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Church History

Do you love the Scripture? How about the book of Acts? Acts is church history. The church was birthed on the Day of Pentecost and continues to this day. There is a rich and vibrant history that is the Church of Jesus Christ.   The Day of Pentecost When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance. (Acts 2:1-4)  People often take things out of the Day of Pentecost that are not intended by the writer and others ignore what was intended. What we should take out of this is that the way God has related to man in the past has changed. Jewish people associated the outpouring of the Spirit especially with the end of…
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The Ruler of the Sea

The Ruler of the Sea
Psalms 89:9
You rule the swelling of the sea; When its waves rise, You still them.

This morning I awoke aboard a seafaring vessel. Psalm 89 was part of my morning reading plan. I read this passage while looking out over the sea and I was reminded by the fact that we control nothing. The Lord God is in control of everything; therefore, we must put all of our trust in the Lord alone, He alone can calm the waves. All that we have is a merciful-gracious gift from our heavenly Father. He created heaven and earth and sea and all that is in them. All human beings are created in His image but none of us except Jesus Christ are God.
Mark 4:39-41
And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”
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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…

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…