Did You Wash Behind Your Ears?

The other day, while I was brushing my teeth, I thought about the studies showing that cleaning your mouth reduces your risk of disease—besides gum and teeth diseases. If that is really the case, it’s sad to think that people who otherwise take care of their bodies can still end up with heart disease or arthritis simply because they didn’t take the time to brush their teeth. The same point can be made about many different things: If you don’t take care of wounds they can get infected, if you don’t regularly bathe you can end up with skin problems, stay out in the sun too long without protection and you will get sunburned and possibly, down the road, skin cancer, etc.
What’s worse is that many Christians make the same mistakes in their spiritual lives. All too often, we neglect something in our daily “hygiene”. Prayer, reading and meditating on the Bible, and other things are all necessary; stop doing one of them and you will be “overtaken in a fault” (believe me, I know it). It doesn’t matter what else you are doing and taking care of, if you don’t take care of everything something will go wrong. Other times, we get an “injury” or an “illness”. If we ignore these problems they will eventually catch up to us, even if we are healthy in every other area; Steve Jobs proved that.
Proverbs 4:26 says “Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.” Once you neglect part of your daily hygiene routine or get hurt or ill, your feet start going down a different path, away from the Great Physician. Please take a spiritual physical; if you don’t pass make an appointment with the Doctor.

Friday Nights in Auckland

My apologies again for taking so long, but with institute, a computer science course, and several repairs on the house, car, and computer, I haven’t had much time :). However, here is something about one the things we did in New Zealand.

Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, with 1,377,200 people living within its limits. The city  is 402 sq.  mi (1042 sq. km) with a high point of 2,257 ft (688m), and a low point of sea level (It is on the coast, after all ;)). Auckland is known as the City of Sails due to the large number of sailboats based there. It was to this city that we went, every Friday night, with our Bible, tracts, and Scripture signs.

Auckland City's location within New Zealand

Auckland City’s location within New Zealand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Auckland has a bit of the feel of New York City, but without quite as many people. But just because there were not as many people does not mean that there was no one to talk to; there were too many! We did what we could, but there were many people nearby that did not get the message of Christ. Throughout the time that I was in New Zealand, the only people we saw more than once  in Auckland were the police patrol in that area and the shop owners, with the exception of three young men that we saw twice. The good news is that we were not alone. Almost every night there were people right across the street from us, and a few times Pastor Gustafsson came out with a few of his members. Of course, we had the typical strange encounter now and then, such as: a drunk man arguing with me about something so crazy and mystical I can’t even remember what it was, a man dancing to music from another man (the funny thing was that he looked like a marionette), and the cookie vendor who gave Matthew and I some free macadamia nut cookies, which were a premium cookie, although this was more nice than strange. All in all, we had a great time while giving out the gospel. It was also during one of these nights that Jillian met Vicki, a student at Auckland University, which led to a Bible study at the University. That’s all for now; I’ve got to leave some for more posts, after all.

NZ Update I

I’ve now been here for a week. On Monday the boys and I did some landscaping for a member of the church. Ezra and I biked to Pukekohe to exchange my money on Wednesday and that night was children’s Bible study, Thursday was door knocking in Pukekohe and adult Bible study. Friday night we went street preaching in downtown Auckland with a stop at Wendy’s afterward for a Frosty Cone. We’ve been busy, but we’ve had fun. I get a kick out of practicing and polishing my Kiwi accent. 😉 Jillian said she was jealous that I could it so well. Please pray for me as I do Family School on Sunday. I’ll keep you posted.

Cheers Mate!

The Iroquois and the Soap Company Have It Right

“In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.”

-From the Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy

I found this quote on the back of a soap bottle from Seventh Generation. It makes me wonder how many times we actually think about the consequences of our actions. Do we even ask ourselves how it will affect us next year? The Iroquois looked 350 years ahead. It might surprise you if you consider what types of decisions have lasting affects: That movie you watched, that book you read, how you use your money, where you go to church-or whether you go to church, even what you eat. Will your entertainments, your friends, your church, etc. lead to your descendants ending up in Hell? It may not do anything to you, but over time it will most likely open the door to worse and worse. Will your health choices show your grandchildren farther down the path to cancer or diabetes? Maybe you’re reading this thinking “I don’t plan on having children or grandchildren”. Well, what about your friends and their children? Your family members and their descendants? You may not realize it, but you have many people watching you, some of whom will follow you. I’ll end with a verse that compliments this: “Ponder the path of thy feet.” -Proverbs 4:26a.

New Zealand

The Snyder FamilyIt’s now “official”; I’m going to New Zealand! I’ll be helping the Snyder’s, a missionary family we’ve known for years. Originally, I was going for one year, but, due to new requirements for religious workers, I am not able to apply for a work visa (needed for a visit longer than three months). Instead, I will be going on a three-month visitor visa and applying for a work visa over there to finish out the year if we get the necessary paperwork in time. I will be leaving New York around Memorial Day, stopping in California to visit relatives, and arriving in New Zealand on June 2.  Some of the things we will be doing include:

  • Children’s Bible club
  • Teaching in the schools
  • Nursing homes
  • Street preaching
  • And whatever else Mr. Snyder says

Please pray for me and the Snyder family. I will be posting updates as often as possible.