READ: “Be devoted to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving” Col 4.2.

THINK: Gratitude is the antidote for dissatisfaction, murmuring, and complaint. Who asks much has much for which to thank. God’s goodness is constant, and we acknowledge it by thanksgiving. One motive for gratitude are the brothers and sisters, Phil 1.3; Col 1.3. But there is a gratitude that is anything but, Lk 18.11ff. Gratitude must always be communicated. Continue reading


This is our special meal for many special occasions. First, shepherd’s pie, vegetarian version. Then, sweet-and-sour carrots with green peppers. Then, cauliflower and broccoli salad, with bacon (vegetarian exception). Sweet tea, US southern-style, to wash it down. For dessert, homemade brownies. Maybe some ice cream on top of that, even though I’m lactose-intolerant. Continue reading

This is a gratitude I am coming to learn:

My friend, if God has not called you to be very prominent you have reason to thank God that He has consented you should live a quiet, reverent, honest, generous Christian life, uncriticized, unpraised, and unabused. —Tho. Jones, in Joseph Exell’s Biblical Illustrator

What thoughts does this quote generate in you?

Ron arrived Tuesday morning, the 29th, from Florida for meetings about the next model of jet that his employer Embraer plans to release. He returns Thursday night to his home. And even though his three days here have been filled with meetings all day, he made it a point to come be with us and, at my invitation, speak to our home Bible reading group.

Ron has met with the church on two previous trips and preached both in Taubate and SJCampos. Most of our group had never met him, however. Of 12 adults present, two are not Christians, one is a new disciple, and another is unfaithful to Christ.

Ron spoke on the gospel as God’s power to save. Then what is necessary to enter Christ. And how important it is to be faithful.

His earnestness shone through and deeply impressed many of those present. He especially seemed to touch one of the non-Christians, the new convert, and the erring brother.

After the study everyone stayed for pizza and enjoyed the conversation; the last guests left around 11 p.m.

As I drove Ron back to his hotel, I told him how his presence had moved people closer to the Lord and closer to decisions, as well as confirming them in their faith.

Who knows but what the Lord brought him to us here for just such a time as this.

Father in Heaven, thank you for giving us family in Christ, for distributing your gifts richly among us, and for touching lives with your grace evident in your servant Ron. Bless his return home, his family, and his congregation, as we ask your blessing upon us, to your glory. In Christ, Amen.

My wife and daughter arrive only next Tuesday. My time this weekend will be spent, in good part, in prayer. Leave your request or motive for gratitude in the comment area below, and I’ll include it in my weekend prayers.

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First on my list came by email, a request for prayer for the family of a divorcee who, yesterday, shot her 6-year-old daughter in the back and killed her, and then committed suicide. The ex-husband and father is a friend of friends of ours.

This is my song this weekend: “I Am Praying for You.