Friday, December 9, 2016

SNOWBOUND

Matthew 5:16 
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

We are the light of the world; God tells us so in His word,
We are to let this light shine before all; now we have heard.
With the light of Jesus, men will see and hear what we do,
Faithful is is our command; be careful in all you pursue.
We want people to glorify our Father in heaven today,
And they will do this if you are faithful in all you do and say. (RP)

We wondered if the forecast would affect things today. To tell the truth, it did. All schools are closed here, Blaine and in Bellingham. That means we have no Bible class. The Center always follows the Ferndale High School. The school is closed so the Center is also. Accumulation of snow is already piling up in our driveway. I am not sure I will shovel snow. But if I don't, we won't be able to get out of the driveway. We live at the end of the cul de sac and the north wind brings the snow and deposits it there. Thanks for praying. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

MEMORIAL SERVICE

John 15:7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

Abiding in Christ is the place to be, to have all he wants you to be,
In fellowship sweet you walk with the Lord and both of you do agree.
Prayer is special when you abide in Him, He gives what you request,
And living this way is the best for you, and you know it because you have rest. (RP)

This afternoon is Joyce Pulling's memorial service. Joyce has been our friend for quite a few years. We look forward to telling Joyce's spiritual story, using her Bible that she marked so well. What a joy to go through it in preparation for today's message. Margie goes to the hairdresser this morning, then will accompany me to the inurnment service at the cemetery. It is very cold so we must be careful. Snow is predicted for tonight. Thanks for praying. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

FINALLY

Ephesians 6:11 
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

To be rightly dressed is a command from God and we better listen now,
For His orders are right and meant to help so stand before Him and bow,
Put on His armor described by Paul and you'll be the better for it. 
And through the tests of life which come your way, you will never want to quit.
The ability God gives to withstand our foe, so put on His armor today,
And you'll be prepared to fight right and to be all He wants you to be each day. (RP)

We finally heard from a doctor yesterday when Margie consulted with the specialist about a shoulder replacement surgery.  We have been told for years and observed this ourselves, that oftimes after surgery on the elderly, there is a loss of mental alertness and capability. Her doctor yesterday affirmed this without our even asking him about it. We have asked other doctors and they said it wasn't true. My missionary brother's doctors refused to do some surgeries on him because they said they wanted him alert and capable of continuing his Bible classes and preaching. Now our concern is on Margie's pain, which at times is severe. This is why she opted for the surgery. But now we must trust the Lord for answers for her pain. Thanks for praying. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

SUCCESS

But God demonstrates His own love toward us,in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:8

God's love demonstrated at Calvary is what I see today,
For His own this love deed was then, and now on full display.
When I was in my lost state He died on the cross for me,
And He saved my soul when I trusted Him and now I am in jubilee. (RP)

The printer my brother Harold purchased for us, is a beauty. I finally got to a place yesterday where I could unpack it and try to install it. All went well but the installation process can be difficult at times. But after several hours of trial, it printed. I am so thankful for it. Today Margie goes to the orthopedist. We are praying he will be able to help her paining shoulder. thanks for praying. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

WEATHER

Isaiah 41:10 
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

We are a fearful people and we need God's tender care,
He speaks to us assuredly, urging us to come in prayer.
We need not be dismayed, for His promises are true,
His strength and help are with us, always fresh and new.
Be glad, dear fellow Christian, that our God has us in mind.
And thank Him daily for His love and the fact He is so kind. (RP)

The weatherman warned of possible snow today and tomorrow. A little is coming down right now and the radio reports other sections where plows are on the roads already. One radio listener just phoned in that in his section it was snowing heavily. Much colder temperatures are forecast, so we will bundle up more now when we go outside. I am having good progress in my preparations for Friday class and Thursday memorial service. I am hoping I get far enough ahead to be able to unpack this marvelous printer Harold got us Saturday. Thanks for praying. 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

GIFT

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.Galatians 6:9

In doing good we tend to tire but the payoff's on the way.
And discouraged we must not become as we walk the Lord's highway.(RP)

One never knows what a day may bring. My brother Harold sent a text, because he knew our printers were not behaving. Later on he knew I had called stores about the availability of a certain printer we had investigated. He asked me to go get it and he will pay for it. What a brother!!  We appreciate so much this valuable gift to us. I use the printer a lot, and this new one is touted to print up to two years without buying more ink. Isn't that amazing. And the replacement ink only costs 13 dollars each tube.  We are grateful to my brother and the Lord for this wonderful surprise in our lives yesterday. Thanks for praying.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

FRIDAY CLASS

The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.
Proverbs 16:33

Decision were made in different ways back in the Bible times,
Casting a lot in one's lap seems strange but so does flipping dimes.
In the good old days it worked this way: men wanted to do things God's way,
So when they cast lots, the decision was God's and that made the outcome okay. (RP)

When I was pastor I always enjoyed seeing a full house at church. It's the same thing for the Friday Bible classes. We know people travel, get sick, or other reasons, miss once in a while. So I have to get used to this up and down mode in attendance. Despite all this, we had a great group yesterday and a super participation by the members. We have new ones attending also and this is encouraging. I am preparing to speak also Christmas morning at our church. I am so happy to do this. We trust your day goes well. Thanks also for praying. We appreciate it.