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Our journey to LCC International University in Klaipėda, Lithuania

November Update

Greetings from Klaipėda! A lot has happened in the last couple of months. Here’s a taste of what’s been going on. Continue reading

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Sermon: A Personal Encounter

A sermon delivered at LCC’s International Christian Fellowship on November 12 entitled, “A Personal Encounter.” The text was Psalm 73. Continue reading

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Sermon: New Family, New Temple

This is the audio (20:00, 18.4 MB) of a sermon delivered at a chapel service at LCC on October 11 entitled, “New Family, New Temple.” The text was Ephesians 2:11-22, part of a series of sermons on Ephesians entitled, “A New World Order.” Continue reading

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September Update

We moved into our new apartment on August 27, concluding a long relocation process that began when we moved out of our home in Hatfield on June 21! Continue reading

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August Update

Greetings from Klaipėda! It’s been over a month since our last update, and it feels like at least three months’ worth of events have been crammed into that time. Here’s what’s been going on, and how you can be praying for us. Continue reading

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Pictures from the Move

Enjoy some pictures from our trip, and our first few days in Klaipėda! Continue reading

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Sermon: The Good Samarians

One way to look at this story is to say: Look how bad Judah became, look at the effects of idolatry and self-love in this society! Even though we have this moment of repentance, obedience and mercy shown by Israel, it wasn’t enough to save that nation from destruction, either. (It’s like getting to the end of the book of Jonah—and realizing that God eventually destroyed Assyria for rebellion.) While this is true on some level, I don’t think it’s the way that the Chronicler wants us to read the story.
I believe that the positive way that the Chronicler wants us to look at it is: No matter how far is the human descent into sin and depravity—and it is far!—God is present. He is willing to descend into that darkness to rescue his people. In this story, it takes the form of a prophet, Oded, who probably wasn’t listened to much of the time! But God was present there. And God was present in the Chronicler’s day, as well—despite the fact that a Persian Emperor ruled over God’s people, not the chosen descendant of David. Continue reading

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July Update

Thank you for your prayers, encouragement and support as we prepare to move to Europe. This is a quick update with some important information…

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June Update

This update is somewhat shorter than our previous updates, but with more specific details as our transition comes into clearer focus… Continue reading

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May Update

(Bi-)Monthly update… Continue reading

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