Is this Hong Kong?  We had our coldest day in 59 years on Sunday! These were runners coming down a slippery road on Tai Mo Shan on Sunday morning. The photo below is of two tents that were on top of Sunset Peak, Lantau.

January 25, 2016


I hope I can get this posted. Our internet at home is out of order and it won’t be until Thursday before it gets fixed. How life has changed since the advent of the Internet. So much of what I do now is done online… communicating, reading devotions and the Bible.  Sermon prep using the online Bible tools like the Net Bible. <https://net.bible.org/#!bible/> That’s a wonderful, but free Website for Bible study tools.


Anyhow, I came into the OMS office to work today. Normally I’d be working at home today.  


Cindy and I go to join our East Asia team in Thailand for a week of retreat. It will be a relaxing type of retreat, with more free time than normal.


I will not be sending out the Monday Fodder next week.


On Sunday we experienced our coldest day ever in Hong Kong. It was the coldest day in 59 years, in fact. The temperature got down to about 37 degrees F. in town (3.3C),  and below freezing in some parts of the territory.


The worst thing was that there was a 100K race going on from Saturday morning through Sunday. Officials eventually stopped people from continuing at one place in the trail because of the cold and ice from freezing rain going over our tallest mountain… Tai Mo Shan. It was dangerous, partly just because of the ice. The runners were actually scooting down the road on their backsides because the road was a sheet of ice and not level. Many of our hiking friends were involved. In fact one of our good friends was the near the last ones allowed to still go up the mountain before the suspended the race. She ended up being the second last person to finish it.  At one point nobody knew where she was as her phone had run out of power.


Firemen and policemen were called in to help the stranded runners, but even they could not be of much help because they could also not walk on the ice.


I actually feel colder today although it’s a balmy 55 degrees F. 12.9 at the moment. The reason is that we don’t have heat indoors except for space heaters, and the cement traps the cold just l like it does the heat. and makes everything else cold!


There’s still no further word on my surgery date… so I’ms till in waiting mode.


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


SERIOUS FODDER


Whose Name was at Stake?

     "Then they said, 'Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves'" (Genesis 11:4)

     These were the words of men who planned to build the Tower of Babel.  There was every reason why their plans should succeed.  They had the know-how.  They were all of one mind and they had a common purpose - to accomplish something lasting in life, something that would outlive them.

     There was a strange old man named Noah.  He built an enormous ark while people laughed at him for years.  But he didn't care.  He was working under orders - and he was not concerned that he might have looked ridiculous.

     The Tower of Babel was a failure.

The Ark became an instrument of success.

     Perhaps the difference in accomplishment stemmed from the difference in incentive - "Whose name was at stake?"

     "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10:31)

     "Kings and Kingdoms will all pass away, but there's something about that name"  (Bill and Gloria Gaither)

