A Goal of Growing (Romans 14-16)

Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. (Romans 14:1) Within the Christian life lies the goal of growth.  And not only should we be concerned with growing personally, but we should be concerned with the growth of others, as well.  Therefore, those who are more mature in their faith must be careful to keep from placing stumbling ... [Continue Reading]

Living at Peace (Romans 11-13)

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:18) Did you know that you have a choice in how you live and relate to other people?  Sometimes it's easy to forget that we're not simply the victims of the circumstances around us but that we can actually be a positive change.  Paul says that one of our responsibilities is to seek to ... [Continue Reading]

A Great Responsibility (Romans 8-10)

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?  And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?  And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? (Romans 10:14) It might be argued that the most important thing about a person is what he or she does with and believes about Jesus.  The early Church thought this was so important that ... [Continue Reading]

A New Master (Romans 4-7)

For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. (Romans 6:14) I'll never forget my first official job.  I was a soda jerk.  Working at a local cafe, my job was to serve food and dip ice cream.  I'll never forget the experience because of the person I worked for.  Generally, the owner was a nice man who had a desire for ... [Continue Reading]

How Good? (Acts 20:1-3; Romans 1-3)

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) I heard an analogy once about throwing a baseball.  If a group of friends of mine and I were to line up and each try to throw a baseball to the North Pole, some would definitely throw the ball further than others.  However, none of us would actually make it to the North Pole.  Similarly, no matter how ... [Continue Reading]

Bragging Rights (2 Corinthians 10-13)

If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. (2 Corinthians 11:30) It’s funny how much we like to have bragging rights.  Life is a comparison, and we’re really good at looking at one another and trying to outdo each other.  Whether in a sport, in academics, or in a board game, we like to let everyone know when we are the winners. When I was living ... [Continue Reading]

Comforted to Comfort (2 Corinthians 1-4)

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) Why does God allow us to go through difficult circumstances?  That's a common question that people have when it ... [Continue Reading]

What If? (1 Corinthians 15-16)

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. (1 Corinthians 15:3-5) What if Jesus didn’t live, die, and come back to life?  What if this whole Jesus thing ... [Continue Reading]

We Need Each Other (1 Corinthians 12-14)

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:27) It's amazing what the power of "we" is.  We can stay warmer together than I can alone.  We have a better return on our labor.  We can help each other.  We need each other - particularly in the church. There is no useless person in the church just as there is no useless part of ... [Continue Reading]

A Chameleon for Christ (1 Corinthians 9-11)

I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.  I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings (1 Corinthians 9:22b-23) Chameleons are remarkable creatures.  Their unique genetic makeup gives them the ability to blend in in various situations and to camouflage themselves from potential predators.  They ... [Continue Reading]