The Encouraging Word Blog
Author: Rich Rudowske Created: 7/30/2007 9:14 PM
Welcome to the blog! Our family will post updates, musings, and other fun stuff from our experiences in Botswana to work in the ministry of Bible Translation.

Listen to Him
By Rich Rudowske on 2/22/2009 4:47 AM
Sermon for Transfiguration Sunday that I preached at Trinity Lutheran Church, Saint Joseph Michigan Click 'MORE' to read.
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The Open Road
By Rich Rudowske on 2/16/2009 6:23 AM

I just spent 14 of the last 34 hours driving from Saint Louis to Tulsa Oklahoma and back.  As crazy as it sounds, I LOVE driving on the open road, down America's highways.  I feel calm and at peace when cruising down the road.  Chris, Katherine and I have been studying American history the last 16 months and it is so cool to see so many of the places that people were born at or lived in.  Did you know that many significant Civil War battles were fought in central Missouri?  As a youth, George Washington Carver lived in Neosho Missouri, about a half an hour away from Oklahoma. 

Anyways, I guess we got the right job, because we get to travel a l ...

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Book Review: Number One Ladies' Detective Agency
By Rich Rudowske on 2/12/2009 6:40 AM

For our readers who are interested in getting a sort of picture of life in Botswana, I recommend Alexander McCall Smith's Number One Ladies' Detective Agency.  It is a mystery novel of sorts about a detective named Precious Ramotswe who operates a private detective agency in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana.  The novel does a good job of depicting life, language, habits, values, and the ethos of the country of Botswana.  It is not necessarily a family friendly novel.  Chapters 2-4 lay out the backdrop for the main character which include some dark moments.  While unpleasant, the background described is realis ...

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Thank You for February!
By Rich Rudowske on 2/2/2009 7:43 AM

Thankfully January has passed from us once again.  We welcome February and the hope of spring with open arms.  We spent the last day of January driving up to Tulsa from Dallas, meeting Maya, Matt, Josh, and Becca who drove down from Saint Louis, and we enjoyed an evening at a hotel with some family time and swimming and a visit to Safari's Animal Refuge in Broken Arrow. Safari's is a place that rescues big animals who have been held as pets and so on. It is amazing the things that people tried to make into pets and they didn't work. For example, they tell the story of a truck driver who bought a pet cougar at a truck stop and ...

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Texas Travel
By Rich Rudowske on 1/23/2009 7:45 PM

From the great state of Texas howdy!  We visited our Texas home church, Faith Lutheran Grand Prairie, last weekend and had a good time there, it was great to reconnect with them.  It has also been fantastic to reconnect with friends in the neighborhood at the International Linguistic Center, where we lived last year, and to enjoy the milder Texas winter.  Yesterday, the kids and I went to Concordia University in Austin where I had the opportunity to speak at chapel, speak to the mission club, and teach the 'Communication for Church Workers' class.  It was a great opportunity to speak about LBT's mission and also of the importance of 'exegeting' the scriptural text and 'translating' it to whatever culture, group, person, etc that the Lord place you in contact with. 

Additionally, the LCMS's Board for Higher Education for the Concordia University System was on campus and got to hear some of the LBT vision shared in chapel too.  A ...

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Among the Nations
By Rich Rudowske on 1/17/2009 8:46 PM

"And my holy name I will make known in the midst of my people Israel, and I will not let my holy name be profaned anymore.  And the nations will know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.  Behold, it is coming and it will be brought about, declares the Lord God.  That is the day of which I have spoken."  Ezekiel 39:7-8 (ESV)

When one sets out to read some of the prophetic books of the Old Testament, one finds that you have to wade through an enormous amount of historical background questions as well as rightly discern whether you are reading prophetic literature or apocalyptic literature (or a combination of the two).  And distilling all that, you'll find a great deal that has already happened, a great deal that points to Christ, to His church, and to the end times. 

The compelling thing about the historical things in the Bible is that when you think about it, you find that the storie ...

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Begin with Prayer
By Rich Rudowske on 1/16/2009 6:00 AM

6Therefore let everyone who is(J) godly
   offer prayer to you at a time when you(K) may be found;
surely in the rush of(L) great waters,
   they shall not reach him.
Psalm 32:6 (ESV)

I read this passage in my morning devotion a few days ago.&a ...

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Express Birthday Party
By Rich Rudowske on 1/12/2009 7:13 PM

 I am still not sure what happened.  Matt had his 7th birthday party on Saturday.  It was scheduled from 1-3.  His friends that we able to come over apparently had the first day of basketball that same day.  The parents said they could stay for half an hour.  So, with three high energy first grade boys, and Josh our high energy kindergartner, we crammed into a half an hour two games of MonkeyBall 2 on the Gamecube, birthday cake, presents, pin the tail on the donkey and another game of MonkeyBall 2.  It was the most intense birthday celebration I have ever taken part in.  Maya and Chris left.  It was all ...

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Immunizations
By Rich Rudowske on 1/9/2009 5:09 AM

My trip to the travel clinic today reminded me how blessed we are to live in America, where many diseases that ravaged our forefathers have been eradicated.  Of course, in other places in the world, they still exist and thus we must be immunized against them. 

So today I was immunized against Yellow Fever - a horrible disease that once shut down the United Stated Federal government when an epidemic swept through Philadelphia in the mid 1790's.  President Washington retreated to his Viriginia home and because the constitution clearly stipulates that the federal government cannot meet in any place beside the designated place, the government was immobilized and not able to function.  Almost a third of the city's population died that summer.

I also had to start an oral vaccination against typhoid, which is largely unheard of in the US nowadays, but which claims the life of a large percentage of people who get it.  Wilbur ...

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Kid Quotes
By Rich Rudowske on 1/5/2009 11:32 PM

When you have five kids, you are bound to get a good stock of quotable quotes.  That is certainly the case in my family.

Early one morning I am sleeping and Joshua comes in.  He says, "Dad, I think it's morning."  I said, "What makes you think that".  He says, "Because it is light outside and it looks like you need to shave again."

 

At Grandma's house, Becca comes upstairs and says to Grandma Joyce: "I can't be loud anywhere." 

Grandma:"If you go downstairs you can play down there and not worry about being so quiet." 

Becca: "That's what you told me, but when I went down there my mom said I had to be quiet down there too." 

Grandma:  Well you need to do what your mom says.

Bec ...

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