Before we resume the study of God’s “Comeback Kids,” I wanted you to know more than the sketchy details I wrote earlier about some who’ve encouraged me by their visits. Or perhaps in other ways.
Robert is the attorney who’s written the book about Job. I’ll include a brief excerpt in the near future, but if you have interest you can click on the highlighted “thingies” below and go into greater detail. The book being used in the high schools in the U.S. is awesome (as in ‘tons’ of information and a hefty seventy five bucks price tag on the textbook!) Robert’s work is the primary reference used on the book of Job. Her writes:
Thank you for your kind words in your latest post. It was helpful to learn more about other posters. Here is the information you were thinking of disclosing. It’s authorized.
It is currently taught in 262 U.S. high schools in 40 States through a much larger textbook “The Bible and Its Influence” http://www.bibleliteracy.org/bibcdocs/TheBibleAndItsInfluence Sample.pdf (Bible Literacy Project http://www.bibleliteracy.org/site/index2.htm.
I’m thinking of submitting the attached resume for the Senior Crown position that opened up here. Closing date is January 5, 2009. I ask for your prayers.
All the best, Rob
(This is don. I’m back) In my experience, occasionally I’ve attempted to contact some of the “biggies” on the religious scene. For various reasons. None has ever responded, unless you count the form letters appealing for donations. None has addressed a single issue I ever raised. It came then, as quite a pleasant surprise when Dr. J .L. Williams responded to some recent correspondence I’d had with one of his associates. J.L. is as busy as anyone I know, and has a long, unblemished record of service to Christ and His Church. His ministry is deserving of your prayers, interest, and encouragement (whatever form that may take.). His regular posts are not only about his work in far corners. He’s an excellent Bible teacher. Between his globe girdling missionary journeys, he wrote:
Loving greetings in Christ — and belated “Merry Christmas” to you! I also wish you a “Happy & Holy New Year” in the Lord Jesus. And just in case you did not already receive it, I am sending you our annual “Williams Family Christmas Card” so you can see our children and grandchildren. I am sorry for being a bit late in responding to your email via my associate Daniel. I was in Kenya and the Congo for nearly 3 weeks right before Christmas. Then after I got home, we experienced a “Computer Melt-down” at our office! So I have not been able to receive, read or respond to emails for all of Christmas week — which has been both a blessing and a curse 🙂
But before leaving the country next week for India and Nepal, I wanted to write and thank you for your blog about John 3:16 and “The Gift.” Thanks for helping keep people focused on the real meaning of Christmas. Thanks also for linking your blog to my personal one. I really appreciate your doing that! And as we go into ’09, know how much I do appreciate your friendship and partnership…
In His Love, J.L.
I would also like to do you a favor in reommending the site begun by my friend Mark Ryman at Grahamfriends.org. You’ll probably find some useful hints you can use if you have responsibility for helping with your Church’s website.
My Momma told me never to hang out with strangers. Yours probably told you the same thing, so allow me to introduce me. Here I am with LadyLuck, my little much-loved Westy. Lord Fauntleroy, her Shitsu male companion, is outside at present, busily chasing squirrels I reckon. Incidentally, the earphones are my way of drowning out distractions. Providing background for my “thinking” sessions, I enjoy Willie Nelson, Roberta Flack, K.T. Oslin, Louis Armstrong, Bev Shea, The Imperials, The Lettermen, Jim Croce, Janis Ian, hummingbirds and morning glories, little newborn babies and ducks and such. There’s also something very consoling about hearing the ocean waves lapping gently upon the shore a couple hundred yards away. And I’m always awed when they get churned up by some storm and slap the beach angrily. I also love the gentle sound of rain on the roof.
I was just kidding about being in the “witness protection program.” Honest. But if you see my mug shot down at the post office, please don’t tell anyone.
My next study is going to be on Simon Peter, the fisherman turned to a “Fisher of Men,” and the unlikely subject some have called “The Rock.” He acted more like a hothead and a spiritual creampuff early on. But that was before he had dealings with the risen Christ. You’ll find mention made of him in many places in Scripture. What I’m searching for as always, specifically, is how he got into some spiritual debacles. . . and how he came back. There are some very specific times, some critical, defining moments. I want to identify them. Try to understand what happened and what it may have meant. He surely made some large, impetuous blunders. I really have come to believe that, if Christ can recover the likes of Peter, there’s a strong possibility He can do it again in my life.
I hope you’ll read all you can about Simon Peter, think about what you discover, and then share it with me when you have opportunity. My prayers and best wishes are for you and those whom you love as you journey through the New Year.
God’s servant, your friend, brother, and fellow student ><> donkimrey