This morning it was 36 degrees on our water tower. That is the second coldest day in our 28 years in Guatemala.
A group from Walmart in Guatemala City will come Tuesday and have activities for the children.
Bob replaced the bannister on my upstairs porch. He has 4 boys he is training as carpenters.
Have you ever had a bad dream? Was it so bad that it caused you to wake up with cold sweat? Well the wife of Pilate had such a dream. Pilate had just interrogated Jesus and the Pharisees and had made a decision.
The dream she had indicated that Jesus was a just man and did not deserve death. Now she loved her husband and she did not want him to make a terrible mistake. When she awoken she immediately wrote her husband a note. “Have nothing to do with this just man”.
But Pilate was a double-minded man. He was captive to his wealth and fame. He thought he could simply wash his hands in water and be off the hook. It failed!
She was a wife that loved him enough to warn him. She had determination and courage. She did not want to see her husband make a terrible mistake.
So many women try to warn their husbands but they do not listen. There are more women in churches than men and that is heavily due to men ignoring the warnings of their godly wives.
It as 41 degrees this morning and here in Guatemala on this mountain with the wind blowing that is cold!!
Gladys preached for me again and I am certain that next Sunday I will be back in the pulpit.
Oscar, who has graduated as an architect, is finishing a Master’s in Administration. He has finished all classwork, submitted his thesis and meets with the committee tomorrow.
Bob built me a beautiful “high” chair so that I can sit & preach.
A local business sent a group of employees with gifts and games for the kids under 18.
VAIN worship, IGNORANT worship and SELF-IMPOSED worship are disgusting to God. So what is true worship?
John 4:23 “True worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth.
The Jews were worshipping correctly by going to Jerusalem. But true worship is not about the place.
“In Spirit” means to worship from your heart. God is Spirit and we must worship in sincerity. Fleshly ordinances such as a physical structure, special garments, lampstands, burning of incense, instruments and animal sacrifices were what the Old Testament worship was all about.
All Christians are priests (Romans 12:1). Our prayers are as sweet incense to Jesus (Revelations 5:8). “In Truth” means what? The Temple was a shadow of true worship. Now we worship from anywhere and praise Jesus Who is in heaven. He is not in a building.
The law was another shadow. To worship Christ is to having Him in your heart and on your lips throughout the day. No special place; no special words; no special laws just pure unadulterated honor and respect for what HONORS HIM.
We were visited by “Bridge of Life” which is a non-profit ministry founded by Davita the large dialysis medical organization in the USA. They do not financially support groups like us but they help get machines, train technicians, etc. They brought a nephrologist, dietician and internist to see what they can do to help. These folks also examined some of the children. They even made Christmas cards with two dorms. They are very instrumental in the success Dr. Lou has had here in Guatemala. Walt & Randi will work closely with them to see what we can do for each other. Of course, they expect places like Casa to have financial sustainability.
Josue’ will arrive in Guatemala at 9pm so he had two very long days of travel.
Sindy will do hemodialysis in the hospital but be able to stay at Casa in between treatments.
Nadab & Abihu worshipped in a way that God had not commanded. It was seen by the Lord as a sign of disrespect. (Leviticus 10:1-3). When we worship we are to be holy as God is holy.
Jesus refers to true worship in John 4:20-24. He tells us to worship in Spirit and Truth. VAIN worship is following the traditions of men and ignoring the commands of God. When worship is not done from the heart it is vain worship.
Paul says in Acts 17:22-23 that IGNORANT worship is when we worship in the absence of a knowledge of God’s will concerning who He is and how He is to be worshipped.
Paul says in Colossians 2:20-23 that there is also a SELF-IMPOSED worship which is a worship by our own will. It is the result of doing what we like and what we want. But just like Nadab & Abihu it is doing only what we desire to do.
Stay tuned for TRUE worship
Josue was in Waycross, Ga. and drove to Jacksonville only to miss his flight by 20 minutes. So now he has the experience in standing in line and seeking a connecting flight. He has to wait 36 hours.
It is actually snowing in Baton Rouge and in Tiger stadium. Now it is in Lafayette and Lake Charles. My grandchildren are loving it! They built a one foot high snowman.
I received an early Christmas gift as they brought me photographs of a church we finished that I thought would not be completed until January. So the congregation is having Christmas services there. The church is in Chichi in the village of Serito. We have three weeks to put the roof on another church before Christmas. The church is aldea, Sxebacib. near Chimaltenango. Our greatest joy is to see folks have a place to worship the Lord.
We were able to give away bags of good used clothes to the poor. Our children need to know how to give since God has blessed them with so much.
They were able to do dialysis on Sindy today. Still need a miracle!
Rules for living!
If you open it, close it. If you turn it on, turn it off. If you unlock it, lock it If you break it, admit it. If you cannot fix it, call in someone who can. If you borrow it, return it. If you value it take care of it. If you make a mess, clean it up If you move it, put it back. If you do not know how to operate it, leave it alone. If it belongs to someone else and you want to use it, get permission. If you don’t know how to operate it leave it alone. If it is none of your business do not ask questions. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. If it will brighten someone’s day say it. If it will tarnish someone’s reputation keep it to yourself.
I believe that if everyone applied this list all of us would be better for it.
The ladies went out for breakfast to celebrate Brandi and Candi’s birthdays.
Sindy has swollen so much that we had to hospitalize her again. She has suffered so much. They did hemodialysis but it took four attempts to get a catheter to work. She is walking on miracle land. Pray for her.
Quique had a wisdom tooth removed so he is moving slowly. He helps Dottie so much.
Gladys and Brandi are working on the shoes to be given at Christmas.
Part 2) A child’s 10 commandments to parents:
- I need your encouragement to grow. Please go easy on the criticism. Remember you can criticize the things I do without criticizing me.
- Please give me the freedom to make decisions concerning myself. Permit me to fail so that I can learn from my mistakes. Then someday I will be prepared to make the kind of decisions life requires of me.
- Please don’t do things over for me. Somehow that makes me feel that my efforts didn’t measure up to your expectations. I know that it is hard, but please do not try to compare me with my brother or sister.
- Please do not be afraid to leave for a weekend together. Kids need vacations from parents, just as parents need vacations from children. Besides it is a great way to show us your marriage is very special.
- Please take me to Sunday School and church regularly, setting a good example for me to follow. I enjoy learning more about God.More commandments
Talen & Ingrid were aside her and at one were even house parents. Early today their 7 month old son passed way. They have lost other family members over the year. Satan never quits.
I had the worst night since my surgery. I had a strange pain. Dr Suma and Walt took me to have an EKG and blood tests run. Then later Dr Miguel came out to check the EKG.
Sindy had the catheter installed but she is swollen so large right now. Pray for her
Kevin Leeman gives the 10 commandments children have for their parents.
- My hands are small; please do not expect perfection whenever I make a bed, throw a ball. My legs are short; please slow down so that I can keep up with you.
- My eyes have not seen the world as yours have; please let me explore safely. Do not restrict me unnecessarily.
- Housework will always be there. I am only little for a short time—please take time to explain things to me about the wonderful world and do so willingly.
- My feelings are tender; please be sensitive to my needs. Don’t nag me all day long. You would not want to be nagged for your inquisitiveness. Treat me as you would like to be treated.
- I am a special gift from God; please treasure me as God intended you to do. Hold me accountable for my actions, give me guidelines to live by and discipline me in a loving manner.