There’s been a lot going on in my life. Like just about anyone, I’d like a little heads up as to what the plan might be. Father doesn’t always (or often, for that matter) tell us what’s going to happen tomorrow or next week or year or decade. When I was praying today, this is […]
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Why doesn’t God make His truths more obvious? People ask this all the time in one way or another. “Why doesn’t God reveal Himself to me so that I can believe in Him?” “Why do all the churches believe different things? Can’t God make His written word clear enough so that we’ll all know what […]
Living a righteous life means a lot of “do this” and “don’t do that,” right? Well, sort of. It DOES matter how we behave, but it’s not primarily about that. In fact, if we focus on the rules we’re sure to botch the whole thing.
I was going to say “babes,” as many translations have it, but that just sounded . . . well, wrong. You know? Romans 2:17-24 takes aim specifically at self-righteous Jews, but in our own era, it has application to anyone who considers himself or herself to be spiritually wise and is in fact spiritually immature. […]
I was reading this morning and came across something I just had to share. The book is “Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus” by Lois Tverberg. Here is the excerpt: Hesed: Long-Acting Love Hebrew has a word for lifelong love that is richer and deeper than English has ever conceived of: hesed (HEH-sed). . […]
If the second half of Romans 1 is a helium balloon for the self-righteous, Romans 2 is a dart gun. Ouch! Here’s my paraphrase of my first section: Therefore you who judge others have no excuse, for you condemn yourself when you pass judgment on others, since you do those things too — the same […]
Grace: that which gives joy and pleasure — gratifying to the senses — beautiful, lovely, delightful. Grace (charis in the Greek) means sweetness and loving kindness and all things favorable and merciful. Based on the word studies I’ve recently shared for righteousness and justice in my previous posts: Righteousness and Justice: What Are They?, The […]
“If only I could have justice!” People have cried out for justice down through the ages, and how many of them have received it? If you’re wronged in some way, what do you want? What would make it right? My husband and I had this conversation several weeks ago. I gave him a hypothetical situation: […]
The preacher, Joel Ziolkowsky, stood up and he said, “I am wrong.” Now if memorable sermons are rare, that sort of statement from a preacher, in the pulpit, is very nearly non-existent. No wonder I remember it!
I sat down a week or so ago to share my study on the last half of Romans 1, but I ran smack into righteousness. Righteousness is a word you see a lot of in Romans — that and justification. Since I’ve started this study I’ve been thinking I should look into this word and […]