Cold (FL style), work and ministry

Last week was pretty chilly for FL! Highs in the low 40’s and night temperatures well below freezing. Some cities a several miles north of us in FL got quite a lot of snow, but we only had ice here. A friend made us a big pot of black eyed pea soup on one of the cold rainy days which was a huge blessing as the stove in the bus is still not hooked up. Friday the girls and I were at our friend’s house helping with some stuff related to the airsoft business and got to visit with another family that was also there helping. The girls were excited to have some “little friends” to play with.

Saturday was another day behind the cash register helping our friend with his airsoft business. I’m amazed at how many people come for this! We’ve seen people from Costa Rica, Germany, many states including South Carolina, Indiana, etc. Billy had a wonderful opportunity to talk with one of the gentlemen for over an hour about questions he had about the Bible. The man from IN was fishing in the pond near our campsite and so Billy asked him if the fish were biting. They weren’t (it was cold), so Billy threw some chicken feed to them and there was only about a 1/4 the response there usually is. The man had seen our bus and talked with Billy at the airsoft shop a little earlier. So the man said, “Since you’re a man of God, I have a question. How come people who claim to follow Christ eat pork when the Bible says it is an abomination?” He wasn’t sure what ‘abomination’ meant, but knew it wasn’t good. Billy replied,  “That is a good question and the only way it can be explained satisfactorily, is the context of whom Exodus was addressed. God wanted Israel to be a peculiar people with them wearing certain clothing, certain cuts of the beard, prohibitions of certain foods to set them apart from every nation under the sun and they were going to inherit the earth. If we didn’t have the revelation of the mystery which was given to the Apostle Paul, we would still be doing what Jesus commanded in Matthew 23 by following the commandments of the law. After Christ rose from the dead, he had a whole lot more things to say. After Saul’s conversion, we find that circumcision availeth nothing and salvation is by grace through faith.” He went on to talk about pigs and 1 Timothy 4:4. The man also had questions about evolution which Billy was able to answer. The best part was the tears that welled up in the man’s eyes when Billy told him, “Christ was the fully satisfying payment when he was suspended between heaven and earth.  He bore our sins in his body on the tree. We deserve justice with death and hell. The best day that we’ve ever had is not acceptable to God, but when God saw the payment of his son, he said, ‘this is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.’ If you want to be forgiven of all tresspasses, and have peace with God, Romans 4:5 says, ‘To him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness’ and in Eph 1:13 it says ‘in whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.’ He talked with him for over an hour explaining things and answering quesions.

Later in the day, he was able to use the conversation by the pond to talk with a Seventh Day Adventist about the gospel and ‘commanding to abstain from meats’ (1 Tim 4:3).

Billy was asked to teach on Sunday at Graceway Bible Church. We always enjoy the fellowship there! After church, a couple invited us to eat with them and we enjoyed getting to know them better. The girls enjoy having many donated grandparents while they are down here as they miss their real grandparents!

We all took a nap afterwards as Billy wasn’t feeling well and the baby didn’t let me sleep enough at night! Then we did our grocery shopping for the week.

On the way home, I saw a bright light through the trees that looked like a part of the moon, but then I realized it was moving rapidly. Turned out to be some kind of rocket from the space center down the coast a bit. Neat to see! Unfortunately it didn’t turn out on the photos.

Monday I was able to visit with a couple young ladies and chat about food, health, children, pregnancy etc. Lots of fun! And the girls enjoyed having another “little friend” to play with.

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