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Romans 16
by Audrey Rogers on July 3rd, 2020
Romans 16:19I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil. Innocent is typically not a way we like to be described. It suggests we are inexperienced and/or naïve. However, in this case, that is the description of a blessed life. Paul commences this great letter with a clear instruction to the saints: be innocent. In other words, be unaware, uncouth, and uncultured concer...  Read More
Romans 15
by Audrey Rogers on July 2nd, 2020
Romans 15:13May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Would you like to have joy and peace? Then verse 13 says go after hope. And if you go after hope, then you know you have to go after God, because He is the God of hope. Now why should God be called a God of hope? Well, hope is a predisposition of a brighter ...  Read More
Romans 14
by Audrey Rogers on July 1st, 2020
Romans 14:3Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgement on the one who eats. Should Christians read Harry Potter? Should they listen to secular music? Should they watch movies that condone cursing and violence? Is it advisable to smoke or drink? Should they get tattoos? Do yoga? Recognize Halloween? Should they invest time in video games? I...  Read More
Romans 13
by Audrey Rogers on June 30th, 2020
Romans 13:8Owe no one anything, except to love each other. Don’t place yourself at the mercy of another. Be indebted to no man. Be free and unencumbered. This means strive to self-support. As a Christian, God would rather you be under no obligation but one—and that’s to love one another. We are all beholden to love. Ideally, we are not to be on the tab for anything else. No pacts, no bonds. No con...  Read More
Romans 12
by Audrey Rogers on June 29th, 2020
Romans 12:10Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. We live in such a competitive society that constantly seeks to outdo one another. Well, here’s one thing to outdo others in—showing honor. If someone pays you a compliment, do her one better and give her a referral. If someone shows you a kindness, up the ante and send him a gift. And if someone disrespects ...  Read More
Romans 7
by Audrey Rogers on June 22nd, 2020
Romans 7:6We serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code. Does transformation happen from the outside in? Or from the inside out? Instinctively, we all know it’s the latter, yet we act as if it’s the former. Written codes, company policy, performance reviews, accountability partners, internet filters, radar speed guns, legislative acts, you name it—these are all g...  Read More
Romans 6
by Audrey Rogers on June 19th, 2020
Romans 6:23The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Have you ever received an overdraft notice? How about an eviction? A foreclosure? A criminal sentence? Actually, you’ve experienced something much worse. The eternal gavel has been struck. Your doom has been sealed. Your sentence is death. And the guards come to take you away. Yet they seize an...  Read More
Romans 5
by Audrey Rogers on June 18th, 2020
Romans 5:8God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Sometimes we feel like we need to clean up our act, or clean up our mouth, or clean up our thoughts, or, for crying out loud, clean up our house, to even be worthy of God’s notice. But true love is being seen at our worst and still being chosen. When God placed his seal of love upon you, it wasn’t when you...  Read More
Romans 4
by Audrey Rogers on June 17th, 2020
Romans 4:20No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God. Wow. Abraham never wavered. Now this verse doesn’t claim he was without doubt. He had his doubts, to be sure (Genesis 15:2-3; 16:4; 17:17; 20:2)! But he clung to the promise of God, and it held. We all need to drop anchor in the Word of God. When the doubts come and the winds blow, we need something to stabilize us. This is where...  Read More
Romans 3
by Audrey Rogers on June 16th, 2020
Romans 3:20By works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight. Have you ever felt like you needed to curry the favor of a hard to please boss? Or ingratiate yourself to the society of important people? You finally feel you may have arrived, only to discover the standard keeps getting moved ahead. Your best efforts never seem good enough. And, unfortunately, that’s been much of our e...  Read More
Romans 2
by Audrey Rogers on June 15th, 2020
Romans 2:21You then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? Integrity comes from the idea of being unified, being whole, being one. What I believe, say, think, and do are all the same. I’m not one person over here, and a different person over there. I’m consistent. That’s what it means to be a person of integrity. You hold yourself to the same standard you hold for others. It’s so easy to let...  Read More
Romans 1
by Audrey Rogers on June 12th, 2020
Romans 1:11-12For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you—that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. Paul loved going to church. He longed to give and receive. He cherished the opportunity of a gathered assembly. He saw the potential at every hand’s turn. For the last 12 weeks our gatherings have been virtual. A...  Read More
Acts 28
by Audrey Rogers on June 10th, 2020
Acts 28:20It is because of the hope of Israel that I am wearing this chain. The hope of Israel that Paul is referring to is Jesus. And there were years that Paul traveled abroad, and there were times he was confined in prison. But whatever state he found himself in, he learned the art of contentment. This is where we leave Paul, the traveler extraordinaire: in a chain. This is our last view of the...  Read More
