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Where Jesus Changes Everything
Clinical Pastoral Education is interfaith professional education for ministry. It brings theological students and ministers of all faiths into supervised ministry encounters with persons from all walks of life and various life circumstances. Out of an intensive involvement with persons in need, and the feedback from peers and the CPE Supervisor, students develop new awareness of themselves as persons and of the needs of those to whom they minister. New Units are starting soon with more to come later.
I've been thinking. I was asked recently what I thought about Calvinism. My first thought is I really don't care too much for labels. But, we live in a world of labels. I'm a Christian. That's a label. I'm a Southern Baptist. That's a label. If we move back to Kentucky, I'll be a Kentucky Baptist. That's a label. So I guess we can't really get away from labels. Still, I prefer to focus less on labels and more on Jesus and His Word. Besides, John Calvin would cringe if he knew his name was being used as a label.
Salvation, as revealed in God's Word and delivered to us by the apostles and prophets is a mystery. Paul writes about this mystery, "For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace which was given to me for you; that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief. By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit; to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power. To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things"(Ephesians 3:1-10). John speaks of a time yet future when, "the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets" (Revelation 10:7).
“But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4-5).First of all, let me begin by saying thank you to all who prayed for my family and me during my brush with death last November and my subsequent recovery. I am doing well and I continue to grow stronger each day. I am thankful for God’s grace in my life. He is good and all things really do work together for good in the lives of His elect.
Anyway, it’s been awhile since I’ve written on the subject of Bible prophecy. The reasons for my neglecting to keep you up-to-date are two-fold. I have been so busy serving my family and Airmen. I have also found it challenging to keep up with everything going on in the world today. When it comes to the return of Christ it seems the stage setting for the end-time has prophetic scenario found in the Bible is on steroids. Things are occurring at a fascinating speed. And, it is consistent with a proper understanding of Bible prophecy to conclude things will be in place when God’s plan for Israel resumes in the Seventieth Week of Daniel.
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I am five days into my Bible reading plan for 2017. Although I am five days in I have read a chapter ahead in a few books, Romans not withstanding. The selected reading for today, therefore, is Romans 6. This great chapter builds towards the greatest chapter in all the Bible--Romans 8. For now, however, the focus is on being dead to sin and alive to God in Christ.
Reading: Romans 6
"For he who has died is freed from sin" Romans 6:7
Paul's letter to the Romans is the greatest letter ever written. I think I've said that many times. And if Romans is the greatest letter then chapter 8 is the greatest chapter. Paul’s primary purpose in writing Romans was to teach the great truths of the gospel of grace to believers who had never received apostolic instruction. It is a deeply spiritual and thoroughly theological treatment of the gospel. One of my college professors who is now with Jesus--Ray Frank Robbins--referred to Romans as the Constitution of Christianity.
Striving to glorify God by becoming more like Jesus.
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