The Nurse Theologian is a weekly on-line journal by Mike Peek. Mike is a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and a Registered Nurse. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas a Arlington and a Master of Theological Studies from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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My Thoughts from Reading Leviticus 12-14.20 this Morning
The law was used to protect people from infection. I don't fully understand a woman being considered unclean after childbirth. Also her uncleanness is doubled for a female child over a male child. She also must have a time of purification which is also doubled for a female child. After this time of purification she must bring to the priest a lamb as a burnt offering and a turtledove or a pigeon as a sin offering. I don't understand what is going on here, but I suspect it has something to do with creation. Man created in the image of God and woman being created from man. Also suspected it has something to do with original sin and the curse.
The laws regarding leprosy and skin infections were to protect the people. They lived in a camp, and tents at close quarters. This was to prevent infection from spreading through the camp. The law also was given for someone who had been healed of leprosy. There were many healed of leprosy by Jesus. Once clean a very detailed process takes place to allow the person to come back into the camp. Several animals are are killed to make the person ceremonially clean. This constantly shows are filthy state before the Lord and our need to be cleansed. We all are lepers in the sight of God without the life and blood of Jesus Christ.
Bibliography New American Standard Bible. (1995). The Lockman Foundation.
Please, Please, Please open your mouth and preach the gospel!
Recently I was asked to do two things: 1) Think back to my own experience of how I was evangelized and describe the experience. 2) If I could go back and give advice to the person or people who ministered to me what would it be?
I began running as a young child. At the age of 5, I ran my first mile with my dad. At the age of 10, I wanted a pair of running shoes like the big runner’s wear. My dad challenged me, if I could run 5 consecutive miles at less than 8 minutes per mile he would by me a pair of running shoes. I met the challenge and he bought me the shoes. While at the runner’s store there was a flyer for an upcoming 10k race. My dad signed us both up for the race. The next year my dad was too busy with work to run with me, but we had new neighbors across the street. I noticed that this man would come home every evening and go for a run. I began running with him, at the time he was pursuing a doctorate at D. T. S., …
Suffering: The state of undergoing pain, distress, or hardship.Death: The end of the life of a person.Intensive Care Unit: A department of a hospital in which patients who are dangerously ill are kept under constant observation.
I cannot continue doing what I have done for the past 21 years. My last day in the intensive care unit will be January 4, 2019. I will be transitioning to Cardiac Rehabilitation. This will be a completely different type of nursing. Cardiac Rehabilitation combines my love of aerobic exercise, knowledge of cardiology and love of people suffering with heart disease. I will be able to invest in their lives in a way that I was never able to do before.
These past 5 days are an example of what my work has been like for the past 21 years: I worked 4, 12 ½ hour shifts. I took care of 10 persons, all of whom suffered but some greater than others. A woman 10 years younger than I suffered a myocardial infarction (heart attack); a woman suffered greatly in the i…
The defining mission of the church is to make disciples of all the nations, initiate the new disciples into fellowship through the ordinance of baptism in the name of the Triune God and teach them to observe all that Jesus commanded the first disciples; doing so by the power of the Holy Spirit. For this reason, Matthew 28:18-20 has been called the great commission because Jesus, who has all authority in heaven and on earth (Mt 28:18) commissioned his disciples to do just that. There is an utterance of this great commission at the end of each gospel account and the beginning of Acts. (cf. Mk 16:15, Lk 24:46-48, Jn 20:21, and Acts 1:8) Why? Because evangelism and discipleship are the church’s purpose for existing.
For this reason, evangelism and discipleship cannot be separated. They are wholly dependent on one another. Jesus did not commission his disciples at the beginning of his ministry, but at the conclusion, and before his ascension. However, He did send them out on practice evang…