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Stuff From the Mind of Dr. Barry Kolb

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Really?!?!?!

In the past I have jokingly suggested that people do not like long worship services and that one day, churches would need to put in a drive-thru window.  You would pull up to speaker …

Good morning and God bless, what can we do for you this day of the Lord?

Please give me one sermon, 2 communions to go, and a child’s coloring page!

Please pull up to the tithe window!

As facetious as I meant this to be, several people thought I was on to something!  And, the day, sad to say may be drawing closer.  After all they have drive-thru wedding chapels in Vegas!

And still, I never thought I would see the day we’d have a drive-through visitation window at a mortuary!

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Christ for India Update!!

maingateMany of you are asking for pictures of campus with an update (several more are at the end of this post). Attached are pictures from campus. We made contact with Helen Thursday night and she has sent some pictures. She, Mom, and all on campus are grateful for your prayers, and many of you have sent donations. We are grateful to God for all of you!

I have had many emails, Facebook postings, phone calls and texts from many of you. THANK YOU for your love and concern.

Johnson and I are still here (USA) for a few more days, Johnson will return to India on Oct. 22 and I am leaving on Oct. 30. It is with very heavy hearts to write this update, as we are not their on campus helping the campus family.

Please continue to pray for Helen and Mom (Mary) and the whole team for physical strength and peace.

Helen said one generator is working. We are using it to pump water and reroute the water. The team is working on cutting down the trees and removing all the damage.They are assessing the damage, and trying to get in touch with the power company workers.They are also trying to get supplies to comfort the many who are in need.

Many of you have asked what can you do. You can pray for all the campus and all the team in the rebuild, support financially, and look at bringing construction team to campus in the near future to help in the rebuild.

Many of you have already sowed into CFI and we are so thankful for that. We are in a season right now where we require more general funds to rebuild the Campus That is why we are writing you today to ask that you prayerfully consider giving a special gift this year towards our general funds to help cover the cost of rebuilding. If you are inspired by what we do and feel moved by our reports of what is taking place in India, then please consider what you might do to help further our impact there.

We are so blessed to have each of you in our corner – praying for us, giving to our cause and cheering us on.

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Please Pray … And Respond

timthumb.phpAs many of you know I have been a partner with Christ for India a long time, having been on their campus a number of times to teach and preach.

In addition, I am currently VP of Christ for India and President of India Charities Foundation.  So you can see I am deeply involved.

My family considers the Titus family to be our family as well, which explains our heartache today.  Please read the following from Jameson Titus … and pray … and respond in any way possible.

Dear CFI-COTR Family,

We are so grateful for the continued prayer support from all of you! I have had many emails, Facebook postings, phone calls and texts from many of you.
THANK YOU!

As Johnson and I are here (USA) for a few more days, it is with very heavy hearts to write this update to you as we are not on the ground on campus.

As Dr. Barry Kolb shared last month at the CFI Board meeting,”Hows your YET?” In Habakkuk 3:17-19,”YET I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation”( v.19).

Thank you so much for your prayers for the family and all on the campus during the Hudhud cyclone situation this past weekend. We finally got through to Helen this morning and she gave an update on the situation there. Mom and all the entire CFI family are safe!

Praise God that no one on the campus was injured!

The campus on the other hand is devastating with lots of damage, still no electricity, no water, we can’t get diesel for the generators (people hoarding supplies). The cost of vegetables, supplies are all gone up due to the lack and some unethical practices, we do have some rice in stock but the rest we were buying as needed.

In all of moms (33 years) of tree planting, they all are gone. The generator by the gate has been damaged by the storm and is not operational. The one on the children campus is still operational.

The cross on the Worship Center is gone, all the sheds, metal coverings that were on the buildings (new kitchen, new school boys bathrooms, media center, bus, cow and dairy, farm staff quarters) are all gone. The cows are wandering now on the main campus, some lost. All the building have some roof damages.

Our home and the water well-pump in the back has also been damaged. Lots of broken glass all over campus, windows. The ambulance was damaged, with broken glass.

Most of the school and seminary students have been sent home to be with their families until some normalcy is returned.

