The civil unrest and conflicts in the Ukraine with Russia have been worrisome and big news, but far removed from those of us living in North America. However, what if a family member of yours was living in Kiev?
Well, there is.
His name is Anatoly, and he is a member of God’s family—your family if you know Jesus Christ. Anatoly is the Compass Director for Ukraine and the entire Russian speaking world. He is a dedicated leader. He is married with two young children. They need your prayers because they live in a very dangerous place.
But Anatoly isn’t alone. There is the Compass South American Director, Andres Panasiuk, choosing to live in the most violent city in Mexico. And our Compass India Director, Richard, who often sends us a cryptic email asking for the prayer of protection for his team working in areas where there is massive hostility towards followers of Christ.
Would you please join us in praying for the Spirit of God to draw close and protect these men and women who are risking their lives for the sake of Christ and for teaching His way of handling money? May their examples be an encouragement to all us to make our lives count for our Lord.
Love in Christ,
For the second month in a row we received wonderful news at our appointment with Bev’s oncologist. The cancer markers in her blood declined from 50 to 31.5 (less is better)! So, in the past two months the markers have declined from 98 to 31.5 – - – a decrease of 68%!
We are incredibly grateful for all who have prayed for Bev’s healing from the breast cancer which spread to her bones. God is good, and He is faithful.
I’ve been reading through the book of Deuteronomy lately and was struck by an interest passage this morning. Deuteronomy 17:18-20 is a command to those who would serve as kings in Israel. Here’s what it says: “when he [the king] sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself a copy of this law on a scroll . . . he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, by carefully observing all the words of this law and statutes, that his heart may not be lifted up Continue reading
Is there any believer anywhere who shouldn’t learn God’s way of handling money?
In 1999, when Dave Rae joined us as our Chief Operating Officer, he had asked me to describe our long-term vision. I responded, “Within ten years to have 12 million people enroll in what is now the Navigating Your Finances God’s Way small group study. Our goal would be for them to experience significant improvement in their finances and grow much closer to Christ.”
Dave nodded his head and quietly said, “I think we can do that with the talented people on our team. But is there any believer anywhere who shouldn’t learn God’s way of handling money? Why don’t we try to reach the world? I realize that no matter how capable our team, only the Lord can accomplish something this large.”
I spent three days last week in Continue reading
Has the Lord given you a heart for the world? Would you like to develop a heart for the world?
I’ve got just the book to help you. It’s called Operation World written by Jason Mandryk. Joni Eareckson Tada of Joni and Friends said this about it: “For years I have used Operation World to pray for people in every tongue, tribe, and nation. It is a time-honored global manual of prayer which will provide you everything you need to bring the nations of the world before the throne of God.”
I try to read about one country a day and they are all researched in the book – from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. I learn about the nation and pray for revival and for the Lord to raise up an indigenous leader to serve with Compass so that the people of that country will learn God’s way of handling money. Yesterday it was Aruba. I’ve discovered that Continue reading
We received the best news in more than a year when we met with Bev’s oncologist yesterday. He knew Bev had been dealing with dealing with some challenging side effects from the new medication for her breast can that had metastasized to her bones. But he walked in said, “Finally, after a year, I have some good news. The cancer markers in your blood have gone down from 98 to 50! You’re not out of the woods, but this is good news.”
All we could think about was the many prayers from God’s people on Bev’s behalf. Perseverance on Bev’s part and perseverance on the part of those who have stood by her in prayer. James 1:2-4 says it this way: Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Saturday mornings I walk the neighborhood with Jordan, a great friend who lives next door. Jordan was training to run the Disney marathon. His training was going well until about a month before the race. Knee problems and then a bad cold threatened to derail all his hard work . . . but he persevered! And finished the 26.2 miles in his best time ever!
What challenge is facing you today? Bev and I are learning to pray, trust in Christ alone, and persevere.
Warmly in Christ,
The news from the second largest retailer in the country, Target, continues to get worse. Just before Christmas, Target disclosed that criminals hacked the credit and debit cards of about 40 million of their customers. Last week they increased that number by 70 million. And high end retailer, Neiman Marcus also reported a breach in their security so an undisclosed number of Neiman’s customers had their information hacked.
What should we learn from this?
- The digital world in incredibly convenient, but it is risky. Paying for things using old fashioned cash, can be smart.
- All of us need to scrutinize our credit and debit card statements every month to confirm that we are not victims of identity theft. Also, periodically visit AnnualCreditReport.com to check out your credit reports to make certain someone hasn’t hijacked your credit.
- Limit the number of Continue reading
I hope that Christmas was a very special time for you.
It was for us. Bev’s bone cancer is a consistent reminder of something we should all be aware of each day: Life is short, eternity is long, and what we do during this brief time on planet earth has eternal consequences. I light of this reality, what are we doing each day that is really going to matter a couple of million years from now?
Time with family and friends over Christmas is a great investment of time to encourage one another to remember what Christmas is all about. The day the Son of God came to earth as a baby boy to sacrificially die for us so that we will be with Him and all those who know Jesus Christ – forever.
For us, the most precious time during the Christmas holiday was when we were exchanging gifts and our 4-year old granddaughter opened her presents. She was super excited and Continue reading