With spring virtually over and summer waiting in the wings, the time has come for summer projects, yard cleanup, and the routine maintenance associated with home ownership. It is amazing how well we see the truth of the Bible played out in the fact that, “moth and rust” doth certainly corrupt! The painted surface, the nicely arranged landscaping, and the shiny floor all succumb to the decline of the fall.
Missionary Update: July 2012
Devon Borchak - GEM Greater Europe Mission
This month will be the fourth month I have spent working under GEM, (Greater Europe Mission). My somewhat challenging goal I prayed over and decided upon – was that I depart for the Czech Republic by the end of August 2012. Funds have been coming in, however, slowly. I am grateful for the individuals, and churches that are still partnering with me, and some new financial partners as well that have decided that now is the time to act, and help reach the Czechs with the Gospel.
Odds & Ends: Update July 2012
If you're from Detroit. . . part 1
You used a pillowcase to go 'begging' on Halloween, and you yelled, 'Help the Poor!' at every door. ('Help the poor, my pants are tore, I need some money to buy some more.')
You remember what Devil's Night used to be.
You remember the huge elm trees forming lush green tunnels over many Detroit streets in the summertime. Or when they'd come around to spray and tell you to stay in the house. And, the autumn smell of burning leaves, after you'd rake huge piles to the curb for burning.
Does Our Holy God Really Punish Sinners? What Is Jeremiah, the Prophet-Eyewitness, Saying About the Destruction of Jerusalem?
Chapters on the Babylonian Captivity of Judah:
2 Kings 24:1-20, 2 Kings 25:1-30, 2 Chronicles 36:1-23, Jeremiah 52:1-34
THE FIERY TONGUE : meditation on James 3:5,6
When we were children we learned a simple poem, probably taught to us by one of our parents. "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." However well-intentioned that poem may be, as we've grown we have come to understand that it really is not true. Words, both spoken and written, can be devastatingly destructive. The power of words is absolutely incalculable. Words sometimes end longtime marriages and friendships . . . they can destroy life . . . they can dissolve joy . . . they can twist a reputation. Proverbs 18:21 says, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue." To our shame we must admit that we have learned to use our tongues like the edge of a leather-sharpened dagger, and often in a very cavalier manner.