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Genesis 3:1-9 “Serpentology”

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This morning we are going to talk about something everyone has in common. From Ghandi to Eminem, Mother Mary to Joseph Stalin, from Charlie Sheen to Constantine’s mother Helen, from Yanokovich to the Dahli Llama. It’s a thing called sin.

It’s why no one is perfect. It’s why we can never attain to this idea we have of perfection. It’s why no one is fully satisfied. It’s what brings death, corruption, small lies and big lies. Sin is why there are no perfect governments, why we have family problems, and why nothing is quite the way anybody thinks things in their life should be. Sin affects everything from our diets to the world economy. Sin is why there are potholes in the road. It keeps us in bondage to our habits and shows us our limitations in being the kind of people we want to be.

Genesis 1-3 is one of the most important sections of the Bible. It is not poetry or a metaphor explaining the cosmos. Hebrew grammar has definite grammar rules for poetry and these grammatical structures are not found in Genesis. Adam is listed in the genealogies in Genesis and in the genealogy in the Gospel of Luke. Luke, written by a historian, was not metaphorical by any means, neither was it a poem. Today we are talking about two real people.

Genesis is a book of first things. Here we see the first marriage, the first law, the first sin, and the first sacrifice. We also see the first designer clothes, and the first love song! Adam exclaimed, “She is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh!” ’Sounds like a hit song to me!

Genesis 3 explains the fallenness of the world. To paraphrase the Christian philosopher Blaise Pascal,
‘the doctrine of how sin began seems hard to accept, but once accepted, it explains so much of the world we live in!’

Nothing, nothing else explains this lingering curse we all know is ever present. Genesis 3 is foundational for the Christian worldview. Evolution says we are progressing. We are not progressing! We are stuck on the same circus wheel. We are in bondage to sin!

Genesis 3 is the reason all of us long for something more. My friends we were made for another world. A world with a garden where God is!
Please open your Bible’s to Genesis 3:1-9. English speakers please follow in your English Bibles as we read together in Russian.

James 1:13-15,
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

Let’s take a look at how this process developed in the heart and mind of a woman who had never sinned before.
This passage not only tells us why the world is the way it is, but gives us insight into the nature of God and the schemes of the devil! Paul tells us not to be ignorant of his tactics (2 Cor 2:11). So we are going to look at 10 tactics the devil may use, as we take a glance at Serpentology!

To keep this topic in perspective, listen to C.S. Lewis,
“There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors…”

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made.
He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”

1. STUDIES HIS VICTIM

Our first encounter with the devil. The serpent was more crafty than any animal God had made. This serpent was Satan’s instrument. He did not approach Eve in a way that surprised her. We do not know for sure, but perhaps before the fall Adam and Eve were able to communicate with animals. Notice the serpent winds up being craftier than the man as well.
Satan is too crafty for us. If we engage him in combat we lose. Our only hope against him is Jesus.

2. SEEKS THEIR WEAKNESS

The devil has observed the first man and knew of the two trees. His approach would be subtle and sly. We know from the book of Timothy (2) that Adam was not deceived by the serpent. So, he found their weakness and would strike at Adam through the woman. He would come in an appealing form, speaking through a serpent! We cannot be dogmatic, but perhaps before the fall they could speak to the animals.

3. STEALTH APPROACH

Keep in mind that Adam and Eve fell to his tactics. The devil has been deceiving for thousands of years. He’s an expert at what he does. He observes us to find a weakness and comes undetected. He tempts us in such a way as we never realize he was there. Some of our sinful attitudes, our doubts, our proud thoughts, things which are often a natural part of our thinking, originated outside of our minds, found their way in and made a home there. We never realized who we were talking to perhaps because of unfamiliarity with what sin is, our proclivity to sin in this way, or our unfamiliarity with truth.

He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”

4. SPEAKS FIRST

After we sin we can look back and ask, when did it all start?
The idea to sin, originated with the devil, and he initiated the temptation. He comes seeking to temp us. He’s not coming to have tea with us. He has a reason for his visit and his middle name starts with “T”.
He also calls God “God” instead of “Lord” as Eve does. The devil will seek to cultivate irreverence in you for God. He will not make God out to be our personal King, but portray him in more of an abstract manner.

“Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”

5. SUPPORTS SELF SUFFICIENCY

In Genesis 2:16 we see what God really said,
“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

First came God’s expression of generosity! He gave them many trees to eat from! But, the serpent only focuses on the forbidden.
“Did God actually say?”

He begins creating confusion. Did God really say you couldn’t eat? He appears to be innocently misunderstanding what God said, and pretending to be concerned about Eve. Eve, I’m so concerned about you.

Satan works in stealth mode and sympathizes with us to gain our trust. He sympathizes with our desire to be treated right, to want to promote ourselves, to be noticed, to be in control, to have our rights met. Anything that has to do with self, independence from God, he sympathizes with our sinful whims and exploits them in such a way that we accept his ideas!
And we trust him, like a friend, so concerned as he is to defend us against such an indifferent and insensitive God.

With all God’s given us….Did God really not allow you to have that job? Did God take your grandma from you? Did God cause you to be born this way? With this deficiency? And slowly we begin to burn against God, when he has provided so much! As we converse with the devil, slowly, God becomes ”god” and ceases to be “Lord”.

And the woman said to the serpent,
Eve conversed with the tempter. Often we begin to have a conversation with the enemy not realizing the potential danger. The answer? To flee to the Gospel! To recognize a lie we must know the truth well!

“God has provided more than enough! He is good! He knows what is best and if he prohibits me from anything, it is because he loves me!”
She didn’t recognize the devil’s disguise.

We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die
We see here Eve’s minor correction of the devil with mention of God’s provision. But, she now calls God “God” instead of “LORD”. We see the subtle influence from her new slithery friend.

Eve said, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die
God did not say “lest you touch it”. However, God said they would SURELY die, and here Eve says, “lest they die.” She minimizes the certainty of death and leaves it in question. Almost as if to say, “if we touch it, we could die…”

Immediately the serpent smells the compromise and senses the opportunity strike. He says,

“You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil

6. SOWS UNBELIEF

He sows doubt in God’s Word. He studied the woman and came promising what she would most covet. Wisdom- to be more like God than she already was. The Word tells us she was made in God’s image, but she desired to be elevated and pursue her own glory, a lesser glory than God has, and as it would turn out, a lesser glory than she currently had.
Whatever it is where you are the weakest, that which you would most easily desire more than God, you will find Satan trying give it to you.

Satan promises the best, but pays with the worst; he promises honor, and pays with disgrace; he promises pleasure, and pays with pain; he promises profit, and pays with loss; he promises life, and pays with death.

You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil

7. SKEWS PICTURE OF GOD

The serpent is painting God to be someone He is not. He has repainted this copy for centuries. He insists God is keeping something good from us. Ultimately all sin stems from unbelief in God. We fail to believe He is good. We fail to believe His Word. We look at the world and see the problem and blame Him!
Concerning salvation we lack trust in Him. He is not big enough for us. Consciously or unconsciously we work for His love and try to save ourselves, maybe not realizing we are seeking our own glory! We fail to believe that His completed work is all we need. All attempts at justifying ourselves by righteous acts, is at the root, disbelief in the Gospel.

For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil
The serpent only mentions what Eve would gain, never what it would cost. Our sin is not presented to us as something that will cost us, but as something where we gain, something we think we deserve, some unnamed payoff, such as pleasure, or some temporal earthly satisfaction, which does not deliver on its promise. Under the serpent’s hypnosis, our mouths begin to water with lust.

8. STRIKES

Eve’s eyes would be opened to what? They would be opened to something she was not supposed to see. Was the serpent calling God a liar? If so, was God really threatened by them being promoted? He was their creator and had made them in His own image. Or, was the serpent saying that God never said that at all? Did God really say? Either way, Eve was deceived, we know from the Bible, and her picture of God was blurred.

Was God holding something back from Eve? What is God supposedly keeping from us that the devil likes to wave in our face? Something we somehow believe we are supposed to have. How does he appeal to our sense to want to be praised? To desire to be in charge? To have our way? To decide for ourselves what is right and wrong? To elevate ourselves and seek our own glory? A lesser glory? Eve did not esteem God’s glory but sought her own.

Puritan John Owen says, “We think God is keeping something from us. Men think all things would be very glorious if they might be done according to their mind. Perhaps, indeed, they would – but with their glory, not the glory of God.”

