NCFI Cares: Problem + Solution = Faith Lesson

In Acts 6:1-5 we read how the Hellenistic Jewish were being left out of the the daily allotment of food for their widows. So, the Jews made a complaint to the disciples about the unfairness of distribution.

“So the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, ‘It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.’ “ (verses 2-5).

The early church had experienced rapid growth after Pentecost. I imagine the disciples were pulled in every direction and working 24/7 to facilitate believer’s maturity while extending the gospel to others. A closer look at this passage reveals how the Lord used this opportunity to not only provide a solution, but to also guide and teach the early church valuable lessons relevant for us today:

  1. When there is conflict or complaining, instead of ignoring the problem or labeling the spokesperson as complainers listen and understand the concerns. It was only after the complaint that the disciples recognized their priority as leaders—not to “serve tables or distribute food”.
  2. Seek the Lord for the solution. The problem and/or the solution may be an opportunity for the Holy Spirit to emphasize an important Biblical truth in our personal and ministry life. Thankfully, the omniscience God of miracles provides a solution while guiding us in living-out His will more fully.
  3. Finally, no matter how busy our work in nursing becomes, ministry is sustained by the two-fold, intertwined process of the word of God and prayer.  This lesson is especially relevant in nursing. We can get pulled in multiple directions and forget to take the time to pray and study God’s word.

Seek the Lord for the faith lesson found in both the problem and the solution.

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Christian Nursing 101: Responding to Questions about After-Life

Do you believe Heaven is for real? Do you look forward to Heaven? And, if not, why not? As a nurse or health care provider, do you feel confident in your understanding and knowledge of the scriptural basis for Heaven, to share with a Christian patient or family member?

I have provided 3 excellent Christian resources on Heaven to guide your nursing practice and to encourage patients, families, friends, and fellow believers. …check them out. …

Heaven by Randy Alcorn

Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo

Heaven: Your Real Home by Joni Eareckson Tada

NCFI Cares: Grace & Mercy–Kids Style!

Recently my 9-year-old grandson came to my house for the weekend with a cloud hanging over his head. His mother had received an email from his teacher stating he had misbehaved in class and had repeated episodes of incomplete homework. Since, my husband and I would care for him for the weekend, we were responsible for deciding on how to proceed with his punishment. We decided that our grandson would spend the weekend “making up his homework.”  His punishment for his bad classroom behavior would be “no t.v., no phone games, and no outside play”.

As the weekend went on we noticed our young grandson taking responsibility for his actions and working hard to make-up his homework. So we took the opportunity to teach our growing young man about 2 important attributes about God–grace and mercy. I explained that grace is where we get something that we don’t deserve. For example, we dispensed grace and let him watch a movie with the family Saturday evening since he had a good attitude towards his punishment and had made up his homework.

We laughed with him as he tried to figure out if he wanted grace or mercy, for at times he wasn’t sure. He just wanted to watch t.v. or play a game on his phone. So we would remind him: grace is getting something you don’t deserve; whereas mercy is not getting something you do deserve. For example, he probably deserved stiffer consequence for his bad behavior, like a weekend filled with chores, a week without “electronics” or some other stiffer penalty.

On Sunday evening, when we passed our grand-parenting responsibilities back to his mother, he proudly told his mother about his new word “Grandma and papa gave me grace which means I watched a movie; or maybe mercy. I am not sure which one it is. But my sister got to pick out the movie, which was okay.” We weren’t sure whether his future would be filled with grace or mercy, for Mom had yet to dole out her consequences.

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NCFI Cares: His Chosen Instrument

When you enter the surgical suite or an operating room you will notice the patient, health care staff, various equipment, and an array of instruments. Many of you are probably more familiar with the specific names and functions of each surgical instrument than I am. Yet, each clamp, cutter, extractor, and needles have a specific purpose and use for a myriad of surgical procedures. When surgeons plan their procedures, they request specific instruments for each surgery being performed; and not all surgeons will use the same instruments for the same surgery.  Each individual instrument is chosen and then utilized for the best results.

Just as a surgeon, the Lord chooses and identifies instruments for the work of His Kingdom in the world. We see this in Acts 9:15, Luke shares with us how the Lord identified Paul as a “chosen instrument of mine” to bring the gospel to the Gentiles, kings, and Israel. In Romans 1:1, Paul identified himself as the specific instrument “servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of Christ”.

