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The Lessor and the Greater Revelation

Dear Neighbor, I created and printed a gospel tract. I say created in the since that I took the things that God created and formed them into a message. The truth is that I cannot create anything, only God can create from nothing; we however, can take the things that God has made and form them. The tract that I formed is from God’s material and it is two sided just like the revelation of God. On one side is a picture and on the other side are words. Each side is a representation of God’s revelation. The picture represents the natural revelation, the created world that we live in and walk on. The words represent the special revelation, that is the Word of God.  The picture was taken by my wife when we were visiting Hawaii. It depicts earth, vegetation, mountains, light, sky, water and a rainbow. I chose this picture because it so vividly depicts natural revelation.  When I look at this picture, much less the actual scene, I know that there is a powerful creator who made these things. The

Lord’s Day: September 12, 2001

Dear Neighbor, In the beginning, God created all things. I was created in the image of God; therefore, I ought to be perfect as my heavenly Father is perfect. But I am not perfect, I have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God. I know that the wages of sin is death, but I trust that the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  I believe that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. God said of him, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” (Mt. 3:17) Jesus came preaching the gospel of God and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mk. 1:15) Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and he was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures. I know that salvation from sin and death is already not yet. I trust that I will be saved from sin and death but this has not yet occurred. The apostle Paul Wrote in Ephesians

September 11th

Dear Neighbor, What were you doing 20 years ago today when two aircraft hit the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City? I remember the day very well. I was working in the Cardiovascular ICU at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, Texas. I had driven to work on gas fumes. The gas take of my car was nearly empty but I did not stop because I would be late to work if I did. As things began to unfold on the T.V. screen, there were news reports of long lines at the gas stations, as people bought up all of the gas. Many people were in a panic, afraid that the country was at war. I became afraid that I might not make it home that evening because I knew that I needed to get gasoline to make it home. When I left the hospital that evening, I had to go to several gas stations before I found one with fuel. It was not the Lord’s will that I should be stranded but made it home to my wife and children safe and sound.  My wife and I had just moved to the Tyler, Texas area in July of that y

Wearing a Face Covering is About Loving Others

Dear Neighbor, Yesterday I stood among a group of ICU nurses feeling the burden of the present situation within our hospital. About two weeks ago I wrote a letter to the elders of my congregation about the situation within our hospital, my concerns for the congregation and my concerns for our community. The nurses feel as though we are living in an episode of the Twilight Zone. A tragedy is occurring in our community but the community is living as if nothing is wrong. People are disappearing but no one notices. Within the hospital that I work for there are 200 persons admitted with Covid-Pnuemonia; this is 200 persons above the normal admissions in the hospital.  A person is not admitted to the hospital because they have Covid but when they are not able to oxygenate there bodies by normal means. Of the 200 persons admitted into the hospital with Covid-Pneumonia, about 100 persons are on a ventilator. It seems that when a person is placed on a ventilator with Covid-Pneumonia they do not

Sovereign Overall

Dear Neighbor, Do you believe that the Lord your God is sovereign overall? Job’s friends believed that God gives good things to good people and bad things to wicked people, but Job understood that this is not the way of the Lord. God tears down, and what God tears down cannot be rebuilt. When God imprisons a man, he cannot be released by anyone but the Lord. When God decides that it will not rain everything drys up but when God decides that it will rain no man can stop it. God created both the misled and the one who does the misleading; they are both in the hands of the Lord. God makes the rich poor and make fools out of councilors. God allows one man to rule and takes away the rule of another. God causes men to walk barefoot and overthrows those who thought that they had security. God takes away the discernment of the elders and keeps the mouth of trusted ones closed. God can pour contempt on the noble man and bind up the strong. Whatever a man hides the Lord can bring to light. Throu

Worship Songs

Dear Neighbor, I truly love mornings and my favorite of the week is Sunday morning. Daily I send time in prayer, I read the word, and I write a letter to you my neighbor, but on Sunday morning I send time in fellowship of the word with others. First, we enjoy a time of Bible study and then a time of corporate worship. Call to worship at Sylvania Church usually begins with a reading of one of the Psalms, followed by a set of worship songs. There is an interlude and prayer. During prayer, the pastor will either adapt one of the Psalms as a prayer or he will read a historical prayer from the Valley of Vision. After the interlude more worship songs are song by the congregation, then the pastor preaches expositorily from a text of Scripture, picking up where he left off the week before.  When I say that I enjoy Sunday morning, I must confess that I really enjoy everything that I have mentioned except for the singing of worship songs. Sunday morning Bible study, the call to worship, public r

Image of God

Dear neighbor, It is my daily plan and habit to write a letter to God. It is the way the I pray to my heavenly Father first thing each morning. After which I read the letter that he wrote to us in the Scriptures. I try to take what he has spoken to me and write a letter to you my neighbor. However, this morning I ran out of time I was not able to write to you my neighbor from the text of scripture that I read this morning. Now I am at work taking care two of my neighbors very ill in the intensive care unit. Therefore, I want to write to you at this time tell you I love you. I may have never met you but I do have love for you because you were created in the image of God. Michael Peek The Nurse Theologian Your Servant for Jesus’ Sake