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Issue #172

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From Family Practice to Spiritual Physician

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The book of Acts reveals how God used an obscure physician named Luke to care for the physical and spiritual needs of the apostle Paul. Luke forsook his practice as a physician and dedicated himself to spreading the gospel. He was Paul’s companion during several long journeys across the Roman Empire and during Paul’s first Roman imprisonment (Acts 16:10–17; 20:5–21:18; 27:1–16). He stood with Paul during his second Roman imprisonment, putting his own life at great risk during the dark period of Nero’s persecution (2 Tim. 4:10–11). No wonder he is known as “the beloved physician” (Col. 4:14).

God used Luke not only as Paul’s companion, but also as the only Gentile to write canonical books; Luke authored Luke and Acts—books constituting a fourth of the New Testament.

Enter the 21st Century. Since Robert Kensinger was 11 years old, his consuming passion was to become a physician. Rob spent many arduous years training. He graduated from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, with a bachelor of science degree and from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine with a doctor of medicine degree in 1994. He completed his residency in Dayton and in 1997 opened the Ansonia Family Practice. Over the next six years, God enabled the practice to grow to include over 5,000 patients. In time, Rob was able to buy his family a dream house nestled in the quiet Ohio woods. Life was good—very good. 

God’s still, small voice began working in Rob’s life while Rob was serving as chief of staff at a small community hospital. Rob sensed his desire to share Jesus with his patients growing to be even greater than his desire to meet their medical needs. The Lord brought this struggle to the forefront during a discussion between Rob and his pastor. Rob had been serving in roles of leadership within the church, but it did not seem enough. His pastor challenged him by asking if he had ever thought of going to seminary.

Rob sold the family’s dream home, forsook his medical career, and moved to Southern California to attend The Master’s Seminary. He had heard of The Master’s Seminary through the prolific teaching, preaching, and writing of John MacArthur. Dr. MacArthur’s clear and uncompromising stand for the truth of God’s Word caught Rob’s attention and became a model for him (2 Tim. 2:2). Rob decided to enter graduate school a second time, this time to prepare for life’s highest calling—a lifetime of ministry.

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