Food for Thought

People who know me know that I like fruit. I love fruit, but that has not always been the case. When I was young I mainly liked sodas and candy. But now! Wow! What a difference a few (many) years make. I try to eat healthy and have developed a taste for many healthy foods. And I really like fruit now, especially bananas, grapefruit and papaya.

I have loved bananas ever since I was a kid. I especially love them when they have ripened on the stalk. They seem to get sweeter and sweeter. I have been known to stop on questionable roads late at night upon arrival in Africa on the way to the hotel and buy bananas. They are so sweet, and my appetite for them has grown over the years.

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Glory to God

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

“They will glorify God for your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with others through the proof provided by this service.” 2 Corinthians 9:13

We sang one of my favorite songs last Sunday, Glory to God! And I believe God was glorified by singing it. He was also glorified that Sunday by the generosity of his people.

The week before, we asked people to take a bag and fill it with food so that we could restock the church food pantry. We usually do this in October or November but because of conflicts with other events we postponed it. Then a few weeks ago the Caraways reminded me that it was time, so we put it in the bulletin and announced the Food for Friends in February. Some money was donated immediately and bags of food started coming in even the next day. We had about 25 bags on the stage at the start of the day on Sunday. However, things can change mighty fast around here. By the end of first service we had about 150 bags and by the end of second service there were 230 bags, each representing $25-$30 in food. There was also $3,685 donated. That comes to over $10,000 worth of food. WOW! Praise God! This went way beyond what we were expecting. I saw tears of Joy on some!

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King of kings

For 2000 years since the time of Christ and millennia before, 100s of kings having unimaginable power and wealth have ruled the kingdoms of the world. Many of them did not honor or fear the true King, Jesus. But some did! Mosaics and paintings depict this showing some of the most powerful of all time bringing gifts and bowing before him.

Over one entrance of the magnificent cathedral/mosque but now museum, the Hagia Sophia, is a picture of baby Jesus and mother made of thousands of tiny tiles. On their right is the powerful Emperor Constantine presenting them with a model of the imperial city of Constantinople (Istanbul) and on their left is the famous emperor Justinian giving them a model of the Hagia Sophia which he was responsible for building. Another mosaic over the main door of Hagia Sophia shows the emperor Leo bowing and worshipping at the feet of Jesus. Others show emperors and empresses bringing precious gifts. I know that in some cases the mosaics were created after the emperor’s death, but they represent a great truth.

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At one week to go, we had 60 people registered and $2,500 in donations. I wasn’t nervous about the outcome, just cautiously optimistic! We had a long way to go to reach our $30,000 goal for water wells in Tanzania and Haiti. But what a difference a week makes. Last Sunday approximately 175 people dressed in blue Walk4Water shirts, walked with heavy water jugs around a 2 mile track and raised to date a total of $30,021. The Lord provides! Moreover other funds are in process or pledged to be given. I know we will continue to exceed our goal.

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Why Some Say NO

On our first visit to Singing Oaks over 30 years ago, an elder and his wife invited us to their home group (that couple is still here). We were impressed. We soon joined a group that impacted our lives for many years to come, and still does because of the friendships we made. Not all the groups since that time have had the same influence, but all of them have impacted our life journey. I believe in the power of small groups, but Satan tempts us to say no! Here are some reasons:

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