Posts from May 2018

Posts from May 2018

I Cor. 2 | Don’t Reason, Know!

How do we know what we know? How can human beings know genuine truth? That seems to be a challenge today. Everything that humans touch seems to get polluted. News may be phony. Scientific fact may be politically manipulated falsehoods or just plain wrong conclusions from incomplete data. So, how can we ever come to any real understanding of truth? As much as finding truth may appear to be a 21st-century problem, it isn’t. Paul discusses an aspect of this…

I Cor. 1 | Good Gifts Gone Sour?

I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge,  even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you, so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is…

Romans 16 | Closing Credits

“I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf,” Romans 15:30  Many of us enjoy a good movie, and some of you may even hang around to read the closing credits to learn the names of the supporting cast. We may look for familiar names of people and places that helped make the movie great. In Romans Chapter 16,…

Romans 14 | Who Is Your Grand Poobah?

 “For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end, Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.” Romans 14:8-9   For those of us old enough to remember the Flintstones cartoon created by Hanna-Barbera, you may recall that Fred was a member of the…

Romans 12 | Renewing (Not Removing) of Your Mind

Soon after my powerful conversion in 1971, I joined my first church in Miami Beach, Florida. I was glad for the passionate preaching and Spirit-filled worship I experienced each week in our weekly gatherings. The presence of God in that church made me look forward each week to come and gather with the saints. But in those days I thought that Romans 12:2 actually read, “be transformed by the removing of your minds” rather than the “renewing of your minds.”…

Romans 9 | Objects of God’s Choosing

“What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— even us whom he has called.” Romans 9: 22-24  I suppose I got what I deserved. It was summer vacation. I was in my last year of high school and walking the boardwalk at…

Romans 7 | Dead And Loving It!

Red light cameras. You know, I don’t really mean to run through the red light. However, the intersection is so large, and the yellow light is so short! The end result—click. There is the ticket in the mail. Surely this is the highest form of injustice, that someone (or something) is watching me, making sure I keep the written laws of my society. But honestly, I am glad we have traffic lights. My commute to work would be much more…

Romans 4 | The New Covenant; It’s Older Than You Think!

“The words, ‘It was credited to him’ were not written for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness–for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.” Romans 4: 23-24 NIV Romans is unique among the New Testament epistles in that Paul is mainly concerned with presenting New Covenant theology. After making the case in Romans 1-3, that the righteousness of the saints is by faith in Christ alone, Paul, shows…

Romans 2 | I Know What You Did Last

And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life. Romans 2:16 During House Church Sunday last week, we went around the circle, and each one mentioned ways they currently developed disciples or possible new opportunities the Lord might stir within them. When it came around to my son Levi, he smiled widely and said, “I’m going to start a Bible study with the kids in my neighborhood.” Ben…