Holy Kiss

Well we made it to the last chapter of Romans. If you are still here with me! Congratulations! In this last chapter Paul taks some time to call out some people by name: Romans 16:1-2 I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea, 2 that you may…

Bringing the Gentiles to Faith

14 I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. 15 But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God 16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service…

Merry-go-round

Our lives are full of the potential to be changed into the image of God in Christ. Our problem is we have a flesh that doesn’t like to follow direction or follow authority. We don’t like to be obedient or disciplined. I was having a conversation with my daughter, when all of the sudden I…

Abound in Hope

Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. 8For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, 9 and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will…

A slow work

We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.  Romans 15:1 Now this is a facinating sentence. Paul tells those who are strong that they have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak. One commentary said, “a divine ought” – meaning we…

Gray Areas

 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. Romans 14:13 In the last section Paul talked about not judging your brothers and sisters in Christ over doubtful things. Doubtful things are things that the scriptures are…