Tag Archives: Paul

Firming Up the Foundation

Therefore when we could endure it no longer, we thought it best to be left behind at Athens alone, and we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s fellow worker in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you as … Continue reading

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A Life of its Own

The occasion of the writing of 1 Thessalonians was the coming of Timothy, who Paul sent to the city when he could “stand it no more” (1 Thessalonians 3:1,5), that is, not knowing if their faith had truly taken hold. … Continue reading

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Model Church

6 You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in … Continue reading

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Benefit of the Doubt

The apparent conversion of Kanye West has drawn the skorn of many Christians. He’s trying to buy his way in like Simon the Magician (Acts 8:9). It’s just a ploy to sell his music. He’ll lead the unwashed masses astray. … Continue reading

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No Extra Credit

The key to any kind of biblical exchange is not acquiescence to maintain peace but the pursuit of a “clear conscience.” More often than not my attempts to get a hearty “amen” regarding what I would consider sound and settled … Continue reading

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Role Player

Mark starts his book with no action sequence or breathtaking flyover of the Jordan River, but with a few words of narration over a tight scene of leathery-skinned hands pushing a man’s head under the rushing water. “The beginning of … Continue reading

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Purpose-driven

For this reason I have often been prevented from coming to you; but now, with no further place for me in these regions, and since I have had for many years a longing to come to you whenever I go to Spain—for … Continue reading

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Calling the Romans–Romans 1:1-7

In one signature run-on sentence, we have all we need to know about the gospel of God. It’s Paul’s preamble to his magnificent letter to his beloved saints in Rome. These were the “called of Jesus Christ.” Nothing here indicates … Continue reading

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Bold Obedient Faith–Romans 1:8-15

Bold obedient faith cannot be contained. First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world. Romans 1:8 It’s admired abroad, and serves as inspiration to other believers. Yet it draws … Continue reading

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Farm Team

12 Through Silvanus, our faithful brother (for so I regard him), I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it! 13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together … Continue reading

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