Two more earthquakes in Mexico! The earth itself seems to be revolting.
The grandchild with the rheumatic heart is also having lesions in his brain. Please pray for him and his family.
The services at Word of Life were well received.
I am still awaiting the report of the 3 day inspection from last week.
Dottie & I went to see Grethen’s home & she is on the Mercy Ship heading for the islands in the Caribbean helping with the recovery from the hurricanes.
The boys in Vencedores gave ALL of their money and gave it to the office to help fix the vans. Compassionate giving!!
Luke 3:23 “Jesus began his ministry at 30”. Before age 30 Jesus lived a boring normal life of eating, sleeping, studying, working and being with family and friends.
CS Lewis says we are to imitate God and that model is Jesus who did normal and sometimes undesirable things. It wasn’t always miracles & parables. Carpentry was a hard job.
Vanier says, “God does not call us to do extraordinary things but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love”.
I Corinthians 10:31 says, “Do all to the glory of God”. We must be content with the difficult valleys as well as the mountain tops”. We must be preoccupied with the present and not focus on the past or the future.
Hart says, “If we are unwilling to seek God in the life we have, we will do no better in the life that we would like to have”. If faith is difficult for you ask God for strength.
On Wednesday Cindy will have another surgery to attempt at placing a catheter . She is very ill and needs your prayers.
Word of Life has supported Casa since 1989—the beginning.
II Corinthians 5:17 “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature”. What does this mean?
- His judgments are new. His greatest purpose is to serve God. Every other purpose in our lives becomes second to Jesus. We have no other goal than to judge everything by what Jesus said and what He taught.
- A new creature has all new purposes. Your purpose is to serve God. That is all you want to do. You desire to grow in Christ. Your goals are to be like Christ and to learn how to get there.
- Your desires are new. “Whom have I in Heaven but thee?” My goals are not what they use to be. Getting rich or famous or living comfortable are no longer important. You want enough to live on and give to others but money is no longer your desire in life. The same with fame or any other trinket the devil waves before you.
- Your conversation is new. As anyone knows sports dominates the conversation on men all over the world. It is as though championships are eternal. But your conversation becomes one of Christ, family, ministry and the areas that are truly important.
- Our actions are new. We walk in Christ. We become the body where Jesus lives and we are aware that we are representing Him every place we walk and in everything we do.
Do not get so close to heaven and have the door closed on you!
The judge ruled we have to raise our fence two feet on one side of the property.
Walt received a new boy.
Dottie & I visited with my sister, Charlotte, & family in Opelousas as well as meeting our daughters for a long visit in Lafayette.
The three hurricanes and 2 earthquakes in 4 weeks has been something I have never seen in my 74 years. There is so much Christians should be praying for.
Sunday morning we will be at Word of Life in Patterson.
Mark 12:24 “Thou are not far from the kingdom of God”. Almost a Christian is one of the saddest of all sayings in the Bible.
The almost Christian has a considerable knowledge of religion but not of Christ and His Word. The almost Christian may even have a strong conviction of sin but not enough to make him want to change or if he tries to change he cannot stay there.
The almost Christian may have a good reputation as a churchman among men. The almost Christian may be freed from sins of his past. The almost Christian may have a liking for public devotion. He goes to church and may be in the choir or on the deacon board.
The Bible warns the almost Christian. He will not be able to enter the kingdom of heaven in his present state. You can be so close to the kingdom of God and yet not enter the gates to Paradise. How sad to go through life right next to the door to the kingdom and not enter in.
Lastly the Bible warns the almost Christian that his ruin will be greater than the ruin of others who never knew. The almost Christian knows what is expected from God yet refuses to walk through the door when Jesus knocks.
There is a phrase…”Distance makes a heart grow fonder.” I can honestly tell you that when God is in the middle of your relationship, “Distance makes a love grow stronger.” It is during times of separation that you realize who and what is important in your life.
I have heard that, “Missing someone is a part of loving them. If you are never apart, you’ll never know how strong your love is.” This love is only because of God. He is love and He has given us a gift of love…a love that grows everyday and fills our once empty heart. He has given us “Faith, Hope and Love. But the greatest of these is Love.” Without love, we are nothing. “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”
What is love? Jesus loves us so much that He will wipe away our tears even after He was left hanging on the cross for our sins. That is love, and He will always be the example of the love our Father in heaven has for us. When we study the life of Jesus, we understand what love is. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
Love is a relationship…a husband and wife, parent and child, teacher and student, coach and player, shepherd and flock, boss and employee, dorm parent and children. When we love as much as our Lord loves us, we know what love is and our relationship grows.
