Monthly Archives: December 2013

Joe’s Podcast Merry Christmas

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!  Here is a greeting from the Consford kids and the Aaron kids!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

We had another busy day of sorting and packing. We sorted the boys’ clothes today. Then, I got some packing and sorting done in our room.

We got a call from Andrew Aaron today. They were back in Accra at the hospital with Baby Elise. She has some type of bowel problem and needs surgery; they cannot do the surgery here. Joe has been on the phone all evening trying to help expedite the paperwork process so that they can get the baby’s passport tomorrow. Pray for Andrew as he goes to the embassy in the morning; pray that they will be able to get back to the States as soon as possible.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Joe’s Podcast Episode #037

Welcome back to the 36th episode of Joe’s Podcast! I am so thankful that you take the time to listen each week!

I hope you have been enjoying my daily devotional podcast The Morning Meditation! I have really enjoyed producing this show. If you would like to subscribe to the show, here is how….


This week I am continuing in our salvation series! It is such a privileged to get to teach the gospel to people who have never heard it presented in a clear way!

Preach unto them Christ

God has had this plan from the beginning of time.

Revelation 13:8
“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”

We have a God that truly wants everyone to know the truth about Christ and understand it enough so that it can change their life forever.

God has laid His plan out in the Bible for all mankind starting with:

1.  Adam and Eve
Adam and Eve needed a covering before they could come before God because their sin made them naked in God’s eyes.

God gave them clothes.

He had to kill an animal to give the clothes to Adam and Eve.

The animal represents Christ.

The animal did not do anything wrong, but the Blood had to be shed for the covering.

We know that Christ lived a perfect life and also died so that His blood could be a covering for your sins.

2. Cain and Abel
Cain and Abel both had to stand before God.
God did not accept Cain’s gift because it was not what he wanted.

Cain tried to offer his own works to God.

Abel offered blood, and it was accepted.

We need blood to cover our lives to be accepted by God.

3. Abraham and Isaac
God told Abraham to offer up his only son.

Isaac needed a replacement, or he would have died on the altar.

God prepared a ram to take his place so that he did not have to die.

God gave His only son for a sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.

If we will accept this replacement for our sins, we will not have to die.

The blood will cover our sins.

Genesis 22:14
“And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.”

Abraham’s prophecy came true when Jesus Christ gave Himself as a replacement for the sins of the whole world.

4. The Passover Lamb
Judgment was coming to every firstborn of the land.

There was only one way not to die when the death angel came.

The blood had to be applied on the door post.

There is only one way for us to skip the judgment of our sins, and it comes from having the blood of Jesus Christ covering our sins.

Your Passover Lamb is already there.

The Bowl of Blood is already there.

When Jesus died on the cross, he gave His blood for all mankind.

We need to have Jesus personally put His blood on our lives, just like in the story when the death angel saw the blood of the lamb he passed over the house.

When God sees the blood of Jesus, He passes over you house and does not judge for your sin.

5. The Brass Serpent
John 3:14,15
“14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

The serpent represents sin!

Just like Moses had to make the brass serpent look like the real serpent, Jesus was made to look like sin for us.

Our sins are “red like crimson” the Bible says and blood is red like crimson.

When they looked at Christ on the cross they were astonished because He was covered with blood so that he looked just like our sins look to God!

Isaiah 52:14
“As many were astonished at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:”

Christ took upon Himself the sins of the whole world, and Christ actually became sin for us on the cross.

Galations 3:13
“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:”

If we do not trust in the Person that was lifted up for us, we will always have the snake bite and the poison of sin in us.

It just takes a look of faith.

In the Old Testament, God had the children of Israel build the temple.

In the temple, there was something called the Holy of Holies.

This was a place that God came and stayed.

The Holy of Holies represents Heaven.

Hebrews 9:24
“For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:”

There was a veil that separated the people from God, because God is holy and he cannot be with sinners.

Every year, the high priest went into the Holy of Holies to offer a Sacrifice for the sins of all the people.

He would tie a rope on his foot so that the people could pull him out if he was not clean before God.

Man could not go see God; they needed someone to go for them.

So God had the priest do this for the children of Israel.

This was the best picture He could give us for what was going to happen when Jesus died.

The Bible says that Jesus became our High Priest.

Jesus took His own blood to God in a bowl.

