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When trouble comes?

My morning reading has brought me to Job.

After his great loss, loss of property and wealth, and more, the loss of children, what was his response?

He worshipped.

“And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.”
‭‭Job‬ ‭1:21-22‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Let our first reaction to personal tragedy be to worship.

Then we can agree with Paul…

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:1-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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a window into sport and war

Up in the middle of the night and read this incredible story.

https://www.espn.com/soccer/ukraine-ukr/story/4678979/inside-kyiv-on-the-night-of-ukraines-improbable-world-cup-qualifier-win

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Where are you aiming?

Since today is Pentecost Sunday, I thought it may be apt to consider life in the Holy Spirit. But also our engagement with God. Here are helpful words of Paul from Romans. There is both great hope and thoughtful warning:

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:1-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬

IF one is IN Christ Jesus, there is no condemnation. What incredible hope! Run to Jesus! Trust in Him alone. Daily. “Set your mind”! He will send the Holy Spirit who guides us and moves in us. Wonderful hope.

But Paul gives a contrast at the end of this paragraph…

Don’t set your mind on the flesh.

In this same kind of thought in Col. 3:1-2 he tells the Colossians to “set” their minds on things above.

Lewis said to aim at Heaven and get earth thrown in. Aim at Earth and get neither.

Set your mind each morning and through the day and evening on God.

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100 days, 100k+ helped

Today marks 100 days since the enemy invaded Ukraine. I just sent this to some friends inside Ukraine:

On this 100th day of war…

“Тому й ми, маючи довкола себе таку велику хмару свідків, відкиньмо всяку гордість та гріх, що нас легко обплутує, з терпінням прямуймо до тієї боротьби, яка перед нами, дивлячись на Проводиря і Вершителя віри, на Ісуса, Який, незважаючи на сором, замість належної Йому радості перетерпів хрест і сів праворуч Божого престолу.”
Євреїв 12:1-2 УТТ

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:1-2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

I am filled with hope. I have written a longer update with statistics and stories. You can read it here ⬇️

https://docs.google.com/document/d/17TfByxeodhsbUJ513mDWy-SKlvYTKLE4njDt9xAC7L4/edit

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14 weeks

14 weeks ago the enemy expanded and intensified its attacks on Ukraine.

Today begins the fourth month of expanded and intensified battle.

On the second day of the expanded conflict CEO began sending funds inside Ukraine.

As of right now, we have sent $100,462. May God get all glory.

Thank you.

Many have given. We are so grateful. Like our partners in Ukraine, you are God’s hands and feet. Thanks be to God!

Those funds have been used to send 98,573 meals…

… to bomb shelters, cities and otherwise forgotten and bombed villages.

Thanks to generous donors, over 8,000 have received shelter for between 1-4 days as they fled the raging enemy.

They have found a warm welcome, a hot meal and a safe bed. The vast majority move west.

Some ask to stay. Their kids play safely here.

Many hundreds are hosed by individuals in their homes, about 100 persons now live long term at our partner camp. They are living in housing that was retrofitted for this purpose as the war made the need apparent.

Our generous donors helped make this a reality.

When I think about this outpouring of love from total strangers, my heart swells. In 92 days, God has used us, you have trusted us, to send $100,462.48.

Glory to God alone y’all.

Thank you.

Please keep praying for peace.

Please keep praying for our extraordinary partners.

Please pray we can continue to send funds daily.

Thanks be to God!

GIVE: http://www.ceokids.org/give

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