Month: January 2012

Unworthiness and Grace

But if it (God choosing a remnant to be His) is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.  Romans 11:5 People can tell a lot about what’s important to me by how much I … Continue reading Unworthiness and Grace

Never Forgotten

NEVER FORGOTTEN I ask, then, has God rejected his people?  By no means!  For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin.  Romans 11:1          Even though God took His love and grace to people outside of … Continue reading Never Forgotten

The Pain of Being Invisible

THE PAIN OF BEING INVISIBLE And Isaiah says boldly:  I was found by those who were not looking for Me; I revealed Myself to those who were not asking for Me.  Romans 10:20          God disciplines Israel for their rejection of His Son by taking … Continue reading The Pain of Being Invisible

Proof Of Total Confidence

PROOF OF TOTAL CONFIDENCE So faith comes from hearing and hearing through the Word of Christ.  Romans 10:17             Life-saving advice means that what was shared with me was so valuable that I couldn’t wait to go away and apply it.  I have complete confidence … Continue reading Proof Of Total Confidence

Why Is That?

WHY IS THAT? But all did not obey the gospel.  For Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed our message?  Romans 10:15-16          When Isaiah laments about how few believe, he has spoken for God’s servants past and present.  Evidence for God is all around us.  … Continue reading Why Is That?

Idolizing My Reputation

IDOLIZING MY REPUTATION But how can they call on Him they have not believed in?  And how can they believe without hearing about Him?  And how can they hear without a preacher?  And how can they preach unless they are sent?  As it is written:  … Continue reading Idolizing My Reputation

Calling Out

CALLING OUT For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.  Romans 10:13          So how can there be any confusion about the way of salvation?  Calling on the Lord, plus nothing, brings salvation.  Paul doesn’t tell me to do ten … Continue reading Calling Out

Test of Admission

TEST OF ADMISSION For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.  Romans 10:10          Confession for the early church (and ultimately for me) was important because the times were perilous for Christians.  To admit that … Continue reading Test of Admission

In Front Of Family And Friends

IN FRONT OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS If you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.  Romans 10:9             Did you ever date someone you knew your family … Continue reading In Front Of Family And Friends

Danger of Familiarity

DANGER OF FAMILIARITY But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim);  because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart … Continue reading Danger of Familiarity