October 2020 Conchshell Chronicles
There is a connection present between righteous living and a release of the power of God. When God’s family dedicate themselves live their lives according to God’s standard of morality, and to do God’s work according to His principles of relationships, usually there is a definite release of God’s supernatural gifting through His people which touch and affect many.
Jesus spoke about this in His last conversation with his disciples before His crucifixion.
“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
September 2020 Conchshell Chronicles
August 2020 Chochshell Chronicles
Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help. Isaiah 58:6-7
Here God says very clearly that we should be helping those wrongly imprisoned, lightening the burden of those working for you, getting rid of practices and laws that give privilege of some over others, being involved in feeding those who are hungry and giving shelter to the homeless and sharing clothes to those shabbily dressed. When it comes to needs within our family, we should step up and help.
How does this affect your company employee protocols? Your reaction to seeing homeless in your community? Looking at the overflowing shelves and racks of clothes in your closet? Reading the arrest reports of your local public safety departments? Relating to extended family?
These are very significant questions that I am asking myself! And you all know what Laura and I have been doing these past three decades.
July 2020 Conchshell Chronicles
June 2020 Conchshell Chronicles
I was bike riding with my dear friend last week out on the south side of Maui. It was a beautiful day with magnificent views of Maui, Kahoolawe, the Pacific Ocean, and even the peaks of the Big Island of Hawaii poking through the clouds. We put the bikes in the car and headed back. On the way, we passed one of my favorite coffee shops on Maui- Grandma’s Coffee in Keokea. It’s been closed since March, but I noticed the front door open. “Let’s Stop for a cappuccino”. We pulled in to a parking area and there was an older man painting some shelving next to us.
As I started to get out, he shouted: “Go on. Leave. Why are you stopping?”
Surprised, I said “We are going to Grandma’s”
“It’s closed. Everything is closed. Why do you think it is open?” he growled.
“Because the door is open.” I answered.
“No, it’s closed. Go on. Get out of here.” He said loudly.
I thought for a microsecond, and formed my response. I planned to ask this grumpy man if he was the owner of Grandma’s, and then point out I was a loyal 20-year customer, and that I had actually helped the barista fix the espresso machine last year. Even if he wasn’t the owner, I was intent on wading through his hostility in an attempt to arrive at civility.
Just as I was opening my mouth to speak, my friend sitting beside me said in a rather loud voice “Hey, why are you being so hostile?” It was at that point that my strategy suddenly evaporated and I put the car into reverse, and began backing out. The painter looked at us with surprise. I put the car into drive and began to move forward onto the road.
It was then that my friend yelled to him “We are very peaceful people.”
May 2020 Conchshell Chronicles
What is Truth? It is a question that many of us are asking in these days of fake news and opinions driven by hate rather than reason.
Truth is rarely absolute and often relative, except in aeronautics, banking, gravity, and other such areas of life. One of the definitions of Truth in my dictionary is “values shared by a group”. By this I understand that terrorists, corrupt politicians, greedy businessmen and sexual perverts all have their ‘truth’ which they conduct their lives by, and we are all living a world that is soured by their societal decisions.
How do you like living in their world?
April 2020 Conchshell Chronicles
March 2020 Conchshell Chronicles
Have we made a difference?
Most of the mothers and fathers in our eight communities are our former students. Did they receive anything in their daily Bible classes that is impacting their families? Are they better neighbors? Are they known as loving people to their extended families? Are they looking to God for their needs rather than the sukias who represent the multiple demonic spirits that have influenced life on the river for centuries?
We think so. We hope our impact is even more than we can see, which is usually the case.