Monthly Archives: January 2015

Romans 3:21-30 — To be accepted by God

Our deepest need, whether felt or not, is to be accepted.  And not just by anyone.  But to be accepted by God. When we are accepted by God, and we understand this in our souls, our life changes.  We find … Continue reading

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Romans 3:9-18 — But aren’t we exaggerating a bit?

I don’t think I can go on in this passage without addressing at least one major objection, that being, “Isn’t Paul exaggerating a bit here?  I mean…no one seeks God?  I know many people that are seeking God.  And no … Continue reading

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Romans 3:9-20 — But I’m not that bad

One thing that many people can’t seem to understand is how God could reject a person just because they don’t believe in Christ. “After all, there are a lot of good people in this world who don’t believe in Jesus. … Continue reading

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Romans 3:8 — It’s the result that counts, right?

Yesterday, we talked about ways of thinking that God condemns, and how some of the things people say today are similar to, but different from how they thought in Paul’s time. One thing they said was, Let us do evil … Continue reading

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Romans 3:5-8 — A damned way of thinking

No, I am not swearing.  The things we see in this passage are literally ways of thinking that will lead to people’s damnation. To be honest, I find it hard to believe that people in that time held these ways … Continue reading

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Romans 3:1-4 — God’s faithfulness

It would be easy for the Jew to conclude from what Paul said in chapter 2 that there was no value in being a Jew or being circumcised. Yet Paul makes clear in verses 1 and 2 that there is … Continue reading

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Romans 2:25-29 — A true circumcision

One of the main problems the Jews had in Paul’s time was that they forgot that God wasn’t so interested in outward appearances as he was in their hearts.  In particular, they thought it was circumcision that made them right … Continue reading

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Romans 2:17-24 — Looking at ourselves

Paul specifically talks to the Jews in this passage, and as he does, he’s trying to get them to understand one key thing.  If you’re going to claim you’re right before God based on his law, it’s not enough to just … Continue reading

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Romans 2:9-16 — What happens to those who never hear?

One of the things that people argue when it comes to Christianity is, “How can God hold people accountable for what he has commanded if they have never even heard of the Bible? We find the answer here in this passage. … Continue reading

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Romans 2:1-11 — Pride and insolence

In this passage, we see two problems concerning the grace of God. The first problem is pride.  It’s an attitude of, “I don’t need God’s grace.  I’m good enough.  The people around me on the other hand…” Paul addresses this … Continue reading

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Romans 1:18-32 — The problem of sin

As Christians, we often talk about salvation.  But what are we being saved from?  What have we done that is so bad that we require salvation? We find the answer in this passage, one of the darkest in all of … Continue reading

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Romans 1:8-17 — The gospel

In this passage, Paul talks about his longing to come to Rome that he might share the gospel with them as he had in so many other places.  Not to say that they didn’t know the gospel, as they had … Continue reading

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Romans 1:1-7 — Loved and called by God

And so we hit Romans, perhaps the most important book in the New Testament, because it so clearly sets out what the gospel is. It was written by Paul to the church in Rome before he had had the chance … Continue reading

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Acts 28:11-31 — A story that doesn’t end

We now come to the end of the book of Acts.  I can’t believe that with this, we come to the end of Biblical history.  All that remains are the letters that were written by the apostles and the Revelation … Continue reading

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Acts 28:1-10 — When the Spirit is working within us

There was an old action show I remember that was based on the phrase, “One man can make a difference.”   And we see that here.  I should probably amend that phrase, however, to,  “One man filled with the Spirit … Continue reading

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Acts 27:21-44 — A beacon in the storm

Jesus once said to let our light shine before men, and you really see Paul’s light shining through in this passage. At a time when everyone on the ship he was sailing on had lost hope because of the storm, … Continue reading

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Acts 27:1-20 — Following the majority

Following the majority is always the easy thing to do, especially when it happens to be what you want to do.  But it’s not always right.  And that’s what the centurion in charge of taking Paul (and the other prisoners) … Continue reading

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Acts 26:20-32 — Compelled

In this passage, we see three reactions to the gospel. One is persecution, like the Jews persecuted Paul. The second is people thinking we’re crazy, as Festus thought of Paul. The third is a patronizing attitude toward us and the gospel, as Herod … Continue reading

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Acts 25-26 — Obedient to the call

As we look at this passage, we see Paul’s appearance before Festus and Herod Agrippa II.  This last of the Herods that we see in the New Testament, was the son of Herod Agrippa I who had killed James, and … Continue reading

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Acts 24:26-27 — Integrity

Although Felix had been freaked out by Paul’s discussion of God’s coming judgment, he nevertheless, continued to call Paul in to chat.  Why? He was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe.  (26) One wonders what kind of subtle … Continue reading

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Acts 24 — The whole counsel of God

Paul once told the Ephesians, I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all of you, for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.  (Acts 20:26-27 — ESV) What … Continue reading

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Acts 23:12-35 — A God whose purposes cannot be thwarted

I mentioned yesterday that God will accomplish his will in our lives and no power on this earth can stop him. We see an example of this in this passage.  Some men had taken an oath to kill Paul, and had … Continue reading

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Acts 23:11 — The God who stands near us

Sometimes, we tend to think of the apostles and other people in the Bible as superheroes.  That they always faced death courageously and without fear.  And certainly there were times they were like that.  (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego certainly seemed … Continue reading

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Acts 22:30-23:1-10 — Shrewd as a serpent

I think in this passage, we see a perfect example of someone being as shrewd as serpents as Jesus told his disciples to be in Matthew 10:16. Surrounded by a pack of wolves, Paul shrewdly divided those who would attack … Continue reading

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Acts 21:37-22:29 — Blinded by our prejudices

It’s very interesting here to see Paul confronted by two groups that were blinded by their prejudices. The Jews, were so blinded by their prejudices as God’s people that they couldn’t see that God wanted to reach “Gentile sinners” too.  … Continue reading

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Acts 21:17-36 — Misunderstood

It’s interesting to me that while Paul was trying to clear up a misunderstanding between the Jewish Christians and himself, he caused another misunderstanding in the process. Apparently, the Jews, both Christian and non-Christian, were under the impression that Paul … Continue reading

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Acts 21:1-16 — No matter the cost

It’s a little tricky trying to interpret this passage.  Were the prophesies concerning Paul going to Jerusalem meant merely to warn him of what was ahead of him?  Or were they meant to turn him from the course he was … Continue reading

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Acts 20 — Finishing the race

There are several things that strike me about Paul’s final address to the Ephesians.  First his words in verse 24.  After talking about all the trials he had been warned by the Holy Spirit were coming, he said, I consider … Continue reading

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Acts 19:23-41 — Serving man-made gods

Here in this passage, we see a riot that started because of the worship of man-made gods.  It’s interesting to me, though, that it was the god of money that seemed to be the most important to Demetrius, the silversmith … Continue reading

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Acts 19:18-20 — Putting away the past

Happy New Year! After taking a day off from blogging due to a cold, I’m back.  🙂 I suppose as we head into a new year, it’s only natural to think of it as a time to start anew.  And … Continue reading

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