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Serious problems with the churches in Odessa, Ukraine

 

Key problems with the churches in Odessa, Ukraine – PART I

Key problems with the churches in Odessa, Ukraine – PART II

Here are some good links on the orthodox church:

What the Orthodox Believe
Four key differences between the Orthodox and Protestants

http://www.ctlibrary.com/ch/1997/issue54/54h032.html

Coming Home?

Evangelical Issues for the Eastern Orthodox

Lawrence W. Carrino

http://www.christiantruth.com/articles/orthodoxycominghome.html

The Eastern Orthodox on the doctrine of justification by faith alone

http://afkimel.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/eastern-orthodoxy-and-the-apostle-paul-where-is-justification-by-faith/

http://www.eastwestreport.org/articles/ew08304.html

The Eastern Orthodox on Substitutionary atonement

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Substitutionary_atonement

The Eastern Orthodox doctrine of Imputed Righteousness

http://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/pilgrims/imputed_righteousness_1

The Eastern Orthodox on the Eucharist (vs preaching) being the most central element of worship

http://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/pilgrims/imputed_righteousness_1

On how a person can be saved not because of their churches teaching, but in spite of it

http://blog.betterthansacrifice.org/2012/03/31/can-the-roman-catholic-gospel-save/

Religious %’s in Ukraine

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Ukraine

Protestantism in Ukraine

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protestantism_in_Ukraine

On Kenneth Hagin’s Plagiarism of E.W. Kenyon

http://www.banner.org.uk/wof/kenyon.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t17fo2yvv3I

On E.W. Kenyon’s connection to the occult

http://www.francesandfriends.com/power-spoken-word-part-iv/

http://c3churchwatch.com/tag/e-w-kenyon/

On legalism, what is it?

http://carm.org/what-is-legalism

http://carm.org/what-is-legalism

http://www.sovereigngracestore.com/Product/A1155-01-51/Enjoying_Grace_and_Detecting_Legalism_MP3_DOWNLOAD.aspx

On legalism in the Baptist churches in Ukraine

According to Pyzh, legalism took over the church in the Ukraine because of the persecution by the Communist regime.

“As the church was persecuted,” he said, “the congregations pulled in and withdrew from the ‘enemy.’ We still have that mindset today. It is difficult to change the congregation and it limits evangelism.”

http://www.mbcpathway.com/2012/07/18/ukraine-baptist-leader-seeks-to-equip-with-missouri-help/

http://books.google.com.ua/books?id=E84GB2f2a9QC&pg=PA266&lpg=PA266&dq=baptist+church+ukraine+legalism&source=bl&ots=ofRjtKbgXD&sig=l5Zkt5fEtMEpNjl7EDBuc3ySqhU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=cuKyUv34EuPByQPK24DICg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=baptist%20church%20ukraine%20legalism&f=false

On Martin Luther and the human hearts proclivity towards religion and legalism

http://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/was-luther-right/

On unity among elders

http://www.9marks.org/blog/how-much-unity-must-elders-and-deacons-maintain

http://www.9marks.org/answers/how-much-theological-agreement-necessary-order-christians-work-together-ministry

http://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-doctrine.html

On what is an elder

http://www.9marks.org/answers/what-church-elder

On the helpfulness of Creeds and Confessions – Unity

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/gospeldrivenchurch/2013/12/18/re-mark-driscoll/

http://www.amazon.com/Why-Have-Creeds-Basics-Faith/dp/1596382023/odessabooks-20

http://georgepwood.com/2012/10/26/no-creed-but-the-bible-a-review-of-the-creedal-imperative-by-carl-r-trueman/

http://www.modernreformation.org/default.php?page=articledisplay&var1=artread&var2=26&var3=main

On Jesus and His desire for Unity in the Church

http://theresurgence.com/files/pdf/reid_monaghan_2001_unity_in_john_17.pdf

John Piper on unity and divisiveness, where we learn:

  • It is not the ones defending the Apostles teaching who are divisive, but those who forsake it
  • If you mark someone as a false teacher it does not mean to completely avoid them as the Bible says to love our enemies
  • Those who stand for the truth may be thought arrogant even if they aren’t
  • The people in error are often the nicer guys

http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/sermons/watch-out-for-those-who-lead-you-away-from-the-truth

