Christmas 2020

At just the right time, God sent His Son to free us from the penalty of our sin and adopt us as His very own.  (from Galatians 4:4-5)

God’s timing is always perfect, but in 2020 we found out that ours is not, as many things we planned would happen actually DIDN’T.

For instance, we DIDN’T get to:

Host a group of students from Taiwan.
  Attend our grandson Joseph’s wedding in Wisconsin.
    Enjoy visiting great-grand daughter Lillyana in Minnesota.
       Follow through on carefully-made plans for church family camping.
Make trips to Rocky Mountain Park without a reservation.

But, on the positive side, we also DIDN’T:
Get covid 19.
  Run out of toilet paper, or peanut butter.
    Miss hosting grand-daughters Sarah and Rachel (and their husbands), 
      who did find places to hike despite the forest fires.
         Miss camping trips (6) to Wyoming.
           Miss out on church and small group Bible studies (thanks to Zoom).

Think about the life of Jesus:

2000 years ago the wise men DIDN’T return to Herod’s palace to help him find Jesus, so 
Herod DIDN’T succeed in including him in his slaughter of infants.
Jesus DIDN’T yield to the devil’s temptations but willingly offered his life on the cross, suffering the punishment that we deserved.

Sometimes what DIDN’T happen turned out to be God’s plan after all —

We can make our plans, but we do not know what will happen. What we  should say is “if the Lord wills” we will live and do this or that. (James 3:14-15).

Our year reminds us that we really are not in control and  that our times are in God’s hands. This is a good thing: humbling and yet comforting. We can trust the One who IS in control, and know that His plan for our lives is perfect.

May God bless you and keep you close to Him.

Jim and Sue Found

I have added an article about the origins of Christmas Carols to my website: https://foundbytes.com/carol-stories/

               Other pages new this year are:

Backgrounds of Bible terms:  https://foundbytes.com/bible-terms/

How Christians use the Old Testament: https://foundbytes.com/tanakh/

You can get to the main menu of my website from any page by clicking on the site name, Personal Growth Resources,  at the top of every page. You can also search for topics. If a search box does not automatically appear at the top of the page, you can get it by clicking  on the three horizontal line at the upper right. Here is our Personal Information page

Programs

For senior groups and other church groups
Contact Jim Found to arrange a date and time

Stories Behind the Well-Known Christmas Songs
The program length can be easily adapted to your time available, because you can select a greater or lesser number of songs. These are interesting stories about the writers of the words and the composers of the music, leaving us in awe at their dedication and inspiration.

Major characters of the Reformation
30 key people are introduced, with a thumbnail sketch of each one. With pictures. The script has additional characters for further breadth.

God’s Care Seen in the Wonders of Grass
God uses grass to show his glory, and also to give us lessons for life. With pictures.

Denominations – where did they all come from?
Why the major groups split from one another, and why they continue to do so. A summary is found at https://foundbytes.com/denominations/

World religions – their hopes and how they achieve them.
An overview of the major groups, with emphasis on their expectation of salvation and what they trust in to reach it. How to explain Christ to people of the various religions. A summary is found at https://foundbytes.com/mosaic/

Witnessing – Sharing Your Faith Naturally in Conversation
How to overcome the blockades that come up when a door opens to talk about faith in Christ. How to start conversations based on your friend’s needs. How to answer common objections. The main concepts are shown at https://foundbytes.com/how-to-guide/  You can also see the main points on youtube: https://foundbytes.com/video-guides/

Sunday Morning Worship – Why do we do it this way?
The original intent of the various parts of the service, and implications for worship planning that carries out this original intent. A description is found at https://foundbytes.com/sunday-worship/

Christian Music – from ancient hymns to today’s praise songs.
The story of the church told through its hymns. Appreciating the hymnal for providing songs from many different denominations. Anthems and their uses. Art music in Christ’s service: oratorios and cantatas.

Missions Today – from a missionary’s perspective
Jim and Sue share about their experiences on Taiwan, and what they learned about missions in the world today.

FOR USE IN SCHOOL CLASSROOMS

How Rocks come from Atoms
Each student puts Magnets together that represent Silicon, Oxygen, and other elements, and then the minerals that result from that combination are passed around.

Reading Chinese in English Letters
Students in groups of 4 read the inter-active activities to one another and soon can read the names found in the newspapers and in their geography books. Try it at https://foundbytes.com/readchinese/

World History on One Page
The students create a time-line with various-shaped rectangles showing how empires appeared and replaced other empires. Great for the end of a unit on world history. See it on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn8K24GwuDM

Info about the author and his email
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ml 14 re entry

From KB, 2004, From interview with Mr. and Mrs. B.

People are not in awe of you when you come back to US because of your mission time. Relationships with people are different, especially with the people you once may have been close to.  People have lived without you and have gone on while you were out of the country, so things will be different.

  • From the book Stepping Out

You change dramatically while being overseas.No one else can share your experiences at your level of intensity, and this can get frustrating when you feel that others don’t understand you and what you’ve been through. You feel you have changed, but may feel yourself slipping back into old habits. You may be disappointed with other Christians upon returning home, thinking that they should be acting differently because of all that you have been through.

Suggestions:

Integrate your experience into every aspect of your life.

Be aware of your frustrations and find someone to talk to if you need that

 

From Interview with WF and FF:
When they returned to the United States, people were on the streets asking them for money.  It wasn’t the America they had left and they didn’t know how to do things in the US anymore.

I had a friend who spent a summer in Africa on a mission trip and when she returned home was sickened by what she saw.  She couldn’t go to a grocery store, because she saw the rows and rows of food that we had.  She had seen the other end of the spectrum, with hardly any food.  Plus she had a hard time with people’s attitudes and how they may not even care about the plenty of food that they had available.  KW

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