Eternal Life

This morning I asked the boys, “What is salvation?  Salvation is deliverance.  What are we delivered from?

“Deliverance from our troubles.  Psalm 34:17, ‘The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.’

“Deliverance from our distress.  Psalm 107:6, ‘Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them from their distress.’

“Deliverance from our fears.  Psalm 34:4, ‘I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.’

“Deliverance from our temptations.  1 Corinthians 10:13, ‘No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.  And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.’

“Deliverance from our sins.  Galatians 5:1, ‘It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.’

“Deliverance is salvation and salvation is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Titus 2:11-14, ‘For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.’

“Jesus saved us not because of our acts of righteousness but because of His mercy and grace.  Titus 3:3-7, ‘At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures.  We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.  But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.  He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.’

“What is eternal life?  To know Him.  John 17:3, ‘Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.’”

Today, each grade presented the traditional food of Guatemala, and we were allowed to sample each item.  Bean tostadas, suban ik, rice, tamales, paches, rice and plantain atol, coffee, bread and pastries.  We didn’t have to ask for the food, the children piled it on plates and gave it to us.  By the time we were done, we had a leaning tower of Tikal.  Delicious.  Afterwards, different classes presented traditional dances. As they danced, we could see the love and the beauty of Guatemala.  Everyone did a wonderful job and most importantly, the children and adults had fun.

All His,

Lee and Candy



Activities continue today with oratory & speech competition. This will be followed by rhythmic gymnastics competition.

Gladys shared with us that Mexico/Guatemala had a large earthquake last week while we were traveling. The children always run outside the buildings which they are taught to do. Casa did not receive any major damage.

Kindergarten exercisingIn the book of proverbs the bible speaks of the nagging wife but I can assure you that it is not limited to women. Men can be naggers also. What is nagging?

It is mentioning something over and over to the point of irritation. It is to annoy someone by bringing up the same subject over and over again. It is badgering or hounding another person.

Proverbs 19:13b “A nagging wife is like water going drip, drip, drip”

Proverbs 21:9 “It is better to live in the corner of an attic than with a crabby woman in a lovely home”.

Proverbs 21:19 “It is better to live in a desert than with a nagging complaining wife.

Proverbs 27:15-16 “A nagging wife is like water going drip-drip-drip. How can you keep her quiet?”

It works both ways in marriage. Men are just as guilty. It is terrible to live with a complainer. The truth is that Dottie and I have worked very hard to try and complain as little as possible. Sometimes we end up using each other as sounding boards.

The truth is and one of the first things I told Josue’ as the man who will replace me is “Never bring your work home and lay it on your wife”. Husbands need to protect their wives from carrying burdens she was never intended to carry.

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