The Maiden skipped out to the capital this afternoon, catching a ride with Jorge and Paula. She was to attend an evangelistic event tonight at the Ninth of July church, then go out with a group of young people to eat. She’ll spend the night with Jorge and Paula, then Paula will put her on the bus for home in the morning.

Very heavy rain tonight on the way home from the church in Taubaté. I might have averaged 70 km per hour on the Dutra interstate highway. Usually, such driving makes me nervous, but I was the cool cucumber tonight. After getting into town, the Missus and I got a bite at the mall, then brought home some doughnuts and made Earl Grey tea. Ah!

An American brother in Christ came from Rio last night to SJCampos. He’s here on business, and wanted to meet with a congregation, so he flew from Rio to São Paulo, then hired a car here. Took us out to a fine restaurant, spent the night with us. Turned out his flight out of the airport here was earlier than he thought, so he had to leave right before our meeting started. He searched the Internet for someone else, in São Paulo, who he knew years ago. He didn’t find him, but found us. We’d never met before. Continue reading

• A study Bible and a commentary say the appeal in Psalm 51:7, “Purify me,” literally means, “Un-sin me.” How neat is that?

• In the Sunday Bible study in SJCampos, we’re studying “Great Prayers of the Bible.” (I’m writing the curriculum as I go.) Today’s prayer was David’s confession in Psalm 51. Next week: the prayer for courage in Acts 4.

• Daughter is my timekeeper in the Taubate meeting. Tonight I preached 40 minutes. She informed me of the official time once we got in the car, without my having to ask. Reckon she thought I went too long? Continue reading