For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil

9. SINKS IN HIS TEETH

For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil
It was a true statement in a certain sense. Look ahead at verse 7, “The eyes of both were opened,
and verse 22. God says, “Behold the man has become like one of us knowing good and evil.”

It was a play on words, a half truth at best. To what would their eyes be opened? In what way would they be like God, knowing good and evil? Was he suggesting they would possess omnipotence? Was he tempting Eve in her naivety with becoming a Deity?

Adam and Eve became more like God in understanding, and less like God in glory!

For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.

10. SLITHERS AWAY

Satan slithers away while the enchantment continues in Eve’s mind. Often after Satan has suggested a thought we unknowingly begin to own the thought as our own. Of course, to protect ourselves from this we must fill our minds with the blessed truths of the Gospel. Namely, in this instance, that God is God and we are not!

It was becoming less important to Eve what God wanted, what God said, who God was, what he had given them. Increasing importance was given to the sight of the fruit and what it offered her. It promised a finite being infinite knowledge- but would only result in death.

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food

She “saw”. She “believed”… Eve began to believe her desire was good. It was lust. So easily we fall for the ancient trick that our desires, which are really lusts, are good and God wants us to have them.

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes

Nothing about the tree spoke of death. Eve, in her innocence, had never known sin or evil. Nothing in the tree seemed threatening. You could see that you could eat it, and it was good to look at. It was food, so it must be okay to eat. We eat the other fruit, why not this one?

We too rationalize our actions. As our eyes are entertained with the things around us, which God in his love keeps from us, we somehow come to believe that since it’s pretty, it must be good. Sin does not cry out from the roofs, “take me, I am death!” No, it is attractive and fits in with all the other beautiful stuff, and so if it feels good, do it. We are all animals so why not have sex? Why not experiment with drugs, they are natural? We smoke everything else! We are not hurting anyone. Anything to kill the boredom! Even crucify God!

it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise

Whatever this precisely meant, “to make one wise”, we know it is what finite Eve wanted, because it is where the serpent struck and where Eve fell. She wanted to be wise. Eve saw God was limitless and she was limited. She wanted her own glory and made it about her want, her will! She promoted the glory of a created thing rather than the glory of the Creator. Today, this same ancient sin dwells securely in many modern hearts!

She believed the lie thinking “we won’t die, we will be made like God!” To be deceived to this is not an excuse for sin. Eve decided for herself what was right—to be God rather than enjoy God.

she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her
Sin. Those of us addicted to sin, in love with sin, bound to sin, what do we do when we are alone in sin? We invite others into our misery.
Would Adam reject the offer?

and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he…

STOP! TIME OUT!

Stop! This action is about to effect all of humanity for ages to come. Think about what you are about to do. Is it worth it? Will you trade your innocence for independence, and its consequences, for a woman? God tells us in verse 17 that Adam listened to the voice of the woman. We also know from the Apostle Paul that Adam was not deceived!

It was by this willful rebellion that Paul says in Romans 5:12,
“sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men”.

In some incomprehensible way, Adam’s sin was laid on us all. All of creation was damaged by what was about to happen. It may be something hard to accept, but the sooner it is received, the sooner we find the remedy.

Some may argue, “It is not fair that Adam’s sin is put on me. I should be judged for my own actions. Adam was appointed by God as our perfect representative. Now, in the state we are born, have only the ability to sin. Adam was created with the ability to sin or not to sin and, Adam sinned. You or I would not, could not have done better than Adam did, as he had more freedom and was in a far more advantageous state of existence than you or I.

Somehow we get the idea that we are wiser than Adam or that we could have done a better job than God. This is a masterful deception itself, and if we think about it, we will discover ourselves trying to rise to the position of God. We want to remake his decisions. The enemy has been sleeping in our bed!

So, why did God place this tree there if He knew in advance the outcome?

For sake of time, today, we will say this. Adam was made with the ability to sin or not to sin. After the fall, condemnation came to all men and we are born spiritually dead, because of Adam’s sin, and we do not have the ability to not sin, unless we are born again in Jesus Christ. As Christians, in Christ, we gain a new liberty with power over sin. After Christ returns and we take on our glorified bodies we will have an inability to sin. This is a greater state than Adam ever had! The end is even better than the beginning.

