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Believe in the Light

Mike Peek, a disciple of Jesus Christ and servant of God called according to His purpose: Grace to you and peace in the name of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior. I took this photograph on the evening of May 20, 2018, from a friend's boat dock. I like the pick because it reminds me of the words of Christ, While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of Light . 1  Three days a week I work 12  1/2  hour shifts in an intensive care unit but I have four days a week free from those duties. On my days off it is my routine to run a 10k early in the morning. This picture is of the evening, but it reminds me of those early morning runs because the scene and lighting are similar. I run an out and back course from my home. The turn around point is at the end of the levy-dam on Lake Tyler. As I run along the levy-dam I am headed east just as the sun begins to rise above the tree tops. My thoughts are often reflecting on th

Faith, Love, and Hope

Yesterday I was given the privilege to teach a Sunday School class at Sylvania Church. The passage is 1 Thessalonians 1:3. The following is a summary of what the Lord gave me to teach. I hope that it benefits your walk with our Lord. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. New Testament letters have four features: They are intended to be authoritative.[1] They are situational.[2] They are carefully written and Delivered.[3] They are intended for the Christian Community.[4] New Testament letters have three main parts: An introduction[5] A body[6] A conclusion[7] The entire letter is meant to be read in its entirety to the congregation. The body of the letter is situational. The conclusion may include travel plans, commendation of coworkers, prayer and prayer request, greetings, final instructions and exhortations, autograph, benediction and doxology. The introduction usually includes the name of the author(s), the name(s) of the recipient(s), a greeting,

What is the Gospel?

These were the words of Jesus when He began His ministry in Galilee. Jesus demonstrated Himself to be the Christ, the Son of God by many signs and wonders. (Jn. 20:30-31) The gospel is His teaching ministry and His sacrificial death on the cross for the sins of His disciples and His victorious bodily resurrection from the dead. All authority has been given to Him in heaven and on earth. He commissioned His disciples to go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that He commanded them. (Mt. 28:18-20) He promised the Holy Spirit to accompany them on the way. (Jn. 15:26-27) These men witnessed His ascension into heaven and were told by two angels that He would return in the same way in which they saw Him go into heaven. (Acts 1:1-11) Christ is now seated at the right hand of the Father God (Heb. 1:3, 13) and will return with His angels on a day and hour of the Father’s choos

Personal Note

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, There are three things that I enjoy doing most in this world: running, reading, and talking about Jesus. I do not care about sports, politics or business which leaves me out of most conversations. I write, because it gives me a platform on which I might talk about Jesus and the Christian life. In the spring of 2010 (eight years ago) the Lord God put it in my heart and mind to participant in the Great Commission: All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. 1 I had not grown up in a home where discipleship was taught and my exposure to the church body was nominal; therefore, when I came to faith in Christ my theological knowledge was infantile. The Lord granted me time to mature by reading His wor

National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday. These permanent dates enhance planning and position National Nurses Week as an established recognition event. As of 1998, May 8 was designated as National Student Nurses Day, to be celebrated annually. And as of 2003, National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week (May 6-12) each year. 1   Florence Nightingale is credited with modern nursing theory and the development of nursing schools; 2 however, nursing did not begin with Florence Nightingale. The nurse historian Josephine Dolan said, “Even after nineteen hundred years it is difficult to fully comprehend the impact of the birth of Jesus Christ and His teaching on society and the care of the sick.” 3 Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved, you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My di

Critical Evaluation: The Good of Marriage by Augustine of Hippo

Photo from The Fathers of the Church: Saint Augustine Treatises on Marriage and Other Subjects, The Good of Marriage. Translated by Charles T. Wilcox. Washington: The Catholic University of America Press, 1955. Biographical Sketch of the Author Augustine was born in 354 A. D. in North Africa. His mother was a Christian, but his father was not. Augustine grew up as a student of rhetoric, which taught him how to write and speak with eloquence. During his studies he read the philosopher Cicero which gave him a desire to seek truth. He came to the religion of the Manichaeans because he had difficulties with his mother’s religion of Christianity. He saw the Bible as a series of ineloquent writings. The Manichaean religion was Persian in origin and dualistic in its beliefs. He later became a Neoplatonist. In contrast to the dualism of Manichaenism, Neoplatonism saw all of reality coming from one principle. This helped answer Augustine’s questions about th