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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 us like all […]


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?  How often do you connect with your good friends? […]


“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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Fear can trigger emotions that can paralyze us or move us to action.  Often one can only have moments to process the fear, determine the risks and react. Moses was leading a large number of people from Egypt toward the land the Lord had promised them.  They were already in a heightened sense of urgency […]