Notice received today that our front gate will be closed for 10 days for reforms. So we’ll have to go around to the back gate. A couple extra minutes, no sweat. But 10 days? It ought to look good after that period of time.

The community administration chose July, apparently, since it’s a vacation month here for schools.

A forwarded story contained this line:

“Those were the times when many missionaries served for life and died in the countries to which they were called to labor!”

Apparently, the author thinks those times have passed.

Am I a dinosaur left over from the ice age?

What does this say about the state of missons today?

Somber thoughts this sunny morning …

Last year, after our USA trip, I spent two weeks crying my eyes out … from allergies to, I suppose, dust or other pollutants in the air. Most likely mildew. This year, no problem. I went for almost two weeks with clear eyes. Until recently. Now I’m getting it. May be from using some old books, or pulling sweaters out of the drawer for cold weather use. Hard to say. And hard to see. 🙂

“If you here stop, and ask yourselves, why you are not as pious as the primitive Christians were, your own heart will tell you, that it is neither through ignorance nor through inability, but purely because you never thoroughly intended it.”
–William Law (1686-1761), A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, c. II (1728)

We have more resources than they did. Life is easier than theirs was. We have the complete New Testament for our guidance. The Bible is widely available. Persecution occurs in some places, but many of us are free from it.

So if we are not as dedicated as they, if the church doesn’t grow today as it did then, if God doesn’t do great things through us as he did through them, only one explanation suffices: the fault lies within ourselves.

This, then, calls not for self-pity, but repentance.

I help several people with their email lists. One lady on one list is hysterical, demanding we remove her from the list.

This list was previously managed by another. I’m trying to find out if it was previously set up as double-opt-in, which it should have been, or if the manager or some other person added her address. If the latter, a list can be considered a spammer. If the former, I’ll tell her to get herself off the list, she got herself on it.

I’m a great believer that subscribers should manage their own subscriptions, both getting in, changing addresses, and getting out. In part that’s why my lists have not grown more, while others (and I’m talking Christians here) add emails indiscrimately to theirs.

Funny thing is, the hysterical subscriber is discourteous, uses vulgar language, and has Jesus’ name in her email. Incongruent.

“The grand reason why the miraculous gifts were so soon withdrawn was not only that faith and holiness were well-nigh lost, but that dry, formal, orthodox men began then to ridicule whatever gifts they had not themselves and to cry them all as evil madness or imposture.” –John Wesley (1703-1791)

This thought well expresses Pentecostal and charismatic belief about the necessity of gifts today. It impinges, however, upon the purpose of God, as if he could not keep the gifts going throughout history even though he desired it. It ignores that the cessation of gifts were in fact part of God’s plan for the church.

This view sees the presence of miracles as a sign of spirituality and holiness, as if the letter of 1 Corinthians didn’t exist. That church had the most gifts and could likely be called the least spiritual of the churches of the day.

As I remember, historically the Pentecostal movement arose from Methodism. No wonder.

I suspect the culprits are the interminable updates to Windows 98. It would not shut off by itself. When turned on, scandisk complained of a file with an unknown ending. When on the Internet, I clicked and had to move the mouse slightly before the command would be sent. Bad slowness.

I tried restoring OO to no avail. I uninstalled it and all the problems were resolved. Reinstalled (1.1.3, Brazilian Portuguese version), the problems seem to have returned.

When can I give Windows the final boot? (not boot up, but out)