What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship,......
Our goal is to begin reading 1 Corinthians this week. As you finish reading Romans, I have a few things for you to think about. When you think about Paul’s letter to the Romans, what stands out to you? What verses are you the most familiar with? How about one of these? Chapter 2 Paul’s lengthy dispute about what the law says about circumcision v. uncircumcision 6:4 “Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the......
No excuses! The truth is I didn’t finish the New Testament in six months. I got behind and almost gave up. After a conversation or two, I realized there were a few others who may have gotten behind in the readings. So, let’s pick up where we left off and continue reading through the New Testament. We can do this together…and we still have a lot to learn. We are picking back up with Romans. As you begin to reread the letter Paul wrote to the early believers in Rome, consider what......
Generally, when we consider the writings of the apostle Paul, we think of letters that are harsh and straight to the point. At times, Paul has a very aggressive style of writing as he tries to persuade his listeners. As a matter of fact, when I read the writings of Paul, I have come to expect his intensity. There are moments in the book of Romans that are no exception. As I reread more of his letter to the Romans, I was encouraged by messages of hope, grace, and God’s righteousness. In......
One of the Facebook posts that has struck me the most lately is: In a world where you can be anything, be kind. This quote has appeared over and over again in my news feed. And these past few weeks and months of hearing about many of the disheartening events and interactions in our news-these words seem to ring out even louder to be heard. I even find myself asking “why aren’t we practicing kindness?” And then I began reading Romans-in reading through the New Testament. (Yes, I am behind). And right......
A sigh is so easily misunderstood. By definition, to sigh is to “emit a long, deep, audible breath expressing sadness, relief, tiredness, or a similar feeling.” A lot can be wrapped up in a sigh. I often let out sighs after moving a heavy piece of furniture, or laying my head down on pillow at the end of a tiring day, or when I try to communicate clearly to someone just to be misunderstood. Literally, a sigh helps lighten the load…physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The Romans passage for this week says, for we......