On what is a healthy church – & On Preaching and it’s proper place in worship

http://www.9marks.org/what-are-the-9marks/

http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/1997/summer/7l334a.html

http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/1997/summer/7l334a.html

http://www.churchleadership.org/apps/articles/default.asp?articleid=44960&columnid=4545

http://70030.netministry.com/apps/articles/?articleid=32733&columnid=3881

http://www.churchleaders.com/outreach-missions/outreach-missions-articles/139401-seven-secrets-of-healthy-churches.html

http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/what-i-mean-by-preaching

http://ibrnb.com/articles1/?p=161

http://www.whitehorseinn.org/blog/2013/03/05/review-of-jesus-calling/

http://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/the-focus-of-the-sacraments/

https://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?post=1975

http://www.albertmohler.com/2013/09/06/preaching-with-authority-three-characteristics-of-expository-preaching/

http://www.albertmohler.com/2013/08/19/expository-preaching-the-antidote-to-anemic-worship/

http://www.albertmohler.com/2005/08/09/expository-preaching-and-the-recovery-of-christian-worship-part-one/

http://www.albertmohler.com/2005/08/10/expository-preaching-and-the-recovery-of-christian-worship-part-two/

http://www.ccel.org/creeds/helvetic.htm

http://www.albertmohler.com/2013/08/21/the-sheer-weightlessness-of-so-many-sermons-why-expository-preaching-matters/

http://www.albertmohler.com/2013/11/11/expositors-summit-2013-general-session-1/

http://www.sbts.edu/resources/conferences/expositors-summit/getting-exposition-right-so-it-doesnt-go-wrong/

http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/preachChristalone.html

http://www.9marks.org/answers/why-should-pastor-preach-expositionally

http://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/preaching-christ-less-messages-michael-horton/

http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/moralismkeller.html

http://orthodoxbridge.com/orthodox-worship-versus-contemporary-worship/

On Seeing Jesus and being Transformed (see 2 Cor 3:18)

http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/conference-messages/beholding-glory-and-becoming-whole-seeing-and-savoring-god-as-the-heart-of-mental-health

http://gospeldrivenchurch.blogspot.com/2011/02/beholding-is-becoming.html

http://www.thelordsgrace.com/resources/BEHOLDING%20AND%20BECOMING.pdf

http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/conference-messages/a-divine-and-supernatural-light-immediately-imparted-to-the-soul-by-the-spirit-of-god

http://spurgeon.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/vital-union-with-christ-and-sanctification-in-jonathan-edwards/

http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/books/sanctification-in-the-everyday

http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/sermons/how-the-spirit-sanctifies

On Stanley Grenz and how revelation of God is gained and other things

http://projectodessalife.com/who-is-stanley-grenz/

Please take a few moments to pray for the churches in Odessa. Perhaps you would consider setting aside some time throughout your week and even fasting. Thank you!

 

Read 4 Q & As

asked to several pastors, elders, and friends about the above video

Take a SURVEY

designed to encourage church leaders think through some important issues in detail

 

God’s Arm Is Not Too Short to Reach Ukraine!

Click Here to Be 1 of 100 “yeses”!

Hello! We hope you are having a blessed week!

Good news! God is answering our prayers by the hands of his people and almost every day we grow closer to reaching 100% of our need for 2013!

Would you join us in prayer? Would you join us in action?

Since February we have received commitments of about 64 new people!

This year, to get us caught up, we only needed God to provide 100 people commited to joining our work with $15/month. This number is really attainable and the number is growing almost daily! Before long, Lord willing, we will be set for the year, maybe two!

Would you, your church, or one or two people you know be interested in helping with a small amount like that?

So far the results have been good but there still remains a need. This gives God’s people a wonderful opportunity to be neck deep in the Great Commission with us, and share in all the extra blessings that accompany God’s work changing lives with the Gospel! Praise God, this is such a worthy ministry to be a part of physically or financially!

We have recently risen slightly above our bare-minimum-scraping-by-goal, and are now at about 79% of our complete 2013 goal. We do not plan to stop until 100% of the need is coming in. At that point I will turn all my time, energy, and attention back 100% to the ministry here. I would love to make this shift ASAP!

I only have so many friends, so every “yes” or “no” really counts towards keeping us in Ukraine to be a lasting influence for the sake of the Gospel.

I’ve just about contacted everyone, although I have a decent sized list of phone calls to make, and three or four churches currently praying about being on our sending team! Please pray for provision and favor for this ministry!

If you believe in our vision and want to share in the joy and reward of it, there are a few ways to dive in. Ask me about it.

To be one of these one hundred “yeses!”, Join Our Team and Send Us Out, CLICK HERE:

http://projectodessalife.com/givetosend/

More information about our vision and mission can be found here:

http://projectodessalife.com/praying-to-send-or-go/

I would love to hear your feedback! If you would like to ask me anything over a phone call I am absolutely available. I am currently working on a US time zones schedule. Just let me know what is the best way to contact you? Phone or Skype calls are usually the best way to go!

