Do not forget that the value and interest of life is not so much to do conspicuous to do ordinary things with the perception of their enormous value.

- Teilhard de Chardin

A number of years ago a London Times correspondent ended many of his articles with the words, “What’s wrong with the world?”  Finally in response, G.K. Chesterton wrote the following reply to the paper.  “Dear editor: What’s wrong with the world?  I am.  Faithfully your, G.K. Chesterton.”

It’s easy to give mental assent to a wrong.  “That is wrong.”  It’s not as easy to give volitional assent to a wrong.  “I choose to do that wrong.”  It’s even harder to give moral assent to a wrong.  “I intended to do wrong because…”  When you think about your need for God’s saving and forgiving grace, how do you describe your sin to him?  “I can see that this particular activity is wrong…or, I did this thing that was wrong…or, Lord, look, down deep within me I intended to move in this direction for my own base reasons…?”

We may ask his forgiveness…but for what, really?  The good news is, God’s forgiveness reaches beyond the act and even covers our intent.  Praise Him for His matchless mercy and grace!

Because He Is Near,



NOTE:  I’ve left off these updates last month and almost forgot this month simply because I’ve been sick and my plate is very full.  We’ve finally pulled together a JD for a Director of Operations, which is to say, we are growing to the point of needing more administrative help and guidance.  As for the rest of the team…  We’ve all been keeping busy with regular appointments with those who seek time with us.  For example, two couples are with the Stirling’s this week in from the region.  Jeanni and Wendy are co-leading a ladies group for those in transition here in Chiang Mai (by the way, four new groups will form next fall out of this group).  Chris & Debbie are getting over jet lag from their stateside trip and are meeting with various folks in Budapest.  Lu is in Khazakstan ministering to a group of ladies and the Moore’s continue to work with the church leaders and small groups they have out of their home.

Thanks for keeping up with us and praying.

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