david maxey

November 12, 2008

Busy as a Bee Hive

Filed under: Uncategorized — davidmaxey @ 9:19 am

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I love it when I am surrounded by activity. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy quiet times too. There’s nothing like that time late in the evening, after a day of satisfying work, after supper, after the kids have been tucked into bed for the night, when I can sit on our bed with my back propped up with a pillow, let out a deep breathe, and delve into a good book. But when I am at the church, I like action! At the church, “The more the merrier” becomes my mantra. There is something about the buzz of happy voices and the patter of dozens of feet that thrills me.

 

Yesterday, I led my small group meeting for young married couples. We had a great time of discussion, and had the privilege of welcoming a new couple to our group. It was one of those meetings where we were all “on a roll”, and we didn’t stop till around 9:00 p.m. When we finally said our last prayer and started pulling on our winter gear to leave, I was so blessed to see that our little church building at 9:00 p.m. was abuzz with activity. As I exited the room my group met in, I brushed past two staff members and stepped out into our new addition, where a gaggle of voices were raised in excited discourse. The voices belonged to a group of students studying English in a new English language program we recently started in the church. I poked my head into the room and said “Hi, how are you guys?” in simple English, just for fun. I was rewarded with several responses from the students ranging from, “I am fine, thank you!” to “I am pleased to meet you.” Of all the students, I was most glad to see Pastor Vitaliy from our daughter church in Rakeetnoye. I think that his interest in learning English will pay off big for him in the future.

 

When I finally cut loose and headed for our mini-van in the parking lot, I couldn’t help but contemplate on how proud I am to be the pastor of a church whose people are so tightly knit together in their mutual love for Jesus and each other, that even at 9:00 p.m. on a Tuesday night the church was bursting at the seams due to all their activity!

 

 

November 5, 2008

ElectionS

Filed under: Uncategorized — davidmaxey @ 8:36 am
Does he have a chance of winning?

Does he have a chance of winning? I mean the Great Dane...

Two weeks ago, the citizens of Khabarovsk voted for city mayor. I am sure you missed that one – it never made CNN news. It wasn’t even that exciting to the residents of Khabarovsk. There was no tight, fingernail biting race between the two mayoral candidates. In fact, I would hard put to call it a “race” at all. The candidates were the incumbent mayor of Khabarovsk and some “upstart” that no one ever heard of and even fewer had ever seen. The incumbent mayor of Khabarovsk, with all his years of service, oodles of connections, mountains of cash, and stranglehold on his office was never really threatened by the upstart. In fact, I have been tempted to think that the upstart never really existed in the first place. Maybe he was just a fictional figure, a ghost, or a shadow to box with? No one was surprised at the outcome of the election – of course the well- supplied incumbent won the day. No one was stricken with grief, except, perhaps, the upstart. No one was elated with joy that their candidate had won! Why? There really was no choice in the matter. Though there were two names on the ballot, there was only one name to vote for. Totally predictable; totally boring; totally blah. Now, we thank God for our mayor, and yes, we pray for him. He’s doing a fine job. It would be great if some day he were challenged by a worthy opponent that had more of a hen’s chance in a fox den of surviving a political race against him.

 

Some of you may be disheartened by the outcome of the recent presidential elections in the States. Some of you may be thrilled. Whatever you’re feeling today, thank God you had a free choice. Thank God that there was a true, nail biting race between two capable candidates. Thank God that your vote counted. Thank God that you as a believer have the right to freely pray tremendously powerful, nation-shaking prayers for your country and president. Thank God that God’s Word never changes no matter what comes and His promises are sure. Whatever happens, your life in Christ is secure. God is ALWAYS for you and He ALWAYS loves you. Jesus said that you are the salt of the earth, and remember that a little salt goes a long, long ways. Lastly, keep this in mind: there is a ton of salt in America!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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