Is Christianity about rule following? (Romans 7:15-25)

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Romans 7:15-25

“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” These are the words of the Apostle Paul in Romans 7:15. Paul was one of the champions of the grass root first-century church movement. He accomplished more for the church than almost anyone after him and wrote a significant portion of the New Testament. Yet, even the Apostle confessed he did not do what he wanted to. Continue reading

What did Jesus do? (Romans 1:1-6)

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Romans 1:1-6

“If we seek strength, it lies in his dominion; if purity, in his conception; if gentleness, it appears in his birth. For by his birth he was made like us in all respects [Heb 2:17] that he might learn to feel our pain [cf. Heb 5:2]. If we seek redemption, it lies in his passion; if acquittal, in his condemnation; if remission of the curse, in his cross [Gal 3:13]; if satisfaction, in his sacrifice; if purification, in his blood; if reconciliation, in his descent to hell; if mortification of the flesh, in his tomb; if newness of life, in his resurrection; if immortality, in the same; if inheritance of the Heavenly Kingdom, in his entrance into heaven; if protection, if security, if abundant supply of all blessings, in his Kingdom; if untroubled expectation of judgement, in the power given to him to judge.” These are the words of the sixteenth century reformer John Calvin. Continue reading

“A Good Not Otherwise Attained” (Romans 8:28)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain. 

Romans 8:28

Anglican Bishop J.C. Ryle writes:

“There is nothing which shows our ignorance so much as our impatience under trouble. We forget that every cross is a message from God, intended to do us good in the end. Trials are intended to make us think — to wean us from the world — to send us to the Bible — to drive us to our knees. Health is a good thing; but sickness is far better, if it leads us to God. Prosperity is a great mercy; but adversity is a greater one if it brings us to Christ. Anything, anything is better than living in indifference and dying in sin.”

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Ghosted by God? (Romans 1:20)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Romans 1:20

In our popular culture being “ghosted” means to cut off all communication with someone without explanation. Many people feel they have been ghosted by God. So where is God? Have you looked for him? Why is he hidden from us? If he is sovereign and all powerful and loving, would it not be wise to reveal himself more readily to humanity? Continue reading

Doing Theology (Romans 15:4)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Romans 15:4

Does theology matter? Can you be a Christian without it?

Theology (Greek logos, or “word,” with theos or “God”) is words or knowledge concerning God. Scripture is the God-given foundation and only infallible source for all true theology. All Scripture is “breathed out by God” (2 Timothy 3:16) and is “the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him” (Westminster Shorter Catechism 2). Continue reading

A Theory of Everything (Romans 1:20)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Romans 1:20

In his latest book, Can Science Explain Everything?, theologian John Lennox makes a case against “scientism,” the ideology that “science” is or should be the only measure by which society should know what is true and good. Scientism’s hubris is the idea that science is “objective” and “unbiased,” whereas things like religion and art are not. Continue reading

Hell on Wheels (Romans 6:23)

 

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Romans 6:23

Hell, where is it, what is it? Do you think of it?

Gordon Ramsey is a world renowned chef and entrepreneur and TV personality. His lists of so-called reality TV programs are many and continue to grow, as do his programs that use the word Hell: “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Hotel Hell,” and now “Hell on Wheels.”

But what is Hell? Should we as Christian’s care? Continue reading

What Is Your Purpose on Earth? (Romans 12:2)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Romans 12:2

Why are you here, what is your purpose? To ask and answer these questions requires words. Continue reading

Tethered to God (Romans 8:28)

 

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain. 

Romans 8:28

One my previous occupations was managing an animal shelter. I was also an Animal Cop. One time I went to a home, I was amused by what I saw. There was no violation of the law. The cats, each weighing twelve to fifteen pounds, were tethered to the front porch by long strings of yarn. Continue reading