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A BIG THANKS TO THIS WEEKS SPONSOR
Our special thanks and best wishes go to Roy McGreevy, the organiser of our sponsorship programme, for his upcoming birthday on 20 June.
Roy runs KSCB-TV in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA, one of the very few independent Christian TV Stations left in the US.
Have a great day Roy, and thanks again mate, for everything.
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NO PLACE LIKE HOME?
After 12 weeks of travel, it will be good to get back home to all the things one is comfortable and familiar with. Hopefully, our cat 'Girl', may even remember me. Perhaps even the kids too! To see my mother will be good, and my friend Graham, who surrepticiously got engaged to Jude, without my permission, while I was away! Yes, catching up on life that continues day by day, until we are called away on that final trip to our eternal home.
Returning, it will be so very easy to slip back into a comfortable routine. Doing a good thing here and a good thing there, the days, months, the years, will pass rapidly. For I will be back in my comfort zone.
But one thing I have found out in life is that comfort zones are of the devil, not of God. Wow, that's a rash statement, David! But, let's think about it. God is a God of change. For He desires us to become the image of Jesus. And I know that that requires a lot of change in me! But the devil says, "No problem, you're okay. Life is comfortable. Everything may not be perfect, but 'the devil you know'....."
And then, all too soon, comes the day when we make that final inevitable trip to be with Jesus and we find out, too late, that we are not in His image - or anywhere near it. For we have been fooled by the enemy to spend our life in the comfort zone of the world. His world!
So as Kathy and I return to the comforts of home, which we will enjoy, I am determined not to let them seduce me into complacency and stagnation. For my desire is to become more like my Jesus. How about you?
Now, Kathy will have a few ideas on how I can go about it......!
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FROM THE WORD
"David praised the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, “Praise be to you, O LORD, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name." (1 Chronicles 29:10-13)
" Men will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from dread of the LORD
and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth. In that day men will throw away to the rodents and bats their idols of silver and idols of gold, which they made to worship. They will flee to caverns in the rocks and to the overhanging crags
from dread of the LORD and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth." (Isaiah 2:19-21)
" The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven." (Hebrews 1:3)
HEAVENLY TRUTHS GOD HAS SHOWN ME (12 of 12)
Unexpectedly given one afternoon when I wasn't feeling very well. How often God works like that! Kept my human input to a minimum.
God has shown me that...
... yesterdays faith is to become today's normality.
... exercising my 'will' frequently involves my 'wont'.
... the wall of faith is built one brick at a time.
... to 'overcome' I need to 'undergo' change in my life.
... God is God, is God.
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FROM YOU - TO ME - TO YOU
I would like to respond to Pete Bradley's posting on the Hebrew names of God/Jesus. There seems to be an increasing fascination among Christians with the Hebrew names for God,Jesus, and a variety of other biblical characters and items. Whereas I see nothing fundamentally wrong with addressing the Lord as 'Adonai', for example, I become decidedly uncomfortable when folk who do so start regarding this practice as 'more correct' than the rest of the Body of Christ who are quite happy to talk to the Lord in their own language.(I am not for one moment insinuating that brother Pete Bradley is one such, I am merely trying to point out some of the problems that have arisen in groups who hold this view.)
I am a South African (no rugby-related comments, please!), and I have become increasingly concerned about the trend of some local Messianic groups--of which less than a third
are often Jewish--to stress this type of esoteric knowledge, making a person who knows the right jargon like calling Eve 'Chavvah', Matthew 'Mattityahu', Peter 'Kefa', John 'Yochanan', and Paul 'Sha'ul' sound super-spiritual. The first problem, however, is the number of popular opinions as to what exactly our Saviour is to be called. I have heard 'Yeshua', 'Yehoshua', 'Yashua', 'Yahwehsua', and now 'Yahushua' offered as the real Name above all names. So what exactly IS his Name? If his parents spoke Hebrew (the may
very well have rather spoken Aramaic) and gave Him the Hebrew form of the name (which they probably did) only the first two options, i.e. 'Yeshua' or 'Yehoshua', would merit serious consideration. These two names are Hebrew and actually occur in the Hebrew Bible. The other forms are names invented by folk with a special agenda and who know very little, ifany, Hebrew. Jewish Christians, by the way, call Jesus 'Yeshua'.
