Posts from August 2020

Ninety-three—All by Ourselves

I remember watching Captain James T. Kirk on the original Star Trek series. If my memory serves me correctly, he used to break into a speech, where he would preach about man’s inhumanity to…(I guess)…Aliens. Anyway, where would TV Space shows be if they couldn’t capture the imagination with thoughts of interacting with life beyond our plant? But imagine is all that we can do. So far, manned space travel has hardly left our front yard. I’m excited to see…

Ninety-two— Putting eternal value in temporary things

Someone commented the other day that they had observed that various cultures seem very comfortable when wearing face masks at all times. I simply reminded them that it probably has to do with the pollution they endure in their home countries. If it is true that 92% of the world’s population breathes dirty air, you have to wonder if you are among the 8% who have the good fortune to be able to breathe easy. Much time and effort has…

Bulletin – 30 August 2020

To this day Ethiopia remembers the evangelist Philip asthe man of God who preached the gospel to their firstconvert. We know him as the Ethiopian eunuch fromActs 8. This man was the treasurer of Queen Candaceand a proselyte (a non-Jew who had converted to theHebrew faith). My guess is that it was a prayer forinsight into the Messianic passage (Isaiah 53) thatbrought Philip (sent by God) to his chariot to explain thepassage to him. If you seek you will find!…

Ninety-one—A thought worth sharing!

Remember that ‘shoe lady’ from the Philippines? Yes, it was Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines who burst onto our 1986 TV screens and into our conversations about her rather excessive shoe collection. It was then that she and her family fled the country and sought political asylum in Hawaii. Left behind in their Malacañang Palace were 15 mink coats, 508 gowns, 888 handbags, and 3000 pairs of shoes. But this was all just a drop in…

Ninety—The Habit of Seeing what God Sees

Bad habits will wreck your life. A grumpy disposition is a series of poorly controlled emotions parading as righteous indignation. Debt is an embarrassing lack of fiscal foresight and lateness a clear sign of poor priority procedures. If you are offended already, I don’t blame you. Those of you who have had a two year old or 2 in your life, know that feelings, money and time are usually subordinate to forces beyond your control. For those of you who…

Eighty-nine— Together again!

I believe it was President Trump who dubbed Kim Jong-un ‘Rocket Man.’ The North Korean President was determined to show off his country’s space-age missile technology, despite its inability to impress. North Korea’s isolation from its southern sister state hasn’t exactly impressed anyone either. Since 1953 the two countries have been in a Mexican Standoff. Though South Korea has developed into a world leader in technology and finance, North Korea ever teeters on the edge of starvation. One of the…

Eighty-eight—A lot of exciting possibilities coming our way.

If you haven’t seen the 1985 movie ‘Back to the Future’ more than once, you have more than likely had opportunity to. The premise of the story easily catches the imagination. ‘What would I do if I could go back in time?’ Of course, going back and participating in the events of your parent’s youth only heightens the imagination’s anticipation. One of Director, Stephen Spielberg’s jokes was the car used: The DeLorean—with the gull-wing doors. You’ll recall that it disappeared…

Eighty-seven—Shipwrecked

Once upon a time, men went forth to navigate new worlds with little more than their eyes to the heavens and their hands ready to take soundings off the sides of their ships. Today a captain can plot a safe course electronically. Nearly 200 years apart, 2 ships came across the same reef. One in 1827 and the other in 2011. The 1827 encounter was a near miss. The highly relieved Captain d’Urville instantly named the reef after his still-intact…

Eighty-six—Helping God get it right

I contend that you will struggle to find any teaching in the OT that commends polygamy. It is one of those things that sounds good, until it isn’t. And by then, it’s too late. Sarah, having given up hope of having children, decided to make her Egyptian slave Abraham’s second wife, and her surrogate. It sounded good, until it wasn’t. And by then, it was too late. When pregnant, Hagar had thoughts above her station and Sarah’s mistreatment of her…

Eighty-five—If I could turn back time

David was on the run from his father-in-law. King Saul’s relentless pursuit of the man who would be king was fuelled by blinding jealousy. Jonathan had warned David. David had fled. But hunger and need for weaponry caused him to look to Ahimelech the priest for help. Ahimelech had obviously heard the talk on the street. David was radioactive. To go near him was a death sentence. Thus, he approached David trembling. He gave David bread and the sword of…