All the staff, workers trying to clean up what they can to at least get water and electricity back.

Many of you have asked what can you do? You can pray for all the campus and all the team in the rebuild, support financially, and look at bringing construction team to campus in the near future to help in the rebuild.

You are partners with us for a reason – because you believe in our vision to bring Christ to India.

Many of you have already sowed into CFI and we are so thankful for that. We are in a season right now, where we require more general funds to rebuild the Campus . That is why we are writing you today to ask that you prayerfully consider giving a special gift this year towards our general funds to help cover the cost of rebuilding. If you are inspired by what we do and feel moved by our reports of what is taking place in India, then please consider what you might do to help further our impact there.

We are so blessed to have each of you in our corner – praying for us, giving to our cause and cheering us on.

CLICK HERE if you would like to give online. You can also send a check to:

Christ for India, Inc.
P.O. Box 271086
Dallas, TX 75227

Thank you!

Jameson Titus and the Christ For India campus

Science … Explained

When you breath, you inspire. When you do not breath, you expire.

H2O is hot water, and CO2 is cold water.

To collect fumes of sulphur, hold a deacon over a flame in a test tube.

When you smell an oderless gas, it is probably carbon monoxide.

Water is composed of two gins, Oxygin and Hydrogin. Oxygin is pure gin. Hydrogin is gin and water.

Three kinds of blood vessels are arteries, vanes and caterpillars.

Blood flows down one leg and up the other.

Respiration is composed of two acts, first inspiration, and then expectoration.

The moon is a planet just like the earth, only it is even deader.

Artifical insemination is when the farmer does it to the cow instead of the bull.

Dew is formed on leaves when the sun shines down on them and makes them perspire.

A super-saturated solution is one that holds more than it can hold.

Mushrooms always grow in damp places and so they look like umbrellas.

The body consists of three parts—the brainium, the borax and the abominable cavity. The brainium contains the brain, the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abominable cavity contains the bowls, of which there are five—a, e, i, o, and u.

The pistol of a flower is its only protections agenst insects.

The alimentary canal is located in the northern part of Indiana.

The skeleton is what is left after the insides have been taken out and the outsides have ben taken off. The purpose of the skeleton is something to hitch meat to.

A permanent set of teeth consists of eight canines, eight cuspids, two molars, and eight cuspidors.

The tides are a fight between the Earth and moon. All water tends towards the moon, because there is no water in the moon, and nature abhors a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight.

A fossil is an extinct animal. The older it is, the more extinct it is.

Germinate: To become a naturalized German.

Liter: A nest of young puppies.

Magnet: Something you find crawling all over a dead cat.

Momentum: What you give a person when they are going away.

Planet: A body of Earth surrounded by sky.

Rhubarb: A kind of celery gone bloodshot.

Vacumm: A large, empty space where the pope lives.

Before giving a blood transfusion, find out if the blood is affirmative or negative.

To remove dust from the eye, pull the eye down over the nose.

For a nosebleed: Put the nose much lower then the body until the heart stops.

For drowning: Climb on top of the person and move up and down to make artifical perspiration.

For fainting: Rub the person’s chest or, if a lady, rub her arm above the hand instead. Or put the head between the knees of the nearest medical doctor.

For dog bite: put the dog away for sevral days. If he has not recovered, then kill it.

For asphyxiation: Apply artificial respiration until the patient is dead.

For head cold: use an agonizer to spray the nose untill it drops in your throat.

To keep milk from turning sour: Keep it in the cow.

Lessons Learned Behind (and Outside) the Door

doorsAs many of you may know, I was raised by my grandparents.  A tornado destroyed their farm near Staplehurst, NE and they chose to move to the big city of Seward, NE.  Here, my grandfather took on the position of custodian at St. John’s Lutheran Church, School, and Parish Hall.

Needless to say I spent a lot of time in all 3 buildings, helping out with a variety of tasks.

At a very young age I learned how to vacuum (loved doing it after weddings with all the rice clattering into the machine).  In addition working a floor scrubber and buffer were part of the trade.

Each summer at the school meant sanding down the desktops and then varnishing them again.  And, of course, the cement floors had to be re-painted battleship grey!

