Formal night is always fun on a cruise. Folks clean up pretty good! Here’s most of our group, minus, sadly, Rich and his family (who got sent the wrong direction by someone on the ship’s staff!). The sun was setting and coming through the huge windows at the back of the Mercury (it’s a gorgeous dining room), so the colors are off a bit, but still, not too bad for a bunch of…Calvinists! We had a great time with the whole group, and look…we are multiplying! Children even! (Quick Update: Chris Bence sent me a much improved version of the picture, for which I’m thankful!)
   A few folks have been asking about the next major event like this, and we are, in fact, in the planning stages. Just pray that we follow the Lord’s leading and provide the most useful and beneficial conference and debate for Christ’s people. That is always our goal: a time of great blessing that will have benefits for a long time here on earth, and, of course, likewise for eternity.
   Some probably did not even notice it, but I inserted an Arabic term into my last blog article. Obviously, dealing with Islam and the Qur’an requires the use of Arabic just as I at times provide Greek and Hebrew terms as well. But getting these to display for folks isn’t overly easy. We have linked to the BibleWorks fonts I use for those of you who read this blog regularly so that you can follow the use of those languages. Hopefully, we are utilizing the unicode settings of your browsers and systems, for so far, at least on Windows and Unix systems, the fonts have displayed properly. Here is another test, this time posting the words of Surah 112:

قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَدٌ
اللَّهُ الصَّمَدُ
لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ
وَلَمْ يَكُن لَّهُ كُفُوًا أَحَدٌ

   Hopefully this displayed properly on your system! Obviously, I do not intend to flood the blog with Arabic anymore than I have flooded it with Greek or Hebrew. But at times, it is helpful to provide the original language so as to clarify a point.

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