Reworking old series on devotional time

Spent no little time yesterday reworking an old series on spending an hour with God in devotional time. It suggests 12 movements centered mostly around the Word and prayer. One class or chapter had no text (where could it have gone?), so I wrote up probably the best and fullest information of all the chapters. I had saved the series in a new file, reformatted it, made not a few typo and other corrections, and redid the scripture citations (removing parentheses and such). I also standardized book citations and created a bibliography at the back. Now to go back through it and beef up the other chapters.

Maybe I’ll print up a few copies and offer it in digital format. Dunno.

Busy day

Breakfast with Douglas at 7.30 am was great. May have a study with Sidney at 2.30 pm. Baptism of Eliseu and Fabiana at 3.30, but they’ll probably be here around 3. Vicki has a study with Malu at 6.30. All good.

Tomorrow is a holiday, so we’re going to get together at 9 am, learn some new songs (Douglas’s part), have something for couples (my part; our Valentine’s Day was the 16th), and have a brunch (everybody’s part). Will be another good one.

Good feedback

  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.

7P: First sin in the early church

#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.

Three going on four

  1. Ammo Girl wrote, “I wouldn’t go back to high school for a billion trillion dollars.” I agree.

  2. KFC is now in SJC. Never was a favorite place of mine, and even less so for being in a mall. Missus wanted to try it out tonight. Done.

  3. Three good, solid days of work and writing. Can tomorrow be four?

  4. Much rain. Reservoirs ought to be full. I don’t mind the cooler temps that come with it.

  5. Book of a few of this year’s outlines of lessons and studies topped 60 pages today. I started this sometime in the second semester.

  6. An original verse: Addiction binds the body and soul, / The empty eye can never be full.

  7. A Bible verse: “The one who covers his transgressions will not prosper, but whoever confesses them and forsakes them will find mercy” Prov 28.13.

How to

Others will put forth their ideas about how to accomplish the divine mission. We will do our best, also. We are glad for the efforts of each one. In the end, God will judge the work of all and he will approve or find us lacking. Whatever of our work may survive the test, we look forward to salvation.

I am not interested in building up an institution, but only the church of God. My investments will go into the hearts and lives of men and women, for eternal life, and not into the creation or strengthening of a human organization.

Where’ve I been?

Every spare moment, nearly, has been spent in writing in Portuguese, much of that for a book of evangelistic studies, which so far has just over 200 pages. It has required translation of some studies, transcription of material I have on paper by others, and writing my own material, as well as revision and expansion of other of my material.

There’s also another big, big reason, but I’ll get to that one before long.

Yesterday, today, and who knows tomorrow?

Yesterday, I worked most of the day on the next issue of Edificação magazine, while the last one is in the printer. It will be ready Tuesday. Today, I spent most of my time working on the dictionary of biblical vocabulary, that started eons ago. Here a little, there a little. Maybe by the time the Lord calls me, it’ll all be done.