DR: Hi there! I am happy to report that I am half-way through my New Testament class...well, almost. On Monday, we have a mid-term exam, which will test our knowledge of the four Gospels and the Book of Acts. Then, on Friday (8/3), we take our final, which will cover the entire New Testament.
I described to Stacye and another friend of mine last night what it's like to study the New Testament and Old Testament--from a seminary professor--in such a compressed amount of time.
It's like drinking from a fire hose, and then being asked to describe the individual drops of water I've swallowed...and in what order!
The amount of detail we are required to absorb for our exams is rather daunting, but through ongoing prayer and focused study, I continue to learn new and amazing insights about God's Word each day, so that as a pastor and teacher, I can faithfully share the Gospel and equip others to share God's message of eternal life...so that all may know Jesus.
As the Apostle Peter reminds us in 1 Peter 4:10-11, "As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies--in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ."
It has been such an incredible blessing to study God's Word full-time, and I'm only in my first month on the job! It is only because of the blessed support we continue to receive from our friends, family, and the seminary that I am able to focus full-time on my studies at this time; a tremendous blessing indeed. Thank you for your continued support, through your gifts and prayers. We are incredibly grateful!
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God's grace, love, and richest blessings to you!
Don & The Beautiful Trio