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.024: Some Things You Probably Didn’t Know, But Should, About One of the Most Popular Psalms—119

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Psalm 119 is well known, but for an oddity rather than for what it should be known.  This Psalm is commonly recognized as not only the longest of the 150 Psalms, but also the longest chapter in the Bible.  It is 176 verses long.  But there is a reason a very specific reason for its length.  The structure of this Psalm makes it a literary marvel.

But not only is the structure of the Psalm an incredible fete, its message is delivered in a remarkable fashion as well.  Employing both repetition and variation, this Psalm essentially says the same thing 176 times and in 176 different ways.  Beginning with, “Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord!” this lengthy Psalm goes on to extoll the virtues of God’s word; it’s beauty, value, importance, and desirability.  Seven primary synonymous terms are used to refer to Scripture. These are law, testimonies, ways, precepts, statutes, commandments, and rules.  Two others are also used, but much more sparsely: promises and faithfulness.

 

Some of the best known and beloved statements from Psalm 119:

  • “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (11).
  • “Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors” (24).
  • “The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces” (72).
  • “Forever, O Lord, you world is firmly fixed in the heavens” (89).
  • “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (103).
  • “Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way” (104).
  • “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (105).
  • “Therefore I love your commandments above gold, above fine gold.  Therefore I consider all your precepts to be right; I hate every false way”  (127-128).

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ETL.023: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith Interview with Pat Peters; All Christians Ministering Effectively and Compassionately to Hurting People

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Pat Peters began years ago as a youth minister attempting to encourage and train the young people he worked with to reach out to people in places of pain; at that time to people in a local hospital.  Before long, this led to his being invited to serve as a chaplain in the oncology ward of that hospital, which he did for several years.

Since then Pat has devoted a great part of his ministry as a preacher to serving people who are in places of pain.  In more recent years he has also devoted himself to training and encouraging individual Christians and congregations to do the same through workshops, individual speaking opportunities and even special training sessions with preachers in Christian universities and preacher training schools.

 

You will want to hear Pat discuss:

Recommendations for Christians to enter the world of the hurting

—a place we’d rather avoid
—how to have the right mindset going in

How to be be most effective in this situation

—letting them speak instead of worrying about saying the right right thing or making sure you get a chance to talk
—avoiding common mistakes (being afraid of saying the wrong thing, assuming you know the persons feelings or thoughts, telling “war stories” about similar (or not) situations
—practical things to do (listen honestly, make them the center of attention, ask them if they’s like to talk about it—the let them do it or not,

Thoughts on getting others involved in ministering to the hurting (and everyone is hurting in some way!)

 

Scriptures for Ministering to the Hurting

Matthew 22:34-40 and 25:40
loving our neighbor is so closely related to loving God

Psalms 22 and 23
“Psalms 23 always follows Psalm 22”
Psalms 22 expresses distress over God’s apparent absence and the hurting one feels, bhen Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd…”.

The book of Philippians is very encouraging

All the situations were people are in dilemmas and God helps them and passages of the constancy of through all kinds of situations.

 

Email Pat

Pat invites you to contacts to with questions or further communication about any of these matters
plpeters20@hotmail.com

 

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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 004: A Unique Bible Reading Program; Q&A–Why did God give an already occupied land to Israel?; Bible Word–“Scripture”

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bigstock-Bible-Study-5363901In this episodes we’ll be talking about:

Chapter 1: A Unique Bible Reading Program

Features:

  • Not reading the whole Bible, but following the Bible’s story line
  • Break the reading down into smaller parts
  • Written introductions to each month’s, week’s, and day’s reading to provide continuity throughout the reading process
  • On line access to introductions at:
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  • Daily devotional thoughts from each day’s reading also available at:
    www.ireadtheword.com
  • Built in “catch-up day” during each week

Scripture reference:

  • Amos 8:11-12

Chapter 2: Q & A

“Why is God giving Israel as the “promised land” a land already occupied by other people?”

This question is came recently from a participant in the Bible reading program discussed in chapter 1.

Scripture references:

Leviticus 20:23; 18:24-25
Deuteronomy 18:12; 20:18; 9:4
Genesis 15:16
2 Kings 17:14-18

Chapter 3: Bible Word

“Scripture”

 Scripture references:

Luke 4:21
Acts 1:16
2 Timothy 3:16

Links and items mentioned in this podcast:

Mark Twain quote–“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.”
Bible reading statistics:
http://askville.amazon.com/percentage-Christians-read-bible-daily-basis/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=33055548
http://www.barna.org/faith-spirituality/504-barna-examines-trends-in-14-religious-factors-over-20-years-1991-to-2011
http://godrunning.com/tag/bible-reading-statistics/

 

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