Memories of First-fruits (Romans 16:5b)

“Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in Asia.” (Romans 16:5, ESV) In 1983, the Lord saved me and he immediately impressed upon me to share my faith with others. Granted, I did not have a clue regarding what I should say other than to hand people a brochure and askContinue reading “Memories of First-fruits (Romans 16:5b)”

Godly Couples (Romans 16:3-5a)

“Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. Likewise greet the church that is in their house.” (Romans 16:3–5, KJV 1900) Certain godly couples just stand out in ourContinue reading “Godly Couples (Romans 16:3-5a)”

“Greet . . . “ Romans 16:3-15)

Thirty-seven years ago, the Lord saved me as I was reading a Gideon Bible in a Minneapolis hotel room. I had no idea at the time of the great adventure the Lord would take me on for the past 37 years. The journey took me from Chicago, to Savannah Georgia, to Portsmouth New Hampshire, andContinue reading ““Greet . . . “ Romans 16:3-15)”

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)”