EPISODE TWENTY EIGHT (August 6, 2018)


I think we can sum up the entire span of the human story with four words; Creation, Fall, Redemption, Restoration. We began our STORY with the creation. God provided an environment for humans to inhabit and enjoy. Adam and Eve were placed in this environment with only one simple command. They disobeyed this one command which introduced the FALL. An animal was slain and blood was shed effecting the redemption of our first parents and looking forward to the redemption of all who believe in the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus. The descent of the New Jerusalem will usher in the Restoration. A new and improved Eden!

We enjoy life in God’s initial creation. The FALL is repeated in every one of Adam’s offspring. Redemption is the possession of every one of Adam’s offspring who place their faith in Jesus. Restoration will come at some unknowable point in the future.

Somewhere in this span of multiple Millenia each person takes up some space. The history of God’s special dealing with the children of Abraham takes up some centuries of time, from the call of Abraham until the captivity. They will, in time to come, take up additional space. And each one of us will occupy a space in this time span. Some occupy more time than others, but in relation to eternity our time here is very brief and as Paul instructed the Ephesians, we need to be “making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Eph. 5:16)

Joshua had obviously been making the best use of his time. Several times God had encouraged him to be “strong and courageous” (Josh. 1:6,7,9). And at the start of his conquest of Canaan, God had explained their relationship. In one of his early battles was this statement made. “And the Lord gave it (Libnah, the enemy) into the hand of Israel. And he (Joshua) struck it with the edge of the sword,” (Josh. 10:30). This would be their working (fighting?) relationship.

This working relationship between God and man was understood by George Mueller. Mr. Mueller had started countless orphanages and had cared for probably thousands of orphans in 19th century England. He stated, probably in different words, “We pray as thought everything is dependent on God, and we work as though everything depends on us.”  He made his needs known only to God.

This was the modus operandi of the apostles. They gave themselves to unceasing prayer and then worked tirelessly to carry the Gospel to the ends of the earth. We are possibly deficient in both sides of this equation  and we would do well to follow their example more closely.

As God fought for Israel, and Joshua and the men of Israel were faithful in all their responsibilities they were successful in taking possession of the territory to the south of Gilgal.

When the kings to the north of Gilgal became aware of Israel’s victories in the south, they banded together and the battle for northern Canaan was engaged. God again fought with Joshua and the battle again produced countless more victories for Joshua and his army. God’s promise to Abraham was being fulfilled.

The tribe of Levi did not receive territory like the other tribes but were given cities and pasture land within the borders of the other tribes. Some of the cities were designated as cities of refuge. A person who had caused w death involuntarily could flee to one of these cities and after a hearing by the local elders which established his innocence he would be protected from vengeance by the family of the person slain.

Joshua was probably about 40 yoa when he and his fellow spies searched out Canaan in preparation for its conquest. Because of the disobedience of Israel they spent another 40 years wandering in the desert. So Joshua would have been just over80 yoa when he became Moses’ successor. When Israel possessed the land he was 110 yoa. For 30 years Israel had been at war.

The people, like those in the time of Nehemiah evidently “had a mind to work” (Neh. 4:6). Work is an honorable occupation and we have the ultimate example. “My Father is working until now, and I am working.” (Jn. 5:17)

It is possible to overwork but most of us have the opposite problem. Now that we seem to be approaching the reaching of the ends of the earth, would be no time to slow down. “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast. Immovable, always abounding in he work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (I Cor. 15:58)

EPISODE TWENTY SEVEN (July 30, 2018)

I ended the last episode emphasizing the importance of prayer. I am quite sure that Joshua spent a few nights in prayer in preparation for the many battles involved in the conquering of Canaan. God repeatedly brought circumstances into the experiences of Israel that reminded them of their complete dependence on Him. I wonder how many similar experiences God brings into our lives to teach us to depend on Him that we somehow fail to understand.

My special interest in prayer is probably piqued as I approach a possible face to face. It is difficult to imagine that it would be possible to be serious about our  walk with our Lord without diligence in prayer. And since our primary prayer life is personal we cannot evaluate one another. But there Is an area of prayer that is more open and allows us to have some indication of the importance placed on prayer.
 

This is another area that demands careful consideration because there is not much consideration of it in Scripture. However, Jesus, in answering the question posed by His disciples, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”  (Ma. 18:1) made the statement, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Ma. 18:20) The immediate context stressed the importance of agreement among those who petitioned heaven. PRAYER! And this takes place only when we pray together and not in our private time of prayer.

And in this context, group prayer. I think it is very important and should be a more important part of our body life. We deprive ourselves of pleasure by not praying together. And, I wonder if we don’t deprive the body of special blessing. And if God is present in a special way when we pray together (Ma. 18:1) do we deprive Him of pleasure if that is not an important part of our walk.  In the assembly where I grew up, nearly everyone who was present on Sunday, was also at the Wed.  night prayer meeting. The fewer than a hundred at that time numbers upwards of 300 today. Coincidence?

After Joshua’s decisive defeat of AI he was prepared to continue the conquest of the rest of the territory God had promised Abraham and his descendants. He chose the city of Gilgal to be his command post. It was near Jericho and near the center of the promised land. There may have been a time of rest in Gilgal, as well as consultation with his Generals as to how to continue the battle.

 The decision was made to begin the conquest to the south. We find only a very sketchy outline of the battles that followed in the book of Joshua, chapter ten. After what was probably some years of fighting, only isolated pockets remained in the enemy’ s hand. These stragglers that Israel failed to eliminate would become a thorn in the side of Israel and become sources of temptation to idolatry some time in the future.

Having achieved victory over the kingdoms to the south, Joshua then directed the fighting to the northern kingdom with similar results. Many of the kings in the north had banded together but they were still were no match for Israelite warriors. A brief overview of the northern campaign is found in Joshua, chapter eleven.

While the accounts of Israel’s battles in the south and in the north are given with little detail, we can infer some very important principles that assured Israel’s victory and are appropriate for us to consider for our own benefit. In the first place we need to remember that God has ultimate control over our enemy. As God prepares us for battle, He is also at work on the other side. In the case of Israel God had conditioned the enemy so that “their hearts melted and there was no longer any spirit it them because of the people of Israel.” (Josh. 5:1) Not a good attitude to carry into battle.

God has placed strict limitations on the influence our enemy can have over us. In other words we can always shout “victory” before we engage the enemy. Paul informed the Corinthians, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.” (I Cor. 10:13) Your problem is not unique, many before you have already overcome because God “will also provide the way of escape” (I Cor. 10:13). (God may have stretched Satan’s limits in Job’s case but He won’t do that in our case!)

Therefore, I think we can say temptation is no big deal. We allow it to become a big deal when we forget that the victory has already been assured. Fill our minds with God’s “Story” and His story deals with our temptations.

More of God’s story to come!

EPISODE TWENTY SIX (July 22, 2018)

After Joshua’s spectacular victory over Jericho, two crises arose. Joshua dealt well with the first one, not so well with the second. The first concerned Israel’s initial devastating defeat at AI. The reason for the defeat was the sin of Achan when he coveted some of the riches uncovered in the defeat of Jericho and helped himself to them. Joshua rounded up all the families of Israel and quickly identified the guilty person. And he quickly meted out punishment according to the law.

That all of Achan’s family participated in his punishment seems harsh to us until we begin to understand the awfulness of sin. God, Who is rich in mercy and perfect in holiness, cannot tolerate  sin and the only adequate response to sin is capital punishment. That is why the death of Jesus was the only adequate remedy for our sin. Joshua’s response to this crisis was appropriate.

The second crisis that faced Joshua was not handled as well. Israel’s neighbors, the Gibeonites, after “antiquing” their food and clothing, convinced Joshua and his elders, that they were actually residents of a “far” country, which would have been outside the limits of the promised land. Having pulled the wool over their eyes, they conned Israel into making a pact of peace with them which not only saved them from annihilation but provided rescue when they were under attack from their neighbors. The Israelis, like so many of the rest of us, put their mouths in gear while their minds were still in neutral.  Israel did derive some benefit from them “So they became cutters of wood and drawers of water for all the congregation” (Jos. 11:31). But that did not compensate for having an enemy living among them.

