Month: May 2012

Over What Can I Be Proud?

OVER WHAT CAN I BE PROUD? In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God.  Romans 15:17          If you heard your pastor say that he was proud of the job he was doing, would that be a red … Continue reading Over What Can I Be Proud?

Released To Become Good

RELEASED TO BECOME GOOD I myself am satisfied about you my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another.  Romans 15:14           “She’s such a good person!”  What is meant by that?  In circumstances when … Continue reading Released To Become Good

When A Welcome Is Ruined

WHEN A WELCOME IS RUINED Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.  Romans 15:7          Why would I not want to welcome someone today into my home, into my fellowship?  While there may be a temporary reason like … Continue reading When A Welcome Is Ruined

Harmony ~ What Is It?

HARMONY – WHAT IS IT? May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Romans … Continue reading Harmony ~ What Is It?

What I Must Do To Make It

WHAT I MUST DO IF I’M GOING TO MAKE IT For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures, we might have hope.  Romans 15:4             Scripture is more a heart thing … Continue reading What I Must Do To Make It

Pick A Side!

PICK A SIDE! But Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.”  Romans 15:3          “Whose side are you on anyway?”  I remember the pressure.  I remember the question? Bullies in my 6th … Continue reading Pick A Side!

A Skirt, Hose, and Strand of Pearls

A SKIRT, HOSE, AND A STRAND OF PEARLS We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.  Romans 15:1          Converted Jews and Gentiles were having such a hard time getting along that Paul … Continue reading A Skirt, Hose, and Strand of Pearls

When In Doubt, Don’t Do It!

WHEN IN DOUBT, DON’T DO IT But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith.  For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.  Romans 14:23          Timidity, something that has plagued me for much of my life, … Continue reading When In Doubt, Don’t Do It!

The Timbers Of What We’re Building

THE TIMBERS OF WHAT WE’RE BUILDING So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.  Romans 14:19          Not a mistake that Paul uses the phrase ‘building up’ for what happens when I love other believers as Jesus would love them.  … Continue reading The Timbers Of What We’re Building

Why Do Others Believe I’m A Christian?

WHY WOULD OTHERS BELIEVE I’M A CHRISTIAN? For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  Romans 14:17          I’m holding my breath while writing this.  I’m realizing that an … Continue reading Why Do Others Believe I’m A Christian?