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.
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.
#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.
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.
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, 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.