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March 6, 2017
This will be brief this week. There not much to report this week in the way of progress. I will simply share the prayer requests that I passed out yesterday to our church regarding the main things to pray for as we transition as a church to becoming an independent daughter church, look for a new location to meet, and make the change to a cell church model with what we call Connect Groups. I hope that man of you can join us in prayer for these changes. Pastor Tommy, Cindy and I and the leadership team need to know what’s in God’s heart and purposes he has for our church.
Thank you for your prayers. I know that many of you pray regularly for our ministry and you have for many years. It blesses us to know that.
Prayers requests for RiverGrace.
the process of becoming independent, the steps we need to take, the administrative tasks that have to be done like setting up bank accounts etc.
a suitable place/places that can meet our needs and also to be able to minister to people in the community. prayers for the sub-committee that is looking at the different options.
change to using Connect groups to better care for people, disciple them, and equip them to serve in various ways
Pray that everyone would be willing to join the groups and that they would grow spiritually and learn to share their faith with others
As always you are loved and appreciated. Blessings on your week, Dave
What You See
"Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins." (1 Peter 4:8)
Here's a test. You've heard of tongue-twisters … well here's an eye-twister (which may be difficult for those whose primary language isn't English). See if you can read the following:
"Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deosn't raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?"
(Now I know why I am such a poor proof reader - especially of my own writing.)
The mind does a similar thing in other areas of life. That is, we see things not the way they are, but the way we are. For instance, if I am a negative person, I will see negative things in what others do - things that may not even be there - and be critical about them. If I am a supersensitive person, I will read into what others say or do and overreact - not on the basis of what they have said or done, but on the basis of who and what I am. On the other hand, if I am a loving person, I will overlook the petty faults in others and be accepting and forgiving of them, for love does "cover a multitude of sins."
Indeed, what we see is who we are or who we are is what we will see.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to be a loving person and, while not being blind to evil, help me not to be negative or super-sensitive, but to overlook the petty faults of others. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."
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NAIL IN THE FENCE
There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence.
Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.
The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, "You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound is still there. " A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.
"All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be." (james 3:7-10)
"Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!" (Psalm 141:3)
"If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless." (James 1:26)
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The man passed out in a dead faint as he came out of his front door onto the porch. Someone called 911.
When the paramedics arrived, they helped him regain consciousness and asked if he knew what caused him to faint.
"It was enough to make anybody faint," he said. "My son asked me for the keys to the garage, and instead of driving the car out, he came out with the lawn mower!"
I was leaving for a two-day conference, and my seven-year-old daughter, Katherine, was becoming overly clinging and teary.
I was mystified at her emotional reaction until I heard her say to my husband, "Daddy, I have a loose tooth. If it falls out while Mommy is gone, do you know how to handle this tooth fairy thing?"
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Q&A on Pregnancy
Q: Should I have a baby after 35?
A: No, 35 children is enough.
Q: I'm two months pregnant now. When will my baby move?
A: With any luck, right after he finishes college.
Q: How will I know if my vomiting is morning sickness or the flu?
A: If it's the flu, you'll get better.
Q: What is the most common pregnancy craving?
A: For men to be the ones who get pregnant.
Q: What is the most reliable method to determine a baby's sex?
Q: The more pregnant I get, the more often strangers smile at me. Why?
A: 'Cause you're fatter than they are.
Q: My wife is five months pregnant and so moody that sometimes she's borderline irrational.
A: So what's your question?
Q: What's the difference between a nine-month pregnant woman and a model?
A: Nothing (if the pregnant woman's husband knows what's good for him).
Q: How long is the average woman in labor?
A: Whatever she says divided by two.
Q: My childbirth instructor says it's not pain I'll feel during labor, but pressure. Is she right?
A: Yes, in the same way that a tornado might be called an air current.
Q: When is the best time to get an epidural?
A: Right after you find out you're pregnant.
Q: Is there any reason I have to be in the delivery room while my wife is in labor?
A: Not unless the word "alimony" means anything to you.
Q: Is there anything I should avoid while recovering from childbirth?
A: Yes, pregnancy.
Q: Does pregnancy cause hemorrhoids?
A: Pregnancy causes anything you want to blame it for.
Q: Do I have to have a baby shower?
A: Not if you change the baby's diaper very quickly.
Q: Our baby was born last week. When will my wife begin to feel and act normal again?
A: When the kids are in college.
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SOME WACKY DEFINITIONS
- EGOCENTRIC: a person who believes he is everything you know you are.
- MAGAZINE: bunch of printed pages that tell you what's coming in the next issue.
- EMERGENCY NUMBERS: police station, fire department and places that deliver.
- OPERA: when a guy gets stabbed in the back and instead of bleeding he sings.
- BUFFET: a French word that means, "Get up and get it yourself."
- BABY-SITTER: a teenager who must behave like an adult so that the adults who are out can behave like teenagers.
- TRAFFIC LIGHT: apparatus that automatically turns red when your car approaches.
- PIONEER: early American who was lucky enough to find his way out of the woods.
- PEOPLE: some make things happen, some watch things happen, and the majority have no idea what's happened.
- SWIMMING POOL: a mob of people with water in it.
- SELF-CONTROL: the ability to eat only one peanut.
- TATTOO: permanent proof of temporary insanity.
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On Saturday, Cindy and I hiked stage 4 of the Maclehose Trial. Yes, there are places in Hong Kong like this, without buildings, and with lots of trees, plants, and chances to see some of the beauties of nature. The photo below shows the Google Maps track of what what we did in terms of the distance, elevation, etc.
The photos below were on a trail we did a couple weeks ago. There are lots of steps like the ones we're standing on the left and also some washed out, eroded parts of the trail that Cindy is climbing on the right. Those parts of the trail add technical difficulty and slow one down, especially when wet.
Ma On Shan
Tai Wan Village
Fei Ngo Shan