Monthly Archives: January 2009

E-pistle January 23

Goodbye As an Act of Grace
The Apostle Paul knew the people Ephesus as well as he knew any of the people in the towns and cities of Greece and Asia Minor where he had been used by God to plant and nurture churches.  For over two years in the early 50’s A.D. he had lived and ministered to and with the Ephesians.  Towards the end of the decade Paul passed close by Ephesus as he sailed towards Jerusalem on his last great missionary journey.  Having stopped at the port of Miletus, he sent for the elders of the Ephesian church that he might talk with them one last time. Luke tells the story Acts 20.  It ends this way:   When (Paul had finished speaking), he knelt down with all of them and prayed. They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him. What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship. Continue reading

E-pistle Juanuary 16

King's Dream, Gene's Nightmare and Prayer on Flight 1549
Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Tuesday is Inauguration Day.  Much has been made of the two days and their connectedness and for good cause.  Americans of every race and political persuasion have reason to celebrate.   
King ended his famous "I Have a Dream" speech (why not take some time this weekend to listen to the entire oration) with these lines: Continue reading

E-pistle January 9

Staying Connected
We're still getting Christmas cards and it's our fault.  We didn't send ours until late in the season and so some of those who did not yet have our new address have been kind enough to include us in a late mailing. 
I love Christmas cards.  Actually, it's not the cards, it's the letters.  Some are personal. Most, like ours, are photocopies of an annual update sent far and wide. 
Yesterday we received two Christmas letters of the photocopy variety and one very personal note.  The personal note was from one of Becky's best friends during our eight years in Oregon and it is a precious gift. Continue reading