Posts with the tag “june”
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...
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 ...
by Audrey Rogers on June 26th, 2020
Romans 11:33Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!Paul has been sharing some very deep thoughts and complex theology in this book! He’s trying to explain the mind of God, which is so very far above our heads. I am humbled when I realize how narrow my focus can get sometimes, and then the Holy Spirit helps me bac...
by Audrey Rogers on June 25th, 2020
Romans 10:2For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.Paul is talking about his Jewish brothers & sisters – they were ALL ABOUT following the Rules of Righteousness, trying to earn favor with God – but they didn’t understand that ultimately, God does not want our self-sacrifices. We don’t get to heaven just by following all the rules or being a ‘good pers...
by Audrey Rogers on June 24th, 2020
Romans 9:18So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.If God chooses to have mercy on one person but not another, what then is the point of praying for God to save certain people? What’s the point of trying to raise our children “in the way they should go”? What’s the point of telling people about Jesus? It may seem like there is no point, no hope, if we have no as...
by Audrey Rogers on June 23rd, 2020
Romans 8:1There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.Condemnation = punishment. If you are abiding in Jesus and He in you, you no longer face eternal punishment. Conviction = declaration of guilt. We do all still face conviction because we are all still guilty. Guilty of missing the mark of God’s perfect will for our life, whether that be by walking in pride, anger, b...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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.”...
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