After the battle of Ai, at God’s command, Joshua gathered all Israel together between Mt. Gerizim and Mr. Ebal. They constructed an altar of uncut stones and they offered burnt offerings to the Lord, and sacrificed peace offerings. On the stones of the altar Joshua wrote the law of Moses and then he read the law “before all the assembly of Israel, and the women, and the little ones, and the sojourners who lived among them.” (Jos. 8:35).

Therefore, they were all without excuse if they failed to follow the law. They were now well prepared to continue their possession of the promised land. The next great battle was against the king of Jerusalem who had persuaded 4 additional kings to join him in battle against the Israelites. It was another spectacular victory for Joshua and his army. In addition to the valor of his troops he also experienced miraculous help from God. Many of the enemy were killed by large hailstones “the Lord threw down from heaven on them” (Jos. 10:11). When nightfall loomed Joshua requested that time be suspended so he could continue the battle before being hindered by darkness. And God granted his request. For 24 hours the sun stood still, in the sense that its position in the heavens did not change. I guess it was actually the earth that stood still.

It seems like this prayer of Joshua and God’s response deserves some special attention. Not only did it seem to Joshua that only the sun stood still, but actually the entire universe froze. I am not close to being a scientist but as I understand the universe, all the heavenly bodies are in intricate relationships to one another. If one is off kilter than all the others would be messed up. So when Joshua prayed for just a little more daylight he had no idea of what was involved in the answer to his prayer.

God had spoken the universe into existence. Any change could occur only by further words. And God expressed Himself again and all the world stood still. Joshua, of course, had no idea of all that was involved in his simple “give me a little more daylight.”

I think there are at least two things we can learn from Joshua’s experience that would contribute to our own prayer experience. In the first place it reminds us of the incredible power available to respond to our prayers; the  power that spoke the universe into existence! Secondly, we see Joshua’s confidence in his Creator to respond to a great need. I think we are too timid in voicing our requests. And the reason is that we don’t seem to understand how great are the ministries we are involved in. Joshua was embarked on the colossal task of driving all Israel’s enemies out of a huge area of property. It was a great responsibility and required a bold dependence on God’s help.

Our contemporary task of reaching the ends of the earth with the Gospel is no less daunting. The enemies are numerous and powerful and demand a bold and passionate appeal for God’s assistance. Joshua’s boldness was, at least partially, because he had made his decision that he was totally God’s man. He was determined to be the man God could use and who could depend on God’s response to his prayers. That kind of person is described in the New Testament as “righteous”. And if we pursued that we might see more responses to our prayers.

EPISODE TWENTY FIVE (July 8, 2018)


Safely across the Jordan, Joshua quickly proved himself to be a capable leader. He had already sent out spies to “case the joint”. But before he gave his full attention to Jericho there was some unfinished business to take care of. During the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, the people had been negligent about keeping the law. No male had been circumcised during those years. All the nations were in great fear of Israel so this would be a good time to reinstitute the rite of circumcision so the fighting men could heal without fear of attack. The Passover had not been celebrated and Joshua saw that it was also observed.

The day after Passover Israel was able to sustain herself with the produce of the land, and the food from heaven stopped coming. They now enjoyed the “milk and honey” the initial spies had discovered.

When God had fist revealed Himself to Moses It was in the presence of a bush that was burning, but was not consumed. A voice came to Moses from the bush which stated, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” (Ex. 3:5) Joshua had a similar experience when a man with a drawn sword confronted him. He identified himself as “I am the commander of the army of the Lord” (Jos. 5:14). Joshua inquired of him, “What does my Lord say to his servant?”. And he replied, “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” (Jos. 5:15). That ended the conversation.

The words used in the two instances were almost identical, and seemed to have similar purposes, but were also different. In Moses case they were related to his initial call to lead God’s people. Joshua had already been called and installed as the leader of God’s people. That they were on “holy ground” seems to emphasize the fact that they were in God’s presence as they were embarking on a very special time in Israel’s history. Moses’ responsibility was to lead the people to “pass over’ the ground. Joshua’s was to “occupy” the land. And it was all “holy ground” because God would always be present with them.