In Ecclesiastes it says “He has made everything beautiful in its time…” (3:11)

In 2 Corinthians it says that “our momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal weight of glory which far outweighs them all!” No matter your trial, your pain, the amount of your suffering, it can’t hold any water next to the glory which shall be revealed in you, child of God!

The end is better than the now, and is even more glorious than the beginning. In short, God knows perfectly and infinitely knows what He’s doing! The tree made opportunity for another tree in the center of history which showcases the splendor and majesty of Christ’s work! Had we never fallen, God’s overflowing overwhelming goodness would not have been showcased and placed on full display as in His redemptive rescue! Friends, Jesus saves. He saves so well that He allows opportunities for Him to save us. What is your trial? What is your pain? How have you fallen? How will you let God be God and make the end better then the beginning? It’s what He does!

she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.

Adam failed God, himself, all of us and he failed Eve by making her his god. The implications of this action were profound. Whether we want to accept it or not, we must come to terms with it. However this occurred, it could only be in such a way, by a perfect and infinitely wise design, that God was perfectly just and Adam wholly responsible.
How often do we choose sin although we are not deceived? We know what we are doing but the immediate payoff, seems more important to us. Like Adam we decide what is right or wrong for ourselves. Suddenly, truth becomes relative.

Adam should have found his satisfaction in God. Not in God’s gift!

Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked

Their eyes were opened. But open to what? Did Eve receive what was coveted? Not at all. Adam was realizing the cost of his sin. They were now, walking dead. Spiritual death claimed them and physically they began dying slowly. Creation became enslaved to entropy.

and they knew that they were naked

Expecting wisdom and god-likeness, they became ashamed. Their innocence lost and a new awareness of a bad change. Their nakedness became their new identity. Their new identity was rooted in rebellion.

This was not just a feeling of guilt, but deep shame, having to do with who they now were. And it caused them to hide, as shame does. Glory shines! Shame hides!
We think somehow we can pay for our sin and cover our shame by doing good things. Adam and Eve attempted to cover themselves but couldn’t. They were still naked and exposed. Fellowship with God and their relationship with each other was damaged. No longer would people know the harmony of living together without sin.

And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths
Adam and Eve attempt covering themselves. It would prove to be insufficient. In verse 21 we see that God clothes them with garments of skin! God makes a provision by a sacrifice of the innocent, the first sign of God’s provision. The fig leaves are a picture of religion. Religious people try to cover themselves, try to cover their own guilt. It will never be our religious commitments which cover our shame- only God.

And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
Whatever distorted concept they had of God, they knew enough of who He was that it provoked a reaction of fear in Adam and Eve. Because of shame and fear, they hid.

But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”
But, does God come in a rage of fury? He comes walking in the garden. Instead of remaining distant, instead of bringing justice, we hear a loving tone in the voice of Him who sees and knows all. He asks Adam,
“Where are you?”

Where are you today? Are you hurting? Are you struggling with shame and hiding in the trees? How has guilt and shame effected your life? God knows. And although He knows, he pursues you.
He knows you are hiding and he still gently asks, “Where are you?”

Mark has been encouraging us lately to be reading our Bible’s. He gave us some questions to ask ourselves as we finish each paragraph. Like Mark said, let’s think in paragraphs. To read one paragraph of the Bible a day and ask yourselves these questions will transform your life! You can add me to the list of witnesses who believe that.
Does anyone remember what those questions are? There were five of them in all.

I am going to introduce to you two additional questions you may add if you like. The first one is to ask, how is this passage connected to Jesus? The second is, how is this passage connected to the Gospel? All of the Bible is in some way connected to Jesus Christ and to the Gospel. The Bible is not just a bunch of historical data. It is meant to give us life, it is meant to have meaning, it is meant to transform us.

How is today’s passage connected to Jesus and the Gospel?
How can Jesus help me with temptation?
How can the Gospel help me with temptation?

Is the answer to overcoming temptation as Oscar Wilde said in his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray,
“The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself…?”

The answer is not to yield to it, but to kill it!

I will give you a couple answers for each of these questions.
How is today’s passage connected to Jesus and the Gospel?

Firstly, in the broad context, it makes Jesus work and the Gospel necessary. Without the fall we would have no need for Jesus to save us.
Also, it shows us that we need Jesus. We need Jesus help against this crafty foe and we cannot depend on ourselves to save ourselves. Our fig leaves are insufficient coverings.
How can Jesus help me with temptation?

