My Times Are In Thy Hand  by C. H. Spurgeon

“My times are in thy hand.” — Psalm 31:15

David was sad: his life was spent with grief, and his years with sighing.  His sorrow had wasted his strength, and even his bones were consumed within him.  Cruel enemies pursued him with malicious craft, even seeking his life.  At such a time, he used the best resource of grief; for he says in verse 14, “But I trusted in thee, O Lord.”  He had no other refuge but that which he found in faith in the Lord his God.  If enemies slandered him, he did not render railing for railing; if they devised to take away his life, he did not meet violence with violence; but he calmly trusted in the Lord.  They ran hither and thither, using all kinds of nets and traps to make the man of God their victim; but he met all their inventions with the one simple defense of trust in God.  Many are the fiery darts of the wicked one; but our shield is one.  The shield of faith not only quenches fiery darts, but it breaks arrows of steel.  Though the javelins of the foe were dipped in the venom of hell, yet our one shield of faith would hold us harmless, casting them off from us.  Thus David had the grand resource of faith in the hour of danger. Continue Reading »

Knocked Down but Still Going! (November 2015 Update)

In 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, The Apostle Paul speaks about the many difficulties he was facing: “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken. We are perplexed because we don’t know why things happen as they do, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going.” October has been a difficult month for me physically but very rewarding in ministry.  Certainly my difficulties are nothing compared to those that Paul was facing on every side.  But the physical difficulties I’m having this month have made this verse very relevant to me!  We are certainly “perplexed because we don’t know why things happen as they do, but we don’t give up and quit.” The ministry is too important to those we serve here in Ukraine.  More about the health problems later in this update …

Teaching Ministry in Lviv …

The Worship and Prayer class I taught in Lviv at Ukrainian Baptist Seminary went especially well.  I really enjoyed being part of this new school.  Every morning, they begin with a chapel worship time.  It is good to begin each day with worship!  Then we have 8 hours of class (with a lunch break, of course).  Every evening, I had papers to grade and class to prepare for.  I was so busy that I did not have time to leave the seminary building during the week.  But the class was great!  The students had very good, practical and theological questions and we covered many important topics for their local churches.

2015.10 Lviv Class Continue Reading »

English Opens Doors! (October 2015 Update)

Over the last two weeks, I have been involved in teaching English classes through Campus (Crusade) Ministries at Shevchenko National University.  We had 360 students come to interviews to be part of this 2-week intensive English classes (3 hours each evening).  This year, we were only able to take 160 students.  But it is one of the few campuses where they still allow us to teach biblical passages in our English lessons and we have had some really great discussions.

In my class (of about 22 students), we have discussed salvation, eternal life, forgiveness and many other spiritual topics.  The students have been very open and full of questions about Christianity.  In addition to the classes, we are meeting during the day with some students who want more information about Christianity and following Christ.  After the classes end this week, we will be following up personally as well as inviting students to come to a weekly Bible Study.  Please continue to pray for this ministry.  It is amazing to see how many doors (and lives) are opened to the gospel through simply teaching English!

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New School Year – New Opportunities! (September 2015 Update)

Classes began a week ago and I have already been through one class. The first class this year was a Worship class with our 4th year students.  It is always a special joy to be with the 4th year group.  They have learned so much and they are already applying what they have learned in ministry.  This class was a worship class taught by Sergey Bochko.  The class was entirely in Russian so I really had to concentrate to catch everything.  I think I understood almost all and was able to participate (in Russian) in the many discussions that we had.

My next class will be in Lviv in Western Ukraine.  I will be teaching Worship and Prayer at the newly formed Ukrainian Baptist Seminary that Katya and I helped with last year.  We are both looking forward to being back in Lviv and seeing the students firsthand.  Be praying for me as I finish up the syllabus and work on PowerPoints and lectures for this class that comes in the middle of October. Continue Reading »

Affliction and Glory, A. W. Pink

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17).

These words supply us with a reason why we should not faint under trials nor be overwhelmed by misfortunes. They teach us to look at the trials of time in the light of eternity. They affirm that the present buffetings of the Christian exercise a beneficent effect on the inner man. If these truths were firmly grasped by faith they would mitigate much of the bitterness of our sorrows. “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” This verse sets forth a striking and glorious antithesis, as it contrasts our future state with our present. Here there is “affliction;” there “glory.” Here there is a “light affliction;” there a “might of glory.” In our affliction, there is both levity and brevity; it is a light affliction, and it is but for a moment; in our future glory, there is solidity and eternity! To discover the preciousness of this contrast let us consider, separately, each member, but in the inverse order of mention. Continue Reading »

We Have Hope! (August 2015 Update)

On July 13th, Nadia Ehrhard entered the world. She seems to enjoy her new-found freedom from her mother’s womb and enjoys seeing mom, dad and sister, Kristina, face to face. We struggled to find a name that would “fit” our new daughter as well as be one that could be understood in English, Ukrainian, and Russian. We also wanted something that would have a good message. We finally settled on Nadia (Надя) which means “hope.” It reflects the hope we have for the future of Ukraine and well as the eternal hope that we have in Christ alone. So… we have hope – our n15 - 2ew baby girl – and, most of all, we have “a hope laid up in heaven” (Colossians 1:5). And we hope Nadia will be a constant reminder that the hope we have in Christ is one that will last forever and ever (“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” – Hebrews 6:19).   Continue Reading »

My Summer Vacation … Sort of (July 2015 Update)

Normally at this time of year, we are starting our summer vacation in the US.  But this year is totally different.  First, we’ve already had our “summer vacation” this spring while we were in Arkansas to see Meredith and Sean’s new baby, Haven, as well as visiting friends and family.  We had a busy but wonderful time there!  Then, at the beginning of June, we headed back to Kiev to have our real summer vacation…sort of. Continue Reading »


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