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       The Bible




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The Bible
We want everyone to get it!
         EEM
   Eastern European
       Missions

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• We cannot
  describe the
  horror of that
  day, or the
  sacrifices of
  so many, and
  the senseless
  loss of human
  life. Our
  prayers are
  with those
  who lost
  loved ones.
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This morning, we turn our
  thoughts to The Bible!
  We want everyone to get it!
   That’s the goal of EEM:
     Eastern European
           Missions

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     50th Anniversary of EEM
• Last Thursday evening, Carolyn, Ken, and I
  attended the Dinner in Fort Worth, in honor
  of 50 years of work by European Missions.
  Ken has to be out of town today, but he was
  impressed by the accounts we were told, and
  said he was glad that though we are a small
  congregation, we can have a part in such a
  great work.

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            On the Table:
• As we sat down to the table, there were two
  items of food on the table: a salad, and a
  piece of cake. The meal that goes between
  these would be served a bit later. As we
  finished the salad and looked at the cake,
  there was no one to stop us, and I had a bit
  of the dessert.



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     A special treat coming
• As the program progressed, there were hints
  that there was a special treat coming. It was
  referred to as “The Train Story.” Nine o’clock
  was approaching, and what was “The Train
  Story”? Then it came!




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“The Train
  Story”
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“The Train Story”
• One of the Christians in a Communist country
  was riding on a train to get to his destination.
  The Conductor came through the train and
  noticed that the Christian had a Bible. He
  told the Bible from him and asked who he
  was, and what the book was. He said, oh, I’m
  a Christian, and that is my Bible. The
  Conductor said, “Well, you’re an intelligent,
  educated man, you won’t be needing this,”
  and threw his Bible out the window.
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     “But mine was marked up”
• A short time after reaching his destination,
  he met one of the Christians working with
  EEM. He noticed that he looked very sad,
  and asked what had happened. He explained
  how he had lost his Bible. His friend said,
  “Don’t worry; we will get you another one.”
  He said, “But mine was marked up, and I
  could find anything I was looking for.”

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          Two years later!
• About two years passed, and the two friends
  met again. This time, the man who had lost
  his Bible was smiling and happy as he was
  before losing his Bible. He was asked what
  happened, and he said, “I got my Bible back!
  Two boys were playing by the railroad track
  and found my Bible and took it to their
  parents who recognized it as a Bible.

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    We had to have a copy!
• He had put his name and address in his Bible,
  so they mailed it back after having had it for
  two years. There was a note in the Bible. I
  said, “We apologize for keeping your Bible for
  so long, but it took us a long time to copy it!”




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      They copied and shared
• That couple shared the Bible and their faith,
  and a church was begun.

• As I listened to the stories that evening, I was
  touched, and I wanted to share some of my
  thoughts with you.



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    Those who sat in darkness
• (Isa 9:2 NKJV) The people who walked in
  darkness Have seen a great light; Those who
  dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,
  Upon them a light has shined.




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     Christ Refers to this verse
• (Mat 4:13-17 NKJV) And leaving Nazareth, He
  came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by
  the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and
  Naphtali, {14} that it might be fulfilled which
  was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:
  {15} "The land of Zebulun and the land of
  Naphtali, By the way of the sea, beyond the
  Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles:

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    Christ Refers to this verse
• (Mat 4:13-17 NKJV) {16} The people who sat
  in darkness have seen a great light, And upon
  those who sat in the region and shadow of
  death Light has dawned." {17} From that
  time Jesus began to preach and to say,
  "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at
  hand."



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The people who sat in darkness
• Today, I see another fulfillment of that prophecy as
  people in the former Soviet Union, are now seeing
  the light.




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     Ministers of education are
         requesting Bibles
• One district asked for Bibles in the middle of
  the winter, and said they would come and get
  them in school buses and other vehicles.
• We saw the video as buses loaded with
  Bibles struggled to get through the snow.
• We saw a teacher talking to her students and
  telling them they were not to talk, and that
  they were to pay attention because these
  were words from God.
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      How is America Doing?
• (Mat 12:41-42 NKJV) "The men of Nineveh
  will rise up in the judgment with this
  generation and condemn it, because they
  repented at the preaching of Jonah; and
  indeed a greater than Jonah is here. {42}
  "The queen of the South will rise up in the
  judgment with this generation and condemn
  it, for she came from the ends of the earth to
  hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a
  greater than Solomon is here.
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  Are we experiencing a famine in
             the land?
• (Amos 8:11 KJV) Behold, the days come, saith
  the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the
  land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for
  water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:




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 The children of the Kingdom will
            be cast out.
• (Mat 8:11-12 NKJV) "And I say to you that
  many will come from east and west, and sit
  down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the
  kingdom of heaven. {12} "But the sons of the
  kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness.
  There will be weeping and gnashing of
  teeth."

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 God has greatly blessed America
• O beautiful for spacious skies,
  For amber waves of grain,
  For purple mountain majesties
  Above the fruited plain!
  America! America!
  God shed his grace on thee
  And crown thy good with brotherhood
  From sea to shining sea!

