Dig into Romans with Me (Week 20-Romans 9:1-19)

This chapter really spoke to me, so I read it over and over again. I thought our study would would go through the whole chapter, but I found myself sitting in the sections, reading multiple versions (always going back to The Message), and following many rabbit trails that linked to these verses in my brain.… Read More

put on your new nature

Were Boaz, Ruth, Moses, David, or Rahab wiser, stronger, more honorable, or more deserving of God’s favor than you or I? No. They were just as unlikely to become heroes of faith as anyone else. We’re all born in sin and live in a broken world. The Bible teaches us that we are responsible and accountable for our… Read More

Ephesians 3:7-8 What’s your excuse?

What’s stopping you from doing God’s mission for you? When I read through Paul’s list of excuses, I was surprised at the similarity to mine. I had always thought of Paul as an extremely confident, know-it-all kind of guy, and here I was reading a list of his anxieties about himself–lots of excuses giving his… Read More

Ephesians 3:4-6 Come on in, ya’all!

The original non-discrimination clause.   Ephesians 3:4-6 (New Living Translation) As I briefly wrote earlier, God himself revealed his mysterious plan to me. As you read what I have written, you will understand my insight into this plan regarding Christ. God did not reveal it to previous generations, but now by his Spirit he has… Read More

Ephesians 2:18-22 Together, we are His house

I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ His only begotten Son. Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell and on the third He rose again and ascended… Read More

Ephesians 2:14-18 A fresh start

Equal access. One family. No more insiders and outsiders. Only through our Savior Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit in us. One world-wide community. Ephesians 2:14-18(New Living Translation) For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross,… Read More

Ephesians 2:11-13 I didn’t have a clue!

Once I was on the outside. Now I’m part of the family of God. Once I had no clue about God, his promises, his love, and his grace. Now, because of his mercy, sacrifice, and victory over death, I am in on it altogether. God is love, and He loves me. I don’t take it… Read More