Category Archive: Biblical Principles

Sep 22

What is the book of Romans about?

Romans is focused on Jesus, God’s salvation offered through him, and how to live when we have committed our lives to God’s service. The Bookends of Romans Authors often have very similar sections near the beginning and near the end of their books. They are the bookends of the book. Bookends give the reader clues …

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Sep 18

Links to Begin the Week

Link to a previous post on my blog The Just Shall Live By Faith- Romans 1 Links to things I’ve read recently You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking. The Social Media Strategy of John the Baptist The gospel is more beautiful when we …

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Sep 09

The humility and calling of a Christian

Most translations use the word servant in Romans 1:1 but Paul was really saying that he was a slave. Slavery was common in Paul’s world and Christians used this word to describe their relationship to Jesus. They used it to answer Roman judges who condemned them to death and Paul used it regularly to talk …

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Sep 01

We would like victory over our problems but God expects something different.

We want victory, a final banishing of our sins and weaknesses but God wants something different, a long pilgrimage of falling and getting up again. We fall and get up An outsider asked a monk, “What do you do in a monastery?” He expected some spiritual answer about prayer and chanting and silence. The monk …

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Aug 28

Links to Begin the Week

Link to a previous post on my blog The Just Shall Live By Faith- The Proud and the Just Links to things I’ve read recently You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking. Marriage Is As One Long Conversation Why We Grow So Slowly Refuting …

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Aug 18

We usually underestimate people and overvalue things. Great Cities Fall but People Live Forever.

We usually underestimate people and overvalue things. As C. S. Lewis powerfully observed in his sermon, The Weight of Glory, There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it …

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Jul 31

Links to Begin the Week

Link to a previous post on my blog Faith and Experience John the Baptist- A word from God Links to things I’ve read recently You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking. Our Cultural Waterloo Goats, bookworms, a monk’s kiss: Biologists reveal the hidden history …

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Jul 28

God keeps his promises even when we are faithless and our challenges seem unbeatable

The world is messy. Our lives are messy. Sometimes it seems as if we can’t depend on anything. In the midst of this, God is faithful and God is in charge God is trustworthy even if we are not and the world seems to be against us David’s good idea After King David had conquered …

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Jul 14

Isaiah saw God and it changed his life. What can we learn from Isaiah’s call in Isaiah 6?

Isaiah served God as a prophet for most of his life. He was an advisor to good kings and bad. At the beginning of his ministry he saw God and the vision set the tone for the rest of his life. (Isaiah 6) When we get a clear picture of who God is it changes …

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Jul 07

God wants to invest in us but sometimes we think we can get a better deal somewhere else

God wants an intimate relationship with us but we often settle for much less.  We accept God’s initial offer (the Gospel) and get to first base.  But, in the words of a famous preacher, we then turn away from the action. We go and sit in the dugout and wait to go to heaven. Most …

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