Prayer Needed (Romans 15:30-33)

“Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;” (Romans 15:30, KJV 1900) Yesterday, I shared that Paul was confident in having Christ’s blessings in his visit to Rome. Yet, since he hadContinue reading “Prayer Needed (Romans 15:30-33)”

Blessed in Ministry (Romans 15:28-29)

“I know that when I come to you I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.” (Romans 15:29, ESV) Ben Franklin once wrote in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, this often-quoted statement, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” I understand the point of theContinue reading “Blessed in Ministry (Romans 15:28-29)”

Sharing in Blessings (Romans 15:25-27)

“For if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings.” (Romans 15:27, ESV) You may have heard the term, pay it forward. The idea with this phrase is that when you are blessed by someone, you should forward the blessing toContinue reading “Sharing in Blessings (Romans 15:25-27)”

Putting off of Plans (Romans 15:22-24)

“For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you.” (Romans 15:22, KJV 1900) Serving the Lord is the greatest thing that we can do in our lifetime. Yet, it has repercussions on our earthly lives. Jesus put it this way, “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will comeContinue reading “Putting off of Plans (Romans 15:22-24)”

Finding Choir Members (Rom 15:20-21)

“Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation:” (Romans 15:20, KJV 1900) You have probably heard the expression, preaching to the choir. It basically means to persuade someone about that which they already know. When I was in the pastoral ministry,Continue reading “Finding Choir Members (Rom 15:20-21)”

Reasonable Pride (Romans 15:17-19)

“I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God.” (Romans 15:17, KJV 1900) Having served in the pastoral ministry and now being in what I choose to call semi-retirement, I find occasions when I look back on the ministry to determine if I have done anything ofContinue reading “Reasonable Pride (Romans 15:17-19)”

Bold Reminders (Romans 15:15-16)

“But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God” (Romans 15:15, ESV) Redundancy is not always a bad thing. The fact is, we do have a tendency to forget things. Thus, we often need a bold reminder. Consider Israel for aContinue reading “Bold Reminders (Romans 15:15-16)”

The Encouraged Minister (Romans 15:14)

“And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.” (Romans 15:14, KJV 1900) As I was working through the call to pastoral ministry, I had one mentor who challenged me with these words. “The ministry is gloriouslyContinue reading “The Encouraged Minister (Romans 15:14)”

Powerful Prayer (Romans 15:13)

I apologize for missing yesterday’s post. Something went wrong with the scheduling. “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 15:13, KJV 1900) Have you ever wondered how to pray for others? Sometimes do ourContinue reading “Powerful Prayer (Romans 15:13)”