Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
P.S. - The Red Photo
The Christmas photo (the green one) was already composed and printed, when I realized that the most important picture of the year had been left out! Here’s the story behind the little red photo that goes along with our family picture:
When Mike was 27, he realized the need of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Through the testimony of his brother, he accepted Christ’s gift of salvation through His death and resurrection, and asked God for forgiveness of his sins.
As a new Christian, he didn’t know much about this new relationship with Christ, but he had a deep yearning to learn more. One night he stumbled across a radio program and realized instinctively that the speaker was a true Bible teacher who could give him good instruction. For five years or so, he nightly settled at his kitchen table with his Bible, notebook, and pen in hand, to study God’s Word with John MacArthur and the Grace To You radio program. I wasn’t around in those days, but just this Thanksgiving his brother’s wife told me that they knew not to call Mike during the broadcast, as that time was not to be interrupted!
Eventually Mike got into church and systematic Christian growth, but he has always wanted to find a way to express his appreciation to John MacArthur. Last spring, Mike saw that the Grace To You organization was holding a first-ever conference, Truth Matters, just for radio listeners. We made plans to go to southern California, and my boss even let me off for three days just two weeks into the school year. We had a wonderful time, driving to the Pacific Ocean, touring the Reagan library, seeing orange groves – and most of all attending the conference. On Friday night, Mike got his opportunity to tell Dr. MacArthur thank you.
Hello to friends and family from the Bailes, still holding down the fort in Anderson, SC. Our lives do not seem to change dramatically from year to year, but that is not all bad. Stability is a gift that we may not value as much as we ought.
Mike continues as an operator at Oconee Nuclear Station. His faithful work all these years is greatly appreciated. He hasn’t hunted as much as in the past; however, he’s followed South Carolina Gamecock baseball and football with great interest. He and I got to go with good friends to a game in Columbia this fall and had a great time.
I am in my 21st year of teaching at Oakwood Christian School (32nd year overall). This year is a first – I am teaching the daughter of students who were in my classes 25+ years ago at BJJH. You didn’t think I was that old!
My folks live nearby now so we are able to spend much more time with them than in the past. They have gotten very involved at our church and are making good friends there.
Mary Lee transferred to North Greenville University this fall, and enjoys it very much. She is definitely the student in our family, and we are very proud of her hard work. She has changed her major to elementary education - her creativity will be a natural in that career choice.
Andrew had a good year, graduating from college and singing with the Calvary Quartet. He is now pursuing any musical opportunities that come his way and learning about the pluses and minuses of living on one’s own.
We send our heartfelt desire that you have a wonderful Christmas and that you find time to meditate on the gift of eternal life through Jesus, Who was sent to us during this season!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Taking high school juniors to the chemistry lab is always an interesting experience. They have legitimate questions from time to time, which I am glad to answer, but often the questions they ask are things which they really ought to think through for themselves instead of trying to get me to help them.