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

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Our Nursing Uniform–Belt of Truth

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Paul, the writer of Ephesians, was imprisoned in Rome and surrounded by Roman soldiers. He used the constant presence of a soldier’s outfit as a metaphor for a Christian soldier’s battle armor (Ephesians 6:11). Like a soldier our armor contains a belt, breastplate, sandals, shield, helmet, and the sword. As we put on our nursing uniform and ready ourselves for spiritual warfare, we need to understand each article of our armor.

This first piece of our outfit is the belt of truth which holds our armor together and is foundational to our faith (Ephesians 6:14). “Set them apart in truth, for you are truth” (John 17:17). This simple, yet profound statement was included in Jesus’ prayer for the disciples and us. For not only is the bible true, but God and scripture is Truth, meaning without error, accurate facts, and never changing. ‘Truth is what God says, and we have what God says (accurately, but not exhaustively) in the Bible’ (reference: Systematic Theology).

In contrast, Satan would have us believe his lies and the lies of the world (John 8:44; Revelation 12:9). Whether it is incorrect facts about the character of God, the divinity of Christ, or the workings of the Holy Spirit, Satan would have us doubt, be misinformed or worse, uninformed of Truth! Don’t forget, Satan can also twist scripture to deceive and confuse us (2 Thessalonians 2:9). Jesus’ temptation found in Luke 4:1-13 is an excellent example of Satan’s misuse of scripture.

We fasten our belt of truth to our nursing uniform by memorizing scripture and Bible study (Psalm 119:105). Thus we are equipped to discern the storms of mistruths found in the world.

SBAR: Start the New Year with Truth!

    I recently submitted an article for a Norwegian Christian nursing journal entitled Our Faithful Journey in Nursing. To prepare for this article, I spent some time researching Postmodernism in both our culture and in nursing, and its impact on our faith. The final analysis Christians need to really get Truth solidified into our hearts and mind.  Also, what has added to this is I am doing a bible study with my friend and prayer partner regarding Spiritual Warfare, and one of the weapons, both offensively and defensively is truth. All of this to say, I suggested to my fellow Norway nurses and to you, to start the 2012 year with a commitment to memorize the Nicene Creed. This faith statement has such rich truth, but also historical significance for the Christian faith. There are links below with more information on the Nicene Creed. Follow me on Twitter for weekly phrase updates with Scripture

 

Ibelieve in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, and of all things seen and unseen.

 

       And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages; God of God,1 Light of Light, true God of true God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made.

 

       Who, for us all for our salvation, came down from Heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, in accordance with the Scriptures; and ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the living and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

 

       And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father; 2 who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.

 

     And I believe in one holy universal3 and apostolic Church. 4  I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.           

 

                                       Amen.

Nicene Creed with scripture references

Nicene Creed info on Wikipedia