Month: January 2011

Hope and Shame

HOPE AND SHAME  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.  Romans 5:5             Hope does not put me to shame. What does that really mean? … Continue reading Hope and Shame

There Is A ‘Because’

THERE IS A ‘BECAUSE’ More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. Romans 5:3-4             One of my frustrations with the church, in the past, has been the misuse of scripture.  It’s … Continue reading There Is A ‘Because’

How Hope Affects Me

HOW HOPE AFFECTS ME ..and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.  Romans 5:2             The word Paul used when he said we ‘rejoice’ is ‘boast’.  The word ‘hope’ is the same as ‘certainty’.  We boast in the certainty of the glory … Continue reading How Hope Affects Me

Finally At Peace

FINALLY AT PEACE Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Romans 5:1             When I function, daily, in a world of frantic activity, I dream of peace.  When I work in an atmosphere where … Continue reading Finally At Peace

Thank you!

Good morning, I wanted to write a note to all of you this morning in lieu of the devotional.  Next week, we begin chapter 5 of Romans.  I can’t believe we’ve come this far.  I was so skittish as I began this book, knowing it … Continue reading Thank you!

Pain As A Plotline

PAIN AS A PLOTLINE It [righteousness] will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses, and raised for our justification.  Romans 4:23-25             Who delivered up Jesus to be crucified?  … Continue reading Pain As A Plotline

Faith and Distrust

FAITH AND DISTRUST No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.  Romans 4:20-21 It’s impossible to have faith … Continue reading Faith and Distrust

Because God Said So. Period!

BECAUSE GOD SAID SO. PERIOD! In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” Romans 4:18 If anyone could have floundered in their faith, it was Abraham.  All he … Continue reading Because God Said So. Period!

Something Out Of Nothing

SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING God gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Romans 4:17b Our God is so powerful.  Though our hands are often empty and we’re driven to despair, He can create something out of nothing. … Continue reading Something Out Of Nothing

Resting On The Cushion Of Grace

RESTING ON THE CUSHION OF GRACE That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring – not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares … Continue reading Resting On The Cushion Of Grace