A worse problem is the name 'YHWH'. I'd love to hear someone actually say 'YHWH' (I suppose a Welsh tongue could find its way around that!). Again, the forms 'Yahweh' and the less probable 'Jehovah' are mere speculation, since no one alive on this planet today knows exactly what vowels were part of the Name and how it was pronounced -- not even the Jews. ('Yahweh' seems to be afairly unanimously accepted proposition.)
The second problem is if the Hebrew form of the Name were so vital for us to be able to call on the 'correct' Name, why did Paul (and all the other writers of the New Testament) quite happy to use the Greek form 'Iesous' (from which we got our English 'Jesus' via Latin 'Iesus') when proclaiming the Gospel to the Gentiles? Why does Paul rite "Therefore God ('Theos', not 'Elohim') exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus ('Iesous', not 'Yeshua') every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ ('Iesous Christos', not 'Yeshua hamashiach') is Lord ('Kyrios', not 'YHWH' or'Adonai'), to the glory of God ('Theos', not 'Elohim') the Father ('Pater', not 'Av' or'Abba')" (Phil 2:9-10)? Surely if the Greeks were taught by Paul to recognise 'Iesous' asthe 'Christos' of 'Theos' and therefore 'Kyrios', we in the Anglophone world can't be that far off the track by calling 'Jesus' the 'Christ' of 'God' and therefore 'Lord'? I was saved and forgiven and changed and filled with the Holy Spirit by putting my trust in 'Jesus Christ' as my Lord and Saviour, long before I ever knew that some called Him ('Yeshua' and his Spirit 'Ruach haqodesh'). I also know plenty of Spirit-filled Zulus who were saved by calling on the Name of 'uJesu'. I thank the Lord that He speaks my language,too!
My point? Don't let's get sidetracked into issues that really aren't issues. Let's rather focus on loving the Lord our God with all our heart, our soul and all our strength and
our neighbour as ourselves.
Yours in His service
Manie van den Heever
I have very much enjoyed reading of your time in Nigeria as I spent many years there, growing up, my parents having been missionaries with SUM. The very names Kano, Jos etc stir me and bring back so many memories - my sister and I went to a boarding school called Hillcrest in Jos. My husband and I re-visited the country in 1990 so I know what you mean about the state of the roads, the traffic etc. It has been a very troubled country with so much tribal fighting and poverty but I'm glad to hear it is so
LAUGHING AT OURSELVES
***Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused***
*** "Those who can't laugh at themselves leave the job to others." ***
A man with a nagging secret couldn't keep it any longer. In the confessional he admitted that for years he had been stealing building supplies from the lumberyard where he worked.
"What did you take?" his priest asked.
"Enough to build my own house and enough for my son's house. And houses for our two daughters and our cottage at the lake."
"This is very serious," the priest said. "I shall have to think of a far-reaching penance. Have you ever done a retreat?"
"No, Father, I haven't," the man replied. "But if you can get the plans, I can get the lumber."
When a rural Kansas preacher returned after visiting New England, a parishioner met him at the train station.
"How are things out our way, Hiram?" the preacher asked.
"Sad, sir. A cyclone came and wiped out my house."
"Dear, dear," cried the parson. "Well, I'm not surprised, Hiram. Your remember I warned you about the way you have been living. Punishment for sin is inevitable."
"It also destroyed your house, sir," said Hiram.
"It did?" The pastor was horrified. "Ah me, the ways of the Lord are past human understanding."
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A SCOTTISH EXPERIENCE
A few days ago we drove from Aberdeen on the East Coast of Scotland, to the Isle of Skye in the West, (via Inverness and Loch Ness, the home of the elusive 'Nessie'!)
to visit our Daughter-in-law Catrionas, parents.
The islands off the West Coast of Scotland have likely experienced more 'Revivals', over the past 200 years or so, than anywhere else on earth. Seemingly one about every 10 years.
Why is this? Simply because they have been a God fearing, hugely prayerful group of people. Until more recent times, daily scriptures and prayers were a part of life even for non-believers!
Unfortunately, the old ways have gone and sadly, with it, the frequency of revivals. A message for us all.
A very thought-provoking Scottish expereince.
FACTS FOR FUN
LAST WEEKS QUESTION: Do all bees live in hives?
ANSWER: No. We tend to think of bees in large colonies, governed by a queen bee, but most types of bees are actually solitary and live alone. Honey bees and bumble bees, it is true, are social insects. But carpenter bees, mining bees, and others, build individual nests, often by burrowing into wood or the ground.
