Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Art of Living / Time Magazine / September 23, 2013

  • Here is the article I mentioned. I have included the web link, but I don’t know if you can read the entire article if you are not a subscriber so I also posted the entire article as a PDF.

The article isn’t just “throwing bones” to the old folks. It really makes sense. We have lost some things but also gained some very valuable abilities as far as creative production and the ability to communicate life at a different level.

At least read down until you come to the part about the cooperation of the right side/left side of the brain. The wall is lower because we need more cooperation, and because of this cooperation we can excel as never before. This is not fluff. We might not remember why we walked to the other end of the house, and our chess game and math ability may have lost a little of the zip, but we are primed for creative outbursts as I call them. But we need to use our minds and neither be imprisoned by the fear of failure or the awkwardness of our forgetful moments.

  • Live and see what happens. That is what I am finding out as I am now on the “other side” of sixty and loving it.


Here is an excerpt, the web link and the PDF of the entire file ————————-

How To Live Long

It may be no coincidence that so many creative types have long lives. New findings show how doing what you love can add years.

By Jeffrey Kluger Monday, Sept. 23, 2013
Illustration by Serge Bloch for TIME

One of the greatest buildings in New York City was created by a very old man. You won’t find it on the skyline–it’s far too small for that. You have to get up close, at street level. It’s on Fifth Avenue, which for block after block obeys the old New York building rule of big and tall and flat–until all at once, at 88th Street, it doesn’t. There stands the stout, round drinking cup that is the Guggenheim Museum, with its natural light and spiraling floor and snow white exterior, parting the neat scrim of the streetscape and filling it with a bit of stylish defiance. The human genius behind that structural genius was Frank Lloyd Wright, who started designing the building in 1943, when he was 76, kept at it until ground was broken in 1956 and lived until 1959–just shy of both his 92nd birthday and the museum’s official opening.

“If you walk into any of Wright’s buildings, you see he didn’t think like us,” says neuropsychologist Donald Davidoff of Harvard Medical School. “His rooms can have seven different heights to them depending on where you’re standing. He thought in three dimensions, which is something we can appreciate when we see it but can’t do ourselves.”

Wright may have been unique in the style and quality and iconoclasm of his work, but he was not unique in how old he was when he did it–and that’s true in a lot of fields. You can keep your boy geniuses in Silicon Valley, your young guns tearing up the fashion world, your celebrated wunderkinder in music and art and finance and government. Spare a moment–spare more than a moment–for the superannuated creators: Goya, who produced some of his most haunting paintings when he was in his late 70s; Goethe, who finished writing his masterpiece, Faust, when he was 81; Galileo, who published his last paper when he was 74, just a few years before his death–at a time when average human life expectancy was 35.


HANDOUTS/WORKSHEETS for September 22, 2013

  • Message Title: Be Like God
  • Message Text: Ephesians 5:1-7

This week Paul really shifts gears between Ephesians 5:2 and 5:3.

Ephesians 5:1–7 (NKJV)

1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. 3 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; 4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them.

From walking in love to “don’t fornicate.” But this is God’s wisdom. Paul has spent much time and energy teaching us who we are in Christ.

However …
To live up to who we are in Christ we must know where we are in the world. If they were still involved in sexual immorality, impure living and greed, then they needed strong teaching to tell them that the clothing of the old man would just not do for God’s new creation.

For those who have believed in Jesus Son of God for the forgiveness of sins and have received his gift of eternal life, God promises amazing things. He brings us from total separation standing in judgment to an intimacy with the Most High God of the universe that is beyond our ability to understand or explain. We go from the flames of God’s eternal judgment to the flames of God’s eternal love and holiness.

Now we can say, “It doesn’t get any better than this!”

So we praise him!

This week’s message is more of our general theme. This is who you are. The words are written in our Bibles. The Spirit bears witness with our spirit. Now believe God and live up to our calling.

Here are the handouts for this week.


Do you not know? Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.

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HANDOUTS/WORKSHEETS for Sunday September 15, 2013 …

A hypocrite is …
A person who is pretending to be someone or something he or she is not. She wears a mask as she attempts to elevate other people’s perception of her. In his mind he contrives an image of a person he pretends to be thinking to impress those around him.

But God turns the tables on us.
He paints a picture of his saints (holy ones/hagiois) that is beyond our imagination. In fact almost unbelievable. We continue to see in our study in Ephesians the lofty view that God clearly gives of his people, the Church, in Holy Scripture.

This week …
The Apostle Paul continues to instruct us to pursue this high calling, not by pretending to be someone we are not but by living up to who we are in Christ.

And he tells us how …
To learn who we are and what it takes to be who we are. No pretense or puffing ourselves up. Just faith enough to believe God and the amazing things he has done for us and in us through Christ’s finished work on the cross. And a willingness to change.

