THE GOODNESS OF GOD IN CHILE

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Getting to meet our first great-granddaughter Pippa certainly is one of the experiences that we will not forget. A big bonus for us is that we get to also enjoy her parents, Jorge and Naomi (our granddaughter), our son Caleb and our grandson Mishael while we stay here in rural Chile near Patagonia. What an amazing world God made for us to enjoy and to cause us to be in awe of Him.

Ladies, it doesn't look like we need to be concerned about snow this week in Gig Harbor. The lesson plan for last Thursday will be happening this week instead. Emily Hunt will be leading the study of Psalm 86 and I hope you will plan to be there.

Thank you for praying for Mark and I as we spend time with family and prepare to speak at a couple of conferences.

LOVINGKINDNESS

Seldom do Mark and I get to enjoy a face to face visit with two of our sons, Caleb and Ezra (numbers 3 and 4 in birth order of our 8 children); but this week we have the treat of seeing them both here in LA. I’m so thankful for the children God blessed us with and now the extended families they are part of.

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I’m not sure that our society has much of a concept of “lovingkindness.” But, this IS God and particularly when difficulty comes our way, this attribute of God should be a great encouragement and help to us. Psalm 86:5 “For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.” Think about Spurgeon’s comments on this beautiful verse. “Good at giving and forgiving; supplying us with his good, and removing our evil. Here was the great reason why the Psalmist looked to the Lord alone for his joy, because every joy-creating attribute is to be found in perfection in Jehovah alone. Some men who would be considered good are so self-exaltingly indignant at the injuries done them by others, that they cannot forgive; but we may rest assured that the better a being is, the more willing he is to forgive, and the best and highest of all is ever ready to blot out the transgressions of his creatures.”

This Thursday morning Emily Hunt will be leading our study of Psalm 86. Plan to be part of this encouraging time in God’s Word.

A big thank you so those of you who prayed for my crazy stiff neck. It is doing much better and I am very thankful.

Last week I read a blog to you about Red, Yellow, Green in the Bible. Some of you asked for the link. https://www.skipmoen.com/2019/02/red-yellow-green-2/

SELF WILL OR GOD'S WILL

Perhaps you have observed even in your own family the difference in peace and joy between children who tend to be compliant and those who lean toward doing what they please. The consequences of these contrasting attitudes become even more evident as children grow into adulthood and eventually old age. In other words you don’t find genuinely sweet little old ladies who have lived as they pleased. But to step this up to a much higher level, consider the outcome of a life lived in compliance to God. He knows perfectly the way we should live and that path results in peace and joy. Yet we lean toward doing as we please with the results always falling way short of what we had hoped for.

This Thursday morning we will immerse ourselves into Psalm 85 and clearly see what God says about self-will and His will. Psalm 85:8 “I will hear what God the LORD will say; For He will speak peace to His people, to His godly ones; But let them not turn back to folly.” Let’s come together to encourage one another to live for God.

“Let’s Get Cooking”—this Friday evening at 6:30 at Sally Helland’s home we will be having a demonstration of the use of Instapots. Come and join in on the fun. Sally’s address is 12976 Gopher Hill Pl. SE, Olalla, WA 98359