Tag Archive: Faith

Oct 21

What three things saved Ruth and Naomi from their suffering?

A time of suffering Ruth and Naomi lived centuries ago but faced the same suffering we see in the world today. Individuals and societies have cycles of faith, decline, consequences, repentance, and blessing. Choices have consequences.  We live in a world where we face the consequences of good choices and bad choices.  We face the …

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Sep 28

The Gospel is for everyone. (So that you may believe. John 20:30-31)

The Gospel is for everyone The Gospel is for the favored in society John was selective about what he chose to put in his Gospel. He had an overall aim and he chose events from the life of Christ that taught principles that would lead people toward faith in Jesus. (John 20:30-31) Nicodemus was a religious leader …

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May 05

What is the book of Romans about?

The Bookends of Romans Bookends give the reader clues to the author’s central message. I have written in earlier posts about the bookends to Matthew’s gospel and to the entire Bible. I believe there are also bookends in Paul’s letter to the Romans. The bookends are Romans 1:1-7 and 16:25-27. Unifying concepts in the bookends …

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Apr 01

What does Jesus want to find when he returns to the earth?

The widow and the corrupt judge Jesus told a story about a corrupt judge and a widow who wanted justice. The widow wins her case not on its merits but by wearing down the judge with her persistence. (Luke 18:1-8) The parable seems unlikely for two reasons. In the passage before Jesus talks about the …

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Feb 02

Jesus, You Need to Help Him…He Deserves It….. No, I Don’t Deserve It

The Centurion’s Slave A Centurion was told that Jesus had come to his village. He was part of the occupation force that served under King Herod or the Roman governor. One of his most trusted slaves was near death. He had heard about Jesus and asked the Jewish leaders of the town to see if …

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Dec 03

When did a Canaanite prostitute show more faith than a Jewish man?

God said that all nations of the world would be blessed through Abraham. (Genesis 12:1-3) Within the Jewish story of the Hebrew Scriptures are pictures of God reaching out to Gentiles. A Jewish slave girl led Naaman, the Syrian general, to the prophet Elisha who healed his leprosy and brought him closer to the true …

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Jun 25

The Just Shall Live By Faith- Galatians

The Galatian Christians Paul had founded the Galatian churches on either his first or second missionary journey. The explosion of faith among the Gentiles challenged the Church. Christians were divided as to whether Gentiles needed to become Jews in order to become Christians. Paul’s Pilgrimage Paul was converted as a result of a direct experience …

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Jun 16

The Just Shall Live By Faith- Romans 1

The Bookends of Romans Good writers often plant subtle “bookends” in their work to emphasize key points of their message. In Romans Paul began and ended the book with paragraphs containing core elements of its teaching. Romans 1:1-6 1:1 gospel 1:3 concerning his Son 1:2 through his prophets in the holy Scriptures 1:5 obedience of …

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Jun 12

In the school of faith each of us receives a customized curriculum

The Just Shall Live By Faith God told Habakkuk that the just, people who wanted to follow God, would live by faith through the time of judgement. We are not told what happened to Habakkuk but we have the examples of Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. They each followed God through those dark years. Jeremiah and …

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Jun 06

Habakkuk 3- The Just Shall Live By Faith- Habakkuk’s Psalm

Habakkuk’s Psalm Chapter three of Habakkuk is a psalm. In the last verse of the book he wrote “to the choirmaster with MY stringed instruments.” (Habakkuk 3:19, my emphasis. The possessive is not translated in some translations.) Habakkuk was probably a leader among the Levitical musicians. This psalm answers the question of chapter one. The …

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