Month: September 2010

Why Man Makes Substitute Gods

WHY MAN MAKES SUBSTITUTE GODS Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.  Romans 1:22             Why would I want a substitute for God?  Why would … Continue reading Why Man Makes Substitute Gods

The Foundation Of A Fool

THE FOUNDATION OF A FOOL For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Romans 1:21             A fool, in scripture, is described as … Continue reading The Foundation Of A Fool

A Knowing Or To Know?

A KNOWING OR TO KNOW  ..who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.  For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.  Romans 1:19             From Paul's words, it is clear that there is no excuse for … Continue reading A Knowing Or To Know?

A Subject Ignored

A SUBJECT IGNORED For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.  Romans 1:18             God’s wrath is not a subject most churches address.  And of the few that do, some … Continue reading A Subject Ignored

Faith Plus Nothing

FAITH PLUS NOTHING The just shall live by faith.  Romans 1:17b             I write today with fear and trembling.  Prayerfully, I seek God for the concepts and language to write about this critical and most important issue in all of Christianity.  This is the verse … Continue reading Faith Plus Nothing

The Great Exchange

THE GREAT EXCHANGE For in it the righteousness of God is revealed for faith to faith.  Romans 1:17a When God’s holiness, his righteousness, is revealed, sin is exposed.  A crisis becomes immediately evident.  I realize that I can not stand before a righteous God.  No … Continue reading The Great Exchange

Being Different

BEING DIFFERENT I am under obligation both the Greeks and barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish.  Romans 1:14 A barbarian referred to anyone who did not speak Greek.  This language dominated all art, culture, and education.  To be a barbarian was to … Continue reading Being Different

Mutual Encouragement

MUTUAL ENCOURAGEMENT For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you ~ that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.  Romans 1:11-12 I have found that mutual encouragement … Continue reading Mutual Encouragement

Prayers For Strangers

PRAYERS FOR STRANGERS For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers…  Romans 1:9             Something amazing happens when we pour ourselves out daily at the feet … Continue reading Prayers For Strangers

Religious Reputations

RELIGIOUS REPUTATIONS First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world.  Romans 1:8             Rome was the center of the world in New Testament times.  Whatever happened there became known.  The happenings inside … Continue reading Religious Reputations