026: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith Interview with Ukrainian Christians During Upheaval and Conflict

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UkraineUndoubtedly one of the most remarkable world events of the past three decades was the fall of the “Iron Curtain” and dismantling of the former Soviet Union.  Though considered by many a great event in the progress of freedom and democracy, the fallout from these world altering events is far from over.  Several nations broke away from the USSR including Ukraine in 1991.

The church in the west saw this as a great opportunity to evangelize this atheistic.  Many Christians, myself included, were completely unaware of the long and rich history of the Russian Orthodox Church.  Still, massive efforts were made, hundreds and thousands were converted and numerous congregations were planted.

The move to a free market system and democratic political process has not been easy or smooth.  Right now Ukraine is in the throws of political upheaval.  Mass rallies ousted the sitting president with a new presidential election scheduled for the near future.  In the meantime, pro-Russian separatists have taken action in eastern Ukraine (the area most heavily populated with native Russians) going so far as to holding a referendum election to separate the eastern part of the nation from the rest of Ukraine.  Blood has been shed, ordinary daily life has been greatly affected, and the churches find themselves in very difficult times.

This episode’s interview is with two of the preachers from Kramatorsk, Ukraine—Vladimir Paziy and Vitaly Rodichev—as well as some of the Christians in that community.  In it they speak to the uncertainty of their situation, their efforts to maintain peace in the church amidst a variety of political viewpoints, and the assurance and comfort they draw from their faith.

 

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Vladimir Paziy

Vitaly Rodichev

Vitaly Rodichev

 

 

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Christians in Kramatorsk, Ukraine during Skype call–Eugene Tebel (in blue shirt)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Bible Passages:

These are passages mentioned by Vladimir and Vitaly as well as several of the other Christians that they find most helpful in the middle of their uncertainty and turmoil.

     Psalm 37:3-9
     Psalm 71
     Psalm 89
     Psalm 23
     2 Kings 4
     Romans 8:28
     James 1
     1 Peter 1
     Revelation 2:10

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ETL.021: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith Interview with Linda Shaffer; Forgiveness When Forgiving is So Hard

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forgive_sLet me set the stage for just a moment: a previous interview (actually a two-part interview) focused on the story of Chuck Shaffer, a former minister arrested in an internet sting operation and who served time in a federal penitentiary .  He lost his career, his reputation, his standing in the community and the church.  He also nearly lost his faith and his family.  Incredibly, he was able to rebuild that shattered life—see episodes 11 and 13 (click here for episode 11 and here for 13).

There’s an equally incredible story behind that story—it’s the one of the betrayed and forsaken wife.  In this interview Linda Shaffer shares her story of forgiveness; wanting to model a Christ-like spirit to her own children she knew she must forgive. Facing challenges and negative responses from surprising sources she struggled to forgive.  The process (and she emphasizes it’s been a long process) has brought great blessing and joy to her life.  In many ways so much more so than was previously true.

We all must learn to forgive and Linda has great insights to share as one who come to forgive when forgiving was so very hard.

 

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Linda and daughter, Makayla

Linda and daughter, Makayla

 

Linda’s favorite Scriptures:

Philippians 2:5-11

“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Proverbs 16:3-4

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.  The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.

Romans 10:11

“For the Scripture says, ‘Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.’”

 

To get Reassembled

with Linda’s chapter “Why I Chose to Forgive”
Send an email requesting the book to: cbs@rlcbusiness.com
The only expense to you will be for shipping.

 

David’s Interview

To listen to David’s interview on The Jenkins Institute Podcast with Dale and Jeff Jenkins CLICK HERE

 

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ETL.020: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith Interview with Michael and Connie Rader; When Your Young Son Has a Malignant Brain Tumor

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Who could know that one routine evening of getting the kids ready for bed with a seemingly innocuous complaint of a hurting head would lead to screams in the night, followed by an ER visit, and finally the shocking news of a tumor located at the base of 5-year-old Blake’s brain?  A tumor that just six months previous had not been there!

Michael and Connie Rader’s world was turned upside down, to say the least.  The determination that the tumor was malignant was followed by a very lengthy surgery to remove it, which in turn was followed by treatments to attempt to eradicate or at the least slow the cancer.  Those treatments themselves have left lasting consequences for Blake which continued therapies are attempting to correct.

The courage and faith of these young parents is remarkable. They serve as a great example of taking the worst life has to throw at you and emerging stronger and better.  You’ll be greatly blessed to hear the Rader’s moving story.

 

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Blake (the Jedi!)

Blake (the Jedi!)

Left MRI image--the tumor at the base of Blake's brain Right image--post op with tumor removed

Left MRI image: the tumor at the base of Blake’s brain.   Right image: post op with tumor removed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rader Family: Michael, Connier, Blake and Juliet

The Rader Family: Michael, Connie, Blake and Juliet

Michael and Connie’s favorite Scriptures:

  • Romans 8:28–And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
  • Proverbs 3:5–Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
  • Philippians 4:6-7–Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

Michael and Connie highly recommend The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation as a tremendous resource for anyone needing help, information, and resources for a family with a child with a brain tumor.

Telephone: 1-800-253-6530

Website: www.curethekids.org

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ETL.010: “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith” Interview with Heather Cobb on Being Blindsided by Divorce and the Spiritual Journey to Recovery

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In this episode…

we continue with our new feature: “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith” Interviews. This episode is our second interview.

Incidentally, I mention in the podcast that last week’s episode (#9—the first interview episode) had over three times as many downloads already than the one in second place.  That’s not exactly right.  I misread my stats (I was looking at April’s instead of the grand totals).  But, it’s still over twice as many downloads, so that’s still a significant jump.

 

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith Interview:

When Heather Cobb learned that her husband wanted a divorce it came out of the blue; she never saw it coming.  Her life was sent reeling into “dark days,” as she calls them.  She was forced to examine her life and her faith as never before.  She found support and help from many sources and through it all has come to a much deeper, meaningful relationship with God.  Spiritually mature beyond her years, Heather offers some wonderful insights, important advice (for both sufferers and supporters), and some valuable resources.

Scriptures referenced during the interview;

  • James 1:2-3
  • Romans 3:3-5
  • Philippians 4:10-13 (for the “I know how to be brought low” reference Heather made)
  • 1 John 3:20

Scriptures meaningful to Heather through her ordeal:

  • Psalms 46:1-3
  • Zephaniah 3:17
  • Isaiah 40:31

Here are some pics:

Heather and her "spoiled" neice

Heather and her “spoiled” niece

Percy the cat, er...gunslinger

Percy the cat (with mustache)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources suggested by Heather for those in a life crisis situation:
• A Christian therapist
Heather specifically mentioned Agape Counseling in Nashville, TN
http://www.agapenashville.org/counseling
• See a medical doctor if you think you’re depressed
• Divorce Care program
Find local services at www.divorcecare.org
• Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Heather’s “Everybody’s Having Babies, But I’m Getting a Divorce” blog link:
www.divorcenotbabies.wordpress.com

 

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