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: What is a "photon"?
Answer Next Week.
SOME FUN FACTS
786. DON'T COOK TONIGHT, HONEY
The most popular day for eating out in the United States is one's own birthday, when 49 percent of American adults so do. (To help us remember – or forget?)
787. HARMLESS CAKES?
The cakes proven to be least harmful to the teeth are pies, plain cakes, and doughnuts. (Am continually trying to replicate this experiment.)
788. A WHITE DWARF
In astronomy, a white dwarf is the dense, burned-out remains of a star - a stellar corpse you could say. (What about a old film star?)
A WORD PUZZLE FOR YOU
Make another word from this word using all the letters.
Answer at the end of A David Musing
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ANOTHER SCOTTISH EXPERIENCE
Travelling back from the Isle of Skye through the Scottish Highlands, where unfortunately, the heather was not yet in bloom, we stopped at the side of the road at a small sign saying 'Footsteps'.
Catriona led us up a path to where an evengelist had preached to the local villagers over 100 years ago. He hadn't received a friendly reception, being pelted with stones by the locals for his efforts. In frustration he told them he wold prove that God is real. "If you look here in the future you will see that grass will never grow where I am standing!"
And so it is to this very day' over 100 years later! He must have had little feet though, for the bare patch is quite small, but it stands in sharp contrast to the green grass that surrounds it.
A Scottish experience of the power and faithfulness of God!
WOMEN NOT 'INDEPENDENT ECONOMIC UNITS'
A paper by London School of Economics economist Catherine Hakim challenges the feminist assumption that women should all be seen as 'economically independent agents'. Hakim identifies a 20 - 60 - 20 percent split in women's work-lifestyle preferences. She writes: 'A substantial minority of women, 20 percent, remain home-centred and family-centred in their values and lifestyle preferences. Roughly 20 percent are work-centred and careerist in the same way that men are said to be work-centred and careerist. Around 60 percent of women are adaptive, and the exact percentages will vary from one country to another and one region to another because these are estimates rather than fixed points.'
In other words, the reality of women's lives shows that some have aspirations for paid employment, others for rearing children at home and a large group are 'adaptable'.
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PUNS AND MORE PUN FUN
Read a fascinating book I just got from the Discovery Channel. "Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Centipedes".
It's good reading, but about 60% of the book is footnotes.
Police are investigating the murder of Juan Gonzales.
"It looks as if he was killed with a golf gun," one detective observes.
"A golf gun?" asks his partner. "What in the world is a golf gun?"
"I don't know," the detective answers, "but it surely made a hole in Juan."
The conservative businessman got on the elevator and curtly asked the bellboy to take him to the 18th floor.
When he arrived the young operator said, "Here you are, son!"
"How dare you call me son!?!" exclaimed the outraged man.
"Well," replied the boy, . . . "I brought you up, didn't I?"
At the Olympics a man went up to a competitor who was carrying a very long pole.
"Are you a pole vaulter?"
"No, I'm German, but how did you know my name is Walter?"
When a hospital runs out of maternity nurses they have a mid-wife crisis.
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It's funny how subjective time can be! It will only take a moment though, to read about it!
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FAMOUS WORDS AND PHRASES FROM THE BIBLE
A GOOD SAMARITAN
One who goes out of their way to help another. Comes from the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:30-37.
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A DAVID MUSING
As this is being sent to you through cyberspace, Kathy and I will have completed leg one of our long, 6 leg, 43 hour trip back home to New Zealand. We fly from Aberdeen (Scotland) to Amsterdam (Holland), Minneapolis, to Los Angeles (Both USA), Tahiti, Auckland (NZ) and finally home to Napier.
We leave Aberdeen at 6:30am on Monday morning and arrive at Napier at 2:30pm on Wednesday afternnon. No, it's not 2 1/2 days, as we always lose a day on the way home, but we do pick up the 11 hours Scotland is behind New Zealand. Complicated, isn't it! But flying, tiring though it may be, sure beats swimming! Or sailing for 6 months in small bobbling boat, as our forbears had to do only just over a century ago! Am sure pleased I live today!
So until next week when we will greet you from home, after having had, I am sure, a beautiful roast pork dinner, this is Kathy and David signing off from 'bonny Scotland'.
His servant and yours
Word Puzzle Answer: TAXER
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