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3M: Can’t hear for all the noise

After several months of pain in my left elbow, finally, I went to the doctor two weeks ago.  After doing some preliminary strength tests, he suggested that I have an MRI done.  I agreed and the receptionist at the clinic called and made the appointment. That MRI was scheduled for today at 12 noon and […]

3M: Thirsting

Yesterday, our church planting group met for a time of worship.  I thoroughly enjoyed singing praise songs and hearing a great word from Psalm 63: O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you. David wrote this Psalm during a dark time of fleeing his enemy.  While it was […]

3M: Do not fear

On Sunday, September 30, I had the privilege to attend New Hope Church in Kharkov.  It is an English speaking congregation full of students from around the globe who study in Kharkov. It was great to hear a sermon in English by the pastor, who is Ukrainian.  He preached from Psalm 23:1-4 and provided me […]

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 […]