Paganism and the Church

I forgot to post about a month ago that I got another chance to preach at church recently. Our church is going through the book of Revelation, and I got to teach on the letter to the church of Thyatira in chapter 2. It was a lot of fun, and I hope to get to do it again sometime soon. My friend Volodya is translating for me. We had a really cool dynamic with speaking and translating.

If you’d like to listen to the sermon, you’ll have to get past the podcast intro (it’s in Ukrainian) which is about a minute long.

Here’s the description from our church’s website:

Do you ever feel like you need to do God a favor before He does you a favor? Where does this idea come from? Why do we try to earn God liking us or answering our prayers? These are actually pagan practices that entered the church while John the Apostle was still alive; however, this wasn’t ok with John, and it’s not ok with Jesus. David Snead shares out of Revelation 2 on how pagan ideas a practices entered the church and how we still do these things today.

Click here to listen.

David got to preach in Ukrainian

A couple of weeks ago, while we were with friends in the mountains, I (David) got to give a sermon just among our friends there. It was a really cool opportunity to grow in that gifting. Please pray for me as I keep trying to get better at speaking (and teaching) in Ukrainian. I still stutter a lot, say “uh” and “um”, and have trouble remembering a few words, but it’s definitely a start. 😀

If you understand Ukrainian (as some of the readers of this blog do 😀 😀 ) you can listen to the message by clicking here. The message is called, “Чи ти ситий?”

God is faithful…

God is really amazing, and I just want to take a moment to dwell on that. At the beginning of this year, before we were invited to come back to L’viv, I was praying through my “Yearly Request List”. Now, most people have “New Year’s Resolutions”, but those kinds of things have never worked in my life. What God has led me to instead is, at the beginning of each year, to sit, write down, and pray through a list of requests for the upcoming year. One of those things that I felt I was supposed to pray about was an opportunity to teach the Bible at our church. At first glance, I thought the probability of that was practically nil, because we had no idea where we would be in the few months after that. We were praying and praying, and every door we came to either just didn’t seem right or God closed it for us. It was a hard season.

Well, fast forward a few months, and almost everything else on that list has already come to pass as well, and it’s only August! That’s not to say that life’s been perfect, but Katya and I are back in ministry, we’re serving, helping, growing as a family… and I got to teach at my church last Saturday.

If you would like to listen to the sermon (it’s in English and Ukrainian), please click here.