Happy Birthday, Mike!

We read Acts 10:9-23 and talked about Peter’s vision.  Peter went up on top of the roof and prayed.  He was taught how to pray by Jesus.  Luke 11:1, “One day Jesus was praying in a certain place.  When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.'”  And by example, Jesus taught them where to pray.  Luke 5:16, “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”

I said, “We have to get away from all the distractions around us.  I need to get up early and spend time with the Lord because I know all of you are asleep and it’s just our Lord and me.  I am sure there weren’t very many people on top of the roof with Peter.  While he was up there, Peter had a vision.  A big sheet filled with ‘four-footed animals, as well as reptiles of the earth and birds of the air.’  A voice said, ‘Get up, Peter.  Kill and eat.’  Peter answered, ‘Surely not, Lord!  I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.’

“Why are these animals considered impure?  God told His people what animals they may and may not eat.  It is law.  Deuteronomy 14:3-20.  So the question is, Is God changing His law?  The answer is ‘No.’  We have to look at the bigger picture and understand what is going on.  It is about Cornelius.  It is about the Gentile people.  The Jewish people considered Gentiles unclean.  John 18:28, ‘Then the Jews led Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of he Roman governor.  By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness the Jews did not enter the palace; they wanted to be able to eat the Passover.’

“Peter thought about the significance of the vision and the Spirit revealed it to him.”

Happy Birthday, Mike!  I made some cupcakes and after dinner, all of us went over and wished Mike a Happy Birthday.  He’s 74 and still strong.  Maybe not physically, but strong where it counts… spiritually.  “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

I am so proud of our boys.  Their behavior in school is so much better this week.  When we got back from Mike and Dottie’s house, I told them how proud I am of them and decided to reward them with an ice cream.  I pray for a hedge of protection around our dorm.  It is a spiritual battle.

All His,

Lee and Candy

 

Before not after

For my 74th birthday I took Dottie for her eye exam. Her vision has improved 30%. I was given a new pulpit for my birthday as well as some vitamins.

We are having a major sit-down with three agencies on Saturday the 22nd. Pray that we will have favor.

One team went & distributed rice & beans to the poor. An Arkansas team arrived.

The painted addition to Los Cometas

Marriage is a life long commitment. It should not be taken lightly as it is today. If you are dating you should be willing to wait. We live in a world of instant gratification. Too many people rush into marriage that are not mentally, spiritually or financially ready. Your brain cannot be on auto-control. Wait!

Make financial plans. Finances cause more arguments than any other area in marriage. Have a budget or goals as to what you need to live, as you desire. Practice discipline and common sense. Do not waste money on the courtship. Financial self-discipline prepares you for the road ahead.

Get to know one another. Do not marry until you have dated for a year to a year and a half. Rushing means that you have not seen this person in each season of courtship. I tell the teens here there are many questions to answer as you court.

Lastly get counseling! Go to your minister and let him walk you through the various areas you need to be aware of before jumping into marriage. Romance will fade as time passes. You need something substantial to base your reasons for marriage. I told the boys last night that it is best to breakup before marriage rather than after.

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