We come to another stage in the Pathway of Hope. We have seen the FAITH God rewards, heard of the HOPE God gives, and now find the ENCOURAGEMENT for life along the way. Paul begins to show how the person made righteous by God travels the Pathway of Hope. The passage we look at this […]
Paul discusses the FAITH GOd gives to those who turn to Him for righteousness. While discussing the benefits of peace, hope, and love that are generated by God’s gift of righteousness, Paul remembers many of his own people have not experienced this gift. He then starts discussing the HOPE for those who do not reject […]
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 […]