When God created the heavens and the earth, which included all the ground, His assessment was that it was “good”. It was probably good in the sense that God would use it to accomplish His purposes. It may be possible that in the case of Moses and Joshua that the ground was “holy” because God’s presence was there in some special way. But I think we can assume that all ground is “holy”. Perhaps the author of Proverbs had this in his mind when he exhorted God’s people “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” He is intimately acquainted with all the ground we pass over, and therefore is able to direct our  paths as we acknowledge Him in all the details of our lives.

This also reminds me of something I have referred to before. Too many believers still make distinctions between the secular and the sacred. On Monday through Saturday we deal with the secular and on Sunday we move into the sacred. Secular is a word only useful to non-Christians. For the believer everything is sacred. How we do our work on Monday is as important as singing hymns on Sunday morning.

A few health and technical problems have made my meditations uneven. I hope both will improve so I can be a little more regular. It is a little strange writing stuff that perhaps no one is reading. Though, one way or another, I don’t plan to stop. You can contact me at desau@cox.net .

BLESSINGS!!

The Story Interrupted (July 03, 2018)


As we wended our way through the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible, we met God the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in nearly every page. I would like to retrace our steps back to the book of Numbers, and chapter 21. Israel is still wandering in the wilderness and, as was their habit, complaining. “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” (Num. 21:5). I’m tempted to respond as we responded to chronic complainers about 80 years ago. “Same song, second verse (Only with Israel it would have been a hundred and second), a little bit louder and a little worse.” This dissonance must have been grating on the ears of a God with perfect pitch.

This was sinful rebellion and sin always has consequences. And God responded by sending serpents among then and whoever was bitten died. Realizing what they had done they acknowledged their sin and petitioned Moses, “Pray to the Lord  that he take away the serpents from us” (num. 21:7).God in His infinite mercy responded by instructing Moses to fashion a brazen serpent and place it on a pole so it could be seen by everyone. Moses followed the instructions and when those who were bitten looked upon the brazen serpent their lives were spared.

That this incident prefigured the coming work of Christ was attested to by Jesus Himself. Many decades later a Pharisee named Nicodemus came to Jesus one night with questions about entrance into God’s kingdom. Jesus said to him “as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes In him may have eternal life” (John 3:14,15). It was not long after that after dark meeting with Nicodemus that Christ was “lifted up.” He died on the cross so all who looked to Him would escape the death their sins demanded. It seems strange that Jesus would be portrayed as a serpent until Paul reminded the Corinthians, and us, “For our sake he (God) made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (II Cor. 5:21).

This experience of Israel in the wilderness when God again revealed His infinite mercy in rescuing His people one more time, does not begin to portray all that we experience when we “look” for life to the crucified and living lord. We experience a fundamental change in our nature. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (II Cor. 5:17). And this change is all of God. The bitten Israelites contributed nothing to placing a serpent on a pole. For as Paul explained to the Ephesians “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Eph. 2:8,9)

And we can go on! Adam and Eve had uninterrupted fellowship with God until they sinned. At that point their fellowship was broken and the relationship changed to hostility. Bu in Christ God again “reconciled us to himself” and Paul continues, “In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them . . “ (II Cor. 5:18,19). And that contributes to the “peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1), also ours through our view of Christ as our Savior.

As I recount some of the assets that come to us through our view of our Savior on the cross, I sympathize with the author of Hebrews. He wrote “And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of.   .” And he lists some of the heroes  of faith but cannot list then all. And for us the blessings that accrue to us after we have seen the real Christ are unending.

Let me list one final one. I remember reading not too long ago of a question asked of a noted statesman (my memory fails me). “What characterizes Millennials?” His response was, “hopelessness!” We have passed the period of modernism when men actually thought their brains were adequate to solve the worlds problems. We are now in a period of postmodernism when men realize their dreams were mistaken and are left without HOPE. What a time for evangelism!