Here is a PDF breakdown of our complete 2013 need.

http://projectodessalife.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Ministry-Needs-PDF-Final-Figures-April-2013.pdf

And here is a PDF flyer with a brief rundown of the ministry and vision in case anyone would like to share what we are doing with their friends or church body!

FRONT

http://projectodessalife.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Project-Odessa-Life-Brief.pdf

BACK

http://projectodessalife.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/polifeflyerback.pdf

Thank you for being a lasting influence for the sake of the Gospel in Ukraine through your prayers and giving!

“We believe Jesus’ Great Commission to His disciples to “go into all the world and make disciples of all nations”, is a command given to all who desire to follow Jesus and be His disciple. We believe God is a God on mission and we are to be a people on mission. Just as He sent Jesus, so sends He us. We believe that as Abraham was blessed to be a blessing, so to are we blessed to be a blessing to the world! We believe, since before time began, God has planned that His name should be glorified before all the nations. This is seen numerous times in the Old and New Testament. We believe that Christ’s return is contingent upon all nations having heard the Gospel and that one day every tribe, tongue, language, and nation will worship the Lamb as described in the book of Revelation. We believe according to these passages, and a passage in 2 Peter, that we are able to hasten the coming of the day of the Lord. We believe this is the commission of the entire Christian church, not to be left to a select few. If you believe this as well, would you join us in working in harmony with our prayers, “Maranatha!”, “Come oh Lord!”?

(Mt 28:19, 16:24, Ac 1:8, Gen 12:2, Jn 20:21, Mal 1:11, Hab 2:14, Ps 67, Gen 22:18, Mt 24:14, Rev 5:9, 7:9, 2 Pet 3:12, Mt 6:10, Rom 11:25, 2 Cor 8:2-12, Lk 8:1-3, Ac 18:3-5)

Click Here to Be 1 of 100 “yeses”!

For Those Prayerfully Considering Joining Us Physically or Financially in Ukraine

If you are seriously considering coming on board with us and getting behind our vision to share in the joy of it, please set aside a little time to look over these videos and pray.  It should not take more than an hour of your time.  If you must save time, you can skip to the topics you are most interested in by referring to the content tables below each video.

 

We are praying for the Lord to provide 100 people committed (seriously committed) to giving $15/month. So far it has been growing by almost one person per day for the first two weeks! I only have so many friends, so every yes or no really counts towards keeping us in Ukraine to be a lasting influence for the sake of the Gospel.

 

Being on the mission field for under a year and having the support we have had is a tremendous thing God has done!

 

To Join Our Team and Send Us Out, CLICK HERE:

http://projectodessalife.com/givetosend/

Every gift is sent through the office of International Messengers, who then sends us our predetermined monthly salary. International Messengers is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization and a member of ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability).

Fun Side of the Coin

Content:

00:01     Hello from Nazareth Village Replica (the sound gets much better)

00:51     Back from Israel in Ukraine

01:14     Couple Souvenirs from the Holy Land

02:22     Bargaining at the Market in Jerusalem

04:06     Some Eschatological Musings

06:18     Transparency about some Recent Faith Struggles

08:57     Some Samaritan Musings

11:19     Israeli vs Ukrainian 3D Glasses, Movie Theaters and The Hobbit

13:17     My IDF Jacket my cousin gave me

 

To Skip the Fun Stuff &
Get Right Down to Business:

 

Serious Side of the Coin Part I

Content:

00:01     What is the Church’s Mission?  Missiological Musings

06:54     Why Should You Consider Coming to Ukraine?

07:11     Pros & Cons of Short Term Missions

07:43     Considering Some Realities of Long Term Missions

08:32     Poor Missional Stewardship in the Church

09:27     Bad Missions

11:15     Go into ALL the World!  Call to Zeal!

 

Serious Side of the Coin Part II

Content:

00:09     Ministries we’ve done in the last yearish

02:47     Current Missions Work

02:59     What is Our Vision & Mission?

05:40     Defining Missions Success

06:09     Why Should You Sow into this Ministry?

07:12     What Does Ukraine Need?

08:36     How we Steward our Finances

09:07     Responses to Some Opposition

 

Strategic Stewardship & Different Ways to Help Us On Mission

 

Content:

00:01     How we Believe Giving to Missions Should be Perceived

00:28     The Moravians and Strategic Missions

00:44     How Your Support Helps

01:04     Why This Ministry is Reliable & Worthy of Support

01:29     How we Believe Giving to Missions Should be Perceived

01:42     Mobilizing into the Great Commission

02:14     Some Ideas for a Strategic God Honoring Giving Mentality

05:32     Opportunities & Options for Working with Us, Home or Abroad!!!!

