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Chill

I have been feeling like God wanted to tell me something for the past couple of days, but ‘til just now I did not know what it was he was trying to say. Kate and I believe that God wants us to start an orphanage next year, so needless to say we have been busy talking about the plans. I have allowed myself to be overwhelmed by the financial aspect of the whole deal.

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I am sure you can imagine the fact that running an orphanage requires a good deal of money. I have been thinking of the money we need to buy a vehicle, purchase or lease property, furniture, dishes, clothes, healthcare, and the list goes on and on. It has literally been keeping me awake at night, and preoccupying all my thoughts.

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Somehow in the midst of my anxiety God spoke to me, and I managed to hear what it was he was saying. What did he say?

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He reminded me of Matthew 6:19-34 (O.K. I admit that I did not remember the reference I had to look it up, but anyway he reminded me of the story.)

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God reminded me that I should deal with today and allow tomorrow to be tomorrow. I am sure that when it comes time to buy a vehicle God is more then sufficient to work it out, and that goes for everything else as well.

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I like how this goes in The Message Bible:

What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving.


Lost Tooth

It’s not everyday one hears cheering coming from the toilet….

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So today it was quite a surprise to hear my daughter Makena shouting, “Hooray!!! Yippee!” as she was taking a ‘long call’ as they call it here in Kenya or ‘number 2’ as it is deemed in the US.

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I was a bit startled at the shouts of glee. “I did it!” she exclaimed.

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“I pulled my tooth!”

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At that moment I must say I was relieved and excited all at once—relieved because the ‘it’ in her sentence was good, and excited that my daughter has crossed one of the many milestones of ‘growing up.’

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She did it all by herself in the least likely of places—on the toilet! Ha! I’m so glad she finally lost Picture_012 her first tooth. It’s been weeks in the making, and her permanent tooth was more rushed for the event than I was since it had already pushed its way up through her gums behind her loose one. I contemplated having a dentist pull the milk tooth, but it got looser and looser each day, so I decided to just see what would happen if I just waited, and I’m glad I did…

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Because now my daughter has a glowing pride that SHE pulled her own tooth. It’s been a memorable event.

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~Kate


The Jesus Creed

I have not yet read Scott McKnight’s book The Jesus Creed. I will start soon. I have been looking forward to reading it for some time now and was happy to actually find it here in Kenya. I read Scott’s blog and appreciate his insight into this life I am living with Jesus. I will let you know what I think of it later.


So You Don't Want To Go To Church Anymore?

This was another free book that I downloaded from Wayne Jacobson. It is a fictional tale that Cover3 seems to have elements from the author’s life in it, or at least I hope it does. I have heard him speaking, and he uses some of the same material as if it happened to him. I hope he did not just make it all up. I admit that I skimmed some of the chapters instead of really reading them. The conversations bored me after awhile. I am not necessarily saying that he is a boring writer, just that I have had those conversations (mostly with myself) so many times that I do not want to read them. I was encouraged to live everyday for itself. Jesus said that today’s trouble is sufficient for today. In other words let tomorrow worry about tomorrow. Thanks

Wayne

for the encouragement.


Who Are You People?

A few days back, I finished Shari Caudron’s book Who Are You People? It was refreshing to Web_wayp_cover read something outside of my normal Christian reading habits. Shari explores America’s fanatical passions in her book. She is a journalist, I think anyway, and the book reads like a newspaper article. Which is o.k. most of the time, but after a while you just want to skip to the end. I did learn about new passions, for example furries. I did not know there were people out there that loved to dress up and pretend to be mountain lions. I suppose I can say the book is worth reading in your spare time.


The Little Restaurant Down the Street

I went to a little restaurant down the street. I’ve been there before and despite the fact that on the wall there is a ‘menu’ proclaiming to have a plethora of promising items, they usually only have beef stew. So today I thought I’d ask, “Do you have anything besides Beef Stew?”

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The waiter exuberantly replied with a grin, “Oh yes! We have LOTS of things.”

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“Great!” I replied getting hopeful that I would get to enjoy a chicken today. “What do you have?”

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“Let’s see… We have beans, <pause> rice, <pause> oh yes, and some sukuma (cooked greens).”

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I waited to see if there was more on his menu, but after a long pause, I realized he was finished. That was his idea of LOTS of variety. Imagine him in America!! Geeze! He wouldn’t know what to do with himself. We have a hundred plus ways of cooking potatoes alone!

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“Do you have chicken?” I asked pressing for more options.

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“No, those are the things we have.”

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So I proceeded to order 4 beef stews for my clan as usual. Not very good either, I might add.

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Yep. Every restaurant here in Race Course has a ‘huge’ menu that exclaims to have everything from chicken to even milkshakes! But if you try to order anything on the printed menu (usually it is a hand written menu on a tattered piece of paper glued to the wall) other than beef stew or beans and rice, they never have it. On this particular occasion, I thought, “Maybe… just maybe today would be different.” I guess I can’t expect the world to change overnight, eh?

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~Kate


Fruit of the Spirit Summary

This past Sunday we concluded our series on the Fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22 with a Picture_031 summary of all the fruits and communion. I should have a picture or two to upload soon, but I left the camera cable at the office.

During the 10 week long series I emphasized that the fruits of the Spirit were gifts from God. I encouraged people to receive the gifts and then open them.

  1. Love. We discussed how God is love so in order to love we need to know God. I also mentioned several times that if people expected to love someone like me they needed to know God first, because it was only with his help that they could love me.
  2. Joy. Again I emphasized the need to know God. When you know God you experience joy.
  3. Peace. I was away in Kisumu during this week. A member of the church named Ben Oduor spoke that week.
  4. Long-suffering. I used a coconut for this fruit, and demonstrated that sometimes God hides gifts in our troubles.
  5. Kindness. I made this one real simple. Kindness equals being nice.
  6. Goodness. I was away in Siaya during this one. Kate, my wife, talked about how what God created was good. She said we needed to see the good in people as God sees it.
  7. Faithfulness. We emphasized faithfulness to God, spouse, children, employer, employees, and friends.
  8. Meekness. This was one of the hardest because of language. I struggled and I am not sure many people came away understanding meekness.
  9. Self-Control. The controversial one. I talked about sex, food, and alcohol. Hard topics to talk about in a Kenyan church, but we made it through with God's help.

The tenth week we summarized them all and cut up fruit to use as communion. The next series will be 8 weeks on the book of Genesis.