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

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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/

 

Book Review: Heaven: Your Real Home

In Heaven: Your Real Home

Joni Earekson Tada shares her heartfelt yearning for the promised hope of eternal life with our blessed Savior. The best way to share her perspective of this expectant life and wonderful place called Heaven is through the following poem from the book:

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A water color by Joni!

Joni’s Waltz

Though I spend my mortal lifetime in this chair,
I refuse to waste it living in despair.
And though others may receive
Gifts of healing, I believe
That He has given me a gift beyond compare…

For heaven is nearer to me,
And at times it is all I can see.
Sweet music I hear
Coming down to my ear;
And I know that it’s playing for me.

For I am Christ the Savior’s own bride,
And redeemed I shall stand by His side.
He will say, “Shall we dance?”
And our endless romance
Will be worth all the tears I have cried.

I rejoice with him whose pain my Savior heals.
And I weep with him who still his anguish feels.
But earthly joys and earthly tears,
Are confined to earthly years,
And a greater good the Word of God reveals.

In this life we have a cross that we must bear;
A tiny part of Jesus’ death that we can share.
And one day we’ll lay it down,
For he has promised us a crown,
To which our suffering can never be compared.

by Nancy Honeytree (1995, p. 11)

Joni is amazing woman for the Lord whose life work is dedicated to the disabled. Check out the website and ministry at Joni and Friends. 

 

NCFI Cares: In the Garden with Jesus

With Easter fast approaching and Christians around the world preparing to celebrate the resurrection, the tendency may be to rush past the pain and suffering our Lord endured. He invites us into the garden and into his experience: “My soul is deeply grieved, even to point of death. Remain here and stay awake with me.” (Matthew 36:39). Amidst his anguish and turmoil, we can learn from our Master to steadfastly pray, to endure suffering, and to welcome death as a path to life with him. (Romans 6:8; 8:17). Use the hymn below entitled, “Go to Dark Gethsemane” as a meditation or reflection as we spiritually accompany our Lord through his suffering.

Go to dark Gethsemane,

Christ In Gethsemane

Christ in Gethsemane by Michael D. O’Brien

You who feel the tempter’s pow’r;
Your Redeemer’s conflict see;
Watch with Him one bitter hour;
Turn not from His griefs away;
Learn of Jesus Christ to pray.

Follow to the judgment hall;
View the Lord of life arraigned;
O the worm-wood and the gall!
O the pangs His soul sustained!
Shun not suff’ring, shame, or loss;
Learn of Him to bear the cross.

Calv’ry’s mournful mountain climb
There’ adoring at His feet,
Mark the miracle of time,
God’s own sacrifice complete:
“It is finished!” Hear the cry;
Learn of Jesus Christ to die.

Early hasten to the tomb
Where they laid his breathless clay;
All is solitude and gloom;
Who hath taken Him away?
Christ is ris’n! He meets our eyes:
Savior, teach us so to rise.

GYouTube video: https://youtu.be/vD6tcMroY0A

Hymnal w/ music: https://hymnary.org/text/go_to_dark_gethsemane