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How did the people of Israel pray when they were unjustly oppressed by foreign enemies? They often turned to the imprecatory psalms to express their anger and to cry out to God to help.  The imprecatory psalms tend to be one of the most misunderstood writings in the Old Testament. An imprecatory psalm is one where God’s suffering people cry out to God to intervene and bring His justice to a situation. Some examples of these imprecations might include Psalms 5, 6, 35, 69, and 109, all of which are cited in the New Testament. Imprecatory psalms are those in which the author imprecates; that is, he calls down calamity, destruction, and God’s anger and judgment on his enemies.  

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Help for Ukraine

The destruction in Ukraine is unbelievable. There are nearly 1 million refugees and many, many more trapped in cities or involved in defending cities. They need PRAYER but they also need FINANCES to provide food, medical resources and fuel for buses to evacuate people.

Here are some trusted groups that you can give to help the people of Ukraine. There are so many needs and many organizations are helping. Just be sure you know the persons involved or the organization before giving. There are many scams. I’ll try to keep adding some more as I can.

Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary (UBTS) continues to help hundreds of refugees who are streaming West to L’viv to escape the front lines of the Russian invasion. The number of people and the needs they have grow greater every day. Please help them so they have the resources to help others. https://www.aplos.com/aws/give/UPF/UkraineEmergencyFund

Here is another way to donate to UBTS and this weblink also includes some excellent video updates about the ministry being done there. https://upfmissions.org/ubts/ubts-response-to-crisis-in-ukraine/

Andriy Kolbovsky, Without Excuse Endeavor. Andriy is our neighbor. He has been involved in helping with orphans in Ukraine since 2003. Andriy Kolbovsky. His family is in the states for now, but they are planning to return in August. Andriy stayed to help with evacuations, humanitarian needs and driving through wars zones to help people. He is now travelling to bring supplies to villagers hard hit by the war. Even before the war, he worked with a ministry called “Without Excuse Endeavor: Freeway” that worked with orphans in Ukraine. Right now, he said the greatest need they have is for gas money because he spends all day every day travelling back and forth to bring supplies to the villages. And gas prices are soaring. You can help by sending a donation to their website and mention his name (Here is a link to help with finances http://give.woee.org/GeneralFundFreeway), or you can send it to Teaching Resources (designate it as Missions: Andriy). We will get the money to him directly.

Alexei and Lena Khodakovsky. Alexei and Lena are friends from Campus Ministry. They primarily do evangelism with university students. But during the war, they are helping with humanitarian needs. They are providing supplies for the soldiers and also resources for people to rebuild their homes and lives in Ukraine. Right now, they are helping some families with shovels, seeds, and roofing materials. They are also trying to raise funds to provide a tractor for some key families (believers) who can use that equipment to help other families and be a witness for Christ. If you want to help them with funds for these supplies, you can give directly through their PayPal account (lena.khodakivska20@gmail.com – ELENA HODAKOVSKAIA; this would not be tax-deductible) or send your gift through TRI designated as Missions: Khodakovsky.

Sergei and Natalia Tereschenko. Sergei and Natalia are both working for Kyiv Theological Seminary. Sergei is continuing to work helping to put together translations, IT and online class help. Natalia is a professor teaching in the Christian Education Department. Natalia has been co-teaching the Research and Writing class with me since 2012. Both Sergei and Natalia are former students of mine. They lived near the airport and had to evacuate with their children. They are currently living in Romania but they are still working for the seminary doing translations and other work online. They do not have a regular income because of the war. They could use your help. Some friends have set up a fundraising account for them with a non-profit ministry in the US. You can make a tax-deductible donation at this page: https://allegrosolutions.org/donate/ please use the account designation code so that the funds can go to help them personally: FriendsOfKTS.SNT.

Maksym Sliazin, former student and pastor is helping refugees to get to Poland and helping them in Poland. Here is the information to help them with finances. PayPal account: maksymsliazin@gmail.com

Bank account details: Santander Bank Polska PL 11 1090 1098 0000 0001 3219 6409 SWIFT code: WBKPPLPP Maksym Sliazin  80-180 Podleckiego 3/15

Yuri Rusyn and Zhdenevo Christian Camp in Transcarpatia. Yuri is a former student and he runs a small camp in the mountains. They have converted the camp into a place for housing refugees. They are providing food and housing there. If you want to help them in this ministry, here is their information. Privat Bank via Rusyn, Bohdana #4149-4991-4640-2415.