As we look upon the cross, we see what our sin did to our LORD. We can read Isaiah 53 and see what suffering He endured on behalf of our own sin.
Jesus was tempted in every way, yet was without sin. Because the same spirit which rose Jesus from the grave lives in me, I can have power to depend on Him to say, “no.” to temptation.
How can the Gospel help me with temptation?

As I meditate on the wonders of God’s love displayed in the cross it should compel me to worship. As I worship God and my desire for Him grows my desire for other things will diminish.
The Gospel of grace tells me that my salvation is not dependant on me in any way. Knowing this, helps me to remember where my victory comes from. It does not come from willpower but in dependence on the grace of God. The Gospel reminds me of my need for God. God cannot fail! It is only by trying some other way, in our hearts, that failure is possible.

And there are many other ways these truths can be applied to temptation, which is why it is so crucial to know Jesus and to understand the Gospel. But, the answer is always somehow in Jesus, as the Word says,
“For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” 1 Cor 15:22

There is another element which God has designed for us to have in corporate worship. It’s called fellowship. So, the message is over, but church isn’t over, it’s never over because we are the church. So, let’s be the church and love one another and fellowship together. Fellowship is when we gather and speak about the things of God, topics with a Christo-centric focus. This being said:

Find one or two people who are struggling with a trial or a temptation and pray for them.
Work together to find one or two verses which apply to the situation and commit to memorizing them.
Why is Scripture memory important?

David said in the Psalms, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word”, and, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:9 &11)

It helps us to know God so the enemy cannot distort our picture of Him. It also helps us to know exactly what God said, and what God meant, to avoid being deceived.

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Monthly Ministry/Prayer Update

The last couple weeks at camp has been one of the most fruitful and worthwhile things I have ever been involved in! To hear more just follow the link to the NEW VIDEO UPDATE. If you only ever watched just one of my video updates, please make it THIS ONE. :)

 

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To read up on our current prayer needs simply scroll to the bottom, just above the “People” pics.

 

Just Before Camp the Ladies Had a Craft Day at Our Place

 

The ladies figured the first step in sparking a Jesus Movement in Ukraine would be to turn everyone into hippies. :)

…and Mexican Food for the Guys!

 

What’s a better way to get the guys together than to invite them over for scrumptious burritos. We were happy to have a couple Muslim friends over and had a great discussion over a quote from C.S. Lewis book “Miracles” comparing men to Limpets when trying to describe God.

The Team Prepares for Camp

 

After the team from South Africa flys in, we head to the camp for some training and preparation time. We had servant leaders from many countries working together! South Africa, Ukraine, Nigeria, Conga, U.S., & Canada!

Campers Arrive

 

After the campers arrive and we help them with their bags.

English Assessment Tests

 

Very soon after the campers arrive they go through an exam for placement in their English classes. This is for a lot of us and them, our first contact with them.

Conversations Over Meal Time

 

One of the greatest things about the camp was all the one on one conversations we had. Meal time was a good time to meet new people. As all of the leadership was very intentional about talking to new people I don’t think I sat by the same group twice the entire week.

Morning Meetings

 

Every morning was kicked off with some silly song that got our blood flowing. Then we’d have announcements and a trivia game where throughout the day the campers would have to approach the leaders to find out if they matched the trivia question. This gave us more opportunities for intersting conversations.

Bible Reading and Discussion Time

 

To start off the day we’d have a group come together for a time of Bible reading and discussion. For many, this became their favorite part of camp!

The same group would meet in the afternoon for another discussion time about other topics where we focused on getting to know people and helping people practice their English.

English Class

 

Gert & I were the teachers for the Advanced English Class, so we had the translators as well. The trick was finding words they didn’t know but would be useful for them. We had a great time and I was very impressed by their learning abilities! Poor Sergey, he was the only guy in the class.

Evening Meetings

 

In the evenings we met for some worship in song and a teaching from the Word. Each night focused on a different attribute of God. We spoke about God as creator, God as perfect, God as a just judge which was the night I spoke, God is love, God is Father, and finally a Gospel call night.

Bible Teaching

 

It was a great opportunity to show the youth that the cross is the best display of where God’s justice and love meet!