Message Title: Living Up to Who We Are in Jesus Christ / Living as the New People God Created Us to Be!

Message Text: Ephesians 4:17-32



We hope that you will be able to meet “Rebecca” soon …

Kerry and I had a great time at the International Neighbors event at Western Illinois University Sunday evening.

And we got a tremendous surprise/blessing of God.

  • Our new friend is “Rebecca” (Xitong).
  • And totally out of the blue as God does things, Rebecca is a believer in Jesus Christ. We hope that she can visit us at church as soon as possible so you can meet her.

We also have another friend Zhulin that we have not yet been able to make contact with as she did not attend the event.

Please pray that Kerry and I will be a blessing to both of these young women.


Article on Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana news …

Our church in Terre Haute, Indiana (World Gospel Church) drew many students from Rose-Hulman and we had several Rose professors attending our church. 

Rose-Hulman’s academic reputation also drew many Chinese International students, most of them coming to work on their master’s degree in engineering. We made several Chinese friends via this connection.

  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Ranked Top Undergraduate Engineering School in the Nation for 15th Straight Year

September 10, 2013

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – For the 15th consecutive year, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has been ranked the nation’s top undergraduate engineering college. The rankings are determined through an annual survey of America’s engineering deans and senior faculty members conducted by U.S. News & World Report for its 2014 Best Colleges guidebook.

In addition to being rated first among colleges that offer the bachelor’s or master’s as its top degree in engineering, Rose-Hulman is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News in individual programs including: chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. The list includes elite institutions in California, Boston and the nation’s military academies.

“It’s certainly another red-letter day in our grand history at Rose-Hulman. Yet delivering the highest-quality engineering education is our definition of daily life on our campus,” said President James C. Conwell, who joined Rose-Hulman in May 2013 as its new president. “Every day I learn something new here that confirms Rose-Hulman is indeed a place that transforms the lives of the best and the brightest students. It’s no surprise to me that Rose-Hulman continues to be viewed at the pinnacle of engineering education by our peers.”

This year’s U.S. News & World Report rankings join The Princeton Review’s 2014 Best 378 Colleges andthe Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014 in recognizing Rose-Hulman’s leadership role in undergraduate engineering, science and mathematics education. Rose-Hulman is also ranked No. 9 among the top 20 “smartest colleges” in America and No. 1 in student memory by Lumosity.

Rose-Hulman’s Class of 2013 has a 96.5 percent placement rate with an average starting salary of $65,800. In the past year, Rose-Hulman students have earned prestigious Goldwater, Fulbright and Whitaker honors. Student teams have also competed in international and national computer programming and cyber defense challenges. Looking forward, Rose-Hulman recently welcomed the most diverse freshman class in its history and received a record number of applications from prospective students.

Spiritual maturity is …

Another handout for Sunday September 8, 2013 that I had not yet posted.

Text: Ephesians 4:11-16

Spiritual maturity is …

  • Spiritual maturity is embracing my role as a servant of God Most High and living with a holy passion for the plan and purpose of God which is evidenced in intense satisfaction in pleasing Jesus Son of God. This passionate service is directed by a discernment which has been developed by the constant practice of the word of righteousness in distinguishing good from evil.

The spiritually mature believer …

  • Is on a settled path walking toward and working to the glory of God.
  • Has embraced his or her role as a servant of God Most High.
  • Displays faithful, loving obedience to God and a firm confidence in the long-term plan and purpose of God.
  • Has a clear knowledge of Jesus Son of God and is no longer chasing meaning and significance through the ideas and schemes of people.
  • Readily accepts equipping (teachable) that prepares him to serve (obedience) and once prepared is a builder in the kingdom of God (insightful).
  • Serves in the local church fellowship with God’s plan and purpose in mind.
  • Has a unity of faith with other like-minded believers that is built upon sound, biblical doctrine.

Spiritual maturity from our text in Ephesians 4:11-16 …

  • I am teachable: I receive the equipping of the saints.
  • I am purposeful: I understand my equipping is for ministry.
  • I am a builder: I use what God has given to build up the body of Christ.
  • I have come to a unity of the faith: I share a single-mindedness with fellow believers based on sound, biblical doctrine.
  • I have come to a clear understanding of the Son of God: I now have a transforming vision of Jesus Son of God that strengthens and directs my life.
  • I have come to maturity: I have come to a place spiritually and experientially where Christ is my living standard.
  • I no longer am searching for life, meaning and significance as I have found all of this and more and now I grow and thrive as I am immersed in the truth of God and the love of God.
  • I fill my part and do my share as directed by God’s Holy Spirit.