Love is not by birth, it is quality time spent with those in our lives. When we spend time with a son/daughter by birth or by adoption, it shows how much we love them. As a parent, the best gift we can give our children is our presence in their lives.
Love is sacrifice. When we place others ahead of us, we love. Love is not selfish, it is selfless. God loves us so much; He gave His One and Only Son for the forgiveness of sins so we can restore our relationship with Him and be with Him.
Love is forgiveness. Even the hardest hearts can be broken with love. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” We forgive because we are forgiven.
Distance makes a love grow stronger. Every time Candy and I are separated, a sadness fills my heart yet it is never empty because of our love for each other. When Jesus left His disciples, He gave them a promise and filled them with His love, the love of the Holy Spirit. The promise? He would return. Faith, Hope and Love. Until He returns, our Faith, our Hope and our Love grows stronger. It is no different with Candy and me.
We celebrated a birthday today. No, I didn’t forget this time. He turned thirteen today. He has a younger brother here, and it is wonderful to see them together, playing and loving each other. He had an “all you can eat” hot dog meal, yet we have learned that four seems to be the limit. The dorm was filled with the smell of cupcakes. His sister reminded me of his birthday every time she saw me at the school, and I reminded her that she would get a cupcake and her eyes lit up.
We bless because we are blessed. We forgive because we are forgiven. We love because we are loved. We live because He lives. Love never fails.
Lee and Candy
Cindy 1 in dialysis had to have surgery last night. She is very ill and we need your prayers. Her veins are so thin.
Dottie & I left Fayetteville early & drove 432 miles before we stopped. I am getting to old to drive so far.
Isaiah 42:18 “Look, you blind, that you may see.” There are many looks mentioned in the Word of God.
- We need to look back. It is vital for the growth of a Christian to look back and remember God’s goodness and all that He has done for you. Not only remember the blessings but remember all the junk God has brought you through.
- We need to look up in praise. “In the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee and will look up”. Every day that we awaken is a day to look up and thank God for Who He is and what He has done. Praise Him for His marvelous works.
- We need to look down in humility. Bowing your head before your Lord and Savior will prevent problems. “Let him that think they stand take heed lest they fall”.
- We need to look forward. This is called confidence and hope. Faith is the substance of things hoped for. Tomorrow is another day. We know that with Christ things will improve.
- We need to look around. The Word tells us to be vigilant. There are enemies around us and as you work to do the will of God the devil and people that he uses will do all they can to destroy you. Keep your eyes open.
- We need to look within. Daily we need to do a heart exam. What is happening in our love and praise towards our Lord.
- We need to look unto Jesus. We all look at Jesus as our Savior (John 3:14) and we also look at Him as our example. (Hebrews 12:2). Life is so much easier to leave when you have a pattern. The more we look at Jesus the more we will grow.
Spoke at Round Mountain MissionaryBaptist & the people were receptive. An unexpected blessing was Mia who was adopted from Casa years ago. She is all grown up.
Hundreds have died in the Mexico City earthquake.
There were demonstrations around the country against corruption.
Sebastian & Oscar had a meeting with a judge about the neighbor’s fence.
Demonstrations against corruption
A man in a church disliked the pastor. So every time he met someone fro the church he would say “Things aren’t right in the church are they?” This is all he would say. Eventually the minister had to resign.
What is gossip? Idle talk, groundless rumors, mischievous tattling are some of the definitions. Gossip is giving information to someone who I not part of the problem nor are they part of the solution.
The Living Bible says in Proverbs 18:8 & in 26:22 “What dainty morsels rumors are. They are eaten with great relish” and “Gossip is a dainty morsel eaten with great relish”. So twice Solomon uses almost the same wording to tell us that people enjoy gossip. They eat it up!
Proverbs 16:28 tells us gossip hurts relationships.
Proverbs 20:19 tells us gossip under mines reliability.
Proverbs 25:23 tells us gossiping about people will make them angry.
Proverbs 26:20 tells us that gossiping causes arguments.
A good rule is that whatever strengthens relationships is what we share. If it hurts someone we keep our mouths closed.
Lowell says that no mud can soil us except the mud we throw.