HOPE, along with faith and love, is an integral part of the Christian life. Paul reminded the Corinthians of the abiding quality of “faith, HOPE, and love” (I Cor. 13:13). He remembered the Thessalonians “work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of HOPE.” (I Thes. 1:3). His desire for the Ephesians was that they might “know what is the HOPE to which he has called you.” (Eph. 1:18)

HOPE in Scripture is not a nebulous wish, as we often use it, but a sure thing. Our HOPE is solid. We are not like the postmodernists “who have no HOPE.”  (I Thes. 4:13) In writing about “the day of the Lord” and the events of the final days, Peter encourages his hearers, and us, with the question, “what sort o people ought you to be In lives of holiness and godliness,” (II Pet. 3:11). And in view of all that is ours in Christ we might repeat to ourselves the same question.

It is time to get serious about our life in Christ. To the unbeliever all of life is secular. But to us who believe all of life must be sacred, with no secular corners in which we hide! "Reality" is a synonym for "theology". God needs to be taken into account in every phase of our lives. Work on it!!  

EPISODE TWENTY FOUR (June 25, 2018)


Israel has safely passed over (through) the Jordan and has finally entered the land that God had promised to Abraham some centuries earlier. The tensions that must have caused fear among the Israelites has now come over the inhabitants of Jericho with a vengeance. They had probably felt safe with Israel on the other side of the overflowing Jordan. There was obviously some anxiety when they discovered the visit of the spies. But now, with Israel on their side of the Jordan the tension was growing. There were certainly observers who saw them pass through the Jordan and now they were near the door step. Fear must have hung heavily over the city,

Israel’s miraculous crossing of the Jordan was certainly an adrenalin surge. They were ready to fight but God didn’t call then to arms. God shielded them from the pride of their own victory which would have tainted their dependence on God for the continuing conquest of the land.

The tension that must have occupied the Israelites  thoughts on the east of Jordan now transferred to the occupants of Jericho. They watched as Israel, unarmed, form a line and begin to march around the city, When Israel returned to their camp site there was no relief. Tension grew as the marchers repeated the circuit each day. On the seventh day when circuit two began followed by more it is not hard to imagine the fear that overwhelmed them. On the 7th lap on the 7th day, followed by the shouting of Israel there must have been many heart failures.

When the smoke cleared only one small section of the wall remained intact.  And in the window in plain sight was a scarlet ribbon. The color of this ribbon, red, has eternal significance. It symbolized the rescue of Rahab and her family from assured destruction. But it was also a reminder of the blood that would be shed for the ultimate rescue of Israel and all who would place their faith in Jesus.

The propensity of Israel to be influenced by their neighbors necessitated the complete destruction of all life in the city. Everything was destroyed except the precious metals which went into the tabernacle treasury. These would be essential for their ultimate settlement in the land.

Despite all the detailed instructions and warnings concerning the failure to follow God’s instructions “the people of Israel broke faith in regard to the devoted things, for Achan the son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of the devoted things.” (Jos. 7:1) They appeared to be extremely careful in identifying the transgressor. His sin became known when Israel suffered a humiliating defeat in their next battle.

The response to Achan’s transgression and the annihilation of Jericho reveals the Scriptural assessment of sin. We would do well to adjust our view of sin to align with that of Scripture. Paul reminds us that “whatever does not proceed from faith is sin” (Rom. 14:23). How much of our lives does not proceed from faith? Fifty percent? I dare think it is much more but “its no big deal”! Really? It actually is a big deal! Were we all to deal with this in true repentance I think the response in our churches would be spectacular.

The prophet Amos in his call to Israel to repent cried out “Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, (Amos 6:1). (Now I am off on another rabbit trail!). We claim to accept the truth of Scripture from Gen. 1:1 to Rev. 22:21. The “WOE” due us as we “are at ease in Zion” (Would you argue with me about that?)  may be right around the corner. If we would interrupt our ease by becoming a little more serious about our walk with Christ the woe might be delayed a little longer. I am very tempted to suggest ways to do that, but I better let you struggle with that on your own.