@Daily Encourager - go to http://go.netatlantic.com/read/all_forums/subscribe?name=thedailyencourager to subscribe

~~~~~

     The key to Christian living is a thirst and hunger for God. And one of the main reasons people do not understand or experience the sovereignty of grace and the way it works through the awakening of sovereign joy is that their hunger and thirst for God is too small.

-- John Piper

~

     The Christian life is not adding Jesus to one’s own way of life but renouncing that personal way of life for His and being willing to pay whatever cost that may require.

-- John MacArthur

~

     If Jesus didn't think He could handle life without knowing the Scripture inside and out, what makes you think you can?

-- Timothy Keller

~

    We need Jesus like we need oxygen. Like we need water. Like the branch needs the vine. Jesus is not merely a figure for devotions. He is the missing essence of your existence. Whether we know it or not, we are desperate for Jesus.          

    To have his life, joy, love, and presence cannot be compared. To know him as he is, is to come home. A true knowledge of Jesus is our greatest need and our greatest happiness. The purpose of your being here on this planet, at this moment in time, comes down to three things:


1. To love Jesus with all that is within you. This is the first and greatest command. Everything else flows from here.

2. To share your daily life with him; to let him be himself with you. On the beach, at supper, along the road—just as the disciples did.

3. To allow his life to fill yours, to heal and express itself through yours. There is no other way you can hope to live as he did and show him to others.

     Love Jesus. Let him be himself with you. Allow his life to permeate yours. The fruit of this will be . . . breathtaking.

@Spiritual Uplift - email ed548@yahoo.com  to subscribe


GUFFAW FODDER


Housework Quotes

- A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. - James Dent

- At my house, "Dust" is a noun, not a verb. - Anonymous

- Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing. - Phyllis Diller

- Housework can't kill you, but why take a chance? - Phyllis Diller

- I always thought a yard was three feet, then I started mowing the lawn. - C.E. Cowman

- I buried a lot of my ironing in the back yard. - Phyllis Diller

- I make no secret of the fact that I would rather lie on a sofa than sweep beneath it. But you have to be efficient if you're going to be lazy. - Shirley Conran

- I will clean house when Sears comes out with a riding vacuum cleaner. - Roseanne Barr

- I write down everything I want to remember. That way, instead of spending a lot of time trying to remember what it is I wrote down, I spend the time looking for the paper I wrote it down on. - Anonymous

- My husband and I have figured out a really good system about the housework: neither one of us does it. - Dottie Archibald

- My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance. - Anonymous

- My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint. - Erma Bombeck

- My theory on housework is, if the item doesn't multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you? - Erma Bombeck

- Nature abhors a vacuum. And so do I. - Anne Gibbons

- One only needs two tools in life: WD-40 to make things go, and duck tape to make them stop. - G.M. Weilacher

- The obvious and fair solution to the housework problem is to let men do the housework for, say, the next six thousand years, to even things up. The trouble is that men, over the years, have developed an inflated notion of the importance of everything they do, so that before long they would turn housework into just as much of a charade as business is now. They would hire secretaries and buy computers and fly off to housework conferences in Bermuda, but they'd never clean anything. - Dave Barry

- This is a honeydew day. That is when you get a day off and the wife says, "Honey, do this," and "Honey, do that" around the house. - Jim Lemon

- Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn. - Chuck Clark

~

    The church choir was putting on a car wash to raise money to pay their expenses for a special trip. They made a large sign, CAR WASH FOR CHOIR TRIP, and on the given Saturday business was very good. But by two o'clock the skies clouded and the rain poured and there were hardly any customers.

    Finally, one of the girl washers had an idea. She printed a very large poster which said, WE WASH (then an arrow pointing skyward) GOD RINSES. Business boomed!

@Laugh & Lift - http://www.laughandlift.com/

~~~~~

(Here’s a couple old ones I’ve had on file for some years!)


     The Lone Ranger and Tonto walked into a bar and sat down to drink a beer. After a few minutes, a big tall cowboy walked in and said "Who owns the big  white horse outside?”

     The Lone Ranger stood up, hitched his gun belt, and said, "I do... Why?"

     The cowboy looked at the Lone Ranger and said, "I just thought you'd like to know that your horse is about dead !"

      The Lone Ranger and Tonto rushed outside and sure enough Silver was ready to die from heat exhaustion. The Lone Ranger got the horse water and soon Silver was starting to feel a little better. The Lone Ranger turned to Tonto and said, "Tonto, I want you to run around Silver and see if you can create enough of a breeze to make him start to feel better."

     Tonto said, "Sure, Kemosabe" and took off running circles around Silver.

      Not able to do anything else but wait, the Lone Ranger returned to the bar to finish his drink.

      A few minutes later, another cowboy struts into the bar and asks, "Who owns that big white horse outside?"

      The Lone Ranger stands again, and claims, "I do, what's wrong with him this time?"

