Hi West Virginia

I have a prayer request. Pray that I can get through my oceanography class with my wits in tact. I just started back to school at Marshall University. I have to have one more science class to meet my graduation requirements. I took oceanography because the advisor thought it would be the science class with the least math. I had a traumatic brain injury as a child and the area of my brain that processes math was affected. The professor is very understanding, and says he will try to explain the math in such a way I can process it. He said there would be some algebra, but he does not believe they are test questions.

My biggest problem with the class, or any science class is not the math as much as it is the far-fetched ideas they want to sell. For example, I am suppose to believe that the universe originated with the big bang. We all knew that was coming. To make matters worse though, I am suppose to believe that everything that now exists was always here. It was just compressed into some mathematical theory called a singularity. I did some basic research and a singularity is apparently the final result of the theoretical “black hole”. A black hole is collapsed star that has such mass that its collapse rips a hole in the space-time continuum (whatever that is). Anyway, the gravity is so strong that it bends space and time,compressing everything down to a particle so small that it has to be expressed as an equation called a singularity. Of course there are a few holes in their theory that these geniuses cannot explain to my satisfaction. For example, if there were no stars to collapse then how did the singularity get there to begin with? I ask these questions and of course get some answer that makes the singularity answer seem almost as reliable! I am a science fiction fan but come on folks. Do I really have to listen to these kinds of fantasies and hair-brained ideas from so-called “scholars”? Anyway, pray for me. Ask our Lord and Savior to give me the patience to learn the nonsense they want me to know, without going absolutely insane trying to wrap my head around it!

Marvin Schrebe, Elder WV (12)

I will be 59 on June 9, 2020. I was born on Friday June 9, 1961 in Parkersburg WV. I was first introduced to the Lord Jesus Christ as a child. My mom and dad were as I understand, devoutly pious Christians and my dad was the praise and worship leader at his church. Then he was arrested and charged with a crime that he did not commit. Like a lot of poor people he could not afford a good defense attorney and did four years in prison. This turned both my mother and he bitter against Jesus and we did not go back for a long time. I was reintroduced to the church at age nine when we attended a revival. I was "saved" and then quickly fell away, not really understanding what I was doing and receiving no instruction. I found my way back to Jesus when I was eighteen, and this time I did receive a lot of instruction from a minister who saw potential in me. I was convinced from that time that Holy Spirit was calling me to do something special in the kingdom. I studied everything I could lay my hands on, particularly correspondence courses and walked with the Lord for a good while. Then the cares of the world overwhelmed me and I fell away again. This time I fell into drugs. I drank and used the non-prescription drug diphenhydramine and marijuana for years along with a lot of alcohol. I was always careful not to mix substances, which may have helped Jesus keep me alive.

I was married and divorced throughout that period, then remarried. I began attending another church, where I was baptized and studied under the tutelage of another minister. Again I absorbed the word like a sponge. I became well versed in that denomination's doctrine and wrote and published a few tracts for them. Again I did not apply God's word and misunderstood a lot of it. I fell away again. This time I used drugs for nearly ten years, during which time I was a psychology major at a Bible college. The electives I took were all religion/Bible electives as required by the college. One elective I took was Philosophy 101. The instructor wanted us to develop a worldview based on a logical argument and write a paper defending our position. I chose to show logically how the universe and life could exist without being created. Thus I chose to disprove God. I was good at it and convinced myself for a while. Then in 2009 I got clean with the help of a 12 step program that reintroduced me to the concept of God. I set out to prove that one of the major religions was right and all others false. I studied many disciplines and archaeology and history convinced me that Jesus had indeed risen from the dead. I joined a church and soon felt the call from Holy Spirit again. This time I did not run. I became ordained through NACM and then became the chaplain of the West Virginia Veterans Home after my second wife died in 2014.

Shortly after becoming chaplain of the WVVH I became a soldier in the Salvation Army Huntington Corps. I asked my commander there what ministry I could become involved in. She suggested that I accept a commission or bonding from the Maryland/West Virginia Division, and become a local officer, in this case the Community Care Ministries Secretary, Adult Sunday School Teacher, and Men's Club Treasurer. I was already unofficially filling these positions by being a soldier and chaplain of the WVVH. I accepted her offer and was bonded by the division commander during the 2019 holiday season.

Holy Spirit made it clear to me that the reason He had not used me from the time I was saved at eighteen was because I was too immature as a Christian. I would have made a mess of things. He wants us all to serve Him but He has to shape us first. He trained me under many good pastors throughout those years and I had to do the growing. He would not use me until He felt I was mature enough to use. That happened when I surrendered and began trying to always "Do unto others the things I would have them do unto me."

Today I serve in active ministry here at the WVVH and will soon be starting graduate school at Regent University in the Master of Divinity program, chaplain's concentration. College starts May 11, 2020. I will graduate in May 2023 if Holy Spirit is willing.

6 thoughts on “Oceanography”

  1. I am praying for my Nigerian brothers. Nobody should ever prevent a person from worshiping. If a Muslim wanted to serve the demon Allah I would not prevent their doing so. I would present them with the truth but would never stop them from serving Allah.

  2. I find a lot of the stuff we study in class to be absolutely fascinating. I don’t understand a lot of it and only need enough of it to get a decent grade in the class. Still I have to wade through what lines up with God’s word and what does not. For example in class the other day the professor was saying that the oceans did not appear first, but that land was here first. Gods word makes it clear that water covered everything first.

  3. I agree with you that the scientific community’s line of reasoning is puzzling. The one bright note is each year science moves a little closer to proving the Bible which is awesome. I have read scientists who now are explaining the unknown as the “God particle”, there is hope.
    I will be praying, what you are accomplishing is so inspiring, keep it up.

    • This is the first time I have been able to log in in some time. I missed your post until today. I agree that there is hope. Many of my professors at Marshall are believers to some degree. I don’t think any of them are outright atheists, though I couldn’t be certain. My Oceanography professor knows that I will question him and ask questions for which he has no answer.

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