Month: August 2010

Servants And Masters

SERVANTS AND MASTERS Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus.  Romans 1:1a There was once a master of a great kingdom.  He was wealthy beyond measure and needed to hire servants to take care of his estate.  He sent a foreman to the streets to hire … Continue reading Servants And Masters

Setting The Stage

SETTING THE STAGE Studying Romans is a daunting adventure.  As I begin with verse one tomorrow, I’m aware of my nervousness.  There are three reasons for that. 1. Romans has been studied by more brilliant individuals than probably any piece of literature in history.  This … Continue reading Setting The Stage

Education And Experience

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ.  Romans 1:1 Paul grew up in Tarsus to a well-to-do family.  He was privileged to be tutored under the Rabbi Gamaliel, the President-Patriarch of the Sanhedrin.  Gamaliel was the Pharisee doctor of Jewish law.  No young … Continue reading Education And Experience

The Author

THE AUTHOR Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ.  Romans 1:1 Most historians say that Paul was born around the time Jesus was a toddler.  When Jesus was two, Paul was being rocked to sleep in his mother’s arms.  His birth into the very era of … Continue reading The Author

Friend Or Foe

FRIEND OR FOE Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.  I Thess. 5:26 Greeting one another with a kiss on the cheek was commonplace in Mediterranean culture.  It was not specific to Christians.  It dates as far back in biblical texts as I Samuel.  It would be … Continue reading Friend Or Foe

Paralyzing Inertia

PARALYZING INERTIA "Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass."  I Thess. 5:24 I used to live frozen in inertia.  I reviewed my failures and all the self-proclaimed reasons I believed I was inadequate and decided to stand still in order to … Continue reading Paralyzing Inertia

Making Much Of Every Word

MAKING MUCH OF EVERY WORD Do not despise prophetic utterances.  But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.  I Thess. 5:20-21 Another translation puts it this way.  "Do not think little of God's words." How might I show God that what He says … Continue reading Making Much Of Every Word

What Quenching Looks Like

WHAT QUENCHING LOOKS LIKE Do not quench the Spirit.  I Thess. 5:19 When the word "quench" is used in the English language, it usually has to do with putting out a fire.  That is a good analogy of what happens when the fire of the … Continue reading What Quenching Looks Like

The Three Go Together

THE THREE GO TOGETHER Rejoice always, pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks.  I Thess 5:16-18 When I get what I've always wanted, I rejoice.  When I’m hurting, I pray without ceasing.  When I’m delivered from something painful, I give thanks.  Three different experiences on … Continue reading The Three Go Together

Truth and Consequences

TRUTH AND CONSEQUENCES See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all men.  I Thessalonians 5:15 When I invest in a close relationship, I have hopes of reciprocity.  I anticipate that … Continue reading Truth and Consequences