Monday Fodder - October 19 2015

On Saturday we went to Cheung Chau Island for a birthday party of one of our friends. It means we had to pasas through Central to get to the ferry peir. A few months ago Hong Kong added this giant Ferris wheel. We got to see it both in daylight and at night.

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I mentioned my health issues, the last time I did a Monday Fodder. I’ll update you on the current situation.  Some of you have already been praying and we are asking you to continue to pray for us as we walk through the next phase of this journey. I’ll try to make a long story as short as possible for your sake!

Nearly 2 years ago I got a severe,  lingering cold, which turned into what was possibly pneumonia.

Since that time, after several doctor visits, and two  chest x-rays, I had a complete health checkup last December, in which the OMS Dr. in the States informed me I had a heart murmur which I should get checked out. The main symptom was heavy and prolonged coughing and my doctor had suggested it was caused by bronchial asthma. Sometimes I felt okay, other times worse, but always coughing a lot. Overall it did not improve, and in fact got worse, especially after I came back to Hong Kong in June.

In July, here in Hong Kong, I had an ECG, which confirmed the OMS doctor’s suspicions of the heart murmur.

On Friday, October 16,  I took the test results to Cindy’s Doctor that she has used for years. Her assessment was that because there were no previous indications of heart or respiratory problems, the bad cold I got in 2013 might have included  a viral heart infection, which led to the heart valve problems and other related respiratory symptoms.  She called a cardiologist and he was able to see me the next day.  

Yesterday I had an appointment with a cardiologist for the first time. He informed me that I should have the aortic valve replaced because it does not close properly and there was a regurgitation of the blood, making the heart work harder and causing it to be enlarged. He also suggested that it was the cause of the respiratory problems as well.

We will probably try to go the government route in terms of having the surgery done. The drawback is the waiting time. The plus side is the cost. The total cost at the government hospital would be about $200 USD.  Going privately the cost would be about $65,000 USD. The Doctor said it was not an immediate emergency and  it was probably okay to wait a few months for the surgery.  In the meantime I am taking  medication  to control my  symptoms.

We need your prayers to know what decisions to make about the surgery.  Please pray that we are put on a "priority" track in the government system and that surgery could be scheduled within a few months.  While it’s not such great news about the need for open heart surgery, the good side is that it is, in the doctors words, “low-risk” and “routine”, and at least it seems the cause of the symptoms has been found.

We give great thanks to God for giving us both such amazing good health all these years of our lives.  And we thank you for standing with us in this new challenge.....we just don't know what to do when we are sick!!!!!!

Thanks again for your prayers. Make it a great week!  Blessings,



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Satan: Alive and Well

     "Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour. Take a firm stand against him, and be strong in your faith." 1 Peter 5:8-9

     "In a National Geographic article about the Portia spider, author Robert Jackson detailed the various ways it deceives its prey. Sitting still, the spider looks like a piece of dried leaf or foliage until a meal walks by. It also will crawl onto another spider's web and tap the threads, mimicking the actions of a trapped insect. When the host spider appears, the Portia devours it. Deception is the Portia's primary tool.

     "Satan is like the Portia spider in that deception is his weapon of choice. He does whatever he can to counterfeit the words of God—to make the unwary and naïve think that God is present and speaking when in fact He is not. The apostle Paul wrote about Satan masquerading as an 'angel of light' and about his agents acting like 'servants of righteousness.' The book of Revelation says a day is coming when the satanic Antichrist and False Prophet will deceive most of the world. Only those who know the Word of God will be prepared and protected. Know the truth—don't be deceived by a counterfeiter like Satan.

     "The more you get to know the truth—and the One who is Truth—the easier it will be to spot deception when it appears."1

     Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me a love for your Word and a desire to know and understand your truth so I will never be led astray by the evil one or deceived by his devices. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. "Turning Point Daily Devotional," 9-23-05. Cited on Preaching Now,

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A Childlike Amazement

(By Steve Troxel, God's Daily Word Ministries,  [Edited]

     Matthew 18:3 "And He said: 'I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.'"

