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Romans 6

Paul in this chapter poses a question – one he has encountered most likely when it comes to grace. Basically the question is: “If God gives us grace why should I worry about sinning?” Paul says that if you think this way you have completely missed the point of your baptism! Paul declared that something

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Romans 5

In this fallen world everyone suffers the general ravages of sin, sickness, and death; but Christians often suffer even more in the form of persecution from Satan and from the unbelieving world. Paul reminds us that within the broad scope of God’s sovereignty and love, not even tribulations can nullify our assurance of salvation. In

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Reflections

Today we are to reflect over our readings. As the letter of Romans unfolds we see how Paul lays out the basic concepts of the gospel. My thoughts are brought back to Romans one, where Paul declared that creation shouts to mankind that there is a God! As I watch my grandkids growup I stand

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Reflections to consider

One day, everything you have or think you have will be gone. It will either be lost somehow before you die, or certainly gone after you die. One day you are going to lose it, so use it today to get ready for tomorrow. That is exactly what Jesus did when he died on the

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Romans 4

Paul in our reading uses Abraham as the prime example that salvation is by faith! Paul in this text takes us back to the time that God made a promise to Abraham that his offspring shall be as numerous as the stars in the sky (Gen. 15:5). As Paul notes in our reading, even through

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Romans 3

Paul in our reading declares “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” You might have gotten lost in some of Paul’s argument over the last two chapters but Rom. 3:23 is the key! The point that Paul has been making is that both the Jews and the Gentiles are lost

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Romans 2

Paul in this reading makes it clear that just because one was born a Jew does not mean they will be saved. For if they did not love God and obey His commandments they were just as condemned as the Gentiles of chapter one! Paul is building his case that all are in the same

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Romans 1

Paul makes a strong case that all of mankind is without excuse for not acknowledging God. Paul declares that the creation is a witness of God and His power. Paul explains that when mankind chose to ignore God they traveled down a path of sin and darkness. Three times Paul notes that God “gave them

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Matthew 28

“He is not here; he has risen” I know of no other words that have changed the landscape for mankind more than “He is risen!” For if He has risen, then He truly is the Son of God! All that He taught is then true, all the people He claimed existed – did exist! God

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Reflections

Today is a day to review and meditate on our readings. There is a lot to take in as we see Jesus on the cross! All that we see taking place was for US and it was forever going to change everything!! Praise God for His amazing love!!

Reflections to consider

“I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” The reaction of Judas is very interesting. The text seems to indicate that Judas was expecting a different outcome when Jesus was arrested. Was Judas trying to force Jesus’ hand by having Him arrested, hoping that this move would expedite the establishment of our

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Matthew 27

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” That cry of our Lord speaks volumes to what the cross was all about! When you look at the cross don’t just focus on the pain and suffering, many have suffered unjustly at the hands of evil men. What makes this event unique in history is

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Matthew 26

“Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?”  This statement in our reading tells us a great deal! Just think these events that are now unfolding in our readings were planed before the creation of the world (1 Peter

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Matthew 25

Jesus in our reading tells a parable of a master who went on a long journey and entrusted his servants with the care of his estate. The man in this parable who is going on a journey is Jesus and we are His servants. Realize that the talents the Master gave each servant was a

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Matthew 24

“I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” This statement by Jesus is the start of a somewhat difficult discourse in our reading. The key to this text is to remember that Jesus is answering 2 questions that the disciples asked (vs. 3).

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Matthew 23

In our reading we see a side of Jesus many do not want to acknowledge. The language in this chapter is about judgement, fire and brimstone. You would think he was talking about some murders and adulterers, but that is not who He is talking about. In fact, Jesus is talking about the leading religious

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect over our readings. Jesus has now entered Jerusalem for the last time. A plan that was in place before the creation of the world is now playing out! What principles have you noted our Lord stressing as He moves ever closer to the cross?

A reflection to consider

The Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, asked Jesus a question. It was one of those questions like: “Can God create a rock He can’t lift?” Jesus as always does a masterful job of dealing with their question! He let them know that their premise was all wrong. The life after death will be

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Matthew 22

The parable in our reading has three elements. 1) Those who are invited but reject the invitation are the Jews. 2) The invitation being extended to all “good and bad” is about the kingdom being offered to sinners and Gentiles. 3) The one with no wedding garment being thrown out? Some scholars note that often

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Matthew 21

It is now the beginning of the end! It is amazing how a week that starts with crowds shouting “Hosanna to the Son of David,” will end with these same crowds shouting “crucify him!” Our Lord has arrived to fulfill His mission and He is ready to take on all comers. The merchants are on

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