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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 is the Lord who goes before […]

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 acquaintances and a few people with whom they call friend.  However, I am […]

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 and national partners.  I always enjoy fellowshipping with […]

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 in the past, I haven’t been the best at planning. This morning […]

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 questions that began with the word, “Why?”  Take for example in Number 11, as the Israelites […]

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 solemn rest. As a child growing up in the 60’s […]

Thankful

Earlier today I went to the laboratory to give blood.  For the last several months, some of my numbers for my liver have been abnormal.  So, after a month of taking some medicine that the gastro doctor prescribed, I had to give blood today to see if the numbers are better. While sitting in the […]

Glory

Moses was able to experience God is ways that most people will never have the opportunity.  As I read through Exodus this morning, I was struck by Ex 33:18 when Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” The Lord instructs Moses what He will do so that Moses can “see” Him. While Moses desired to […]

oBEdient

Yesterday, around 6 p.m. local time, I received an email from IMB president, David Platt.  He announced he had asked the trustees to begin the process of a seeking a new president. Yesterday, around 10 a.m. local time, during my quiet time, the Lord impressed upon me while reading Exodus 19-20, the word obey.  The Lord desires […]

Obey

Why is it so hard to obey?  Isn’t it easier than disobeying?  These were the questions going through my head as I read Exodus 19-20. The Lord had one “simple” request as He spoke to the Israelites: “if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among […]