Last night, a brother in Christ — an American visitor — asked us if we had any plans to return to the US. It’s a question we still get now and again. And we’re happy to answer it.
My personal website once sported a FAQ, where this question was answered, since it qualified for the status of a FAQ. I’ve simplified that site, so it’s no longer there.
But the short answer is: We have no plans to return.
That doesn’t mean we won’t have to, at some point. But after spending more time here than there, and with more still to do here than ever before, it seems the right thing to remain.
And “have to” is a relative viewpoint, is it not? I’ve known not a few missionaries who left the field because of lost financial support. I don’t question their decision nor their motives. We’ve been in the same boat. We took, however, a different route.
Life brings changes. (Or, better, life is change.) All the children are out of the house and far away. We’re grateful for them. Age creeps up on us and our relatives. Frailty, accidents, illness, death, are all possibilities. (They always were, if we think about it.)
Financial support from some quarters seems more tenuous the longer we stay. We’re losing some in June. We thankful that our needs are few.
With all the changes we face along the path, this is where trust comes in, is it not?
We believe Jesus’ promise to all his followers: “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age” Mt 28.20b. His presence means he cares for those who take care to do his will. We have experienced his care over the years and have every reason to believe he will continue to provide for every need.
¶ Sometimes a verse speaks to me more in one version than in another. Do you have this experience? It irks me a bit, because I hate jumping around the versions.
BibleGateway makes it easy to do, however, with their option to see a verse in all English versions. It’s a great study tool. That option would be great were it offered with the Portuguese versions as well.
¶ Some of the sites I use are going commercial. Twitter and Facebook have gone whole-hog. BibleGateway was bought by Zondervan, and they’re milking it as well. WordPress.com inserts ads, so I’ve moved everything from it, except for this site (TFR), and I’m tempted to do that, also. Would you move with us if we did? This isn’t a rhetorical question (see below): WordPress won’t let us move subscribers to a self-hosted installment.
¶ This week’s Corollaries segment has more technical feel to it, does it not? Let’s go to simplicity, then, with a little recommendation, an ESV/NASB Bible site you might find refreshing.
¶ I’m enjoying the new QuickBibleTruths website. I hope you’ll join me there.
¶ A new poetry website will come online soon. And I’m not running it. Yeah! I will be a contributor. Keep your antennas up for an announcement.
¶ Speaking of, I dribbled a short verse early yesterday morning, between honks on a runny nose. I call it verse, hard to classify it as poetical literature. The previous night, while The Missus was hosting a tea for the Urbanova ladies, I had to fend for myself. Fending meant a nice bacon-burger with onion rings. With cheese. My lactose intolerance caught up with me at 4 am. So I had time to dribble away.
¶ Over on Sermon Lines, I work over rhetorical questions in the Bible and in teaching. While working on the subject, I was impressed, again, that a Bible book ends with such a question, for its conclusion. Do you know which it is?
The best rhetorical questions are asked about and by the Lord himself. In the first point of the above mentioned article, it is the Lord who asks the question. In another biblical story, not cited in the article, Moses asks in his celebration song:
“Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you?—majestic in holiness, fearful in praises, working wonders?” Ex 15.11.
Is there any question, rhetorical or not, more marvelous than this?