Mike Pepper's 5th Report from the Philippines

This will be a fairly short report.

The Lesson of the Linen Sash.

     The Lord told Jeremiah to get a linen sash and tie it around his waist (Jeremiah 13:1-11). He was then told to go to the Euphrates River and hide the sash in a hole in a rock. Many days later the Lord told him to go back there and retrieve the sash: “Then I went to the Euphrates and dug, and I took the sash from the place where I had hidden it; and there was the sash, ruined. It was profitable for nothing” (Jeremiah 13:7 NKJV).

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    Soon after we moved to Athens I asked someone what we could do about all the sneezing and burning eyes we were experiencing. I remember the advice being along the lines of “move to Arizona.” It does seem that our lovely Tennessee River Valley is a good place if you don’t mind sneezing, coughing and such like.

The Love of Change

     I ran across a new word this week: “neoterist.” It has in it the word “neo” which means new. A neoterist then is someone who is always seeking something new or is unusually attracted to what he or she perceives as new. I am reminded just here of the first chapter of Ecclesiastes which reliably informs us that there is nothing new under the sun.

The Internet is Down!

     Have you thought lately how accustomed we have become to being able to access information, do our work and contact each other by using the internet? People risk dismissal these days if they try to go to college without the use of a computer. Many jobs require the ability to run up and down the net in addition to a specific skill set for the job. Personal communication by email had long since outstripped letter writing (we disdain it by calling it “snail-mail”). The Web is of great importance to us, becoming an integral part of our lives.

What is Our Cross?

     We remember that Jesus said, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23 NKJV). Just before saying these words Jesus had predicted His death (Luke 9:21-22). So it is just after mentioning death, which we know was on the Cross, that He states that each person endeavoring to follow Him must take up his cross and follow Him.