The Villa-Lobos Project, a cultural program in SJC, brought to town the Rio group Flautistas da Pro Arte, open free to the public. A group of mainly wind instruments, they played popular Brazilian music arranged for flutes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpet, and trombone. With a piano, guitar, and bass thrown in.

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So Vicki, Leila, and I headed to the municipal theater at the Shopping Center São José to hear the concert. Was a very enjoyable presentation.

Also present were our neighbors Milton and Gilda, who own the music school next to my office, where Leila studies flute and piano, and also our neighbors on the next block down on our street.

After the concert, Milton invited us to their house for pizza. So we had an enjoyable evening with them and their two sons.

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Here are son Joel and Travis Main’s son (forgot his name, but will post it as soon as I remember) at the Preachers Files Lectureship in Berryville, Ark., July 28-30. The boy was a live wire, loved singing, drew lots, got people’s autograph. Just a delight to watch and listen to.

If you’re not seeing the full picture (which means you’re on the main page), click at the end of this entry on the time to see it all!

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Mary Lynn kept a check on email to make sure her three boys were doing OK without her.

I didn’t get my camera into gear until the last hours of their time here with us in SJC.

Kevin took a number of photos, and they’ll be added to the missions report pages.

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I did remember to take the camera to the churrascaria, an all-you-can-eat meat restaurant. We had brought Kevin here last year, and he wanted to do a repeat with Mary Lynn. Above, Kevin, my daughter Leila, my wife Vicki, Kevin’s wife Mary Lynn.

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Half a dozen waiters come by with grilled meat on a skewer and cut off as much as you want. You can’t eat it faster than they can bring it. You really have to pace yourself, or you’ll feel rushed to eat to keep up with the whirl of waiters.

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Kevin’s favorite item here, besides the meat, was the cooked pineapple with cinnamin. Everybody stops for the camera, except Vicki. She’s not going to let her food get cold!

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I’m lactose intolerant, but I still ate three grilled cheese cubes. Delicious!

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Leila took a few shots as well, and whited out those next to her.

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I have low tolerance for meat, so I’m taking it slow.

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On the table is a small wheel. As long as it’s green, they’ll keep bringing meat to your table. You can eat for as long as you can stand it. Mary Lynn looks like she’s about through. At this point, we’d had (1) salads etc., (2) meat galore, (3) cooked pineapple, (4) grilled cheese squares, (5) desert, (6) coffee or cappuchino. It’s time to quit!

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The time comes when even the heartiest eater must turn the wheel to red, to wave away the waiters.

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Here is daughter Leila doing her pose.

“The best and most powerful way I have ever seen – and I have studied this for 19 years – is the repetitious use of affirming thoughts that strongly and directly oppose the negative thoughts, beliefs, attitudes that created and continue to support problem emotions and behaviors.”

Knowing what needs to be changed in your and even how to do the change isn’t enough. The quote above suggests that the repetition of positive thoughts will get the job done.

Is it any wonder that this is yet another reason for constant reading of the Bible and meditation upon its truths? Not only the repetitious use of the Bible, but the reliance upon the power of God contained in the Word is what will change my life.

Now, where did I put my Bible?

Recently somebody said we need more how-to than ought-to sermons. We can’t do the how-to without knowing the ought-to, but the point is well taken. John the Baptist did plenty of how-to when he told people they ought to repent. And, of course, Jesus was the master at helping people learn how to make faith real and vibrant.