This was everlasting blood that had no corruption because of sin.

His blood was enough to destroy the separation between God and man.

In the temple, there was a veil that separated God from man.

The veil was ten inches thick and made out of wool.

It was unbreakable by man, but the Bible says that the veil split in two when Jesus Christ died.

Mark 15:38
“And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.”

This meant that we were no longer separated from God if we had Jesus’ blood.

The Bible says that Jesus became our High Priest.

Hebrew 4:14-15
“14Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”

This is what Christ has done for us.

All we have to do is repent of our sins and trust by faith in what

God has provided a way for us to be saved.

Isaiah 55:7
“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”

Rom. 10:9, 10, & 13
“9That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
13For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

We had another busy day of sorting and packing. I finished Bonnie’s closet and dresser. Then, we moved on to the boys’ room. We got all of their toys sorted. We just have to finish their closet and their dressers tomorrow to be done in that room. We are moving right along. Danny and Bonnie were struggling today with getting rid of things. We are leaving some of the toys here in boxes, but Danny was convinced that the Lincoln Logs really needed to go back to America with us. Bonnie did not want to part with some empty Pez candy dispensers.

The power came back on this evening after being off for thirty hours. There was a problem that had to be fixed. Apparently a lot of people called to complain because there was a car with a loud speaker going through the neighborhood today saying that they were working on the problem and that they hoped to have it fixed today. So, I did not get any laundry done today. Hopefully I will be able to get some done tomorrow.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, December 16, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

Gilbert is feeling better today. He must have gotten too hot yesterday.

Everyone was excited about helping me sort toys for about the first five minutes this morning. I worked in Bonnie’s room all morning. Bonnie helped me quite a bit. We have a big bag of stuff to give away. I still have to sort her closet and her dresser; then, her room will be done. We will close the house up one week from today.

The power went off about 3:00 this afternoon and is still off. It looks like it will probably be off all night. Joe had to go get more fuel for the generator this evening.

We got a few games of Connect 4 in. Then, I played Yahtzee with the kids. Bonnie was the only one who got a Yahtzee, and she won by one point. The boys were not thrilled about that.

We read a chapter from a Danny Orlis book before bedtime. When I was tucking Bonnie in, she started crying and told me that it was lonely to sleep all by yourself. Danny offered to sleep with her. Then, Gilbert said that he would be all alone. So, they decided to let Bonnie sleep in their room. I have not heard anyone fall out of bed yet.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday & Sunday, December 14-15, 2013

We could not get an internet connection last night.  So I will tell you what has happened the last two days.

The kids and I worked on getting some things packed and just putted around the house.  It is like we are lost without Laura!

Laura said that everyone there in Accra is ready for that baby to come.  The kids are all homesick.  The adults are all tired of being on full alert.

We are trying to use up food that we keep as a reserve in case we get stuck at home.  I guess living in Ivory Coast turned us into food hoarders.  The kids said, “All you ever cook is beans and rice. Can’t we have something else?”  I told them that we could have something else but that I would use their savings for America to but the something else.  The kids all voted for beans and rice.   I did find a pack of shrimp in the freezer.  We had fried rice with shrimp and the kids ate like there would be no tomorrow.

I woke up this morning when I got a text from Laura telling us that Baby Aaron was born!  That kid was just waiting to be born on our 13th wedding anniversary.  Lo said that at 2:00 AM she got a call that they were headed to the hospital.  Laura went to their room to stay with the kids and then she got a text at 4:00 AM that the baby had made its grand entrance into the world.

We had a good morning at church. The kids were full of stories about Christmas. It is so fun to listen to them repeat what they learn in Sunday School.

Andrew talked the doc into letting Emily and the baby come home from the hospital.  He came to the guesthouse and got Laura and the kids and brought them to the hospital to meet Elise Rebecka Aaron. Then he took Laura to the airport and she flew home.

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Laura was supposed to get to the airport in Takoradi at 5:00 this evening.  So, at 4:00 we left the house to pick her up.  On the way out the door Gilbert said that he did not feel well.  He was not kidding.  That poor kid has been vomiting ever since.  We finally got him calmed down enough to go to sleep.

I turned around and came home with the kids.  I called a taxi to go and get Laura from the airport.  There are taxis waiting at the airport to pick people up, but they know that “rich” people fly and so they charge about 3 times the normal taxi fare.

