This morning, our missionary to Albania, Norman Brewer, shares thoughts from the book of Colossians about Paul’s ministry to a place he had not personally visited. The parallel is interesting! We, too, can have a heart for people whom we have not yet met!
A branch signifies growth. When a plant has sufficient growth, it branches out. Paul uses that illustration to continue his discussion of just how gracious God is in His plan for making His fallen creation righteous. Notice how God’s plan branches out!
Have you made plans that were later changed? Sounds like a silly question! We all have experienced that. In fact, it is probably rarer that plans do NOT get changed in one regard or another. But imagine a plan that is set; a plan that cannot seemingly be altered; a plan that can only lead […]
Throughout the course of history, those who follow Jesus have followed the Great Commission – telling the good news of what Jesus has done to those who have yet to hear and believe it. The question often comes, “How is that done? I don’t know what to do or say?” Today, we look at the […]
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 […]