Work within your limitations

Retired people find themselves at home a lot, with time on their hands. So they say. I wouldn’t know. Then, sickness often restricts people to a bedroom or a couch for a time. Mothers used to stay at home with little children (congratulations to those who still do), and they’d sometimes feel stir-crazy being confined with the toddlers. And let us not forget the golden agers who lose mobility, are stuck at home, or now find themselves living in a care facility where their every activity is regimented and controlled.

Life situations sometimes restrict us, and we can’t do what we once did. We can’t go out, we can’t get about, we can’t decide when and where to go. Continue reading “Work within your limitations”

I’m thankful today

I’m thankful today for the medium of the internet that makes it possible to communicate easily and quickly with you and so many others, seeking as we do to edify and build each other up in the Lord Jesus Christ.

I’m thankful today for my time yesterday morning with the congregation in the Pimentas neighborhood, in the city of Guarulhos, about an hour from here, as I shared with them the “7 powers of the servant of God.” They’re looking to choose some men next month to serve in some important functions, a sign of good growth for this 10-year-old congregation.

I’m thankful today for the two and a half hours I spent yesterday afternoon, in the Pimentas church building, with a dozen men from several congregations in greater São Paulo area, answering their questions about spiritual service. They are earnest men, dedicated to the work of the Lord, aware of their needs, desirous of doing a better job. Continue reading “I’m thankful today”

Are we grateful or entitled?

Entitlement is something we feel we deserve because of who we are. Similar to gossip or lying, it’s something others have. We’re never guilty. Yet, it’s more entrenched than most in America realize.

Comfort is addictive. We’ve had it for years. Food, shelter, security and spending money are ubiquitous. We’ve no reason to expect anything else. Gifts are under the tree, a feast is on the table, decorations sparkle around us. Same as it ever was. Continue reading “Are we grateful or entitled?”

A Memorial

On the morning of February 19, 1945, the fourth and fifth divisions of the United States Marines invaded Iwo Jima after a 72-hour bombardment.

Four days later, the men of the 28th regiment of the fifth division captured Mt. Suribachi. Five Marines and a Navy corpsman planted the U.S. flag in what would become one of the most inspiring and motivating photographs of the war.

In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower dedicated the statue of the famous photograph that would be called, “the Marine Corps War Memorial.” The sole inscription on the memorial is, “Uncommon valor was a common virtue,” and was said by Admiral Chester Nimitz of the Marines who fought and died to take the island from the Japanese.

The memorial, which cost $650,000, was paid for by U.S. Marines. No public money was used for the memorial or its construction.

When our son, Scott, completed his Marine basic training at Parris Island, S.C., we noticed there was a replica of this memorial near the parade ground where he graduated. Continue reading “A Memorial”

Good things that have happened

When Christ died on the cross, he brought wonderful things to those who followed him. Mary sang that the Lord “has filled the hungry with good things, and has sent the rich away empty” Luke 1.53 NET. Paul said God “has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ” Ephesians 1.3. The writer of Hebrews speaks of Christ as high priest of the “good things that have happened” Hebrews 9.11./1

Those good things are the blessings of forgiveness and redemption, Colossians 1.14.  “Salvation has been brought down,” goes the song. One of these marvelous “good gifts” given us from the Father’s hands is the Holy Spirit himself, Matthew 7.11; Luke 11.13. The presence of the abiding Father and Son is the best thing of all, John 14.23. Continue reading “Good things that have happened”