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Honor Your Mother

As a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ we are in no way under the Old Covenant Law, nor are we without law but under the law of Christ. The Law of Christ is the law of love, the example of Christ, the teaching of Christ, the teaching of Christ’s apostles, and all of Scripture in light of Christ. Even though new covenant believers are not under old covenant law, all of Scripture is applicable because we can receive principles from the old covenant law.1 Such is the case with the old covenant law to honor your father and your mother. (cf.Ex.20:12) We can see this in the example of Christ with regard to His mother, the teaching of Christ about treatment of mother and father, the teaching of the apostle Paul, (cf.Eph.6:2) and in all of Scripture because it is a good principle that is applicable in the lives of new covenant believers. This morning I would like to talk about the example of Christ with regard to His mother during his crucifixion. (cf.Jn.19:25-27) In this passage Jesus comme…
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Redemption

This is what I have been thinking about today; therefore, I have written it down. God created the heavens and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. All human beings are created in the image of God; therefore, all human beings are to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect. Sin can be described in many ways, but it is essentially falling short of our created purpose. The penalty for sin is death, which occurs in three phases: 1) Spiritual death: When our first parents Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, God expelled them from the garden, away from His presence; therefore, all of their children are born spiritually dead. For this reason Jesus said, “Unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 2) Physical death: On the day that Adam and Eve were expelled from the garden, God told them that life would now be difficult and at the end of their days their bodies would return to the dirt of the earth from which they were made, then …

Life on Mission

As a Christian, I desire to preach the gospel to the lost but as a nurse, I have found doing so difficult, because people in the hospital are in a place of brokenness. I do not want to say something that will add to their suffering. I know that any method that excludes sin, righteousness and judgment ignores the reason a person needs the gospel. And any method that does not exhort unbelievers to repent and believe is frivolous. 
So, how can nurses share the gospel with hurting patients and their family without excluding the necessary elements of the gospel and be gracious while doing so? I would like to share a method that a Christian-Nurse or any Christian for that matter can use to preach the gospel to hurting people without excluding the necessary elements of the gospel and be gracious while doing so. First, really listen, I have had many patients and family members of patients share their burdens with me. After listening to their burdens, ask if you can pray for them. After lifti…

For the Church

Yesterday I received a Master of Theological Studies degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. During the commencement exercises, Dr. Duesing (provost) said: “Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary offers a number of master’s degree programs: including the Master of Theological Studies, multiple Master of Arts degrees, and a Master of Divinity, and a Master of Theology. Each program consists of uniquely designed curriculum, but all are meant to equip our students for the church.”1 Then at the conclusion, Dr. Jason Allen (president) read 2 Timothy 3:16-4:5 in order that he might press upon us from the words of Scripture, a call to faithfulness.2 This morning I was thinking about this exhortation and what it is that the Lord would have me doing now that I have been sent out as a graduate of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. When the Lord saved me, I did two things: Firstly, I was led to joyfully worship the Lord. Secondly, I was led to go tel…

THE LIFE AND ENQUIRY OF WILLIAM CAREY

The famous London Baptist preacher, C. H. Spurgeon said in 1873: “Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.”1 Was he saying that every believer must move overseas and preach the gospel? This would be unlikely and unreasonable because there would be no believers remaining in his or her homeland if this were to occur and some are not physically able. It is more likely that he was saying that the heart of every believer in Christ Jesus must be aligned with the mission of God. All Christians are to be involved in missions: some will go overseas, and some will send others through financial support and continual prayer. In some way, all believers are involved in missions or they are an imposter.2 On February 10, 1779 William Carey was converted to Christ at a Congregationalist worship service in Hackleton. Prior to his conversion, Carey did not have much of an acquaintance with ministers; therefore, after his conversion he began drawing all of his theology from Scripture alone. …

Truth and Goodness in Non-Christian Religions

Can we affirm the presence of truth and goodness in non-Christian religions and, if so, on what basis? “There is no reason to maintain that everything taught by non-Christian religions is false or that there is nothing of value in them.”[1]This statement quoted by Keith Johnson was originally written by Harold Netland, it gives the answer to the question, “Can we affirm the presence of truth and goodness in non-Christian religions?” Most non-Christian religions affirm a form of what is called the golden rule: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Therefore, the answer is yes, we can affirm the presence of truth and goodness in non-Christian religions. The real question is on what basis?  Keith Johnson explains that there is truth and goodness in non-Christian religions on the basis of general revelation, indirect influence of the Scriptures (special revelation), and common grace. Human beings were created in the image of God; therefore, we long for a relationship with God b…

Book Review: Adoniram Judson

Duesing, Jason G., ed. Adoniram Judson: A Bicentennial Appreciation of The Pioneer American Missionary. Nashville: B & H Academic, 2012. Biographical Sketch of the Editor Jason G. Duesing is the Provost and Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Duesing was previously on faculty at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, where he earned his Ph.D. in Historical Theology and Baptist studies in 2008. He also earned a M.Div. at Southeastern Seminary and a B.A. in Speech Communications from Texas A&M University at College Station, Texas. Dr. Duesing has had several publications beginning in 2007.[1] Summary of Contents A book should be read chronologically from beginning to end but when one explains the purpose, beginning at the end is often more advantages; especially when the ending contains the purpose statement.  Dr. Duesing explains that the purpose of this book about Adoniram…