Entering a life with Christ is not unlike Israel crossing the Jordan into a new life in the promised land. “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” (John 5:24). “Crossing the Jordan” is often used as a euphemism for dying. But when Israel actually crossed the Jordan they did not end up in paradise. They spent the following years in combat trying to acclimate to their new environment.
Our “passing from death to life” also finds us in a new environment. We are also involved in a new combat.  But, also like Israel, we have an advocate who guides and aids us as we cross the river and pursue our path through life.
I am never content with what I write. There is so much more that needs to be stated. I don’t know if my discontent is due to pride or failing to think God’s incredible thoughts after HIM. I hope it is mostly the later. But if I were you I wouldn’t totally rule out the former. (I should know!!)

EPISODE TWENTY THREE (June 14, 2018)


Our continuing Story finds Israel on the bank of the Jordan river, poised, finally, to enter the Promised Land. They had already defeated kings on the east of Jordan and had occupied enough territory for two and a half tribes. The tribes of Reuben,  Gad and half of Manasseh could keep this land only if all the able bodied men would fight with their brothers to occupy the land west of Jordan. After the time of mourning for Moses was over, they were ready to resume their journey. Joshua was accepted by the people as God’s successor of Moses.

Forty years earlier, Moses had sent out a band of spies, a man from every tribe of Israel. They had returned with glowing tales of the fertility of this land. It had taken two men to bring back one cluster of grapes (a taste of the fertility of the New Jerusalem?). Joshua had been one of the spies and I am sure he remembered it well. Of the twelve sent out, only two, Joshua and Caleb, had recommended they take on the oversized warriors of the land. Perhaps Joshua insured against a recurrence of this failure by sending out only two spies, and I am quite certain he chose the two very carefully.

In reconnoitering the land the spies entered Jericho. They found a place to spend the night with a prostitute named Rahab. She was possibly also an innkeeper whose house was built into the wall around Jericho. When their presence in Jericho became known, Rahab hid the men among stores on the roof of her dwelling. The king’s men searched but did not find them. Seems like the Jericho investigators were as expert in their work as some of our law enforcers seem to be today. 

Rahab was able to protect the spies by lying. We Christians sometimes wonder, Is it ever OK to lie? Rahabs lie turned out well for Israel. The Gibeonites deception was good for them and not so good for Israel. It seems the temptations to fudge the truth multiply In our culture. And carelessness with the truth seems to be rewarded. When a Pol, on the right or the left, opens his mouth you assume he is not being truthful. More than a century ago the famous Poet, James Russell Lowell wrote, “Truth is ever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne” I wonder how he would describe our culture today. If there ever was, or is, a time for believers to be totally and absolutely without any form of deception it is now!

The news of the coming of a people whose God was all powerful had struck a great fear in the inhabitants of Canaan. And Rahab expressed this fear to the spies and pleaded with them that since she had been kind to them, would they be kind to her and her family when they conquered Jericho. She was already convinced that God would do what He had promised. Her faith may have been stronger than that of many of the Israelites. She was graciously assured that her family would be spared. Interesting that they would be saved by placing a scarlet cord in the window of her dwelling.

As they camped along the Jordan river the children were probably asking, “How are we going to get to the other side?” Many parents probably also wondered, still not grasping God’s direction for the children of Abraham. They probably continued to wonder until the next morning as the priests carrying the ark of the covenant stepped into the Jordan river and the waters parted to form a passage to the far side.

God then instructed Moses to have 12 men, probably one from each tribe, to retrieve 12 stones from the river bed and set them up on the west bank as a memorial. One day the children will ask, “What do those stones mean to you? Then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord.   .   .   .   . So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.” (Jos. 4:6,70) It seems significant that while all Israel passed over the river, only the ark of the covenant, a symbol of God’ presence in Israel, was mentioned. The importance of this even and the importance of the memorial was that God was leading them which assured their success.

I regret that I have not kept a journal of God’s working in my life. I do have copies of most of the news letters we sent out during our years with Child Evangelism in Germany. They contain many memorial stones; arrival in Germany January 1955, Move to Berlin in May 1957, the rising of the Berlin Wall in 1961 (while we were living in Berlin), a clandestine visit in East Germany in 1963, an afternoon with the East German vopos (secret police), etc., etc. We should often look back on our lives, gratefully thanking God for the memorial stones, visible, or invisible, of His leading in our lives. That should keep you busy until I publish a continuation of The Story.