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Decisions

There have been times when I have made some terrible decisions.  And, as usual, when one makes a terrible decision, there are consequences. This morning, as I was in the Word, I read the story of David and Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11, which is full … [Read more]

Heart

"Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him.  For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart." I Sam 16: 7 In today's world, one's outward … [Read more]

Second best

My Bible plan has me in 1 Samuel right now.  As I was reading through the anointing of Saul, I was struck by this thought...  it was not God's plan to have a king.  It was the people that wanted one. 1 Sam 8:5, "Now appoint for us a king to judge … [Read more]

Life

First, I need to apologize for being silent.  I have been on the road much these last 3 weeks, and then when I arrived home in Dnipro, my internet hasn't been working properly. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?  How many "friends" do you have? … [Read more]

Strong

"Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, "Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it. It … [Read more]

Friendship

How do you define friendship?  How many "true" friends can one have? As Americans, we often can meet a new person and later the same day, during conversation, we can say, "I met a new friend today..."  Historically, Ukrainians have lots of … [Read more]

Fellowship

I have had a great few days of fellowship... Fellowship with colleagues I was in Kharkov for a 3 day seminar that IMB helped host.  My colleague and I helped some in the organizing of the seminar, but, most of the work was done by our friends … [Read more]

Plan

For the last few days, I have been in a conference looking at Community Development.  One important aspect of CD is planning. One of the things that I have loved about serving cross-culturally is how I have been stretched in this area.  Sometimes … [Read more]

Why

Oftentimes, when something bad or unpleasant happens to us, our first response is to ask God, "Why?"  I find it interesting that even people who don't consider themselves particularly religious often ask this question. Moses sure asked God many … [Read more]

Sabbath

I am reading through Leviticus at the moment. This morning I read in chapter 23, which outlines many of the days of celebration or remembrance.  And in several Old Testament law books, it is evident the Lord desired that the Sabbath be a day of … [Read more]