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EEM Inspires Child to Give Bibles
               • Jonathan, 8 years old,
                 has dedicated his
                 summer to raising money
                 for EEM in order to give
                 Bibles to school children
                 in Ukraine! Jonathan’s …
                 efforts . . .translated into
                 real children getting real
                 Bibles.


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EEM Puts Bibles in Schools
          • We recently received this letter
            from Elina, a fellow worker in
            EEM who lives in Russia . . .
            Through her efforts, EEM was
            given the opportunity to place
            children’s Bibles in the hands of
            kindergartners at a local Russian
            school. These children will learn
            to read using the stories of the
            Bible

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Part of the Youth Program Team




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Youth Camps where the Bible is
          studied




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Youth Camps where the Bible is
          studied




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Being Baptized as a result of
        Bible Study




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Bible Study at Lenin's Statue




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 National Bible Competition Held In
     Ukraine For Public Schools
Two boys at the competition   Teams from 23 of the 26 states in
                              Ukraine met at a Bible competition
                              event on March 18, 2011, in the
                              Ostroh, Rivne, region. Almost three
                              times more teams participated
                              than the sponsors were expecting.
                              EEM Vice-President for European
                              Operations, Bart Rybinski, attended
                              the event and provided the
                              following information.Held at the
                              “Ostroh Academy,” which is a
                              national university that dates back
                              to the 1500s, the official title of the
                              event is: “Ukrainian Olympic
                              Competition for Young
                              Connoisseurs of the Bible.”

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National Bible Competition Held In
    Ukraine For Public Schools
                         • The event was co-sponsored by
 Just before it starts     the Ukrainian Ministry of
                           Education and Science, the
                           Ukrainian Bible Society, and
                           Eastern European Mission (EEM).
                           Competition is for students in
                           grades 1 – 11. The goal of the
                           competition is “to increase
                           student interest in the Bible, to
                           raise a spiritually rich national
                           consciousness, to involve
                           students in studying moral and
                           spiritual courses and to
                           encourage educators and parents
                           to pursue spiritual, moral-aimed
                           subjects.”
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  National Bible Competition Held In
      Ukraine For Public Schools
• The following is taken directly from the information
  sent to schools:
• Below are descriptions of the events included in the
  competition.
• For grades 1 – 2: Oral narration on the topic — “My
  favorite passage from the Bible” (approximately 15
  sentences).
• For grades 3 – 4: Oral narration on the topic —
  “Birth and childhood years of Jesus Christ”
  (approximately 20 sentences). The student also
  must take a written test to measure knowledge of
  the Scriptures.
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  National Bible Competition Held In
      Ukraine For Public Schools
• For grade 5: Oral narration on the topic – “Wisdom in
  the life of Bible characters and its defense.” The
  student also must take a written test to measure
  knowledge of the Scriptures.
• For grade 6: “Composition of an original parable that
  has moral and ethical content on one of the following
  suggested topics: About love and friendship, About
  mercy, About kindness, About obedience, About
  integrity, About honesty, About justice, About mutual
  aid, and its defense.” The student also must take a
  written test to measure knowledge of the Scriptures.

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  National Bible Competition Held In
      Ukraine For Public Schools
• For grades 7 – 9: Essay on the topic – “Biblical
  aphorisms and their meaning in the Biblical
  context and their defense.” The student also
  must take a written test to measure knowledge
  of the Scriptures.
• For grades 10 – 11: Essay on the topic – “Biblical
  plots in the creative works of native and foreign
  poets and writers of the 19th and 20th centuries
  and their defense.” The student also must take a
  written test to measure knowledge of the
  Scriptures.

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       In Addition to this:
• Prisoners are being baptized in prisons.
• Churches are being organized in prisons with
  worship services.
• As already indicated, the cry is for more
  Bibles.




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       Then this reminder:
• (Mat 24:6-14 NKJV) "And you will hear of
  wars and rumors of wars. See that you are
  not troubled; for all these things must come
  to pass, but the end is not yet. {7} "For nation
  will rise against nation, and kingdom against
  kingdom. And there will be famines,
  pestilences, and earthquakes in various
  places. {8} "All these are the beginning of
  sorrows.
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       Then this reminder:
• (Mat 24:6-14 NKJV) {9} "Then they will
  deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and
  you will be hated by all nations for My
  name's sake. {10} "And then many will be
  offended, will betray one another, and will
  hate one another. {11} "Then many false
  prophets will rise up and deceive many. {12}
  "And because lawlessness will abound, the
  love of many will grow cold.
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       Then this reminder:
• (Mat 24:6-14 NKJV) {13} "But he who
  endures to the end shall be saved. {14} "And
  this gospel of the kingdom will be preached
  in all the world as a witness to all the
  nations, and then the end will come.




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Are you ready? Are we ready?
• Bibles are all around is, but do those who are
  all around us know the Bible?
• More importantly, do they know God?
• Do our lives show it?
• When the Lord comes back, will we be cast
  out because we were only lukewarm at best.



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 Lukewarm is not good enough
• (Rev 3:15-16 NKJV) "I know your works, that
  you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you
  were cold or hot. {16} "So then, because you
  are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will
  vomit you out of My mouth.




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Are you
ready?
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We want everyone to get it!




       The Bible




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