Three weeks have quickly gone by since my last issue of Monday fodder. With the close of the school year, there have been extra year-end board meetings and activities.
I have been on one of the boards, United Christian College, since 1991. That was just two years after my teaching days were over in the school. As we are starting to transition, I made a decision to go off the board, and turn it over to my fellow pastor in RiverGrace, Tommy Hui.
In fact, as of just a couple days ago, Tommy is now an official OMS missionary under OMS Global. For about 10 years, OMS has talked about trying to internationalize the mission, rather than having just a small number of sending countries, and the rest of the world being on the receiving end of OMS missionaries. Our world has changed a lot, and in some countries, OMS has strong national churches that are sending out missionaries on their own. Now OMS can be partners with these countries in ways they could not before.
There is now an OMS USA and an OMS Global. The global arm of OMS seeks to make it possible for people from any country to be cross-cultural missionaries in their own countries, or in other countries such as the case may be. I'm not sure, but Tommy may possibly be the first new missionary accepted under OMS Global. There are still some gray areas to be worked out in the operating process, but it's a welcome change!
This will not change Tommy's status as a pastor of RiverGrace, but it will increase some responsibilities in terms of the mission business in Hong Kong. Tommy is at least a partial answer to our prayers for new missionaries to serve in Hong Kong since Cindy and I were the last missionaries left here representing OMS.
In terms of my health issues, I had another test to try to find out the causes of my high blood pressure last February. Two weeks ago I had a sleep apnea test, which showed that there was nothing significant relating to my sleep. So the cause is still unknown.
One of the things that kept me busy last week was trying to figure out and set up a new website for our church, RiverGrace. The new site allows any authorized person to update the website. The program I was using before could only be used on one computer, and that was mine! You can check out the new site at http://rivergrace.org
I received sad news today about the death of Susan Pang Courtney, who was a student of mine when I was teaching in United Christian college. She is also the daughter of the founder of the college, Dr. Paul Pang, who was the principal of the school for the first few years I was teaching there. Susan lost her battle with cancer. If you knew her, or wish to hear her sharing about the fight from about a year ago, you can do so at this link on YouTube… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkrv9YiFCd8&t=203s
That's it for this week. Make it a great week! Blessings, Dave
Just Stay in the Race
When Cecil B. DeMille began working on the original "Ben Hur" movie, he talked to Charlton Heston - the star of the movie - about the all-important chariot race at the end. He decided that Heston should actually learn to drive the chariot himself, rather than just using a stunt double. Heston agreed to take chariot-driving lessons to make the movie as authentic as possible.
Learning to drive a chariot with horses four abreast, however, was no small matter. After extensive work and days of practice, Heston returned to the movie set and reported to DeMille.
"I think I can drive the chariot all right, Cecil," said Heston, "but I'm not sure I can actually win the race."
Smiling slightly, DeMille said, "Heston, you just stay in the race, and I'll make sure you win."
Those are the words of God to everyone going through a time of struggle in their lives... "My child, you just stay in the race, and I'll make sure you win." Look for God's hand. If you cannot see it in the event itself, look for it in the aftermath when you are putting your life back together. I promise you, God's hand will be there.
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day--and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Life is a Struggle
"The way of God is a daily cross. No one has ascended into heaven through an easy life." - Saint Isaac of Syria
I think there's a problem in the church. I think everyone thinks if you have struggles in your life it's because you're not really filled with the Holy Spirit, or you're not really reading your Bible daily, or you're doing something wrong. I think life, by nature, is a struggle. You know, whether or not you believe in the health, wealth, and prosperity doctrine (that those who believe strongly enough in Jesus and pray will be healthy and wealthy), the ideas of that...have polluted almost all our thinking about Christianity [to the point] where we think that a really great Christian is someone who does not struggle.
But the Apostle Paul was a man who was obviously filled with the Spirit, a man who obviously had studied the Scriptures, a man who had an authentic encounter with the living Christ, and he prays to God and says, "Lord, I beg You to take this thorn from my flesh." Paul says, "Lord, I've been praying for You to take away this infirmity of mine,
and You haven't."
And God looks down at Him and DOESN'T say, "Yeah, it's because you're so spiritually immature!" God didn't look down at him and say, "Well, it's because you don't have enough faith." God didn't look down at Paul and say, "Well, you know, if you would just get up earlier and pray a couple more hours in the morning" or "If you would just memorize another ten psalms." He didn't say any of that. He merely said to Paul, "Hey, My grace is plenty. My grace is sufficient."
By Rich Mullins, writer of the song, "Awesome God"
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A friend bought me ginko tablets to improve memory. Problem is...i forget to take them.
- You know that tingly little feeling you get when you really like someone? That's common sense leaving your body.
- I didn't make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.
- I decided to change calling the bathroom the John and renamed it the Jim. I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.
- Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators. We haven't met yet.
- Old age is coming at a really bad time.
- When I was a child I thought “Nap Time” was a punishment. Now, as a grownup, it feels like a small vacation.
- The biggest lie I tell myself is, "I don't need to write that down, I'll remember it."
- I don't have gray hair; I have "wisdom highlights." I'm just very wise.
- If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would've put them on my knees.
- Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice.
- At my age "Getting lucky" means walking into a room and remembering what I went in there for.
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When we brought our new-born son to the pediatrician for his first checkup, the doctor said, "You have a cute baby."
Smiling, I said, "I'll bet you say that to all the new parents."
"No," he replied, "just to those whose babies are really cute."
"So what do you say to the others?" I asked.
"He looks just like you."
Little Johnny was one of those holy terrors and her husband was surprised when his wife suggested that they buy him a bike for his birthday.
"Do you really believe that'll help improve his behavior?" he said.
"Well, no," she admitted, "But it'll spread it over a wider area."
An elderly Florida lady did her shopping and, upon returning to her car, found four males in the act of leaving with her vehicle. She dropped her shopping bags and drew her handgun, proceeding to scream at the top of her voice, "I have a gun, and I know how to use it! Get out of the car!"
The four men didn't wait for a second invitation. They got out and ran like mad. The lady, somewhat shaken, then proceeded to load her shopping bags into the back of the car and got into the driver's seat. She was so shaken that she could not get her key into the ignition. She tried and tried, and then it dawned on her why. For the same reason she did not understand why there was a football, a Frisbee and two 12 packs in the front seat.
A few minutes later, she found her own car parked four or five spaces farther down. She loaded her bags into the car and drove to the police station to report her mistake. The sergeant to whom she told the story couldn't stop laughing. He pointed to the other end of the counter, where four pale men were reporting a car jacking by a mad, elderly woman described as white, less than five feet tall, glasses, curly white hair, and carrying a large handgun. No charges were filed.
Moral of the story? If you're going to have a Senior Moment, make it memorable.
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A guy comes into a coffee shop and places his order: "I want 3 flat tires & a pair of headlights".
The waitress, not wanting to appear stupid, goes to the kitchen & asks the cook, "This guy out there just ordered 3 flat tires & a pair of headlights. What does he think, this is an auto parts store?!"
"No," the cook says, "3 flat tires means 3 pancakes & a pair of headlights is 2 eggs sunny side up."
"Oh," says the waitress. She thinks about this and then she spoons up a bowl of beans and gives it to the customer.
The guy says "What are the beans for?"
The waitress replies "I thought that, while you're waiting for the flat tires & headlights, you might want to gas up."
Dentist: "Just try to relax. I'll have your aching tooth out in five minutes."
Patient: "How much will this cost me?"
Dentist: "It'll be $1000."
Patient: "That much for just five minutes' work?"
Dentist: "Well, if you prefer, I could pull it out very slowly."
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