      The cowboy looks him in the eye and says,...    "Nothin' ... but you left your Injun runnin’."

~~~~~

Technical Support (This is old, but still funny!)

     Computer novices may feel like they're alone these days, but some of the following calls to IBM's help center show there are plenty of people out there who still are inching onto the information superhighway. After a caller gave a technician her PC's serial number, he scanned a database of registered users and responded, "I see you have an Aptiva" desktop unit. Before he could say another word, the caller shrieked and said she'd be right back. When the customer returned, the technician asked if she was all right. The caller responded: "Had I realized you could see me, I never would have telephoned in my bathrobe."

     A customer who had just received a laptop computer asked about the power-saving feature known as "hibernate." Would this hibernate device work in the spring and summer, the caller asked.

     Another caller explained she had received a gift of software on 5.25inch diskettes, but she had only a 3.5inch disk drive on her computer. The technician said she had two options: Get a second disk drive, or use 3.5inch diskettes. The customer called back later, now complaining that her disk drive was making a terrible noise. And this despite the fact that she was using a 3.5inch diskette, she said.  After a bunch of questions, the technician determined the caller had used a pair of scissors to trim the 5.25inch diskettes to fit the 3.5inch drive.

     A caller, perplexed that his new desktop computer  the one that was supposed to do everything short of bringing on world peace  was doing nothing, cried out for help. No problem, the IBM technician said. First, open a "window" to launch a specific program. The conversation continued, and the caller asked a few moments later if it might be all right to close the window. Why, the IBM technician asked. Because, the caller responded, it was getting very chilly.

Click on the icons above, or click here http://monday-fodder.com to go to the Fodder Website. The fun page has misc. believe it or not captioned photos. The photos of the week were ones sent to me from two mountain tops on the coldest day in decades.


Monday Fodder Update - January 25, 2016


I hope I can get this posted. Our internet at home is out of order and it won’t be until Thursday before it gets fixed. How life has changed since the advent of the Internet. So much of what I do now is done online… communicating, reading devotions and the Bible.  Sermon prep using the online Bible tools like the Net Bible. <https://net.bible.org/#!bible/> That’s a wonderful, but free Website for Bible study tools.


Anyhow, I came into the OMS office to work today. Normally I’d be working at home today.  


Cindy and I go to join our East Asia team in Thailand for a week of retreat. It will be a relaxing type of retreat, with more free time than normal.


I will not be sending out the Monday Fodder next week.


On Sunday we experienced our coldest day ever in Hong Kong. It was the coldest day in 59 years, in fact. The temperature got down to about 37 degrees F. in town (3.3C),  and below freezing in some parts of the territory.


The worst thing was that there was a 100K race going on from Saturday morning through Sunday. Officials eventually stopped people from continuing at one place in the trail because of the cold and ice from freezing rain going over our tallest mountain… Tai Mo Shan. It was dangerous, partly just because of the ice. The runners were actually scooting down the road on their backsides because the road was a sheet of ice and not level. Many of our hiking friends were involved. In fact one of our good friends was the near the last ones allowed to still go up the mountain before the suspended the race. She ended up being the second last person to finish it.  At one point nobody knew where she was as her phone had run out of power.


Firemen and policemen were called in to help the stranded runners, but even they could not be of much help because they could also not walk on the ice.


I actually feel colder today although it’s a balmy 55 degrees F. 12.9 at the moment. The reason is that we don’t have heat indoors except for space heaters, and the cement traps the cold just l like it does the heat. and makes everything else cold!


There’s still no further word on my surgery date… so I’ms till in waiting mode.


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


SERIOUS FODDER


Whose Name was at Stake?

     "Then they said, 'Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves'" (Genesis 11:4)

     These were the words of men who planned to build the Tower of Babel.  There was every reason why their plans should succeed.  They had the know-how.  They were all of one mind and they had a common purpose - to accomplish something lasting in life, something that would outlive them.

     There was a strange old man named Noah.  He built an enormous ark while people laughed at him for years.  But he didn't care.  He was working under orders - and he was not concerned that he might have looked ridiculous.

     The Tower of Babel was a failure.

The Ark became an instrument of success.

     Perhaps the difference in accomplishment stemmed from the difference in incentive - "Whose name was at stake?"

     "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10:31)

     "Kings and Kingdoms will all pass away, but there's something about that name"  (Bill and Gloria Gaither)

@Daily Encourager - go to http://go.netatlantic.com/read/all_forums/subscribe?name=thedailyencourager to subscribe

~~~~~

     The key to Christian living is a thirst and hunger for God. And one of the main reasons people do not understand or experience the sovereignty of grace and the way it works through the awakening of sovereign joy is that their hunger and thirst for God is too small.

-- John Piper

~

     The Christian life is not adding Jesus to one’s own way of life but renouncing that personal way of life for His and being willing to pay whatever cost that may require.

-- John MacArthur

~

     If Jesus didn't think He could handle life without knowing the Scripture inside and out, what makes you think you can?

-- Timothy Keller

~

    We need Jesus like we need oxygen. Like we need water. Like the branch needs the vine. Jesus is not merely a figure for devotions. He is the missing essence of your existence. Whether we know it or not, we are desperate for Jesus.          

    To have his life, joy, love, and presence cannot be compared. To know him as he is, is to come home. A true knowledge of Jesus is our greatest need and our greatest happiness. The purpose of your being here on this planet, at this moment in time, comes down to three things:


1. To love Jesus with all that is within you. This is the first and greatest command. Everything else flows from here.

2. To share your daily life with him; to let him be himself with you. On the beach, at supper, along the road—just as the disciples did.

3. To allow his life to fill yours, to heal and express itself through yours. There is no other way you can hope to live as he did and show him to others.

     Love Jesus. Let him be himself with you. Allow his life to permeate yours. The fruit of this will be . . . breathtaking.

