Thursday, December 31, 2009

Another mystery?

I guess it's part of living in a large old house whose owner never finished completely cleaning out his attic or some spare rooms.

A year or two ago, while cleaning out a big storage room that we'd been using to stock old worn-out computers, printers, modems, and the like I ran across a small brown envelope marked "Correspondence 1958" on it.

Not having the time or inclination at the moment, I shelved it for later inspection. Last week I came by it again and decided to have a look at what could have been so precious to warrant being kept for fifty years.

Inside are a couple of dozen carefully-folded airmail letters (remember them?). All are addressed to a Monsieur MARTEL (whom I've never heard of before) apparently living in a town called Maspeth (almost invariably misspelt "Maspeht") in New York State, and they are signed from a Monsieur Paul Gerbault living at the time in Saint Pierre des Corps.

Now, Saint Pierre des Corps is a town that merges into the greater metropolitan area of Tours, about 45 kilometres south of us. But, needless to say I've never heard of M. Gerbault, either!

So how on earth did all these letters, written by M. Gerbault (from Saint Pierre des Corps) to M. Martel (in New York!) find their way here, at Courtiron? And what is the important subject matter?

Well, I don't know the answer but I have one clue (just noticed it now): there is the same name again that we saw a few months ago on the book from Switzerland! (If you missed that post, go back and read it here.)

I'm going to read a few of these letters and see what I can learn about these guys. I'll get back to you with an update in a few days!

Meanwhile, this being the last day of the year: have a happy time tonight and a happy year throughout 2010, with all God's blessing on you.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Back to the Bible

Quite by accident I came across another powerful argument for us, as believers, using the same Bible that Jesus and the Apostles did.

For the past few weeks we've been studying through the book of Hebrews and I had noticed a marginal reference in the first chapter and verse six. The verse is, "And again, when he bringeth in the first-begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. " (Hebrews 1:6) and is supposed to be a quote from Deuteronomy 32:43.

But when you look the reference up you'll find it leads nowhere. How is that supposed to be a quote or fulfilment of the verse in Hebrews? I concluded it must be a printing mistake in my Bible and had crossed it out and put a big question mark beside it.

Suddenly last week it occurred to me to check the reading of this verse in the Septuagint. I was amazed as I read word for word the same thing Paul had quoted in Hebrews!

What can one say? What more proof do we need? No matter how the cabalistic judaizers tried to alter the Bible after Christ they couldn't undo the version that had already been translated — by their own rabbis — several hundred years earlier! Thus God saw to it that the whole Bible was preserved for us in Greek — both the Old Covenant and the New.

God grant us freedom from such as would enchain us with false Hebrew roots and Hebrew names and Old Covenant legalities that have been fulfilled and passed away in Christ!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas calendar for you

Here's our calendar for you, this year, for 2010. Right-click on the image below and choose "Save Link As ..." which saves the PDF file to your disk, then print it out as needed. Either that, it simply click; it'll open in a new window for you. It's just for fun, so enjoy!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A good quote

As we were sitting down to lunch, Camille whispered to me a quote that's been on the dining room wall for some time.

"The only answer to unreasonable evil, is unreasonable good!"

If you haven't read any Watchman Nee lately you may not recognize the context but it is so radical, so good, so true, so Christ-like.

Camille was making reference to an unpleasant visitor that had come by and she was right: that is what our response is always to be. It is the believer's reaction that is important, not what causes it.

Monday, December 21, 2009

The cruise

I suppose everybody finally gets to do something he never dreamed he ever would — in my case, I never even gave it a thought. But if I had, money is always far more needed on other projects.

However, recently I have been really feeling that Sarah and I ought to get away for a break, be alone, get some sun, just relax. We've done Italy fairly well, though we'd return in an instant if we could. I've felt attracted to explore Greece and feel a pull in that direction but how to go? We are both thoroughly indifferent to air travel and the last flight I took was in 2002 and I told myself it'd be my last.

Well, while browsing a couple of favourite sites I couldn't believe my eyes as I saw a 12-day cruise to from Nice, through Savona (Italy), to Katalono, (Greece), Pireas, (Greece), Ashdod (Israel), Port Said (Egypt), Alexandria (Egypt), Civilavecchia (Italy), back to Savona and finally ending up back in Nice. Right now this cruise is on "fill-it-up" promotion at under five hundred Euros!

I don't know how that strikes you but you couldn't even get a hotel room for twelve nights for that price, and this is full board. I am so thankful — I really feel we need it. This is what it looks like over at Google maps:

Saturday, December 19, 2009


You may have heard about our sudden decision to adopt arctic customs here. After a good cooling down over the past ten days (night temperatures often sub-zero) we finally had several days of minus five degree weather to really solidify things and harden up the ground.

Then, yesterday morning, we woke up to grey skies and a carpet of snow. Everything in town ground to a halt, schools were closed (more for affect, I think, since today would have been the last day of the term before Christmas break) and buses stopped running — for 24 hours.

The children, of course, were wildly delighted, as children always are when the see the first snowfall of the season. Soon there was a multi-thoraxed snowman over two metres high outside the back door!

All well and good for the littlest ones but I am feeling very much like I need some sun. More about that later... Hope you are staying warm!

Saturday, December 05, 2009


Not to be outdone, I must now post the pictures of Amos! Camille went down with Debbie the same day to get pictures, of course, and they sure are cute ones!

Friday, December 04, 2009


Today Debbie took little Ruben down to get some ID pictures for his national identity card. They were so cute I made a scan for you so you could enjoy them, too. Four and a half months old.

Thursday, December 03, 2009