I called and ordered a pizza and the taxi picked Laura up and then went and got the pizza and brought them home.  We were all super glad to see Laura!  The kids all said that home is just not right without mom!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Our first day of Christmas break was a good one.

We had Cheerio Waffles this morning.  The kids were impressed.

We worked on packing/sorting toys today.  It is AMAZING how much stuff you can accumulate over a 3 year span.

Laura said that they had a good day in Accra.  Everyone is ready for that baby to make its grand appearance.  Teddy Roosevelt used to wait outside of the New York legislature until he knew that he could make a stylish late appearance.  He would open the door very loudly and pose in the door with his hand on his monocle for dramatic effect.  I guess this little baby is employing the Teddy Roosevelt strategy.

The kids took a nap this afternoon and while they were sleeping I recorded several episodes of my daily devotional podcast.  I am trying to get everything recorded and scheduled to post so that the show will go on while we make our trip home and get over jet lag.  I really have been enjoying recording this show.  If you are looking for a way to help you meditate on the Word of God, then you should listen to The Morning Meditation.

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After naps the kids and I went to visit some of their friends.  We had a good long walk and we had a nice time with their friends.

When we got home we decided to go to a restaurant for supper.  We had a good meal and a great time with the owner of the restaurant.  The kids really like Richard and they just about talked his ear off.

Here are the videos from the program last night!  I hope you enjoy them.  In the one with “O Come All Ye Faithful” make sure you pay close attention to the line, “Yea Lord we greet thee!”  You will get a kick out of it!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

We were all ready for school about 20 minutes early this morning.  Everyone was very excited about the final day of school.

I worked around the house today.   Things are starting to shape up for getting things packed up for furlough.  One major thing is missing though —- our #1 packer!

Laura had another good day in Accra.  Still no baby Aaron!  Well, maybe tomorrow!

Tomorrow is the first day of vacation for the kids.  We are going to get these kids busy packing and getting things in shape to leave for one year.

The program went very well tonight.  I am trying to upload videos to the internet.  I hope that I will be able to post them tomorrow.

Brother Morgan bought every student in the school a present.  284 Christmas presents!  The kids really liked them.  Bonnie went up to him after the program and told him thank you and Merry Christmas only she did it all in Fante!  He really got a kick out of it.

 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

At 4:00 this morning, Bonnie came in to my room to report that her head felt better.  I said, “Oh good!”  At 4:30 she came back that to report that her head might hurt a little but that she was not going to complain about it.  When I got up at 5:30, Bonnie was standing in the hall all dressed for school.  I think she was ready for school this morning!

When the kids got home from school, they took a rest while I finished making supper.  We ate supper and went to church.

We had a good time at church and when we got home it was bed time.  We talked to Lo on the phone and tucked the kids in bed.

Lo had a good day in Accra.  No baby yet!  Lo has been enjoying her time there in Accra and she has been getting some much needed rest.

Tomorrow is the boys Christmas play!  Gilbert is a shepherd and Danny is the #1 angel!  They are excited about their parts in the play.

Joe’s Podcast Episode #036

Welcome back to the 36th episode of Joe’s Podcast!  I am so thankful that you take the time to listen each week!

I hope you have been enjoying my daily devotional podcast The Morning Meditation!  I have really enjoyed producing this show.  If you would like to subscribe to the show, here is how….


This week I am continuing in our salvation series!  It is such a privileged to get to teach the gospel to people who have never heard it presented in a clear way!

Brass Serpent

Text: Numbers 21:4-9

*The simple explanation of the story!!!!
1.   The Sin
Numbers 21:5
“And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.”

Complaining:  You can see that the people had a wrong attitude toward God and Moses.  They were unthankful.

We can see that every sin has to be punished no matter how big or small.

2. The Judgment
Numbers 21:6
“And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.”

God sent these poisonous snakes, and many people died.

3. The Confession
Numbers 21:7
“Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.”

The people confessed and were sorry for the sin that they had committed.

BUT, we see that confession did not bring an end to the judgment!

4. The Way to be Healed
Numbers 21:8-9
“8And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
9And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.”

They had to look upon the brass snake that was built by Moses.

*The story applied to your life.
(Remember we always try to put the person that we are talking to in the story!)

