid your bill before, but my wife had a baby and I've been carrying it around in my pocket for weeks."
- “Sorry about yesterday's note. I didn't mean one egg and a dozen pints, but the other way round."
- “When you leave my milk, knock on my bedroom window and wake me because I want you to give me a hand to turn the mattress."
- “Please knock. My TV's broken down and I missed last night's Coronation Street. If you saw it, will you tell me what happened over a cup of tea?"
- “My daughter says she wants a milkshake. Do you do it before you deliver or do I have to shake the bottle."
- “Please send me a form for cheap milk, for I have a baby two months old and did not know about it until a neighbor told me."
- “Please send me details about cheap milk as I am stagnant."
- “Milk is needed for the baby. Father is unable to supply it."
- “From now on please leave two pints every other day and one pint on the days in between, except Wednesdays and Saturdays when I don't want any milk."
- “My back door is open. Please put milk in 'fridge, get money out of cup in drawer and leave change on kitchen table in pence, because we want to play bingo tonight."
- “Please leave no milk today. When I say today, I mean tomorrow, for I wrote this note yesterday."
- “When you leave the milk please put the coal on the boiler, let dog out and put newspaper inside the screen door. PS. Don't leave any milk."
- “No milk. Please do not leave milk at No. 14 either as he is dead until further notice."
Ace put the cup on Elia's head at one of Daniel's hockey games. He said she would laugh when he did it, but when he pulled out his camera she would not smile.
Daniel helping Nate learn how to skate better
This weekend Daniel's team, the Newark Generals, played in the league championship game which involved teams from Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. They were the champs!
It can get cold when you're in an ice rink too long. Just ask Nathan!
Ace and Daniel after the game. Notice the final score on the scoreboard. 7-zip!