We are also chosen instruments of the Lord useful for nursing. We are not only useful for nursing and bring an array of knowledge, experience, and expertise, we bring our individual personalities, talents and spiritual gifts. And just like the various surgical instruments, we are all unique and have a specific purpose in the Kingdom of God. What is wonderful about our Master Creator, together we compliment one-another to fulfill the Lord’s plan and purpose

This is what the Lord says to each one of us: But the Lord said to him, “Go, because this man or woman is my chosen instrument to carry my name before Gentiles and kings and the people of Israel patients, family, nurses, health care workers, students, colleagues and fellow Christians. (Acts 9:15)

Praise and thank the Lord for crafting you to be a chosen instrument, useful for nursing and the Kingdom of God.

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Get on the Bible Bus…

There is a wonderful Bible Teaching that “takes the whole Word to the whole world”–Through the Bible Radio by Dr. J Vernon McGee.  Many years ago, I found the radio program when I was seeking to truth and meaning in my personal life. Yes, these were my pre-Christian days. As I drove to my early morning Anatomy and Physiology classes, I would listen to the program on the radio. Shortly there after, I became a Christian and continued to soak up the rich, biblical focused teaching. As an ex-Mormon, receiving sound Bible teaching was so important to me. I was replacing false teachings with the Living Truth and Word.

Years went by, schedules and life changed and I depended upon Bible studies, Sunday Sermons, and my husband’s theology degree to feed my hunger for the Word.  Lately, with my increasing commute time, I was looking for something to listen to while driving to work. Low-and-behold I stumbled onto the TTB app and began listening again. I was welcomed by the same comforting, yet firm voice of Dr. J. Vernon McGee.  His love for the Bible, Jesus, and Christians around the world continues today, even though he has went home to the Lord. His legacy is living on through his teachings, writings, and vibrant passion for the Word.

At this point in my life, I am into marinating in the Word. I have done the 1 year reading plans and that is like sprinting through a buffet. The 5 year plan is scheduled so that I can study, almost chapter-by-chapter, and stroll through the word, picking up priceless nuggets along the way.

Another facet of the Through the Bible ministry I enjoy is the international outreach. Dr. McGee teachings are translated into over 100 languages and shared globally. There are so many ways people can study the word of God: online, the TTB app, the solar mp3 player, and a thumbdrive with all the recordings. Additional to the consistent teaching is global prayer. For we all know, that without prayer and the movement of the Holy Spirit in people’s lives, the Word is less effective.  This is solidified through the letters shared regularly on the program. I am encouraged by hearing how the Lord consistently brings people to the gospel.

I would encourage you to check the website out and find a way to hop on the Bible Bus as we make our way through all 66 books of the Bible. Here is a link to the website. Through The Bible Radio

 

 

Blessings to “my dearly beloved” –from Dr. J. Vernon McGee

Book Review: Heaven!

First and foremost I would say Heaven by Randy Alcorn is a comprehensive textbook and answers every single question anyone has ever had or will have on Heaven! If you doubt my statement, then peruse the table of contents for this over 550 pages textbook.

Even though it is the size of a textbook, it is an easy read. Like sitting with a pastor or Christian mentor, while they share their insight into our wonderful anticipated future.

Heaven_2015 cover Here are few of my favorite quotes:

Think of friends or family members who loved Jesus and are with him now. Picture them with you, walking together in this place [Heaven]. All of you have powerful bodies, stronger than those of an Olympic decathlete. You are laughing, playing, talking, and reminiscing. You reach up to a tree to pick an apple or orange. You take a bite. It’s so sweet that it’s startling. You’ve never tasted anything so good. Now you see someone coming toward you. It’s Jesus, with a big smile on his face. You fall to your knees in worship. He pulls you up and embraces you.  At last, you’re with the person you were made for, in the place you were made to be. (ed. 2004, p. 18)

I hope this excerpt wets your appetite to learn more about the wonderful place that Jesus is preparing for us (John 14:3). Use the link to order the book, bible study, and other items for you, your small group, and/or church.

Eternal Perspective Ministries–Heaven by Randy Alcorn

Book Review: Heaven is for Real!

Heaven is for realMaybe, I should begin this review with saying, I am naturally skeptical about “near death” experiences. Yet, after reading this book I was amazed. So, check out the book and keep in mind the following 2 points:

  1. If Jesus Christ is glorified and experiences point to his divinity and work, then…
  2. All things are possible with God

Thus, I let the Lord sift out his truth from non-truth.

With those comments, I can proceed with my review of Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo. Todd shared his 5 year old son’s, Colton, experience of going to Heaven during a medical emergency. At first glance it may sound like one of those “near death” experiences that seem to occur with many people, both Christian and non-Christians. Yet, once you read the book, you find there are facts that make Colton’s experience unique, believable, and inspiring.

https://www.heavenlive.org/