Month: August 2020

Making It Public

MAKING IT PUBLIC But we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.  Romans 8:23          I have been adopted, technically, into God’s family and nothing can ever erase the … Continue reading Making It Public

Wanting What I Can’t Yet Define

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.  Romans 8:18 I was so moved this morning by a C.S. Lewis quote from his book, Weight of Glory.  He defines … Continue reading Wanting What I Can’t Yet Define

What Will We Do?

…and if (we) are children, then heirs – heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.  Romans 8:16 The theology of suffering is an expansive topic but in today's scripture, … Continue reading What Will We Do?


The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.  Romans 8:16 What do our hearts often do when we read God's words? Yes, on some days, there's a struggle to connect. Ah, but on other days, there's a visceral connection. … Continue reading Leaping

The Spirit Of Slavery

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”  Romans 8:15 I grew up in a family where feelings weren't expressed. Fear and uncertainty … Continue reading The Spirit Of Slavery

Savoring The Upward Climb

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  Roman 8:14 Isn’t everyone who lives on planet earth God’s child?  Many think so and refer to the human race as children of God.  It is a warm, fuzzy concept but … Continue reading Savoring The Upward Climb

The Murky Ground of Indebtedness

So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.  Romans 8:12 The giving of a gift can communicate different things. It might say, 'I love you.' Oh, but it can just as easily convey the message, "Now, you … Continue reading The Murky Ground of Indebtedness

Withholding and Unavailable

But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  Romans 8:10 If Christ lives in me, I have full access to Him; everything that He is and everything that He has promised to … Continue reading Withholding and Unavailable

What About The Best Of People?

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.  Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.  Romans 8:7-8 I once witnessed a live panel discussion in Minneapolis where … Continue reading What About The Best Of People?

The Living Dead

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.  Romans 8:6 So many emails came over the weekend that it wasn’t possible to respond to each of you.  I was so touched … Continue reading The Living Dead