Paul addresses a third group in the Roman church – one that did not identify primarily with either Jew or Gentile. Paul is quick to point out that even THEY are guilty before God. There is no group that can claim a superior standing with God. Paul builds to a crucial point in his presentation […]
The wonder of Christmas is a remarkable experience. The first Christmas was not without its wonder either. We read of the events that unfolded on that silent night in the little town of Bethlehem; we marvel at the joyous news; we simply are amazed that God did something for us! Consider the wonder of Christmas […]
The apostle Paul addresses the arguments of those who felt that they truly DID have an advantage with God. There ARE advantages to being part of God’s chosen people, but those advantages are not what some might imagine them to be. We need to hear what Paul says, as we have also been given unique […]
The familiar “matching cards game” proves to be a good illustration for what some in the church of Rome were doing. They were hoping to find a match among their deeds, their ancestry, and their possessions that would earn God’s favor. Paul points out that there is a big difference between having a symbol of […]
Paul addresses those who are self-righteous. Instead of comparing themselves to something inferior, so they could feel superior, he brings them face to face with the ideal standard of righteousness so they, too, will conclude they are guilty and in need of God’s mercy. Paul looks at what was thought to help their cause,a nd […]
Paul opens a dialogue with folks who think they “aren’t that bad.” Even THEY need a Savior! How will God judge those who are not only unrighteous, but self-righteous as well? We find that God judges with a universal judgment, a judgment based on production and a very just judgment.
The Pathway of Hope does not seem like a hopeful path! The news we have been brought indicates that man is hopelessly guilty and deserving God’s punishment. Man has seen God’s truth revealed but rejected it; how will God respond? We are told no less than 3 times in today’s passage that God responds by […]
Paul carefully begins to share the wonderful good news about what God has done to create the Pathway of Hope. He does this by sharing what sounds like bad news; but he is acting much like a doctor would – explaining the severity of the problem so that the cure is seen to be so […]
We enter our annual Mission Conference with a reminder that the work involves us, but it is never about us. Missionary Stephen Borror shares lessons from the life of Jesus – specifically about the feeding of the 5,0000 – that apply to the challenge of global missions. With God, all things are possible!
Paul writes to the Romans about the Pathway of Hope that leads from this earth to the beauty of God’s presence. The pathway is marked on all sides by the Good News of what God has done. Paul shows those in Rome just how drastically the Good News has affected him. It has made Paul […]