Here is another before and after photo set, but from opposite directions. The photo above is a scanned slide from the late 70's. It's of the Star Ferry and the Kowloon-Canton Railway station, which is no longer there. The end station was then moved to Hung Hom in 1975, the year we arrived in Hong Kong. In the photo below you can see just the top of the clock tower, which was the only thing preserved from the old railway station. The curved building you see in the photo is the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
Here's some info from Wikipedia... In 1975, Kowloon Station was moved to the present-day Hung Hom Station on the newly reclaimed Hung Hom Bay. The building of the station was demolished in 1977 despite the protest and petitioning from the Heritage Society and other pressure groups. However, as a compromise it was decided that the Clock Tower was to be preserved, and is now accompanied by the Hong Kong Space Museum, Hong Kong Museum of Art and Hong Kong Cultural Centre, all built on former station grounds.
There's not a lot of news that’s new this week, so I will not try to make something where there's nothing there!
I'm still waiting for the doctor’s visit at Queen Mary Hospital on March 29th. That is where the surgery will be. When we heard about the delayed time, meaning that the surgery will also be after that, we inquired about having the surgery done later, so that Cindy would be able to go home and help our daughter Becki. Becki will have a C-section birth delivery on April 15 of our coming granddaughter.
However, we were informed that if I get out of the queue now, I would be moved back to the end, and the wait would be a year and a half or two years. Also I would have to take all the tests over again by that time.
Of course Cindy's very disappointed about the delay because she wanted to be there when our granddaughter was born. We do have offers of help post-surgery, for after I come home, but even if they do the surgery right after my appointment, according to the information we have, I will have to spend at least 10 days in the hospital. That will push my stay in the hospital right up to the time the baby would be born, if recovery goes well. And though I hope it does, there’s no guarantee about how quickly I’d be able to do everything I need to to take care of myself.
Please keep us in your prayers, and that somehow Cindy would still be able to be there in Ohio when the baby is born.
That’s it for this week. Make it a great week! Blessings, Dave
[Jesus] said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because You say so, I will let down the nets.” — Luke 5:4–5
Kyle Idleman - There’s no reason to think that Simon Peter’s response to Jesus was sarcastic, but you have to wonder if he was thinking, Yeah, right. That carpenter-rabbi thinks He can tell a fisherman how to fish? But what did he have to lose at this point? So as he squinted in the sunlight glinting off the Sea of Galilee, he flung his soaked net overboard one more time.
I’m not sure where those fish had been hiding all night, but this time they swarmed into his net as soon as it hit the water. Simon Peter had never had such a wasted night, and now he had never hauled in a catch like this, in broad daylight. What Jesus suggested wasn’t difficult or complicated; it just didn’t make any sense. Practically speaking, it seemed like a waste of time. It went against Peter’s extensive experience and intuition. Jesus gave no fresh explanation. His directions weren’t innovative or creative. Yet Simon Peter simply obeyed.
Sometimes following Jesus is simple, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy.
Humble obedience to what God has called us to may be as simple as making a phone call, extending an invitation, or walking across the street. Maybe it carries a greater challenge, like extending forgiveness to someone who has hurt you, or moving to a foreign mission field, or trusting Him by tithing. But when God asks us to do something that seems impractical or inconvenient — maybe especially when it does — it brings abundant reward.
Just remember that the One telling you where to fish is the one who created the fish. Complete this sentence: “Lord, because You say so, I will…”
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Numbers 22:24-25 (24) But the angel of the LORD stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall on this side, and a wall on that side. (25) And when the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she pushed herself into the wall and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall. And he struck her again.
What does God do? His first attempt to get Balaam's attention fails—not with the donkey, but with Balaam. The man is totally oblivious to what is going on. So God narrows him in or hedges him in. The path that Balaam was taking led between two hedges or walls. There was enough room,however, for the donkey to turn aside, which is what she did. She turned away, but in doing so, Balaam's foot became crushed against the wall, causing him pain. Perhaps God thought that a little pain would help him come to his senses.
