June 6, 2016

Hong Kong is called the "Pearl of the Orient" for a reason. I can't claim ownership of these photos. I got them off a Website, or maybe Facebook. They show the night beauty of this amazing city. The top photos is taken from the Kowloon side of the Central District of Hong Kong Island. The second photo, I assume, is taken from the International Commerce Centre in East Tsim Sha Tsui. It's the tallest building in Hong Kong. The bottom photo is of Victoria Park, and the scene of about 125 people who gathered to commemorate the Tianamen Massacre that happened 27 years ago on June 4. The people of Hong Kong still have not forgotten.

I had a busy week last week with several extra meetings. This week is a bit more tame, but we’ll have maybe 40 guests at our house on Thursday for a BBQ.  We’ve had a gathering on this public holiday (Dragon Boat Festival) for years., but as the church grows, so do the numbers that come for this celebration also grow.

It could be interesting as it’s expected to rain every day until next Thursday.

Today we had some heavy showers and an amber rainstorm warning. That means the rains could be heavy enough to cause flooding. We also have a red warning and a black warning.

Over 120,000 people joined in the June 4th commemoration of the Tiananmen Massacre that happened 27 years ago on June 4, 1989.  

I wanted to share this interesting link, today… the development of the Hong Kong Skyline.

Hong Kong Skyline development... https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/05/29/hkfp-history-evolution-hong-kong-skyline/

There’s not much news this week, so I’ll leave it at that and save more room for Fodder.

Make it a great week!  Blessings, Dave

SERIOUS FODDER

God Dances Amid the Common - Max Lucado

     There is one word that describes the night he came – ordinary.

     The sky was ordinary. An occasional gust stirred the leaves and chilled the air. The stars were diamonds sparkling on black velvet. Fleets of clouds floated in front of the moon.

     It was a beautiful night – a night worth peeking out your bedroom window to admire – but not really an unusual one. Nothing to keep a person awake. An ordinary night with an ordinary sky.

     The sheep were ordinary. Some fat. Some scrawny. Some with barrel bellies. Some with twig legs. Common animals. No fleece made of gold. No blue-ribbon winners. They were simply sheep – lumpy, sleeping silhouettes on a hillside.

     And the shepherds. Peasants they were. Probably wearing all the clothes they owned. Smelling like sheep and looking just as woolly. They were conscientious, willing to spend the night with their flocks. But you won't find their staffs in a museum or their writings in a library. No one asked their opinion on social justice or the application of the Torah. They were nameless and simple.

     An ordinary night with ordinary sheep and ordinary shepherds. And were it not for a God who loves to hook an "extra" on the front of the ordinary, the night would have gone unnoticed. The sheep and shepherds would have been forgotten.

But God dances amid the common. And that night he did a waltz.

     The black sky exploded with brightness. Trees that had been shadows jumped into clarity. Sheep that had been silent became a chorus of curiosity. One minute the shepherd was dead asleep; the next he was rubbing his eyes and staring into the face of an alien.

     The night was ordinary no more.

     The announcement went first to the shepherds. They didn't ask God if he was sure he knew what he was doing. Had the angel gone to theologians, they would have first consulted their commentaries. Had he gone to the elite, they would have looked around to see if anyone was watching. Had he gone to the successful, they would have first looked to their calendars.

     So they went to the shepherds. Men who didn't have a reputation to protect or an ax to grind or a ladder to climb. Men who didn't know enough to tell God that angels don't sing to sheep and that messiahs aren't found sleeping in a feed trough.

     The angels came in the night because that is when lights are best seen and that is when they are most needed. God comes into the common for the same reason.

     His most powerful tools are the simplest.

@Sent by Mary Sutherland

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(I never really though much about whether or not God had a body, but I found this article interesting... DA)

John 4:24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth."

     God is Spirit, and nowhere, not even in one verse, does it say that God does not have a body. He is perfect, immortal, infinite, immutable, self-existing, omnipotent, omniscient, invisible, impartial, absolutely holy, full of knowledge and wisdom, and sufficient to provide for His entire creation.

     Like any other person He has names, and in His case, many names. And just as our names identify us as specific individuals, His names identify Him. He has titles by which He is known. Men and women have titles by which they are known.

     The Bible shows that He has a head, hair, face, arms, fingers, hands, waist, loins, eyes, eyelids, nostrils, ears, mouth, lips, tongue, breath, feet, and back parts. God even speaks of His heart! He rests, but He does not get tired. He feels things. He eats and drinks, and the alcohol in wine, as Judges 9:13 says, has an effect on Him: It cheers His heart. He laughs. He becomes angry. He speaks in a small still voice; He roars from Zion. As a man, He wept. Sounds a great deal like us, does it not? It should because we are made in His image and likeness.

