Paul tells us of an important message of hope and joy and peace given to those in a great battle. He outlines that message for us in today’s passage. It is not a radio program or news bulletin begun with “This is London calling” but the voice of the Almighty! Listen to the important message! […]
As Paul continues to address the Gospel being given to Jew and Gentile alike, he turns from the discussion of how greatly Israel has misused their advantage and he begins to describe the wonderful opportunity they have missed. Listen as Paul gives a description of “life without limits.” Ask yourself “Is THIS worth my time, […]
Paul pauses on the Pathway of Hope to show us that salvation is available to all. The Israelites, with all their privilege and opportunity stumbled and did not achieve what they tried so hard to gain. The Gentiles, by contrast, finding God’s offer of salvation gladly received it and were made righteous. Paul continues to […]
Paul has been describing the advantages the Israelites had in life as a nation, yet as a nation they failed to make the best use of their opportunities. As a result, God had rejected them and allowed Gentiles to be blessed. The nation is left asking a question that Paul answers for us very simply […]
In the first century, there were three major schools of thought concerning the circumstances of life. The Essenes believed fate determined everything; mankind was helpless and could not interfere with what was already determined to happen. The Sadducees, by contrast, believed man mastered his own destiny; we make our own future and chart our own […]
We expect promises to be kept and upheld. When they are not, we are disappointed and sometimes devastated. Paul informed the Romans that despite the blessing and privileges the nation of Israel had received and experienced, she refused to accept Jesus as the promised Messiah. What did this mean in terms of the promises God […]
We continue along the Pathway of Hope. The first eight chapters in Romans place a strong emphasis on FAITH – believing what God says IS true. Now a new section begins, one that focuses squarely on HOPE. Paul has shown God is working all things together for good to them who love Him. He is […]
Paul writes to the Roman church to remind them of the powerful working of the Gospel in transforming lives. He is preparing to travel to new and different areas of ministry in Spain and wants the Roman believers to have a part in his travels. He reminds them of just how great a change God has […]
The blessings of a relationship with God work themselves out in practical ways – demonstrating just how much God cares for us. Notice how God continues to demonstrate His care and love for us – in the present, in the past, and in the future!
The process of mentoring is of great value to the both the mentor and the one being mentored. In a church setting this is especially true! Today, guest speaker Richie Shade from Crossroads Baptist Church in Tracy, CA, shares how the mentoring process works in a church.