The horrors of these times wreak havoc on our world and lives. In the face of full-on sin and desecration of God’s holy name and law, let us return to the Lord in prayer that He might grant grace, mercy and forgiveness to believers and help seekers find salvation in Jesus.
And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken (Eccles. 4:12, English Standard Version).
Before I was a believer in Jesus, I had many different jobs in direct sales. I worked for a period with Mutual of Omaha, then sold Kirby vacuum cleaners, went on to Compact vacuum cleaners, tried my hand at door-to-door selling with waterless cookware, worked in a portrait photography studio selling graduation and wedding packets, and worked in several jewelry stores selling everything from costume jewelry to fine diamonds and watches.
Now that there is a greater ability to visit local congregations, meet with fellow believers, and educate believers about God's heart for the Jewish people, Nancy and I have been traveling again to fulfill this imperative. We have had some wonderful visits to churches recently, and we wanted to update you and say "thank you" to those who have hosted us.
Salvation belongs to the LORD; your blessing be on your people! Selah (Psalm 3:8, ESV).
A question to begin: Where are we now?
We are two years plus into the covid pandemic. Ukrainians are two months plus into the hellish atrocities of war. Deaths, poverty, homelessness, mass shootings, fires, spiraling inflation, stocks plummeting, and more invade our minds and hearts through instant media cycles blasting 24/7 around the world.
Remember for my good, O my God, all that I have done for this people (Neh. 5:19, ESV).
I grew up playing clarinet in concert bands, marching bands, and jazz bands. The music we played covered a wide repertoire from classical to marching to swing and jazz. One song that has stayed with me over the years was "Thanks for the Memory". It was the late Bob Hope’s signature song.
Now that the 2022 drama of the Winter Olympics is over, we can look back at the years of preparation these elite athletes endured for just one shot at the coveted gold medal. As the old Wide World of Sports intro used to say, “The thrill of victory and the agony defeat!” While the world was captivated by the Olympic events, life continued - births, deaths, wars, rumors of wars, Covid continues, masks on, masks off, and lonely people become lonelier as feelings of isolation overwhelm.