As well as learning a lot about other custodial work (emptying and burning trash, dusting and sweeping and mopping), it also afforded me the opportunity to hang out with great teachers and pastors.

Over the years I watched and talked with such great people as Pastors Yauk, Spitz and Heideman; along with teachers Miss Maehr, Miss Grotelueschen, Miss Bartels, Mr. Schmieding, Mr. Kaiser and Mr. Lemke.

Throw in all the student teachers from (then) Concordia Teachers College and you can see that I had a lot of mentors.  Over 9 years (Kindergarten through 8th grade), I learned and was taught by some of the finest educators and pastors around.

While back in Seward, NE this past weekend for Homecoming, I took the opportunity to stroll through my old grade school, the old church and parish hall now gone.  So many memories flooded back.

But most of all was the door to my grandfather’s “office” (see photo attached).  Behind the door, still same same after more than 50 years, were tools and cleaning supplies and the stairs down to the old furnace.  Having spent hours in that room myself, I reflected on the lessons learned behind that door.

While my grandpa was not afforded the education he and and my grandma made possible for me, he one of the wisest men I have ever known.  I still stand in awe of the things he taught me (like smelling rain coming).

Of course, there was the other side of the door where I met so many wonderful people in my kindergarten through college time who also shaped my life.  The best thing, however, was how they treated my grandfather!  They honored him and the work he did and considered him to not only be a valuable employee, but a friend as well.

Perhaps this is why I still honor all the people who have worked for me and with me in my nearly 50 years of ministry.  And perhaps it is why I thank the Lord for lessons learned behind and outside closed doors!

4 Great Goals from Don Ginkel

goalsGoal #1 Acts 16:31, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” If we are to prioritize our goals according to the Bible, this would have to be Number 1. Could anything be more important than that for us? This is basic to salvation, to life, to hope, to everything. It’s basic for my children, for my neighbors, for my friends, for the world – every day, every hour – to believe in Jesus as my Savior and Lord!

Goal #2 Revelation 2:10, “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Folks, this is the only crown that matters; it’s the only life that endures forever. Be faithful to Jesus. Trust Him alone and always as your dear Savior. Do not let anyone or anything stand in the way.

Goal #3 Mark 16:15-16, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” My third goal is to take that which I have spiritually and give it away, and the more I give it away, the more I’ll have it. Who says so? Jesus! Go share the Good News with everyone you can. I want to spend the rest of my life doing that.

Goal #4 Revelation 22:20-21, “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.” There was a Christian man who asked this question each evening at bed time: “Perhaps tonight, Lord?” When waking the next morning: “Perhaps today, Lord?” If we are going to prioritize things, Goal #4 would be the development and growth of the concept within myself that the imminent return of Jesus in the sky is about to take place. Unless I am operating with that kind of thinking, I’ll spend too much time on peripheral piffle (Don’t ask me how to spell that correctly). I’ll be robbing myself of some of those good stewardship concepts and promises that are rightfully mine as a child of God.

Intentionally focus on these four goals in the days ahead. And then make the confession of St. Paul your very own (Philippians 3:12-14): “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

God bless – for Jesus’ sake!

Rosh Hashanah

roshHappy New Year-La Shana Tova Tikatevu- Hebrew for May Your Name Be Inscribed in the book of Life!

Wednesday September 24th falls Rosh Hashanah the Jewish New Year  This month I wanted to share more of the Jewish roots than I usually do.  Also, I wanted to sincerely THANK YOU for your generous support and heartfelt prayers for my ministry.   Today there are thousands of wonderful ministries, but I praise the Lord that you desire for God’s Chosen people to hear about God’s Chosen Son-Jesus.

This time of year Jewish people are truly contemplating spiritual matters.  They are for the first time since last year holiday’s contemplating God, heaven, hell,sin, atonement, and redemption.  The phrase I shared in the salutation La Shana Tova Tikatevu-May Your Name Be Inscribed in the Book of Life is constantly uttered for about a month during the High Holidays.  I find this constant saying of this verse troubling.  The only way they are going to have their name written in the book of life is by believing in the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.​

​The rabbis teach that on the night of Rosh Hashanah God opens up three books-One for the righteous, one for the wicked, and one for the in between.  We have ten days to get right with God so our name is written in the book of life.  These ten days between Rosh Hashanah and The Day of atonement  is called the Yamim Noraim the ten days of awe.  Literally, my people ask everyone they know for forgiveness for any possible sins that they might have committed against that person.

