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3M: The Harvest

Fall (or autumn if you are old school) is a wonderful season in Ukrainian churches.  Many evangelical churches celebrate Harvest Day by decorating their altars with those things which people harvested from their gardens.  Then, the church will have an extended morning service which includes numerous sermons, poems, songs by all age groups.  After the […]

3M: Sleepless, but not in Seattle

Sunday night I had a difficult time going to sleep.  Usually, I enjoy taking naps on Sunday afternoons, however, yesterday I was unable to sleep.  Then, when I finally went to bed, there was too many thoughts going on for me to sleep. So, I got up and read the Bible some, and prayed.  The […]

3M: Knowing when to speak or when to remain silent

Recently I finished reading Jeremiah and Lamentations and now reading Ezekiel.  I have read the stories of how God used Jeremiah to be the voice to the Israelites, delivering difficult news to those hearing it. Last Friday I was discussing an issue with a brother in Christ.  We have a common friend that is involved […]

3M: Great is His Faithfulness

I just started reading through the book of Lamentations.  Today, as I began reading chapter 3, I was struck by how desperate the writer was in the first 20 verses. Examples: he has made my flesh and my skin waste away; he has broken my bones; besieged me; made to dwell in darkness.  Verse 16 […]

3M: Be strong and courageous

I really enjoy visiting churches outside of Donetsk.  One of my goals for 2012 has been to spend at least one Sunday a month do just that. Yesterday I had the great privilege of going to Dzerzhinsk.  More than 40,000 people consider it home and as I drove into the city there was a sign […]

A week of celebrating 50 years of life! 31-40

It has been great to reflect on people, places and events that have impacted my life.  Here is 31-40… 31)  Work at Catholic Charities: outside of what I do today, working at CC was the second best job I ever had!  I got to work with refugees from around the world, teaching them English, preparing […]

Celebration week! 21-30…

I’m celebrating my 50th on Thursday… here is 21-30 of people, places or events that have impacted my life! 21)  While a member of Faith BC in WF, I met in a discipleship group with Scott Mason and Danny Kauffman led by Terry M. Even though we met early in the morning, it was well […]

3M: Simple faith

One day while in Ouranoupolis, Greece, I saw a young boy with his net.  He was trying to catch some of the small fish swimming around in the water. It was a great picture of what may have taken place a few thousand years ago and a some miles to the south when Jesus approached […]

3M: Crucified

I am attended my organizations annual meeting in an undisclosed location (hint: Paul walked here…).  It has been a great time of reconnecting with people I don’t get to see too often.  Most days have been packed with meetings, etc, but we have also had chances to soak up some sun in the sea. Our […]

3M: How Awesome are Your Deeds

Yesterday, I preached in Korsun, a village about 40 km from my apartment.  The church isn’t very large, probably about 15-20 people, but Alexiy, the leader, and his wife, Mila, are doing a great job of trying to reach the people. The layout of Korsun makes it an extremely long drive through the village with […]