Acts 27
by Audrey Rogers on June 10th, 2020
Acts 27:22Yet now I urge you to take heart. Chapter 27 is a difficult read to say the least. Talk about burning calories. It takes it out of you just reading the narrative. Seems the storm will never end. One challenge right after another. And then it says in verse 20, neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and all hope of our being saved was abandoned. In other words, we’re done. And then P...  Read More
Acts 26
by Audrey Rogers on June 9th, 2020
Acts 26:8Why is it thought incredible by any of you that God raises the dead? One of the reasons I consider myself a Pentecostal believer is because of statements like this. Is there anything too difficult for God? If he created the world out of nothing, why is it thought incredible that God should raise the dead? Is it beyond him to heal sickness, to cast out demons, to supply finances, to produc...  Read More
Acts 25
by Audrey Rogers on June 8th, 2020
Acts 25:11I appeal to Caesar. Paul had a dream of bringing a huge offering to Jerusalem, then the plan was to take the gospel to Rome, the capital of the empire (Acts 19:11). And that’s exactly what happened, but not before he faced some serious setbacks. As a result of preaching the gospel, Paul spends two full years in jail (Acts 24:27). Then, still embroiled in legal affairs, he appealed to Cae...  Read More
Acts 24
by Audrey Rogers on June 5th, 2020
Acts 24:16I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man. May we always have a tender heart. If something is not right in our relationship with God, we should go talk with Him. This is called keeping our conscience clear. There’s nothing worse than soldiering through life with a conflicted conscience. Do yourself a favor and make it right. But did you hear what Paul said? W...  Read More
Acts 23
by Audrey Rogers on June 4th, 2020
Acts 23:3God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! I love the Bible. It doesn’t cover over the humanity of some of our greatest heroes. Paul pens the beautiful words, “Love is patient, love is kind.” He lists one of the fruits of the Spirit as self-control. And, yet, what we see here is neither patient, kind, nor self-controlled. He was slapped in the mouth and he shot back with some bitte...  Read More
Acts 22
by Audrey Rogers on June 3rd, 2020
Acts 22:22Up to this word they listened to him. Then they raised their voices and said, “Away with such a fellow from the earth! For he shall not be allowed to live.” What was the word that set them off? “Gentiles.” The Jews had no problem with Gentiles coming to God, for there was even a court of the Gentiles present at the temple. The Jews just had a problem with Gentiles coming to God without f...  Read More
Acts 21
by Audrey Rogers on June 2nd, 2020
Acts 21:13What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus. What’s the worst thing that can happen to you? If you fear it, then it will be your master. But if you don’t, you get to be the boss. For much of my early life I had a fear of dying, until I finally had enough. I had to look fear in the ...  Read More
Acts 20
by Audrey Rogers on June 1st, 2020
Acts 20:35It is more blessed to give than to receive. As a parent, you know that most, if not all disagreements your children have is basically trying to get something from the other. Sometimes, however, I like to flip the script. I’ll step in and say, “Hey guys, instead of arguing over what you can get from each other, I want you to argue for what you can give to each other. Go ahead and try it.”...  Read More
Acts 19
by Audrey Rogers on May 29th, 2020
Acts 19:15Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you? Roasted! The seven sons of Sceva thought they could take the name of Jesus and spray it like a can of mace. Think again, fellas. Jesus is not an aerosol and spiritual authority doesn’t come from a can.This is not magic. This is not trickery. This is not gimmicks or games. It’s not a sticker you slap on your shirt. It’s a real and vital...  Read More
Acts 18
by Audrey Rogers on May 28th, 2020
Acts 18:26He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. We all need to be teachable. Here’s Apollos, an extraordinarily gifted and powerful communicator, being taken aside by a woman and her husband. And we have no hint that he resisted their gentle corrections. They saw his immense power...  Read More
Acts 17
by Audrey Rogers on May 27th, 2020
Acts 17:11Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Do you take someone else’s word for it or do you verify it for yourself? I hope you do the latter, especially when it comes to the Word of God. I hope you don’t believe your pastor, just because he’s your pastor. Or your deno...  Read More
Acts 16
by Audrey Rogers on May 26th, 2020
Acts 16:6They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. Asia was a province on the western end of modern-day Turkey. It had remained untouched during Paul’s first missionary journey, and now he had hopes of going there during his second. But the Holy Spirit said, “No.” Why? Why does God shut down perfectly good ideas? Why? Y...  Read More
Acts 15
by Audrey Rogers on May 25th, 2020
Acts 15:37-38Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. Mark, the Deserter. Have you ever let someone down and it soured their opinion of you? That can be a devastating blow. You can imagine how John Mark must have felt. He quit, and many speculate he w...  Read More
Acts 14
by Audrey Rogers on May 22nd, 2020
Acts 14:11And when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in Lycaonian, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!” People are wired for worship. But, beware: when it goes horizontal, it can easily backfire. People can praise you today and throw rocks at you tomorrow. And, in fact, it doesn’t even take that long for this to happen to Paul (see verse 19)....  Read More
Acts 13
by Audrey Rogers on May 21st, 2020
Acts 13:51They shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium. Sometimes you need to move on. You’ve been trying, and trying, and trying, and they’re just not getting it. It’s not like they can’t; it’s just that they won’t. There’s nothing you can do. You can talk until you’re blue in the face and, at this point in their life, they’re just not ready. But there are people who a...  Read More
Acts 12
by Audrey Rogers on May 20th, 2020
Acts 12:14In her joy she did not open the gate but ran in and reported that Peter was standing at the gate… Sometimes our answered prayers come standing at the gate. And we can hardly believe it. But should we be amazed? I don’t know if we should or not, but often times we are. But let this account be encouragement to you. God hears your prayers. And he can actually do the things we ask of him. So...  Read More
Acts 11
by Audrey Rogers on May 19th, 2020
Acts 11:25-26Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. Everybody had grave suspicions when it came to this fellow named Saul. And for good reason. He wreaked havoc upon the church for years. And recent reports of him now claiming to follow Jesus was probably just interpreted as some kind of ploy. Allow him admittance? Psshh. No way!   Then came...  Read More
Acts 10
by Audrey Rogers on May 18th, 2020
Acts 10:33We are all here in the presence of God to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord. Now that’s music to a preacher’s ears. It’s natural to expect the preacher to prepare a message, but the real magic occurs when a congregation prepares to receive it. Do you know that a congregation brings just as much to the sermon as the preacher does? Therefore, we should never leave the preac...  Read More
Acts 9
by Audrey Rogers on May 15th, 2020
Acts 9:31So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied. How interesting. Walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit. Now that’s an interesting tension. Fear and comfort. Fear keeps us in good stead. We esteem the Lord so highly that we h...  Read More
Acts 8
by Audrey Rogers on May 14th, 2020
Acts 8:29And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The Spirit is speaking. Are we listening? Jesus promised that the Spirit will lead us into all truth. And this isn’t just into Big-T Truth (for all-people, all time). This is little-t truth as well (for this people, this time), and that even means for our p...  Read More
Acts 7
by Audrey Rogers on May 13th, 2020
Acts 7:5He gave him no inheritance in it, not even a foot’s length, but promised to give it to him as a possession and to his offspring after him, though he had no child. God had big ideas! He wanted to build a nation. So, he chose for himself a man with hefty credentials, right? No. He chose a man well advanced in years, without children, and with no land of his own. Hmm. Nation building, eh? Whe...  Read More
Acts 6
by Audrey Rogers on May 12th, 2020
Acts 6:7And the Word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly. Do you see the correspondence? Sowing and Reaping. Seedtime and Harvest. One comes before the other. Some people have the notion that the church brought forth the Scriptures. But this text shows us that the Scripture is actually responsible for the church. When the Word of God spreads it has a ge...  Read More
Acts 5
by Audrey Rogers on May 11th, 2020
Acts 5:38-39If this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God! Such wisdom. Truth knows how to take care itself and doesn’t need any help of mine.   Sometimes we want to play police. It’s a good impulse. We care about the truth. But it’s verses like these that encourage us to give things time....  Read More
Acts 4
by Audrey Rogers on May 8th, 2020
Acts 4:29And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness. Isn’t it funny that the disciples went from escaping threats at the arrest of Jesus, to standing up to them on their own? And that happens in the space of just two months! What accounted for the difference? The Holy Spirit. Look at verse 31. They were filled with the Holy Sp...  Read More
Acts 3
by Audrey Rogers on May 7th, 2020
Acts 3:6I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk! Peter and John didn’t have what the man was expecting. And you might not have what people expect you to have. But that’s okay. As a Christian, you have something better, and they don’t even know it. People are looking to you, and you might not be able to make a temporal d...  Read More
Acts 2
by Audrey Rogers on May 6th, 2020
Acts 2:42And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Many people have the notion that religion is a private affair, and that salvation is a personal thing. That may be true on a foundational level. But at some point, God is calling you into a community. Prayerfully read through Acts 2:42-47 a few times today and ask the Holy S...  Read More
Acts 1
by Audrey Rogers on May 5th, 2020
Acts 1:7It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. Whenever our family goes on a long trip, our youngest child will usually and persistently ask, “When are we getting there?” And often our response is the same, “We’re not sure; just enjoy the ride.” I think God answers that question similarly, “Trust me on the timing and enjoy the journey.” But that’...  Read More