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Master of Theological Studies

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On March 13th, 2016 I wrote a blog that I named, “Breadth & Depth” announcing that I was beginning classes at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary working towards the Master of Theological Studies degree. I cannot tell you what a pleasure it was to take the classes and what an honor it is to have this graduate degree conferred upon me by such a God honoring, Christ exalting, and church loving Seminary.  When I began the classes I really did not know what I was getting myself into. I loved the Lord and wanted to know more about Him and His church. Along the way I learned what theological studies are and their purpose. Therefore, I would like to talk a little bit about theological studies and their purpose. Theological studies follow a fourfold pattern of text, history, truth and application.1 Text Text refers to the study of the Bible. I took five classes that were specifically biblical studies. Two Old Testament survey classes, two New Testament survey classes and a hermeneuti…

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…

The Ruler of the Sea

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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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