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How great

Tonight, as our group began singing the words to “How Great Is Our God”, my heart swelled with love for the God we were singing about and the blessed life I have. There are a couple of dates in May of significance for me. On May 7, 2003, I was appointed a missionary with the IMB.  It […]

Busy-ness

The past few weeks have been extremely busy, and honestly, they are getting busy-er! Last night, however, I got to enjoy a symphonic orchestra concert for a few hours.  It was a gift from a group of students that were part of Campus Crusade’s English club.  The group I led for the week bought me […]

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 of bad decisions on David’s part.  Verse 2 says […]

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 appearance often opens doors.  Seems that even […]

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 us like all […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]