Conversations

 

All the different conversations we had with the campers was what it was all about. We were very relationship focused and is my favorite thing about these camps! From the first day to the last we worked hard to connect with those God opened up. Many were open and we were surprised at their openess. They saw our sincerity and let us know how much we were appreciated!

Optional Discussion Times

 

The afternoons were open for free time but many of the campers joined us for an optional discussion time. I did a knot tying lesson one day and on another did an intro to the Bible talk. We also talked about God and suffering, had a first aid class, and a premarital talk all of which went very well.

Crafts & Tea Time

 

Various crafts and tea time were prepared for the ladies in the afternoons as well. We are not sure how some ladies actually made it through the door undetected.

Activities

 

The evenings were always filled with a different fun, competitive, and challenging activity where we had to work hard to work as a team to win.

Many of the campers also stayed up late playing all kinds of different games.

Skit Night

 

Our discusiion groups each had to plan and perform a skit together on skit night. You’d be surprised at how creative some of these guys and girls are!

Gospel Night ~ Decisions

 

On the final evening Arkadiy gave an invitaion for those who wanted to repent or had questions regarding it. I was very happy about the way we went about it, not using emotionalism or some kind of spontaneous decision tactic to get people to say a prayer.

I believe for the first time I saw a sound model for how to do an “altar call”.

Translators!

 

Of course none of this could have been done without the help of the translators! Thank you thank you thank you translators!

Banquet & Certificates

 

Back in the City

 

After camp, we are not done yet! We spend more time with the campers at church, the catacombs on a guided tour, seeing the city center where Daria and myself guided a tour for the group, some time at the beach, walking through 411 WWII park and ice cream at the church where the campers say their goodbyes to the team heading home.

 

After Camp

 

After camp is over it doesn’t mean our work is over. The people at our church are very intentional about relationships and discipleship and go the extra mile to stay in touch with as many as we possibly can. New friendships have been forged and a large handful made decisions to turn over their lives to Jesus!

We’re already planning another mexican food and movie night after we finish the second camp.

 

Prayer Requests

 

Please pray for the second camp, the family camp which begins this weekend.
Please pray for those who made a decision and for those whioch are seriously thinking about spiritual things.
Please pray against legalism and empty traditions and for clarity of the Gospel both at these camps and in Ukriane as a whole!
Please pray for the team as we need an extra measure of strength to get through these camps.
Please pray about whether or not God would have you or your church to be involved somehow!
Please pray for Odessa!
Please pray for Ukraine!

Missions exist because worship doesn’t!

THANK YOU!

 

Get Involved

 

Some ways you can be involved:

Prayerfully. If you would like us to send you a prayer card to remind you to pray for us we would be happy to! Just let us know.
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Let us know if you would like to come in the future on a construction crew, to help with one of these awesome English Camps, or to give away your life so that God would be worshiped by more Ukrainians! Pray about full time missions in Ukraine! It’s worth it!
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Camp Pics

 

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Spring 2012 Missions Presentation [Video Outline]

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PRESENTATION OUTLINE:

1. Play this video and take questions. (The video and presentation together take roughly one hours time.)

2. Open in prayer and introduce my wife.

3. Historical highlights of Ukraine in those things most directly influencing the modern culture today.

4. Short Bible lesson on missions within a God-centered biblical context ending, with an explanation that all of us should be involved in presenting Christ to the nations somehow, who is the ultimate most beautiful and profound display of God’s glory.

5. Statement of purpose and introduction of pastoral overseers.

6. How my wife and I are currently managing our time, talents, and treasure to advance the Gospel in Ukraine, our short term plan for furthering this, and our long term plan to this same end.

7. Explain forms that I brought with me.

8. Take questions.

9. Close in prayer.

10. Fellowship. (Several other slides of pictures continue to roll at this point.)

If you have any questions or would like me to come share this message at your Church or Bible Study, I can be contacted at donotlovethisworld@gmail.com

A Means to a Means to a Means

Hello everyone. Just some thoughts from the hearts on asking people for money. Have any thoughts? You’re welcome to comment below.
 
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For anyone curious, here is a link to the missions agency which oversees our monthly financial allowance:
 
INTERNATIONAL MESSENGERS
 
Link to blog on Scriptural Support for Support Raising —>HERE
 
Link to a sermon on tithing and giving by John Piper —>HERE
 
Tim Conway sermon on money. Thumbs up!
 
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Check out our missions vid if you have a minute!