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Here I Stand … (October 2017 Update)

October 31, 2017 will mark the 500th Anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation.  It was on October 31, 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenburg, Germany.  His theses started the debates that would lead to the Reformation and ultimate separation from the Church in Rome. His goal was not separation but reformation.  He wanted to bring the church back to its doctrinal foundations found in the Bible alone.  The Roman Church had grown so corrupt and powerful that something needed to be done.  Luther’s 95 Theses began the Reformation.

Ultimately the reformation of the Roman Church failed and a conflict ensued between the Protestants (protesters) and the Roman authorities.  At the Diet of Worms (1521), the break with the Roman Church was finalized when Luther refused to recant his teachings.  At the tribunal to convict him of heresy, Luther stated:

“Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Holy Scriptures or by evident reason…. I consider myself convicted by the testimony of Holy Scripture, which is my basis; my conscience is captive to the Word of God. Thus I cannot and will not recant, because acting against one’s conscience is neither safe nor sound. Here I stand. I can do no other. So help me God. Amen.”

So Luther stood only on the Word of God and the Reformation continued. Luther’s stance, along with many others who joined him, resulted in the separation of the church into Roman Catholic and Protestant.  It resulted in a return to the Word of God as our sole authority. It returned to the doctrine of salvation by faith alone.

This Reformation has changed the map of history, but more importantly, it has changed the lives of many people who came to see that Christ’s death was sufficient for them, apart from the traditions and rituals of the church.  Churches and missionaries around the world minister on the same basis as Luther did in 1517: Our conscience is captive to the Word of God.  We are here in Ukraine for this one reason: to teach the Word of God to ministers in Ukraine so that they too might have consciences bound to God’s Word alone.  So, while we miss our homes and families in the states, we can say with Luther, “My conscience is captive to the Word of God.  Here I stand, I can do no other. So help me God!”  Thank you for standing with us so that the gospel of His grace might be spread to the people of Ukraine and the former Soviet Republics! (more…)

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God at Work! (May 2016 Update)

God at Work! (May 2016 Update)

I often get a kick whenever I see the sign “Men at Work.” That’s because, inevitably, there will be one guy working and 5-6 others standing around watching (usually giving advice too!).  I noticed the same here in Ukraine recently – one guy in a manhole and 5-6 others standing around watching him work!  I guess it’s universal!

But God is always at work bringing about His perfect plans in His perfect timing – whether we see Him or not!  This past month, we have been blessed to see many evidences of God at work in our lives and in the lives of many that we ministry to. (more…)

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“Go West, Young Man” (February 2016 Update)

Heading to Lviv …

Those were the words of Horace Greely encouraging young veterans of the American Civil War to go west to find a place where they can be useful.  Many did and it opened the westward expansion of the United States.  Well, I’m not a young man but I’m headed west again to teach in Lviv.  I am excited about the growth of the new seminary there and I am looking forward to teaching there again next week.

Be praying for me as I gather everything I need for the class, finish lecture preparations and try to 2016.02 Lviv class (1)get everything ready here at home so Katya and the kinds will have everything they need while I am gone.  I will be teaching Christology and Soteriology and I have not taught either for over 4 years, so I have some brushing up to do!  I’ll be traveling by train so I have about 5 hours to read and get ready for Monday morning’s class.  Thanks for praying for me as I teach!

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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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Looking Backward … As we enter into 2015, we have many things to be thankful for.  Here are just a few (there is not time to list them all).

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We Need a Little Christmas, Now (December 2014 Update)

Ukraine does not celebrate Christmas until January 6th.  Usually trees and Christmas decorations do not go up until around December 25th.  But we decided to start ours early.  Following the US tradition, we put away fall decorations and brought out our Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving.  We also began to play Christmas music pretty much around the clock.  We bought our first Christmas tree in Ukraine and had a great time decorating it and the rest of the house.  We are having Advent devotions with our Advent Wreath.  Why?  Because we need a little Christmas! 
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Pray for UkraineWe Know Not What to Do … Our Eyes are on You! (April Update)

Amazing things have happened in Ukraine since our last update – both good and bad!  To begin with, the revolution in Ukraine made an amazing, maybe even miraculous, turn around the day after we sent out our last update.  Then I told you about the brave Ukrainians who had been surrounded by the government forces and seemed to be on the verge of being overrun at any moment.  The government had closed the metro and all roads coming into Kiev and had placed sandbags and military vehicles and machine guns at the roadblocks.  More and more Special Forces were being brought into Kiev coming off buses with automatic weapons and with the permission to use them.  The protesters were surrounded on three sides by the government forces.  Things seemed pretty hopeless for the anti-government forces. (more…)

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