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A Trip To Guyana

     On Tuesday, February 2 Randy Blacklidge, Mitch Fuller and I are boarding a plane to go back to the South American country of Guyana. As many if you who read these articles regularly the West Hobbs Street congregation has had a presence in that country since 1999. That year we made our first group mission trip to the New Amsterdam area. We help and support the congregation at Canje that resulted from those efforts. That congregation meets regularly in a good building on the main road in the area. Tony Kissoon is the preacher at Canje.

His Help Will Come

     Our ideas about the character of God are helped along to maturity by the work of the prophet Isaiah. “For whatever things are written before were written for our learning that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4). He of all the prophets helps us understand the way God is and specifically how the concepts of grace and judgment are woven together in the Father and manifested in His Son.

Weight

     When I hear the word “weight” I think of two things initially. One is, of course, the fact that I’ve been losing (and gaining) the same twenty-five pounds for about forty years. The other thing I think about is the voice of Levon Helm singing the old (1968) song from The Band. It seems rather universal that the songs from our youth tend to stay in our minds. The weight around my middle seems determined to stay where it is also.

Happiness

     Christians know that the Biblical concept of happiness is much different from the idea embraced by many folks in this old world. Too often in today’s world happiness is equated with pleasure. We don’t need the Bible to see the problems with such an idea. This is a matter that goes right to the essence of what it means to be a human being. Our existence is not merely, or mostly, a matter of the physical. One of the things we learn as we get a little older is that the most important things in life are spiritual.

Out With The Old

     2015 is just about history and 2016 is just around the corner. “Out with the old and in with the new.” We repeat these same old sayings year after year for the simple reason that those old sayings are true. There is nothing we can do in the past and very little we can do about it. Except perhaps to put the past behind us and prepare for the future.

Another Year!

     Here we are near the end of 2015. It’s what everybody says, but it is nonetheless true that time just seems to fly by! But here we are in the last two weeks of December, getting ready for the holidays, family visits and, yes, the beginning of a new year.

Home From Ghana

     A while back I noted that I was headed over to West Africa to the country of Ghana for a visit with our missionaries Steve and Kandie Taylor. The Taylors are doing a wonderful work for the cause of Christ in circumstances that are sometimes quite challenging. I was there to speak in a Bible Seminar that was held in the village of Kulkpeni on the property of the local congregation.

Home From Ghana

A while back I noted that I was headed over to West Africa to the country of Ghana for a visit with our missionaries Steve and Kandie Taylor. The Taylors are doing a wonderful work for the cause of Christ in circumstances that are sometimes quite challenging. I was there to speak in a Bible Seminar that was held in the village of Kulkpeni on the property of the local congregation.

Which Way Do We Go?

     As many of you know, I enjoy a good walk. I particularly like walking on trails close to nature but I have learned to stay on the trail. There is a certain sense of foreboding that overtakes a person when he realizes that he might be a little bit lost. Yes, it has happened to me which is why now I am insecure without a compass.

The True Church

From time to time we must refresh our memories concerning fundamental teachings of the New Testament. Our faith arises from the truth revealed in that document when that truth is understood, accepted and applied. If we believe God exists and we believe the Bible is the Word of God then we are under responsibility to do what the Bible teaches. As Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep my commandments.”