I’m engaged! : )

January 31, 2008

I proposed to Heather Hollingsworth on Saturday, Januray 26… She said yes! This is her description of our engagement:  

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Anika Bachle, a young lady from our church, hopes to move to Ukraine in February with three of her friends. These girls have made numerous trips to the North East of Ukraine to minister to the 200 orphans in an orphanage in Pravda, near Sumy. They have developed deeper and deeper relationships with these kids, ministered to them in practical ways, shown them love, won their trust, and pointed them to Christ. As heart-wrenching as the love-less lives of the orphans in the orphanage is, their future looks even bleaker… These girls are moving across the world to do everything they can to see the kids they know and love have a brighter future. They call their ministry “Open Arms”, and this is their mission statement: “Reaching out to the broken orphans of Ukraine with Open Arms by providing loving, stable support through which they can begin new lives of hope, dreams, and healing in their Heavenly Father.”

This slideshow will give you a glimpse into their ministry. Please watch it:

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I don’t pray enough…

January 16, 2008

Someone very dear to me was going through a rough time recently. I could tell, and they knew I could… Before I could say much they looked me in the eye and very tiredly said, “I can’t share with you, Donovan”. That ripped a whole in my innards a mile wide… It confirmed something was wrong, and it also told me that I would not be able to help in ways I’d want to if I could…

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Let’s Read!

January 3, 2008

The Thought of God

Books I read in 2007
A Display of God’s Glory – Mark Dever
What Is a Healthy Church? – Mark Dever
The Deliberate Church – Mark Dever
The Radical Reformission – Mark Driscoll
Confessions of a Reformission Rev – Mark Driscoll
The Millennial Maze – Stanley Grenz
Stop Dating the Church – Joshua Harris
The Mortification of Sin, abridged version – John Owen
Why the Government Can’t Save You – John MacArthur
The Morning Comes and Also the Night – Byron McDonald
Brothers, We Are Not Professionals – John Piper
The Total Money Makeover – Dave Ramsey
The Thought of God – Maurice Roberts
Shepherding a Child’s Heart – Tedd Tripp 

Books I read heavily from in 2007
Lots of Bible Commentaries on Genesis, Psalms, I & II Thessalonians, & Titus
Heaven – Randy Alcorn
Elders and Leaders – Gene Getz
Disciplines of a Godly Man – Kent Hughes
Bowling Alone – Robert Putnam
Christian Leaders of the 18th Century – JC Ryle
Lectures to My Students – CH Spurgeon
Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands – Paul David Tripp 

English Standard Version of the Bible – For the record, I did not complete the reading of the entire Bible this year.  I finished the NT goal, but did not make it through the OT Prophets.  I will keep going until finished!  I’m enjoying the reading greatly! 

What did you read in 2007?  What are you going to be reading in 2008?  Do you have any suggestions?  Post a comment and let us know!~Jeff