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Book Review: Out of the Far Corners

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Today I finished the book, Out of the Far Corners, by Peter Iliyn. This is the story of Vanya Iliyn, Peter's father, as told to Peter. Vanya spent the first quarter of his life traveling from Russia through China, Australia, South America and finally stopping in the United States.

Vanya and his siblings were orphaned at a young age and not long after that were separated, sent to different families to be looked after. Throughout his life, Vanya faced abuse, rejection and neglect yet he never once abandoned his faith in God nor did he allow his circumstances to cause him to grow bitter.

What I love about this book is the relationship between Vanya and God. Repetitively, we see Vanya finding some quiet place to just be with God. We see him crying out to God to be delivered or protected and time after time God comes through. God is on full display in the life of this man. We see God speak clearly to Vanya and his family, directing, guiding and leading in every aspect. We see God answ…

Come Boldly

I've been arrested by the thought of Jesus as my High Priest. As I've thought more about it, I became even more aware of the fact that I've always had access to God. Never in any of my years on earth, have I not had full and complete access to God. (Not to say that I haven't always taken advantage of it.) I can't imagine not being able to pray openly to God, addressing Him as Father in every day conversation or being asked to constantly give sacrifices for my sin. Could you imagine? Not being able to go to God with everything and anything that was on our hearts? Every worry or concern? Not being freely cleansed of sin just because we asked, but that we had to go and make sacrifice after sacrifice? I can't imagine that only one man, once a year, could enter into the Holy of Holies on behalf of every individual and that only he would be able to enter the presence of God. Because of what Christ has done, because He was obedient to the Father, He gave not only salv…

Who? What? Where? Why? When? How?

In one of the ministries I'm involved in, we recently started a small group series. The first series is on Trusting God. As I was preparing for the first meeting, reading over a selected chapter of a book and going over the questions we were going to ask, the Lord started speaking to me specifically on asking why. (or who, what, where, when, and how for that matter.) Over the last few months, the Lord has been speaking to me about keeping my hands out of the cookie jar, so to speak. He has emphasized not manipulating situations to get my desired situation or results, but to trust Him to bring about His will.

I'm in a place in my life right now, where there is so much uncertainty. But here is what I do know:
I know that the Lord has told me that He is going to do a new thing in my life.
I know that the Lord sent me on the mission trip to New Jersey.
I know that the Lord has me working at the job that I am right now.
I know that He has me serving in the ministries I am serving …