     But there is even more. He goes about from place to place in a body, just like anybody else. He rides in a vehicle. He walks. He plants. He works. He lives in a spiritual place called heaven.

     Yet, despite all these biblical descriptions, the men and women who claim that God has no body never cite any other passage except John 4:24 as proof. But He has revealed Himself in so many different ways in His Word that what these people say turns God into a liar who deceives mankind about what He is like.

     Let us be clear: John 4:24 does not teach that God has no body. It, plus a multitude of passages that we have read or alluded to, expand our understanding about the properties of spirit—about what spirit bodies are like. Spirit is just as real as matter, except that it is a much higher type of substance and is governed by higher laws.

     John 4:24 is a statement of fact, but it does not define or analyze spirit. The properties of spirit are described throughout the Bible, as those who actually saw and heard God and interacted with Him reported their experiences. Either they are right, or these modern writers are. They cannot both be right because they contradict each other. Which will we believe?

— John W. Ritenbaugh

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GUFFAW FODDER

     The village blacksmith finally found an apprentice willing to work hard at low pay for long hours.

     The blacksmith immediately began his instructions to the lad, "When I take the shoe out of the fire, I'll lay it on the anvil; and when I nod my head, you hit it with this hammer."

     The apprentice did just as he was told. Now he's the village blacksmith....

~

     Driving down the highway one day, I saw this slogan on the back of a well-known trucking company's vehicle: "We Go That Extra Mile." Then I noticed another phrase scrawled in the dirt just below it: "Because We Missed the Last Exit!"

~

     The fellow was being sold a very cheap suit. "But the left arm is a lot longer than the right arm," he complained.

     "That's why the suit is such a bargain," the sales clerk explained. "Just cock your left shoulder up a little, like this, and tuck this left lapel under your chin a bit, like this."

     "But the right leg is way too short," argued the customer.

     "No problem," the sales clerk answered. "Just keep your right knee bent a little at all times, walk like this, and no one will notice. That's why this suit is only thirty dollars."

     Finally, the fellow bought the suit, cocked his left shoulder into the air, tucked the suit's left lapel under his chin, bent his right knee, and limped out of the store toward his car.

     Two doctors happened along and noticed him. "Good heavens," the first doctor said to the second, "look at that poor crippled fellow."

     "Yeah," answered the second doctor. "But doesn't that suit fit great?"

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     After being with her all evening, the man couldn't stand another minute with his blind date. Earlier, he had secretly arranged to have a friend call him on the phone so he would have an excuse to leave if something like this happened. He was relieved when his cell phone rang.

     After answering, acting shocked and then hanging up the call, he lowered his eyes, put on a grim look and said, "I have bad news. My my house is on fire."

     "Wonderful!" his date said. "If yours hadn't burned, mine would have had to."

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It's so hot that...

...the radiator on your car is boiling over and you haven't even started the engine yet.

...the birds have to use pot holders to pull worms out of the ground.

...farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying hard-boiled eggs.

...the cows are giving evaporated milk.

...you learn that a seat belt makes a pretty good branding iron.

...the temperature drops below 95, you enjoy the cool spell.

...you discover that it takes only 2 fingers to drive a car.

...you discover that you can get a sunburn through your car window tinting.

...you notice the best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.

...hot water now comes out of both taps.

...it's noon, kids are on summer vacation, and not one person is out in the street.

...you break a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 a.m. to head for work.

...the local bakery hasn't had to turn on their ovens for a week.

...You can cook breakfast on your driveway instead of in the kitchen.

...You have no idea why they call it "Dry Idea" Deodorant.

...You don't have to go to KFC to get Fried Chicken, just put it on the hood of your car on the way home from the supermarket.

...the temperature in your house is 105 degrees, but your H/VAC service guy says your air conditioner is functioning properly.

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     A man was on his way home with a new car, which was absorbing all his attention, when it struck him that he had forgotten something.

     Twice he stopped, counted his parcels, searched his pockets, but finally decided he had everything with him.  Yet the feeling persisted.

     When he reached home his daughter ran out, stopped short, and cried: "Daddy, where's Mommy?"

~

     When my wife had to rush to the hospital unexpectedly, she asked me to bring her a few items from home. One item on her list was "comfortable underwear."

     Not sure what she considered comfortable, I asked, "How will I know which ones to pick?"

     "Hold them up and imagine them on me," she answered. "If you smile, put them back."

~

     When we moved cross-country, my wife and I decided to drive both of our cars. Nathan, our eight-year-old, worriedly asked, "How will we keep from getting separated?"

     "We'll drive slowly so that one car can follow the other," I reassured him.

     "Yeah, but what if we DO get separated?" he persisted.

     "Well, then I guess we'll never see each other again," I quipped.

     "Okay," he said. "I'm riding with Mom."

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