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Slaves (?) to Righteous Living

July 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

Romans 6:18 (New Living Translation) Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living. Followers of Christ are now slaves to righteous living. Uh, er, what? Freedom in Christ makes me a slave to something? Some explanation please? An attempt: as a “slave” to righteous living, righteous […]

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Heartless—The Fall of Man

March 4th, 2017 · No Comments

Romans 1:28-32 (New Living Translation) 28 Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. 29 Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. 30 They are […]

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To the Civilized World and the Rest of the World

November 15th, 2015 · No Comments

Romans 1:14-15 (New Living Translation) 14 For I have a great sense of obligation to people in both the civilized world and the rest of the world, to the educated and uneducated alike. 15 So I am eager to come to you in Rome, too, to preach the Good News. Paul writes about his efforts […]

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The Joy of the Cleared Record

August 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

Romans 4:6-8 (New Living Translation) 6 David also spoke of this when he described the happiness of those who are declared righteous without working for it: 7 “Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. 8 Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared […]

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Gifts and Contracts

August 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

Romans 4:4-5 (New Living Translation) 4 When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned. 5 But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners. There is a big difference between a gift and a contract. It is […]

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Don’t You See?

August 16th, 2015 · No Comments

Romans 2:1-4 (New Living Translation) 4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? This is one of those verses that hits me like a baseball bat (yes, I have […]

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Holiness not Happiness

July 25th, 2015 · No Comments

Romans 8:29 (New Living Translation) For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. God chose His people in advance to be like His Son. (I will not delve into the predestination discussion here.) Was Jesus […]

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On My Side

July 18th, 2015 · No Comments

Romans 8:28 (New Living Translation) And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. The blessings roll on and on in this sentence. (1) God is active. God is causing things to happen all the time without end. […]

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Helping Our Weaknesses

July 11th, 2015 · No Comments

Romans 8:38 (New Living Translation) And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. I love the words used in this translation of this familiar verse. God gives […]

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Basic Guidelines

July 4th, 2015 · No Comments

Romans 12:2 (New Living Translation) Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. I love the wording of this verse in this translation. […]

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