Calvary Chapel has been ministering in Ukraine, Hungary and Poland for decades. Many churches have been planted, and many missionaries have been sent. My friends, David and Katya Sneead are working with them. The CGN Relief Fund will send support to those in Ukraine/Eastern Europe. Visit http://ow.ly/GY7s50I9zOT #ukraine #prayer #support

YWAM Slavic Ministries We have friends in YWAM that are posting good updates and providing opportunities to help with humanitariam and refugee efforts. Here is their website for both information and donations. https://www.ywamslavicministries.org/

Irpin Bible Church One of the pastors is our friend (and former student) and current Director of Youth Ministries at KTS. This church is in the city where some of the most fierce fighting has taken place as Russia has tried to secure the Gostomel Airfield. The humanitarian needs are many. If you wan to help the church, here is a place to donate. https://mygiving.secure.force.com/GXDonateNow?id=a0U0H00000ZQGMcUAP&fbclid=IwAR3NiGIaEhYRrrkyVRRUqlK-oAjqM6IOikKWcajokX8q-W1KtCHvRkoZNVE

Sergey and Natasha Bochko. This is our pastor and his wife. They have 3 small children too. They have evacuated to Romania for now and they are helping with refugees there. Here is their information. You can send you donation through PayPal. The email for PayPal is: bochkofamily@gmail.com. You could also send through this ebank account: BOCHKO SERHIY, BANCA TRANSILVANIA S.A., SWIFT/BIC code “BTRLRO22”, Calea Dorobatilor 30-36, Postal code: 400117 City: Cluj-Napoca IBAN-USD: RO54BTRLUSDCRT0639456001.

Artur Nadiv – student and former missionary to China. He is now working with relief efforts, especially in Kyiv. Here are some ways to help him minister to others. Bank transfer or via Wise.com: The account of the recipient – 26209898213740, Establishment of a bank – PrivatBank, MFI Bank – 305299, Recipient of payment – NADIIEV ARTUR, IBAN – UA293052990000026209898213740, The account of the recipient – 26209898213740, Card сurrency – UAH, USREOU code of the recipient – 3230809539, Payment description – Deposit funds into the account NADIIEV ARTUR. Via PayPal — paypal.me/mkfiddler, include a note that it’s for “Ukrainian Outreach” or for “Artur Nadiiev” (these are my trusted friends, and they know how to make transfers to me). He keeps track of all the donations and expenses and can provide a Google Docs spreadsheet upon request.

SEND International Many of our professors and other missionaries to Ukraine are working with SEND. Here is where you can contribute. https://send.org/?fbclid=IwAR2Q0xpiwyVhu61QVwGgqMn017Q95ObGyyOM7EWEJydJ8Dk4UxtdMlkeVzg

Samaritan’s Purse https://www.facebook.com/1642864607/posts/10224202275478249/

Mission Euraisa https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10158545642713456&id=751978455 

There is one attribute of God that is rarely discussed. Yet it is foundational to understanding what kind of God we serve.  This is the generosity of God. While it is sometimes discussed under the kindness of God or the love of God in most theological textbooks, it is rarely given much attention. But I think the generosity of God is one aspect of God’s character that that is crucial to understanding what an amazing God we serve! 

What a person thinks about God affects the way he serves God. In Matthew 25, Jesus tells a parable that we have come to call the “Parable of the Talents.” He tells about a master who gives 3 servants “talents” (a monetary value equal to about 20 years wages) before he goes away. He gives 5 to one, 2 to another and 1 to the last. When the master returns, the first two joyfully give back to the master double the amount he had given to them. The last one returns his one talent says, “Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.” He condemned the servant saying that he should have at least invested the money so he could have gotten some interest from it. But the third servant’s problem was that he viewed his master as stingy instead of generous. Our service of God will never exceed our view of God!  

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All-Knowing God … (January 2022 Update) 

If there is one attribute of God that I often wish I had it would be omniscience. My limited knowledge affects almost everything I do – especially my planning for the future. I have gotten pretty good at planning and anticipating what will happen. But I must admit that I am wrong far more often than I am right. What I often think will happen does not. And what I greatly desire to not happen, frequently does. 

Right now, we are faced with some monumental decisions as Russia seems poised to invade Ukraine (more on that below). Since Putin has annually made it look like he is planning an open attack on Ukraine but never followed through, it is hard to know if his latest threat is simply another attempt to gain some negotiating leverage, or if he is really planning to invade this time. If would be great to be able to know the future as we face major, life-affecting decisions in the coming days. To be all-knowing like God would be a tremendous advantage! 

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No Other Name … (December 2021 Update) 

“A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.” That famous line from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet captures a universal truth – what something is matters more than what something is called. But when we are thinking about Jesus, His name is more than just a name that He is called. His name signifies WHO He is as well as WHAT He does! The names of Jesus are unique and special. They convey meanings that remind us about the real meaning of Christmas. They tell us WHO Jesus is and WHY He came to us that first Christmas morning. 

In the first chapter of Matthew’s gospel, two of the names of the Messiah are given … Jesus and Emannuel. Both are essential to the Christmas message. He is Jesus – born to save His people from their sins. And He is Emannuel – God with us. Both names are essential. Jesus must have a human birth to be our savior. He must be one of us. But if He is just one of us, then He cannot save us. He must also be God to have a perfect, infinite righteousness able to cover all our sin. That’s why He is Emannuel – God with us. 

In Matthew 1:18-25, we can see three truths about the birth of Jesus. In verses 18-20, we can see His Special Birth. In verse 21, we see His Special Work. And in verses 22-25, we see His Special Person

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