I feel no shame

I used to share, in Portuguese mostly, a joint prayer request to be remembered monthly. I’ve posted another one for June, if you’d like to join in during the month and share with others. There are so many needs and requests that we hear about through the Internet. I feel no shame in adding to that number, if it encourages one or two, or even a congregation, toward more prayer.

And if you’d like to find a quiet place for a prayer journal, try this one out. The software is flexible and yet simple. I’d be interested in a full-fledged prayer journal and sharing site for the brotherhood (using denominational sites doesn’t feel right), but guess what: there’s not enough interest in it to justify a major investment of time to create and maintain it.

What does that say about us?

¶ Hardly can I walk through a shopping mall, pass by the stores whose shiny and skimpy wares change only in brand and color, and not think of the ancient words, “Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity” Ecc 1.2 ESV.

¶ If I’m not supposed to give personal information over the telephone, why does the phone company want me to verify my personal information when some unknown person calls saying she’s from the company, after informing me of a change in our minutes and payment plan? Happened Monday. I insisted on not surrendering my information. She got testy. I got testier. She hung up on me. That’s right — she hung up on me. I hope her supervisor reviews the recording.

¶ New people are coming aboard as Forthright Magazine columnists, starting, probably, next week. At least two are confirmed, maybe more on the slate. So they’ll add some extra excitement, besides the makeover of the site and our faithful contributors who always bring a zing to the mix. Watch soon for announcements. (Are you signed up?)

¶ Teachers sometimes experience a moment when people mention how a visiting teacher or speaker helped them grasp a truth, when they had been teaching that truth for ages. Happened to me recently when a good lady exclaimed how a DVD we were showing was so enlightening and helped her put things together. Things we’d been teaching her for years.

Here’s often the reason behind that, for all you teachers who might feel discouraged by it: You have set the foundation so that the person could have that Aha! moment. If you hadn’t been teaching, the person would probably never had it to click. If God had not been using you in that person’s life, the truth never would have fallen into place for him.

Now for the prayer of intercession that the person will not only understand, but act on it.

¶ Non-Christian visitors always excite us, and none more exciting than those who pop in after finding one of our sites on the Internet. That happened May 25. A man called Saturday, and he and his wife visited Sunday. It apparently is a case of his denominational church leaving him, so he’s looking for something not aligned with an “institution.” We pray he’ll discover something he never dared dream of, the people of God who reject human theologies, constructs, and hierarchies.

This is not the first time. We have a sister in Taubaté who came to us through the Internet site. Not all visitors become New Testament Christians. But the sites serve their purpose, and we give glory to God for that instrument.

The Missus and I enjoying tea and biscuits

The Missus and I enjoying tea and biscuits

¶ For a few mornings, I’ve been thinking about how we get used to things. I think about it in the mornings because I recently switched from eating sorghum molasses to honey on The Missus’s homemade biscuits. I’ve always liked molasses and thought honey was a bit sweet.  But since honey is more natural, it seemed to be a good switch.

Now I’ve gotten used to the honey, seems just right, so that when I eat a biscuit with molasses, it has more bite than I remember.

Now apply that principle of getting used to things to morals and doctrine.

What yesterday was an abomination to us, today gets a yawn, because we’ve accustomed ourselves to the entertainment and perspectives and values of our culture.

If absence makes the heart grow fonder, exposure makes the mind more accepting.

You can now return to your regular pagan programming.

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