@Spiritual Uplift - email ed548@yahoo.com  to subscribe


GUFFAW FODDER


Housework Quotes

- A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. - James Dent

- At my house, "Dust" is a noun, not a verb. - Anonymous

- Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing. - Phyllis Diller

- Housework can't kill you, but why take a chance? - Phyllis Diller

- I always thought a yard was three feet, then I started mowing the lawn. - C.E. Cowman

- I buried a lot of my ironing in the back yard. - Phyllis Diller

- I make no secret of the fact that I would rather lie on a sofa than sweep beneath it. But you have to be efficient if you're going to be lazy. - Shirley Conran

- I will clean house when Sears comes out with a riding vacuum cleaner. - Roseanne Barr

- I write down everything I want to remember. That way, instead of spending a lot of time trying to remember what it is I wrote down, I spend the time looking for the paper I wrote it down on. - Anonymous

- My husband and I have figured out a really good system about the housework: neither one of us does it. - Dottie Archibald

- My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance. - Anonymous

- My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint. - Erma Bombeck

- My theory on housework is, if the item doesn't multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you? - Erma Bombeck

- Nature abhors a vacuum. And so do I. - Anne Gibbons

- One only needs two tools in life: WD-40 to make things go, and duck tape to make them stop. - G.M. Weilacher

- The obvious and fair solution to the housework problem is to let men do the housework for, say, the next six thousand years, to even things up. The trouble is that men, over the years, have developed an inflated notion of the importance of everything they do, so that before long they would turn housework into just as much of a charade as business is now. They would hire secretaries and buy computers and fly off to housework conferences in Bermuda, but they'd never clean anything. - Dave Barry

- This is a honeydew day. That is when you get a day off and the wife says, "Honey, do this," and "Honey, do that" around the house. - Jim Lemon

- Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn. - Chuck Clark

~

    The church choir was putting on a car wash to raise money to pay their expenses for a special trip. They made a large sign, CAR WASH FOR CHOIR TRIP, and on the given Saturday business was very good. But by two o'clock the skies clouded and the rain poured and there were hardly any customers.

    Finally, one of the girl washers had an idea. She printed a very large poster which said, WE WASH (then an arrow pointing skyward) GOD RINSES. Business boomed!

@Laugh & Lift - http://www.laughandlift.com/

~~~~~

(Here’s a couple old ones I’ve had on file for some years!)


     The Lone Ranger and Tonto walked into a bar and sat down to drink a beer. After a few minutes, a big tall cowboy walked in and said "Who owns the big  white horse outside?”

     The Lone Ranger stood up, hitched his gun belt, and said, "I do... Why?"

     The cowboy looked at the Lone Ranger and said, "I just thought you'd like to know that your horse is about dead !"

      The Lone Ranger and Tonto rushed outside and sure enough Silver was ready to die from heat exhaustion. The Lone Ranger got the horse water and soon Silver was starting to feel a little better. The Lone Ranger turned to Tonto and said, "Tonto, I want you to run around Silver and see if you can create enough of a breeze to make him start to feel better."

     Tonto said, "Sure, Kemosabe" and took off running circles around Silver.

      Not able to do anything else but wait, the Lone Ranger returned to the bar to finish his drink.

      A few minutes later, another cowboy struts into the bar and asks, "Who owns that big white horse outside?"

      The Lone Ranger stands again, and claims, "I do, what's wrong with him this time?"

      The cowboy looks him in the eye and says,...    "Nothin' ... but you left your Injun runnin’."

~~~~~

Technical Support (This is old, but still funny!)

     Computer novices may feel like they're alone these days, but some of the following calls to IBM's help center show there are plenty of people out there who still are inching onto the information superhighway. After a caller gave a technician her PC's serial number, he scanned a database of registered users and responded, "I see you have an Aptiva" desktop unit. Before he could say another word, the caller shrieked and said she'd be right back. When the customer returned, the technician asked if she was all right. The caller responded: "Had I realized you could see me, I never would have telephoned in my bathrobe."

     A customer who had just received a laptop computer asked about the power-saving feature known as "hibernate." Would this hibernate device work in the spring and summer, the caller asked.

     Another caller explained she had received a gift of software on 5.25inch diskettes, but she had only a 3.5inch disk drive on her computer. The technician said she had two options: Get a second disk drive, or use 3.5inch diskettes. The customer called back later, now complaining that her disk drive was making a terrible noise. And this despite the fact that she was using a 3.5inch diskette, she said.  After a bunch of questions, the technician determined the caller had used a pair of scissors to trim the 5.25inch diskettes to fit the 3.5inch drive.

     A caller, perplexed that his new desktop computer  the one that was supposed to do everything short of bringing on world peace  was doing nothing, cried out for help. No problem, the IBM technician said. First, open a "window" to launch a specific program. The conversation continued, and the caller asked a few moments later if it might be all right to close the window. Why, the IBM technician asked. Because, the caller responded, it was getting very chilly.