God does so much for us, but some things we must do for ourselves. We must build “ourselves up in the most holy faith, by praying in the Holy Spirit” Jude 20. We must “maintain [ourselves] in the love of God” Jude 21. God gives us power to do them, but our will and effort must be present as well. Glory to God for allowing us to choose and make every effort!

Ye ole personal site has been quiet of late, much work on several Brazilian projects. But you may assuage your grief with my newest Corollaries segment here, highlighting items about the letter to the Philippians, among other subjects.

The Fellowship Room may get moved off the WordPress hosting service, to our own. Advantages are no ads, plus use of plugins (like a Bible highlighter). The big disadvantage is getting the Fellows moved over. Continue reading

¶ Ever wonder, “Why do I bother, when it (whatever “it” is) seems to make no difference, or little difference?” Yeah, me, too, sometimes. (How’s that for a sentence with as many commas as words?) So how many times have you read 1 Cor 15.58?

¶ This not-so-royal couple hit the ground running on arrival Wednesday: Continue reading

Since a number of people will be out today, that leaves more work for me, especially in Taubaté. It’s possible I may be the only man there able to lead in worship. This hasn’t happened in a long time. Today looks like one of those perfect-storm situations, obligatory elections, one on a military mission, another gone to take care of documentation.

Here are a few details of our trip to teach on the NT church in the ministry training program in August. (Coming up in next report, the work details.)

  1. Each day began with a devotional led by either the program director or one of the students.
  2. After our breaks, I’d ask male students to lead us in prayer and song. The presence of God livened our hearts.
  3. On Thursday I taught the students a song I had translated. Vicki pulled out one I had written and we sang it too. Continue reading

If I were an employer interviewing potential employees, one of my questions, to get a really good feel for a person’s attitude toward work, woulkd be, “How do you feel about Mondays?” I’d check a candidate’s Facebook comments about Mondays, too. I doubt I’d hire someone who posted that they live for the weekends.

And what about the Heavenly Employer who has put his people on the earth to glorify him? Seems reasonable that the God who recorded Psalm 118:24 isn’t so happy with people who think that Mondays are bad and spout TGIF sentiments right and left. Monday murmurers give a bad witness to outsiders.

Isaac Watts wrote:

This is the day the Lord hath made;
He calls the hours His own;
Let Heav’n rejoice, let earth be glad,
And praise surround the throne.

I’ve written before about how we feel about Mondays.

The bottom line: The resurrection Sunday makes every day, including every Monday, holy and glad.