Noticing what God has done

In Luke 17, Jesus heals 10 lepers. All he does is tell them to go show themselves to the priests, and on their way, they are healed. One man, a Samaritan, notices he’s healed and returns to give thanks and praise to Jesus. But what about the other nine? They just go on their way, […]

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You are the Church!

In the last chapter of Romans (chapter 16), Paul specifically names at least 27 people who he sends greetings to. Paul doesn’t have a list like this at the end of any of his other letters, so it’s quite remarkable that he includes this list here. We don’t even know how or when he met […]

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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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