Thursday, November 27, 2008

From President Lincoln

An excerpt from his Thanksgiving Proclamation:

"I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands (guess he is talking about us missionaries), to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union."

The full text can be found here.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

Christ Has No Hands

A paraphrase from Fearfully and Wonderfully Made:

After the Second World War German students volunteered to help rebuild a cathedral in England, one of the many casualties of the Luftwaffe bombings. As the work progressed, debate broke out on how best to restore a large statue of Jesus with His arms outstretched. Careful patching could repair all damage to the statue except for the hands, which had been destroyed by bomb fragments. Should they attempt the delicate task of reshaping the hands? Finally the workers reached a decision that still stands today, the statue was fully repaired except for the hands. Formerly the unbroken statue had this inscription below it: "Come unto Me." Now the statue, minus the hands, bears this inscription:

Christ has no hands but ours.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Render unto Caesar

Jesus said render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's. This still applies to us here in the Philippines. For the privilege of staying and ministering here in the Philippines we have to pay for our visas. With our current visa status we spend about $500 a year to stay in country, having to renew our visa about very other month. That is $500 per person, including the kids. Actually Danny gets to stay for free since he was born here. Good deal for him.

Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's. Matthew 22:21

My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

For your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Matthew 6:8