However, Balaam does not think about God at all. He thinks, "You stupid donkey! Why did you do that to me?" He does not say anything at this point but beats the poor donkey. His injury does not cause him to consider at all that God may be trying to get his attention. It never comes to mind that God may be telling him something. He takes all his pain and rage out on this innocent donkey, which was only trying to obey God.
Think of the donkey in terms of this passage:
But my eyes are upon You, O GOD the Lord; in You I take refuge; do not leave my soul destitute. Keep me from the snares they have laid for me, and from the traps of the workers of iniquity. Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I escape safely. (Psalm 141:8-10)
The donkey who saw God would have avoided the trap and escaped, if it were not for Balaam controlling her. He made her go back into the trap—and on to his own ruin.
— Richard T. Ritenbaugh
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"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." Matthew 5:6
In the computer world we're probably all aware of the initials, "WYSIWYG" (pronounced wissiwig) meaning "What You See Is What You Get."
In the real world it's pretty much the same; or it could be worded this way, "What you look for is what you find."
Steve Goodier in his book, Are You Living in the Past? Shared how both the vulture and hummingbird fly over the same desert. The vulture sees rotting flesh. The humming bird sees colorful desert plants. Each sees and finds what it's looking for.
We do the same thing. What we hunger for and thrive on is what we look for and find. As Frederick Langbrige put, "Two men look out the same prison bars, one sees mud, the other stars."
If we hunger for evil, that's what we'll find. If we hunger for material wealth and possessions, that's what we'll seek after. If we hunger for illicit love, that's what we'll look for, see, and find, etc., etc. But if we hunger for righteousness that's what we'll pursue, and if we hunger for God, we will find him.
Mary Norman summed it up very well: "I've never seen the face of God / To draw it in a book / But I have seen the hand of God / It's everywhere I look."
It's true in that what we see is what we get and what we look for is what we find. It depends on what we hunger and thirst for.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to develop a thirst for righteousness, for things of eternal value, and above all a hunger and thirst for you. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
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There are three ways to get something done:
1. Do it yourself.
2. Hire someone else to do it.
3. Forbid your kids to do it.
@Homiletics (Jan.-Feb./96). Leadership, Vol. 17, no. 3.
Jill: I just don't understand the attraction golf holds for men.
Mary: TELL me about it! I went golfing with my husband one time, and he told me I asked too many questions!
Jill: Well, I'm sure you were just trying to understand the game. What questions did you ask?
Mary: I thought I asked legitimate questions . . . like, "Why did you hit the ball into that lake?"
Mom and Dad were trying to console the little kid. "You know, it's not your fault that the dog died".
The little kid was having none of it.
Dad said, "You know, he's probably up in heaven right now with God."
The little kid paused a moment, and looking puzzled, said, "What would God want with a dead dog?"
When he saw how astronomically high his latest phone bill was,the head of the house called a family meeting. "This is unacceptable," said the father. "You have to limit the use of the phone. I never use this phone, I always use the one at the office."
The mother said: "Same here, I hardly ever use the home phone, because I use my work phone."
The son said: "Me, too. I never use the home phone. I always use the company's mobile."
"So what is the problem?" asked the housekeeper. "We all use our work telephones."
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A group of friends went deer hunting and paired off in twos for the day.
That night, one of the hunters returned alone, staggering under the weight of an eight-point buck.
"Henry had a nasty fall and broke both of his legs. He's a couple of miles back up the trail."
"You left Henry laying out there and carried the deer back!?!"
"A tough call," nodded the hunter, "but I figured no one is going to steal Henry!"
So I just read Starbucks is planning on selling beer and wine; apparently it's getting difficult to sell sober people a $10 cup of coffee.
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(This might belong in the serious section rather than a laughing matter!!!)
Start with a cage containing five monkeys.
Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the monkeys with cold water.
After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the same result - all the monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.
Now, turn off the cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his surprise and horror, all of the other monkeys attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.
Next, remove another of the original five monkeys and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm.
Again, replace a third original monkey with a new one. The new one makes it to the stairs and is attacked as well.
Two of the four monkeys that beat him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs, or why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.
After replacing the fourth and fifth original monkeys, all the monkeys that have been sprayed with cold water have been replaced.
Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs. Why not?
Because as far as they know that's the way it's always been around here.
And that's how company (or church) policy begins..........
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