Archive for March, 2013

Palm Sunday: Short-lived Praise

Posted on March 26, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“The whole crowd began to praise God joyfully…‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.”  Luke 19:37-38 Celebration of Palm Sunday was a wonderful worship experience. Attendance was good, the sermon began to focus our thinking on the significance of the Passion Week. A special music presentation by the choir and […]

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Venture to New England

Posted on March 25, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Following our three weeks in Indonesia and a week in Florida, we embarked on a two-week excursion of multiple engagements up the east coast from South Carolina to Boston, traveling 4,335 miles through 20 states! That included one segment of our journey in four states in a mere 20-minutes, leaving Pennsylvania and driving across narrow […]

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Winter Escape to Florida

Posted on March 19, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

While traveling to engagements up the east coast, we quietly allowed my 71st birthday to pass unnoticed on Saturday, which is preferable at this age. I expect a lot of attention on the decade milestones, but too many are accumulating too fast to make a big deal of all of them. I’m thankful for continued […]

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Living in the Bonus

Posted on March 15, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“The days of our years are three score years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years…for as soon as it is cut off, and we fly away.” Psalm 90:10 (KJV) Tomorrow is another birthday. They seem to come more often as the years flow by faster and faster. I thought […]

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Bali Vacation

Posted on March 11, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Our return to places of ministry in East Java with our daughter, Lori, and her family concluded with a few days of vacation on Bali, a popular tourist attraction and exotic island to the east. With Jember, our place of assignment, only two hours from the eastern tip of Java, our children remember two or […]

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Consequences are Inevitable

Posted on March 8, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“Do not be deceived. God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” Galatians 6:7 When will we ever learn that there are consequences to our actions whether good or bad? The cause and effect of what we do is inevitable. Is our human nature so stupid as to think […]

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The Family and Missions

Posted on March 6, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

When we were preparing to leave for the mission field in 1970 our children were 10 months old and two years old. Friends in churches where we served in North Texas and Mississippi often asked us, “You are not taking the kids, are you?” They could not imagine our subjecting these precious children to the […]

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East Java Mountains

Posted on March 4, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Our daughter reminded us that one our outings when we lived in East Java was accompanying visitors to a scenic volcano lake on nearby Mount Idjen. At the time she was too small to make the strenuous trek up the mountainside and would be left with helpers at a guesthouse on the coffee plantation on […]

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