Aches and Praise Four Hundred & Thirty

December 6, 2019
Dear friends,

While visiting our daughter, Candace, and her husband, Richie, in Connecticut for the American Thanksgiving holiday, Karen and I, and our daughter, Bethany, did something that we had never done before: we went to an escape room challenge. What an exciting evening! By working together to find clues and decipher codes, we (along with our very valuable teammates) were able to run out to freedom with less than a minute remaining in the allotted hour. If you are in the Wallingford, CT area, I recommend that you go to this adventure. For more information, please visit:

On Sunday, we went to the Christ Proclamation church in East Windsor, CT, where Pastor Steve Thiel spoke about God’s sovereignty demonstrated in the life of Ezra. To listen to his sermon, please visit: You can also download helpful notes from the church website.

Thank you for your prayers for our family and for the ministry to which God called us many years ago. We returned home Sunday evening, driving through picturesque New England, and thank the Lord for helping us to avoid a snowstorm that was approaching the area. Warnings of the impending storm helped us to realize the importance of doing what was necessary to reach our goal: get home and back to work.

Thinking about this brings to mind the question: “Are we ready for what is ahead?” There is an expression: “If we fail to plan, we plan to fail.” May we be among those who eagerly await the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, who promised that He would build His church and the gates of hell would not prevail against it.

Scripture for the weekend: “Again therefore Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.’” John 8:12 (NASB)

Thought for the weekend: “When our hearts are filled with true worship, when our hands are engaged in true service, we are united with the One who made the entire universe, the One who is the great ‘I AM.’” – Ray Stedman (from his book “Adventuring Through the Bible”)

By His grace,