     When my daughter was four years old, we read about young Samuel. While discussing this story, my daughter showed me the excited faith God calls us to maintain. Perhaps her faith could teach us all...

     As a young boy, Samuel was ministering with an old priest named Eli. One night God called to Samuel, but Samuel thought it was Eli's voice. Eli said he didn't call and told Samuel to go back to bed. After God called a few more times, Samuel realized who was calling and answered: "Speak, for Your servant is listening" (1 Samuel 3:10). God then gave Samuel a message - but the message was all about Eli.

     My daughter asked, "Why did God speak to Samuel if the message was really to Eli?" We talked about how we must be ready and willing to hear God. I said Eli may have had some problems or distractions in his life which kept him from hearing God, so God spoke His message through a child. I said little kids (like her) can often hear God better than older people (like me).

     "But, I don't hear God talk to me," she said, with a little disappointment in her voice. I explained how God doesn't usually speak so we can hear Him with our ears; rather, His Spirit speaks to our heart and we hear Him as we listen to our heart. Her little eyes widened, "Like today when I was going to sit on one of the baby toys - Jesus told my heart I was too big and shouldn't do it so I listened to what He said."

     I encouraged her that this is exactly how God speaks to us, we just need to learn how to listen and then obey. My daughter thought for a moment and then slowly shook her head in amazement: "Wow! That's sooooo cool!!"

     Heavenly Father, I pray that Your Word never becomes just an interesting collection of stories. You created us, loved us, and will one day call us Home to be with You for all eternity - and Father, that's sooooo cool!! Help us to come into Your presence with a thankful and loving heart. Strengthen our faith every day and allow us to continually look on You and Your wonders with a childlike amazement.

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The Speeder

     A traffic cop on patrol one night, watching a 35-mph zone on the edge of town, suddenly saw a car come blazing by his hideout.

     Quickly grabbing at his radar gun, he clocked the fast-moving vehicle at 87 mph!

     The officer took off after the speeder and soon had the car pulled over on the side of the road. Expecting trouble with such a reckless driver, the patrolman approached cautiously.

     To his surprise, the driver of the offending vehicle was a little old lady, barely tall enough to see over the steering wheel.

     "Ma'am," the officer began, "do you know how fast you were going?"

     "I was just getting her up around 90, I believe, officer," the old lady answered calmly, peering up at him through her bifocals. "Why, what seems to be the problem?"

     Shocked, the officer returned her comment, "What seems to be the problem? Why, this is a 35-mph zone! That's the problem. Didn't you see the sign?"

     "Oh sure," the old lady returned, "That's why I'm driving so fast. I'm just trying to follow its instruction."

     Dumbfounded, the officer was momentarily speechless.

     "Just what sign are you talking about, ma'am?" he asked, when he finally recovered.

     Smiling up at the officer, the old lady placed a gentle hand on his wrist and said, "Why, the one that said 'Speed Zone Ahead,' of course!"

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WHEN INSULTS HAD CLASS - These glorious insults are from an era when 4-letter words weren't necessary..

- A member of Parliament to Disraeli: "Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease."

"That depends, Sir," said Disraeli, "whether I embrace your policies or your mistress."

- “He had delusions of adequacy." - Walter Kerr

- “He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." - Winston Churchill

- I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." - Clarence Darrow.

- “He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).

- “Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it." - Moses Hadas. (Moses Hadas was an American teacher, one of the leading classical scholars of the twentieth century, and a translator of numerous works)

- “I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." - Mark Twain.

- “He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.." - Oscar Wilde.

- “I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one." - George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill.

"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second ... if there is one." - Winston Churchill, in response.

- “I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here." -Stephen Bishop.

- “He is a self-made man and worships his creator." - John Bright.

- “I’ve just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial." - Irvin S. Cobb.

- “He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others." - Samuel Johnson.

- “He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up." - Paul Keating. - “He loves nature in spite of what it did to him." - Forrest Tucker.

- “Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?" - Mark Twain.

- “His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.." - Mae West.

- “Some cause. happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go." - Oscar Wilde.

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