Saturday, October 26, 2019

A. D. 2019, October 20th to 26th

I named this blog, “The Nurse Theologian” because I have a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in theological studies. The apostle Paul said: “Brethren, each one is to remain with God in that condition in which he was called.” (1 Cor.7.24, NASB) I was called while a Registered Nurse; therefore, I continue working with the infirmed and I was called into Christian ministry; therefore, I study that I may accurately handle the word of truth. (cf. 2 Tim.2.15, NASB)
My typical week is very busy, but I have time to write on Saturday mornings after completing a run. I would like to make this blog into a weekly journal retrospective of the past week. These will simply be the thoughts, actions and pictures taken during a week by a middle aged-Christian man; who works as a Registered Nurse in an outpatient Cardiac/Pulmonary rehab; who continually studies the Bible, church history, systematic theology and practical theology; who travels overseas 3-4 times a year to teach pastors. However, do to the nature of my work and ministry there will be things that I cannot mention. I do not expect anyone to read what I write but if anyone does may God get all glory.
It has my habit to rise early in the morning and read the Scriptures before doing anything else. This week I read 1 Corinthians 12-16, 2 Corinthians and Galatians. Several years ago, the Lord put into my heart and mind to memorize the Gospel of John; therefore, for retention, I recite a chapter a day, and this week I recited chapters 1-7. After this, I like to spend my prayer time writing a letter to our Father God in the name of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Following this time of devotion, on five days a week I go for a run. This week I rested on Monday and Friday; on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday I ran 8 kilometers, each of those days; and on Sunday and Saturday morning I ran 12 kilometers; my average pace for the week was 4:53 per kilometer. Following my run, I have a bowl of granola cereal. 
One month ago, I decided to learn Spanish to aid in ministry; I am assisting with the teaching of pastors through an interpreter in a Spanish speaking country. A new Christian book store (Mardel) opened recently in Tyler, Texas. While perusing the shelves I came to the Spanish section and noticed a bilingual copy of the Gospel of John in English and Spanish side by side in the same book. I purchased the book and decided that I would attempt (Lord willing) to memorize the prolog in Spanish and have been working on this all week; so far, I can recite the first 4 verses in Spanish.
On Sunday morning Darlene and I spent time fellowshipping with our brothers and sisters in Christ at Sylvania Church, then we ate lunch with a few of our friends. I spent the week working as a Registered Nurse: Monday and Wednesday outpatient cardiac rehab; Tuesday and Thursday inpatient cardiac rehab; and Friday pulmonary rehab. Here are a few of the brothers that I work with, we are having fun scowling together as if we were pirates, I am making out like I have one leg to stand on.
This morning I read through Galatians and there were two passages that really stuck out in my mind: “a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus,” (Gal.2:16) “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” (Gal.5:13)Here is the truth that we should take from these passages: We are not saved by anything that we do but by the Grace of God alone, in Jesus Christ alone, through faith alone; however, this does not mean that we should continue in sin, for we have freedom from sin in Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

He Gave Me ears to Hear

He Gave Me Ears to Hear
God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Th. 2:13-14, NASB)
The day that I heard the call was December 27, 2009. I wrote down two statements on the back of an envelope, which I keep in a folder, on a bookshelf in my study: 
1.   Allow Jesus to be Lord over my life daily. Make that commitment to him daily and allow his Holy Spirit to fill me.
2.   Do to others as I would have them do to me. Do this in all aspects.
When I heard the call I admittedly understood that Jesus is Lord and his commandments are love. However, I did not yet appreciate the sovereignty of God in my salvation. I later came to appreciate the sovereign grace of God through reading the Scriptures, while filled with the Holy Spirit. I read that God chose me before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him. He predestined me to adoption as his son through the blood of Jesus Christ, according to the kind intention of his will, the forgiveness of my sins by his grace, which he freely bestowed on me whom he loved. (cf. Eph. 4-8)
God said to Moses In Exodus 33:19 which Paul also quotes in Romans 9:15, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” Then Paul says in vs.16, “So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.” 
Men are saved by the will of God and the righteous blood of Jesus Christ. It is God who wills the salvation of men and it is Christ who ran the race not us. I heard the call not because I willed; nor, will I inherit eternal life because I ran, but because it was the will of the Father that I “may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Th. 2:14, NASB)

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