08:54     Final Thank You!

 

2013 MINISTRY NEEDS PDF:

http://projectodessalife.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Snail-Mail-Update-ProjectOdessaLife-2013.pdf

 

 

Our Original Video from Last Spring Helping to Give a Better Taste of Life in Ukraine

 

To Join Our Team and Send Us Out, CLICK HERE:

http://projectodessalife.com/givetosend/

Every gift is sent through the office of International Messengers, who then sends us our predetermined monthly salary.  International Messengers is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization and a member of ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability).

In case you are wondering how in the world I have the time to put these videos together, well I don’t really.  There are other things I must attend to.  These videos are in lieu of me having to fly to the States again to meet you all in person.  The sooner God provides our projected goal, the sooner more time and dedication can be repurposed towards what we are really here to do!

 

Timeline of our Tentative Plan:

 

What We Are Doing Now:

We have a Friday evening Home Bible Study called The Upper Room, I am learning Russian, Lera is growing in leading worship, we are volunteering with the homeless and the HIV infected with The Way Home and volunteering with Faith, Hope, and Love who works with the prostitutes and the HIV infected to gain experience for serving these people in the future at the ministry center.  Lera is also finishing up her bachelor’s in translation.

We also hope to network and volunteer with a rehab center and teaching orphans practical life skills, something greatly needed in Ukraine.

We are praying for a team to help us with a church plant, these type of outreaches, and leading English Clubs and English Camps.

 

Near Future Plans:

Begin an English Club.

Get certified to teach Kairos, a two week missions course.

Begin studying for a Biblical Counseling Certificate with NANC.

Get involved in the city working to build new relationships.

Have our first English Camp in the summer of 2014.

Plant a church.

 

Ultimate Vision:

Book Translation Ministry

Continue to pursue theology and ministry training while abroad.

Raise 10 million dollars, plus annual funding for The Oasis Center, a discipleship and outreach center with a church.

 

To Join Our Team and Send Us Out, CLICK HERE:

http://projectodessalife.com/givetosend/

 

For more info on International Messengers English Camps:

http://projectodessalife.com/camp/

For those curious about studying further the biblical support for asking for provision, feel welcome to read this blog post:

http://projectodessalife.com/god-is-not-broke-or-stingy/

For a more serious reading, I recommend this helpful book, which has an extensive exercise with several Bible verses in the appendix:

http://www.amazon.com/Funding-Ministry-Discipleship-Journal-Bible/dp/0972902376

If you would only support a missionary from the same denomination as you , please consider my words at this blog post:

http://projectodessalife.com/friends-in-the-foxhole/

To hear a Sunday message of mine:

http://projectodessalife.com/serpentology-2/

For a statement I wrote up on my Gospel beliefs:

http://projectodessalife.com/gospel-centrality-on-mission/

To view all the past Updates at our blog:

http://projectodessalife.com/category/monthly-updates/

 

To Join Our Team and Send Us Out, CLICK HERE:

http://projectodessalife.com/givetosend/

 

To Read Some Highly Recommended Stuff on Missions:

Here is the first of a great set of three articles comparing both good and bad short term missions:

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2012/06/18/why-you-should-consider-cancelling-your-short-term-mission-trips/

Darren Carlson has a great ministry which seeks to bring quality Bible training to pastors through modular courses all over the world in countries where they don’t have it. He is based out of Bethlehem church in Minneapolis:

http://trainingleadersinternational.org/

Paul Washer and Scott Brown with Thoughts on Short-Term Mission Trips

http://scottbrownonline.com/paul-washer-and-scott-brown-with-thoughts-on-short-term-mission-trips/

I highly recommend reading Let the Nations be Glad, or anything about missions on this page is excellent:

http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/books/let-the-nations-be-glad

These courses are great!:

Operation world and Joshua project are good although I don’t think all their stats are accurate.

http://www.operationworld.org/

http://joshuaproject.net/

The curriculum we plan to use at our discipleship center currently being translated into Russian:

http://www.porterbrooknetwork.org/

 

 

To Join Our Team and Send Us Out, CLICK HERE:

http://projectodessalife.com/givetosend/

Every gift is sent through the office of International Messengers, who then sends us our predetermined monthly salary. International Messengers is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization and a member of ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability).

 

 

 

Jacoby Says Hello From the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem

Short ‘Truth Project’ vids w Russian Subtitles

Just wanted to share a couple vids from the Truth Project my wife and I and our friend Tanya put subtitles to this weekend for a class I’m teaching this week at the missionary training center.

Enjoy! Let us know your thoughts below.