Be an Encourager!

In Romans15:4 Paul says that the OT scriptures (and for us the NT scriptures) were written not only to teach us to endure, but also to encourage us. Encouragement gives a message of hope. Have you been encouraged by someone lately? How did it feel when someone told you that you’re doing a great job […]

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Don’t trip me up!

It should be no surprise to you that a lot of Paul’s NT letters to the churches addressed problems, issues, conflicts and confusion. Romans chapter 14 is an example where there was controversy over holy days and food. It seems strange to us in 2018 that these two topics would cause controversy! Paul was never […]

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Submitting to Governing Authorities

In Romans 13, Paul tells the Roman Christians to be submissive to the Roman ruling authorities, who he refers to as God’s servants (see v4). The Roman ruling authorities are God’s servants. Paul has OT history on his side in this statement. Think back in the OT when God used Assyria to bring judgment on […]

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Do your Best!

2) v11- never be lacking in zeal (NIV) KJV: not slothful in business NASB: not lagging behind in diligence My version or translation? Don’t be a slacker when it comes to the Lord’s work! Serving the Lord is our greatest honor & privilege! We get to serve Jesus! We get to work for the Creator […]

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Transformation is a Metamorphosis

In Paul’s letter to the Romans, chapter 12 verse 2, he writes “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” I love this verse! It’s one of the first verses I ever memorized. I think everyone should memorize it as well because it’s simple, clear […]

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God’s Sovereign Choice

How do I become acceptable to God? Can’t I just be a nice person… a good person… a law-abiding person… a loving person… and be accepted by God? What about the nation of Israel – are God’s chosen people automatically accepted by God? Or is there still something they need to do (and we need […]

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The Power of Love

In Romans 8:35-39, Paul writes some beautiful, powerful words about the love of Jesus. He speaks of what I will call the incredible, invincible, impenetrable power of Christ’s love!  For those who have received this love, it is such an amazing, extravagant love that we cannot be separated from it. The binding power of love […]

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To be like Jesus

God has created all people. Some of those people are going to respond in faith. Other people are not going to respond in faith. Both those who respond, and those who don’t, have free will. But God delights to work with those who respond so that they will become more and more like Jesus. He’s not going […]

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Rules are made to be.. Followed

Have you ever visited the Grand Canyon? It’s immensity and unique beauty must be seen first-hand to experience the impact. As summer vacation travel gets into full swing, Park Rangers at the Grand Canyon always encourage visitors to have a safe and memorable vacation. They also remind sightseers each year to be extra careful. Sometimes […]

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