When you look at a bird, it is very unique in that it is lacking something…hands. It helps bring to light the phrase Jesus made in Matthew 6:26 (Ampl) “Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them”. We are like this bird mentioned in this verse, wings to fly in the heavenlies with Him but no hands to feed ourselves. God Himself wants to feed us that is why He leads us to the brook of need and trial. God fed the prophet Elijah by a brook “Cherith” in 1 Kings 17.4,6 by commanding the ravens to feed him bread and meat in the morning and the evening, everyday. Why this way? Intimacy. God wanted to bring the prophet to a place where he ate from the Hand of God Himself, this is one of the meanings in the Hebrew for “Cherith” - “in the face of”. With intimacy comes trust, and in trust comes depth, and in this depth comes deep communion.
Presently there are 4 dear saints in the church in L’viv here that are in the late stages of cancer. One of them, Lena, may have only 2 weeks left with us here. Lena is a teacher at the "Perilina" (our Christian Day School) with a husband and 2 daughters 9 & 7) and a precious member of the church here for 13 years. This is the first time something like this has happened in the church here and it is being used by God to bring everyone together in serving these families. Please pray as we are abiding in prayer for a miracle. Please enjoy the slideshow below of a recent picnic we had.
Waking early the first thought I had come to my mind was "Mustard Seed". Being the very first day of our Odessa Summer Conference; I had a sense God had a special visitation for us this year in Odessa. Just days earlier we preached to a total of 6,000 people over a period of 4 days in Yuhzni Ukraine with Sports Power and Bruce Crevier at the city stadium, on Ukrainian Satelite TV as well as on the streets. Many responded on this crusade in Yuhzni and Mikolaiyev. Next week we have Andriej & Lecja's wedding in Odessa; a precious couple in the church with a great call on their lives.
Mat 17:20 So Jesus said to them, "Because of your* unbelief. For positively I say to you*, if you* are having faith like a grain of mustard [or, a mustard seed], you* will say to this mountain, 'Move from here [to] there,' and it will move, and nothing will be impossible to you*.
This Mustard Seed abides in us and is the least of all seeds, easily underestimated but an embarrassment for Satan. David had it as he approached Goliath, he was shamed by David's perspective of the situation and embarrassed Goliath. Our little portion, the loaves and the fishes, are enough for Jesus to multiply. The one word from Jesus "Come" is enough for Peter to walk on water, something no one has ever done before. The incorruptible seed in the believer is enough to overcome the world. Our mustard seed confession in God's unchanging nature is enough to change people's lives and turn the world, and neighborhood where we live.
What I haven't seen before is "you shall say to this mountain..." Not only does the Word of Grace have power to move mountains but the mountain will be moved to where we tell it to.
I believe God hides from us 90% of the affect we are having in our walks of faith so that it is just that, a walk of faith that it would be by grace in our lives.
Many precious things have happened this past month of July. Much fruit. Thank you for your prayers and support. Enjoy the slideshows below: