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)”

Agree to Disagree (Romans 15:5-7)

“That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:6, KJV 1900) Have you ever come to an impasse in a discussion with another who had a differing opinion from you? I had one early on in my military service with a commanding officer.Continue reading “Agree to Disagree (Romans 15:5-7)”

The Supreme Example (Romans 15:3-4)

“For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.” (Romans 15:3, KJV 1900) There was an expression when I grew up that went like this. “Your mother wears combat boots.” Oh, I can tell you that these were fighting words. It was akinContinue reading “The Supreme Example (Romans 15:3-4)”

Obligations of the Strong (Rom 15:1-2)

“We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.” (Romans 15:1–2, KJV 1900) I just watched a documentary about a combat medic named Desmond Doss who was awarded the Medal of Honor forContinue reading “Obligations of the Strong (Rom 15:1-2)”

Cautious Exercise (Romans 14:20-23)

“Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.” (Romans 14:22, KJV 1900) I knew a young pastor who had no qualm with regards to drinking a beer once in a while. Even though I abstain, I had no problem with hisContinue reading “Cautious Exercise (Romans 14:20-23)”

Loving Restraint (Romans 14:16, 20-23)

“Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats.” (Romans 14:20, ESV) Throughout the Scriptures, we see this theme of giving up on our own desires for the sake of the work to whichContinue reading “Loving Restraint (Romans 14:16, 20-23)”

Proper Pursuit (Romans 14:16-19)

“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. . . So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.” (Romans 14:17, 19, ESV) I was serving as an elder in a church one time whereContinue reading “Proper Pursuit (Romans 14:16-19)”