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Ukraine: August 2018

Landing in Kiev By Ryan Itzel In the summer of 2017, Daniel Russell (now my brother-in Law) and I began talking about going on a missions trip. We had just met and started hanging out earlier that year. Both being fans of music, we decided to try out something known as "busking," a term that simply describes "playing music on the street." During the summer of 2017 we went out "busking" nearly every week, and sometimes more! Over that summer, some of the people who passed by would tip us, and we ended up with a little less than $1000 in total. Mid way through our summer side job, we talked about how we should use the money. With some time, we agreed we wanted to use the money for the spread of the gospel overseas. This was the beginning of the planning of what would be one of the most impactful trips of my life. The Journey As the year went by, through prayer and discussion, the details of the trip began to come together. We decided to go to Ukraine to work

Proverbial Wisdom: Flee from Sexual Immorality

By Ryan Itzel Four years ago, my pastor told me, “The greatest need for a young person like you, is wisdom.” After all these years, those words have remained in my mind, proving to be true time and time again. Wisdom is a necessity that we cannot go without. In James 1:5, this truth is declared,  “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” The wrong response many of us have, including myself far too often, is that this verse is referring to others and not ourselves. In every moment of every day, we need godly wisdom to respond as Christ would respond, to live as Christ would have us life, and to reject the sin which Christ died to atone. I say this by way of introduction, as the need and necessity of wisdom must be understood if we are to receive the teachings of the Scriptures with humility. Proverbs 7 Proverbs chapter 7 was written by Solomon and pictures a father instructing his son in the

Theocratic Anointing

By Matt Auxt Can someone lose their salvation? Certain texts like Psalm 51:11 seem to hint at it at first glance. But that’s not what is intended to be learned from such a passage. It is important to understand Scripture as a whole, not isolating passages and the roles that God plays within His Word from the context. It is important to understand the full didactic of the Bible (what the whole Bible teaches on the matter). The Holy Spirit has His specific work throughout Scripture, and it is important to understand His role in these passages. This post intends to show the work of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament and the New Testament, and how God majestically shows His glory through His theocracy. The Duties of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament and the New Testament It is evident through Scripture that God does not change (Heb. 13:8). Through this theological point of Christ’s immutable character, one can also say that all three persons of the Trinity do not change since the

To the Measure of the Stature of the Fullness of Christ

By Ryan Itzel             The Christian life is one of not only knowing the truth, but also practically implementing that truth. Followers of Christ must accompany good theology with practical application. This week will feature a brief look into the book of Ephesians and will seek to explain the theology of 4:7-16, and accurately apply it using the full context of the epistle. It is my hope with this post to encourage you to remember the greatness of our God, how He has called us to live, and the blessings He has given the church for edification. Since the book of Ephesians is an epistle (letter), written by the apostle Paul to the church of Ephesus during the first century A.D., it is important to understand the part (verses out of a chapter) by the whole. [1] The Roman emperor at the time was Nero. He was a wicked ruler who hated Christians and promoted their murder for his own entertainment. Paul wrote this letter while he was imprisoned in Rome, and thus refers to himself as