Archive | October, 2007

Words of Life

“Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve” (Matthew 4:10). This verse, the first part of it, is the second passage I’ve memorized in Mandarin. During a week when many in the world choose to celebrate death, […]

California: Debate over Winner-Take-All

While doing some research today, I came across an interesting fact: in the process of electing a new president, only two states, Maine and Nebraska, assign electoral votes by congressional district. Every other state has a winner-take-all system. Upon looking into this a little deeper, a ran across a very recent yet concealed and heated […]

I Like Mike!

From a glance at the Republican hopefuls for the 2008 primaries, there are obviously two distinct categories: nominal and conservative. Ironically, the three frontrunners of the Republican ticket, Giuliani, McCain, and Romney, comprise the first category. During the 1970’s Giuliani switched from Democrat to Independent to Republican yet still holds to the same Democratic views […]

Groundbreaking Continues

“There’s a first time for everything.” October 2 This marked another first day of school: public school teaching in Taiwan. It has been almost three and a half years since I taught public school in Russia but once again the same basic principles worked: patience, getting to know the students and assessing where they are […]

A Threefold Accord

Assisting Dr. Bill Gothard this year has been a huge blessing for me! I am so grateful for all of the many ways that he has invested in my life and for all of the priceless wisdom that he has shared from God’s Word. Keeping up with all that is going on has been a […]

Enlarge the place of thy tent!

On July 4 through 7 (Wednesday through Saturday) Dad had four days off work in which to put up the shed. Uncle Alan would be here to help on Thursday and Friday. The lumber had been delivered and we had been able to finish the sill plates, band boards, and some of the floor joists ahead […]

William Blackstone

Imagine you were George Washington or any of the other Founding Fathers and it was up to you to get the United States off to a good start. You want to found it on God’s principles but wonder exactly how. Where would you turn? Yes, the Bible itself; but high on the list of the […]

Birds in the Backyard

With autumn coming on, the birds are gearing up for colder weather. Thanks to Michael for providing them nourishment with his ingenuitive, homemade birdfeeder, it has been easier for me to get some good pictures of them. On Wednesday morning last week, I slowly approached the feeder, quietly set up the camera on a tripod, and clicked away for the next hour […]

“The highlight of my entire week!”

It was minutes before the evening session was to resume at the annual IBLP Counseling Seminar in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Gothard had asked David Waller and I to play a piano/violin duet together that evening so now we were working on our arrangement. Realizing there just wasn’t time to practice it enough to get it […]

Tears of gratefulness

Teaching English is life work. Last month we received a reminder of this that has really stayed with us. After the day of touring in Hualien we went our separate ways for supper in the city. Thanks to our tour guide, Jonathan and I found the dumpling restaurant that was a particular favorite of Chiang […]

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