Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Romans 8

I simply love verse 14 of this passage: "God's Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go!" It reminds me of a Dr. Seuss book and brings a smile to my face. While Paul is speaking to a community that is under the threat of violence for following Jesus, Paul gives them words to encourage them so that they are not dragged down by those who persecute them.

God calls us beloved and worthy of a life lived in freedom and grace and forgiveness. We do not have to live in the past, or relive our past mistakes, we can take a different path in life and have a new focus.

Verses 26-28 are powerful. Even if we do not know how to pray, God will help us! Nothing can separate us from the love we find in Jesus. The relationship we have with Jesus is not something that can be taken away.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Romans 7

Do you see rules and boundaries as healthy guides in your life?

Left to our own devices, Paul warns us, we will ultimately sin. Do you agree with this? Do we need God's guidance and instruction in our lives?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Romans 6

I can remember as a kid thinking that if God forgives then why not continue to do wrong, knowing that forgiveness is just around the corner. I was not wise enough to fully understand the complete implications of making bad choices, that in those actions and words I end up hurting not only myself but also others. It can become a vicious cycle. As an adult I came to more fully understand what Paul is talking about in this chapter. We can become slaves to sin. Yet God offers us a better path in life. We have another choice, one that brings about healing and wholeness, that helps us to feel more at peace in our lives. I really like this part of the passage as interpreted in The Message, from around verses 10-11 "From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God."

Monday, November 1, 2010

Romans 5

It can be so hard to be patient, but when we trust that God will walk with us and be present with us during our hardships, waiting can actually be a time of growth. God did not call us to follow because we have everything together, God calls us despite the fact that we don't have everything together.

Easter ... ready ... set ... go!

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