Posts from May 2019

Posts from May 2019

Romans 13 | God and Government, Laws and Love

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” Romans 13:1 Wait. Our political leaders are ordained by God? Seriously? I know that is what Paul says, but it can’t be what he means, surely. Especially in this election year where all the bets are off and conventional wisdom is out the window – and most available candidates do not think like we…

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 11 | Mercy Beyond Measure

Bryan Chapell tells a story about learning to use a crosscut saw with his father. As Bryan and his father were sawing through a log that had a rotten core, a piece of wood sheared off that looked just like a horse’s head. So Bryan took it home and then later on gave it to his dad as a present. Chapell continues: I attached a length of two-by-four board to that log head, attached a rope tail, and stuck on…

Romans 10 | Preach the Gospel (and by Necessity, Use Words)

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” Romans 10:17 (ESV) In recent years, a saying widely attributed to St. Francis of Assisi has become popularized; “Preach the Gospel, and if necessary, use words.” This saying has especially become owned by those in various missional movements who advocate a more incarnationalform of evangelism, less dependent on words to promulgate the message. This approach is big on living a lifestyle that affirms the Gospel; thus, preaching withoutwords. This is…

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 8 | All Things Work Together For Good!

Four years ago, our son Levi was sick with strep throat. We did what most parents would do and took him to the doctor and they prescribed antibiotics to fight the infection. Just a few days into the treatment, Levi began to develop large blisters all over his body and his lips swelled shut and turned black. We were horrified at this, as you can imagine, and rushed him to the doctor. We ended up seeing five doctors and none of…

Romans 7 | Freedom from Forbidden Fascination

In his Confessions, Augustine tells of the fascination of the forbidden thing when he stole pears from a tree. “…They were nice pears, but it was not the pears that my wretched soul coveted…I picked them simply in order to become a thief. The only feast I got was a feast of iniquity, and that I enjoyed to the full. What was it that I loved in that theft?…The desire to steal was awakened simply by the prohibition of stealing.”…

Romans 6 | The Highway of Holiness

Romans chapter six saved my life.  It happened many years ago. As a new believer, I was still struggling with old habit patterns—the behaviors that had caused a horrible mess in my life. Deep inside I wanted to change, but old habits have a way of wrapping their tentacles around you a squeezing tight. Someone challenged me to memorize Romans chapter six, and everything changed. I am fairly convinced that I would not be alive today had I not experienced…

Romans 5 | When We Suffer

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and werejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the…

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…
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