Monthly Archives: February 2018

The Gospel of God’s Righteousness: Rom 1:16-17

Every day it seems like we hear about the horrific things that human beings do to one another: the school shootings, murders, wars, rape and sexual abuse, thefts and burglaries, abuses of power, scandals, and betrayals.  In our darkest moments … Continue reading

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Deliverance from a Sin-Consciousness

For many years I suffered under a lingering sense of shame at the core of my being. It wasn’t guilt for things I had done – for that I knew and trusted in the forgiveness of God through the sacrifice … Continue reading

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James 1:13-15 and where sin originates

A friend of mine recently asked me how I reconcile James 1:13-15, which seems to imply that sin has its origin in our own human desires, with our teaching about sin and righteousness arising from one of two spirits which … Continue reading

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The Covenant and the Curse: Gen 15:7-21

How do we know that God will fulfill His promises to us?  How can we be sure that God is the kind of God He portrays Himself as in the Bible?  How do we know that He truly is love, … Continue reading

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Paul’s Gospel: A Source of Shame or the Power of God? Rom 1:16-17

In verses 13-15, Paul declares his obligation and desire to preach the gospel to the non-Jewish believers in Rome, so that he might have some fruit among them, in other words, so that he might perfect their understanding of the … Continue reading

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Why Paul wrote Romans: Rom 1:5-13

In the first five verses of Romans, Paul has written about the gospel he preaches, and the gift of apostleship that God has granted to him.  His gospel or good news concerns the transformation of Jesus from mortal flesh to … Continue reading

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From Flesh to Spirit: Romans 1:3-4

In these verses we witness the transformation of Jesus by the Spirit of God from his weak earthly flesh into the resurrected Son of God in power.  For although Jesus was the promised seed of David (2Sam 7:12-14) and Messiah … Continue reading

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