1.  We all have spoken against God!!!

We all have sinned.
(By this time you will not have to spend much time on this part.)

2.  We all have been bitten by the snake.
(Make it real!!!!!)
Let us say that everyone that is being talked to all got bit!

3.  Confession
Did God take away the snakes after they confessed and were sorry for their sins????????
Answer………-NO

Is confession enough to save you?-
Answer…….. NO

There has to be something more than confession.

4.  The Look of faith to the brass Serpent.

Back to the story about us four getting bit by snakes, and these bites will kill us in a matter of time.

We have about 10 minutes to live!

The camp of Israel had over 600,000 men of war at this time.

So, if they had a wife and kids the camp could have been 2 to 3 million people.

They might have had to walk or run to see the brass snake after they were bit.

We all have been bitten and have a decision to make:
1. Do I go to the doctor in the camp?
2. Do I try to suck the poison out myself?
3.  Do I go to the traditional Medicine Man?
4. Do I go all the way across camp to look at the serpent    on the cross?

We can only trust in one thing because we all have a set time to die.

So what is it going to be?

Whatever you truly think is going to work is where you will go.

1.    Say that the person you are talking to trusts in the wisdom of this world and chooses the doctor.  He thinks to himself, “He must know what is best because he has studied medicine.”…. He died….
2.    The second guy trusted in his own things to save him.   =Home remedy.
3.     The third man trusted in the medicine man.
4.    The fourth man trusted in what God had made for him to trust in.
It is the easiest thing to do but the hardest thing to trust in.

And because of faith in what God has made for the snake bite or God’s plan of salvation, the man is made whole and does not have to face the consequences of his sin.

Brass Serpent

 

Text: Numbers 21:4-9

 

*The simple explanation of the story!!!!

1.   The Sin

Numbers 21:5

“And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.”

 

Complaining:  You can see that the people had a wrong attitude toward God and Moses.  They were unthankful.

 

We can see that every sin has to be punished no matter how big or small.

 

2. The Judgment

Numbers 21:6

“And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.”

 

God sent these poisonous snakes, and many people died.

 

3. The Confession

Numbers 21:7

“Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.”

 

The people confessed and were sorry for the sin that they had committed.

 

BUT, we see that confession did not bring an end to the judgment! 

 

4. The Way to be Healed

Numbers 21:8-9

8And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.

9And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.”

 

They had to look upon the brass snake that was built by Moses.

 

*The story applied to your life.

(Remember we always try to put the person that we are talking to in the story!)

 

1.  We all have spoken against God!!!

 

We all have sinned.

(By this time you will not have to spend much time on this part.)

 

2.  We all have been bitten by the snake.

            (Make it real!!!!!)  

Let us say that everyone that is being talked to all got bit!

 

3.  Confession  

Did God take away the snakes after they confessed and were sorry for their sins???????? 

Answer………-NO    

 

Is confession enough to save you?-

Answer…….. NO

 

There has to be something more than confession.

 

4.  The Look of faith to the brass Serpent.

 

Back to the story about us four getting bit by snakes, and these bites will kill us in a matter of time.

 

We have about 10 minutes to live!  

 

The camp of Israel had over 600,000 men of war at this time. 

 

So, if they had a wife and kids the camp could have been 2 to 3 million people. 

 

They might have had to walk or run to see the brass snake after they were bit. 

 

We all have been bitten and have a decision to make:  

1. Do I go to the doctor in the camp?

2. Do I try to suck the poison out myself?

3.  Do I go to the traditional Medicine Man?

4. Do I go all the way across camp to look at the serpent    on the cross?

 

We can only trust in one thing because we all have a set time to die. 

 

So what is it going to be?  

           

Whatever you truly think is going to work is where you will go.  

 

1.                            Say that the person you are talking to trusts in the wisdom of this world and chooses the doctor.  He thinks to himself, “He must know what is best because he has studied medicine.”…. He died….

2.                           The second guy trusted in his own things to save him.   =Home remedy.

3.                            The third man trusted in the medicine man.

4.                          The fourth man trusted in what God had made for him to trust in. 

It is the easiest thing to do but the hardest thing to trust in. 

 

And because of faith in what God has made for the snake bite or God’s plan of salvation, the man is made whole and does not have to face the consequences of his sin.