Letter From the Editor

December 2005

Dear Friend of Bible Light,

 

“To do good and to communicate forget not; for with such sacrifices [It takes an effort!] God is well pleased” (Hebrews 13:16).

What I like best about that verse is when I hear from you! It means a great deal to me to learn more about you. Whether you can send a donation or not is not everything, but rather to hear of your welfare, and if you are on the same page concerning something we publish or do. I really appreciate your “communication” and “good” that comes from it.

To “do good and communicate” means to broaden our outlook on our own lives and to interrelate with others. We are seeking to do this in our new project of planting date palms in Israel’s desert at Biblical Tamar. A big thanks to you who already are planting trees and have given a jump start on this project of helping fulfill Isaiah 35:1 & 2, “The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice even with joy and singing… and they shall see the glory of the LORD and the excellency of our God.”

And look at verse 6 in that chapter: “…in the wilderness shall waters break out and streams in the desert.” (There is an old wonderful well at Tamar – more on that later.) Hey, I can’t stop reading these wonderful verses: “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert … to give drink to my people, my chosen” (Isaiah 43:19, 20).

And especially Isaiah 51:3, “For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving and the voice of melody.”

Notice how many times this project is associated with a happiness-producing life! This ties in with Ezekiel 47 and many other refreshing “water” prophecies. The restoration is both physical and spiritual. Have you been brought out of a desert wilderness lifestyle to drink of the water of life freely? (Isaiah 55:1 and Rev. 22:17) If so, would you not like to have part in the physical restoration of the desert places in Israel to bless her people and all nations? That’s how great it is – the big picture set forth in God’s Word is worldwide.

At this writing I’m packing my suitcase to spend three months, mainly at Biblical Tamar Park where the date palms are beginning to line the entrance. And because we live in this fast computer age, I can keep you informed from there if you will send me your e-mail address. Mine is Chris@Bible-Light.com.

Terry Distin, Bible Light’s Treasurer and my able assistant, will be taking care of the office in Ottawa, Kansas. He will keep me informed of your communication here. You may write PO Box 370, Ottawa, KS 66067 or phone 785-242-4150 and leave a message for him. Terry’s e-mail address is Jer333@Bible-Light.com. His wife, Toni and two sons are also part of “my family.” (I have no children of my own.)

I know your prayers are with me – and mine with you. May the New Year be your best as Our hearts are fixed [focused] in two thousand and Six. (Psalm 57:7; 108:1; 112:7 – also associated with joy and happiness!)

                                    In the Love of El Shaddai,

                        Chris Josephson