Posts from May 2017

Posts from May 2017

1 Cor. 3 | To God Be The Glory As We Are Changed

Thank you for joining me as we look at chapter 3 in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. Corinth was at the heart of an important trade route of the day and like many cities then had its fair share of sexual immorality corruption and diverse religious beliefs. The church Paul had planted was floundering and needed a good dose of his loving yet firm hand. Perhaps, I should say pen? Paul sets the tone immediately with the first three verses. “But…

1 Cor. 1 | Saints Or Aints?

“To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints” (I Corinthians 1:2). If I were searching for a word to characterize the church at Corinth it would not be the word ‘saint’. Remember, this is the church where an incestuous relationship was occurring without being challenged (see I Corinthians 5:1). Not to mention some believers at Corinth were involved in lawsuits against other church members (6:1). And if that wasn’t…

Romans 14 | Not To Quarrel Over Opinions

The right to have an opinion does not automatically make your opinion right. In the past few years, I have come to realize something: the judgments of the Lord are right; mine are not. I am constantly judging people on outward appearance, and that is almost always a short-sighted approach, if not completely wrong. After a long theological portion of the letter, Paul addresses many very practical issues we all face in Romans 14. He is in effect saying, “Since God…

Romans 12 | For The Love of God

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God,” (Romans 12:1 ESV). In The Christian Leader, Don Ratzlaff recounts a story from Ernest Gordon’s book, Miracle on the River Kwai.  Set in some of the most difficult days of World War II,  Ratlzlaff tells of Scottish soldiers who were forced by their Japanese captors to labor on a jungle railroad under cruel and barbaric conditions. In spite of their adversity, one afternoon something happened that would change the…

Romans 9 | Why I Am “Pro-Choice”

Now before you get in a line to stone me, let me explain what I mean when I say that I’m “pro-choice”. I’m not talking about whether a person should have the right to choose when a life given by God is viable and whether or not to allow it to live past conception. In that regard, I am 110% Pro-LIFE! What I am talking about is that I am thankful God has chosen me to be one of His…

Romans 4 | An Open Door to Truth

Today I am writing from the 4th chapter of Romans, but I will focus on two verses, two very important verses. Not that the others are less important but sometimes we only need a few words to open an entire realm of truth, these two verses do just that. Verses 7-8 say: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.” First…
Neil Silverberg

Romans 2:12-16 | Why Everyone Is Guilty

This portion of Romans is not easy to understand. Paul uses somewhat archaic language to describe why even the non-Jewish world, who lived without the written Law, was guilty before God. This is what he means when he opens this section with the statement, “all who have sinned without the law” are guilty before God.  He is addressing the guilt of the Gentile world that were without the law in terms of having it in written form. How then can…

2 Peter 2 | A Word for Thrill Seekers

“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you… and many will follow…” (2 Peter 2.1,2a). Recently, I was watching a video of two men who had boarded a small boat down in the gulf and were heading out to get closer to a series of five waterspouts that had dropped down on the ocean.  Waterspouts, if you don’t know, are simply tornadoes that occur over water. The swirling power of the…