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?             David said, “None who wait for you shall be …

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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 as if snippets of the Bible were memorized, categorized internally …

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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 of God.  John put it this way, “But we know …

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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 there is conflict and negativity, I dream of peace.  When …

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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 was a heavyweight spiritual challenge.  Each morning, throughout the first two chapters, …

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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?  Was it the Jews?  Was it Pilate?  The shocking answer …

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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 in God if distrust is part of my heart’s makeup.  …

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