On Rosh Hashanah, we symbolically cast off our sins by throwing bread in a body of water called Tashlich.  Micah 7:19  states you will again have compassion on us; you will hurl iniquities into the depths of the sea.  Apparently, there have been some new developments of Tashlich (casting sins to the sea) of individualizing the bread to the type of sin committed.  For Example, for arson-use toast, for sins of indecision-use waffles, for twisted sins-use pretzels, for car theft-use caraway bread, and for bad jokes-use corn bread.  I know these jokes are bad, but I can only tell them once a year.

Every year in every synagogue Genesis 22 the binding of Isaac is read.  It is supernatural how the life of Issac in Genesis 22 has so many parallels to the life of Jesus.  First, Isaac and Jesus both had miraculous births.  Isaac’s mother Sarai was 90 years old when he was born.  Jesus was born of a virgin and the Holy Spirit.

Both Isaac and Jesus were innocent of sin.  Nothing in the Bible indicates Isaac was guilty of any transgressions.  We know that Jesus is our Great High Priest tempted in all ways, but without sin.  Both Isaac and Jesus were humble.  Jewish tradition holds Abraham at 137 years old and Isaac at 37 in Genesis 22.  So in verse 9 how does an old and feeble man Abraham bind Isaac on the altar and the wood.  The only possible explanation is that Isaac was obedient to his Father to the point of death.  Similarly, Jesus humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross. (Phil. 2:8-9)

Finally both Isaac and Jesus were resurrected.  I know you are thinking that is not what the texts says.  But the Rabbis state in the Pirke de Rabbi Eliezer which is an exegetical commentary on the Bible, and this book has widespread support and acceptance by the Rabbinical scholarship.   This says that Isaac had a heart attack and died when he saw Abraham raise the knife, but was resurrected when the angels yelled for Abraham to stop.  The Rabbis are wrong that this happened but it shows that they were grappling how God was asking Abraham to sacrifice his one and only son whom he loves.  It is fascinating that the Father sent his son and one and only son to be the lamb offering. One last point, Isaac asks Abraham  saying “the fire and the wood are here but where is the Lamb for the offering”?  Abraham answered “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering my son.  1,300 years later, God did provide the lamb for the offering, his son Jesus.

Finally, be sober and alert this September 24-25th because theologians believe Jesus might come back on the Feast of Trumpets. Because it is written for the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

Finally, if you want to securely give a gift to the Jewish evangelism work I do.

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In Yeshua (Jesus),

Greg Savitt

Missionary to the Jewish People

10203 NW 82nd St

Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33321

gsavitt@chosenpeople.com

Murder City, USA

article-2191990-0060CA6B00000258-52_306x423For the last couple of weeks I have been recording episodes of one of my favorite older TV shows, Murder She Wrote.  Watching today, it suddenly dawned on me that a lot of people die in that fictional little town!

How many you ask?  I had to Google it … and boy was I surprised!

Amateur detective Jessica Fletcher, played by Angela Lansbury, encountered a total of 274 killings in the small town in Maine, despite it having a population of just 3,500.

And, this does not count those who died in other places she visited and/or worked!

To get an idea of how the murder rate in Cabot Cove, Maine compares to other places, try this website and be prepared to be dumbfounded!

What a place to visit … and it seemed like such a nice place on TV!

On To The Show!

brandon-finneganIt’s has been two+ months since I saw Brandon Finnegan playing his last game in a TCU uniform.  That was June 19 at the College World Series, just weeks after the Kansas City Royals selected him with the 17th pick in the major league draft.

And now, the first-place Royals, in the middle of their first playoff race in nearly 30 years, called up Finnegan, 21, on Monday.  He’s the first Royals draft pick to join the major league roster the same year he was drafted since 1993, the year Finnegan was born.

Good to see another CWS player make the bigs!  Go Frogs!