Monday, March 31, 2014


March 31, 2014
Romans 1:9-10
V 9-10 …that without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers…

One of the greatest gifts God gives to believers is the opportunity to come to Him in prayer. I think that many times we squander this opportunity because we fail to see it as the privilege it really is. At it’s most simple level prayer is simply talking to God. There is of course a reverence that should always be present but essentially that is what we are doing. We are talking to the God of the Universe. The creator of all we see around us. We, as believers, have this right to go to Him with a prayers and supplications, with our desires and our heartaches. This is what Paul is telling the church at Rome. He was in constant prayer for them.

Monday, March 17, 2014

who can tell??

March 17, 2014
Romans 1:8 First I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you because your faith is proclaimed in all the world.

Words are cheap. They come easy, some even have silver tongues that pretty words just drip from. Many don’t mean what they say. Even believers will paint their lives, actions, and beliefs with a better picture than what is truth. We can tell others how much we love God; how much we serve Him, but the truth is somewhat dimmer. This we know. We know that our actions speak with greater truth than our words. Our actions show that we love and serve Him. Our actions show that what we do is for Him and not just for accolades. The life of the Roman believer would have had no room for pretty words. It was not an easy life. Yet, their faith was renowned in all the world. We are probably lucky if our neighbors know of our love and devotion to God.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

to all the nations...

March 11, 2014
Romans 1:2-5
V5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among the nations

All believers who aren’t Jewish, mainly me, should love this verse. This small verse at the beginning of Romans should be one of our favorite verses ever. Why? This is the verse where Paul tells of his desire, his calling, his work if you will to bring the saving gospel to the gentiles. The “all the nations” part of this verse shows us that he was dedicated to all people not just his kinsmen the Jews. Because Paul was faithful, because God desired all men to hear and know Him I can sit here today read His word and experience His saving power.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

resting on the promises...

March 4, 2014
Romans 1:2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures.

There are so many scriptures where the words “God has promised” or “He kept His promise.” So, many in fact that it would take you quite a while to get through them; He keeps His promises. Our God is unchanging. He is the same today and He was yesterday and He will be the same tomorrow. He is never “in the mood to not keep His promise.” One of my favorite things to tell my kids is “Promises are important” we never make promises that we don’t intend to keep. We, however, are human and there may be a time that we can’t for whatever reason keep a promise. We might, (GASP) just not want to keep it; so we don’t. God isn’t like that. If it’s a promise in His word; He will keep it. Psalm 119:50 says, “This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.” I can read this verse and know that in Him and His promises I can live.