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  1. So people are too tired or too busy or too something to seek the Lord? Truth be told: too wrapped up in self.

  2. Verse of the week, for this 17th week of the year, is Mt 16.18. You got it memorized?

  3. I see it time and time again: People get close to a commitment and the evil one puts obstacles in the way. Such as work schedule changing to keep them away Sundays.

  4. Douglas spoke tonight, following up on his message two weeks ago. Then, on Philip and the Ethiopian; tonight, on Ananias and Saul. Great job both times.

  5. Y.T. is not much of a song leader, not much of a voice to sing with. But the Brazilian saying is, in the land of the blind, he who has one eye is king.

  6. An original verse: What good is toilet paper on a roll / When squashed?! From me the space the seller stole!

  7. A Bible verse: “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Is the Lord’s hand shortened? Now you will see whether my word to you will come true or not!'” Nm 11.23.

  1. Wrote two poems/lyrics in Portuguese in recent days. Unusual for me. English is usually my go-to artistic language.

  2. Gutters went up this morning in two strategic spots on the house where we’ve had leakage problems.

  3. Douglas preaches tomorrow, so I’m leading singing.

  4. Some of the alternative social media have been acting up lately, makes it hard to recommend.

  5. Getting toward the end of my begun Jan 2018. Got a Moleskine in the wings waiting.

  6. An original, er, verse: A simple line break / Does not a poem make.

  7. A Bible verse: “Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Get up and go south on the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ (This is a desert road.)” Acts 8.26.

  1. Forgot to tell people, when writing down their email addresses for me, that they should print. Needed: a secret decoder ring for cursive handwriting.

  2. Some people’s printing or block letters can also be a challenge. Mine has never been great. Now it’s even worse, out of practice as I am.

  3. Of course, left-handers have a ready excuse, living in a right-handed world. Except in Israel, with Hebrew going from right to left. Was I born in the wrong language?

  4. A US magazine with a date of January arrived in the mail today. Not called snail mail for nothing.

  5. Had books and boxes in the containers in the carport sprayed for bugs again, before I begin the real work of moving them into the office. Time to ramp it up.

  6. An original verse: A look aside to sweep the truth away / Will never keep its consequences at bay.

  7. A Bible verse: “The Israelites again did evil in the Lord’s sight, so the Lord handed them over to the Philistines for forty years” Judges 13.1.

  1. Good group tonight. Ricardo and Marilia, with son Mateus, dropped in. I invited him to preach, and he brought a fine lesson from Rom 11.

  2. Out of 18, five were visitors (some now very regular) with no commitment yet to be followers of Christ according to the Bible.

  3. My sons, who grew up flying between continents, like airports. Me, not so much. But I’d like to visit this one.

  4. Don’t see nowadays people quoting the ISBE (2nd ed.). But it often has material I don’t find elsewhere. Great resource.

  5. The word “egg” is used in the New Testament one time; in the Old, six.

  6. An original verse: The people of God together meet to worship / And find in Christ their fullest hope and purpose.

  7. A Bible verse: “Everything in me will celebrate when you speak what is right” Pro 23.16 NLT.

  1. Went to bed super early last night after over a week of rising at 5 am, but not getting into bed early enough.

  2. B. Franklin was right that early risers are smarter, wittier, healthier, and wealthier than the lazy who sleep in. Or something like that.

  3. Got some work and personal ideas for the new month, but it’s already getting starting before I can firm them up.

  4. Missed working out yesterday, went today around 4.45 pm, Paulo must have been punishing me for my absence by the heavy workout.

  5. Two studies scheduled for tomorrow: a young man here in the afternoon, Douglas’s mother and brother in Jacareí in the evening. Pray.

  6. An original verse: Tomes of old and books hot off the press / Cannot, besides the Bible, save and bless.

  7. A Bible verse: “from generation to generation he is merciful to those who fear him” Lk 1.50.

  1. Started an email newsletter in Portuguese for disciples called “Primeiro.” First. Inspiration taken from Mt 6.33.

  2. Feedback on dictionary of biblical vocabulary: group study in Taubaté used entry on repentance in its entirety. Good to know.

  3. Hard at work on next issue of magazine, after delivering one to the printer yesterday. That issue on “Summing up the Gospel.” Next one, “The True Grace of God.”

  4. The greatness of God’s plan is shown in it being planned before the world began. He has carried it out according to his wisdom and timetable.

  5. Cooler day today, no rain. Lower temperature is a relief. Made it easier to work out tonight at the gym.

  6. An original verse: If anything from God we ought to learn, / It’s this: the world’s salvation is my concern.

  7. A Bible verse: “Therefore, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him” Col 2.6.

  1. Lots of rain. Leaked in my office last week, guy plugged openings, but is leaking again today, though not as badly. But it can’t leak at all.
  2. Carnaval holiday started Friday, so fewer people tonight at meeting. Dynamic was great, however.
  3. Wrote a poem this morning, but not one I’ll share online. Maybe when I publish the book of 2019 poems. If I publish.
  4. Got my Forthright editorial primed for in the morning. Not a bad one at all. (Link is to my author page.)
  5. Have started reading Wm. Barclay’s commentary on 1 John for devotional material. So far, so good.
  6. New verse of mine: With little shall this Christian be content; / For nothing in this world will I lament.
  7. Verse of His: “The Lord was pleased that Solomon made this request” 1Kgs 3.10.

#1. It should cause no little thought that the first sin registered in the early church revolved around money.

#2. Good progress today on an old project. Feels good. Working on material about conversion and the Lord’s supper.

#3. Lunch today at Anchieta with the Missus, after a quite productive morning. Did somebody say nap?

#4. An American friend who works with Embraer said today he’ll be here for a week working with the company. Usually comes a day early to be with the church.

#5. Did I show you the link to the latest new item for the office?

#6. An original verse: Courage! Speak the truth! Act for justice! / Jettison all unrighteousness and malice.

#7. A Bible verse: “Do not make friends with an angry person, and do not associate with a wrathful person, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare” Prov 22.24-25.

#1. It’s a glib and often ignorant remark to say a deceased person is in a better place.

#2. I have salvation today, so anything else is small potatoes.

#3. Expectations are a dangerous thing and can turn into deadly weapons.

#4. Christmas Eve storm knocked out power. Christmas day spent without water. Day after, toilet had to be fixed. Merry!

#5. Missionaries sometimes spend the last weeks of the year wondering if they’re going to get a notice from supporters of terminated support.

#6. An original verse: Fire and water spill upon the earth, / Destroy the fragile human’s sovereign myth.

#7. A Bible verse: “Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest-ready fields” Mt 9.38.

  1. Here in the Urbanova congregation this is the month of the family, for our messages. Last Sunday, on that first couple to be created. Today, the roles of husband and wife.

  2. So that people don’t freak out, on the 23rd, we’ll talk about Jesus’ physical family. What should I say about them?

  3. Much font search and experimentation today. That ought to do me for the rest of the year.

  4. What is our life but a vapor, but a vain attempt to drive down a stake to hold us here, when every connection to earth will soon be broken?

  5. Heaven and earth and hell are in the hands of God, and every creature, man himself and all his plans and dreams.

  6. An original verse: The name of man and all his fine devices / Avail him nothing, neither his sacrifices.

  7. A Bible verse: “Then I confessed my sin; I no longer covered up my wrongdoing. I said, ‘I will confess my rebellious acts to the Lord.’ And then you forgave my sins” Psa 32.5.

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