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Rightly Dividing

It's en vogue to allow ourselves and other Christians to interpret Scripture whichever way we see best -- or even to say that we just "can't know" God's view on hard subjects.  However, we are commanded to rightly handle the word of truth -- suggesting there are right and wrong ways to interpret the Bible.   I appreciate conversations with other believers that remind me we have a responsibility to correctly read and apply the Scripture.  This verse always makes me ask God for grace to address all errors in interpretation -- my own and others': "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth." - II Timothy 2:1

A Few Thoughts on Whole Foods and the Whole World

Today, my little foodophile devoured oatmeal, apples, homemade chicken soup and hummus.  Watching him enjoy real food made brought to mind so many children who never get the chance to eat well. In our country, kids grow up addicted to processed and sugared foods.  Abroad, kids are happy to find any food.  The distribution of resources is not fair, by any stretch.  My gratitude for what my son enjoys should also translate to an urgency to improve the plight of children everywhere.

The Bible on Immigration/Amnesty

James 1:22, "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." Exodus 22:21, “Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.” Exodus 23:9, ““Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt.” Leviticus 19:33-34, “When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them.  The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 24:22, “You are to have the same law for the foreigner and the native-born. I am the Lord your God.’” Leviticus 25:35, “If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you.” Numbers 15:15, “The community is to have the same rules for you and for the foreigner residing among you

World Medical Mission Update

1.)  We have been accepted by World Medical Mission (Samaritan's Purse) and offered spots in the Post-Residency Program.  Praise the Lord.  Doing full time international missions has been my goal for around a decade now, and it is beyond exciting to be close to fulfilling that dream. 2.)  Because World Medical Missions is awesome, we do not anticipate that we will need to raise any support.  It seems the salary will be sufficient to pay our loans.  This may also change how we schedule my time from graduation to completion of pediatric boards (Do I get an urgent care job?  Do I raise support for the hospital where we might be working? Still not decided on what to do).  Please pray. 3.)  In the coming weeks/months, we will be working on getting a email listserv with our prayer supporters.  We will utilize this to give updates on the work of God in whichever country we end up and to ask for prayer.  If you'd rather not receive that sort of information but want to stay in touch,

Faith Like A Child

Josiah was crying for water, so I went into his room and told him I had to go get it from the kitchen. He immediately stopped crying and sat down. When I returned several minutes later he was still sitting, waiting patiently in the dark. This struck me, because while God is far more trustworthy than I am, I rarely sit quietly and expectantly for His provision. My one year old son better applies the spiritual principles of trust and obedience than I do.

Depravity and Spiritual Application

Hebrews is a hard book.  I grew up around scripture, and in high school, I remember my dad teaching Hebrews.  It was hard then.  Then in college, my small group decided to read Hebrews, and I struggled.  I'm reading it again now, and it is still hard, but in general, it is coming easier.  In college, my love for the Word blossomed, and I started reading the Bible every year, which I have done for the most part since I was 19.  So, I've been taking notes on the first 3 chapters of Hebrews and while it takes more time to digest than the other epistles, it had been relatively painless.  That is, until I got to the 4th chapter of Hebrews, and I asked myself the question:  Huh? I turned to Bible.org for help, and the article I found was tremendously helpful. https://bible.org/seriespage/hebrews-4 It turns out that the key of this passage is realizing that there is word play and that there are really 4 types of rest being used interchangeably.  If you really break down the ver