Inching Ahead

Today was a study day.  I worked on my SS lesson for tomorrow and worked on this website some more.  Little by little I am getting up to speed.  I love it when I get a response to a blog or article.  Also, I am looking forward to getting some questions on the Q&A.

This week I went to the eye doctor and will be having eye surgery on the 13th of Feb. and again on the 13th of March.  It is not real major – just cataract surgery on both eyes, one at a time.  It got me to thinking how much we depend on our eyesight.  My life would change so dramatically and I would really struggle to adjust to life if I lost my eyesight. I was thinking about how our seeing helps us to understand God’s perception of everything.

Tomorrow I will be in a teacher training meeting.  Our church has these meetings once a month.  They are to help us as teachers to do a better job.  Our educational pastor is so devoted to equipping us that he goes the extra mile all the time.  He is so supportive and helpful.  I needed a large monitor for my class on Wednesday and he got it together with just a few hours notice.

After that meeting I will be practicing with the men’s choir on some new music that we just got last week.  I am relatively new in the men’s choir and am really out-skilled  as I don’t even read music but they encourage me and so I keep going.  Who knows, I might even get better.

News update!  The translations are all progressing.  The Russian translation is in the third chapter and the Spanish translation is almost through the second chapter.  I haven’t heard about the Japanese translation in a while.  I know that the translator was on a mission trip, out of his country so I am guessing that slowed him down some.  I understand that he is working on the 5th chapter.  The translator on the Chinese translation was here a couple weeks ago and they are working on the 6th chapter. The work is slow but it is moving along steadily.

Now it Begins

Today I worked on my website.  I have been learning how to navigate through the operations to add post and to correct my mistakes.  Figuring out how to correct a problem is more work for me than making an entry because I am still learning how things work.  I hope that you will be patient with me and overlook my mistakes.  I will try to help you walk through it with me.

In a little while I will be working on the first lesson of a 10 session course I am teaching at my church entitled, Holiness as a way of life.  I would suggest you read the article on this website entitled Fruit Bearing.  What is true for a fruit tree is also true for us.  Just as a tree will try to produce limbs and leaves rather than fruit, so we try to do works rather than become like Christ.  Limbs on a tree are necessary just as works are necessary for the Christian, but left to itself the tree will not produce juicy, sweet fruit nor will the Christian produce the fruit of the Spirit.  We desperately need for God to care for us as the Gardner cares for the fruit trees.  Our spiritual fruit  will become small and bitter without Holiness before God.

The big project that the Lord and I are working on is expanding the scope of the book that I have written entitled, The Mystery of Faith.  It is currently being translated into 4 other languages beside English, which is Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.  The Chinese translation is now in chapter 6, the Japanese is now in chapter 5, the Russian is now in chapter 3 and the Spanish is now in chapter 2.  More on this later.  I plan to add information on this site about the book and where you can get it.