Month: February 2011

Hearing Bad News

I MUST KNOW THE BAD NEWS TO APPRECIATE THE GOOD Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life … Continue reading Hearing Bad News

A Picture Of Abundance

A PICTURE OF ABUNDANCE For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Romans 5:17 I … Continue reading A Picture Of Abundance

Stuck In Unfairness

STUCK IN UNFAIRNESS Death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. Romans 5:14 Paul doesn’t let up!  For ten verses he hammers this point … Continue reading Stuck In Unfairness

Spiritual Unions

SPIRITUAL UNIONS Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned… Romans 5:12 A spiritual union, as in who I am united to in spirit, determines what I will … Continue reading Spiritual Unions

I Have No Joy Because…

I HAVE NO JOY BECAUSE… We rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.  Romans 5:11 Jesus came to show me what God was like.  That He came is a miracle.  That He would leave heaven so I … Continue reading I Have No Joy Because…

Fear Of God’s Abandonment

FEAR OF GOD’S ABANDONMENT For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.  Romans 5:10 Since God pulled out all the stops to … Continue reading Fear Of God’s Abandonment

Paranoia

PARANOIA Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.  Romans 5:9 If you grew up in a family that didn’t express themselves well, you probably experienced other’s disapproval without words.  … Continue reading Paranoia

God’s Love And My Sinfulness

GOD’S LOVE AND MY SINFULNESS For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  For one will scarcely die for a righteous person-though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die- but God shows his love … Continue reading God’s Love And My Sinfulness