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Saturday of Trinity 10 – Romans 8:1-17

ShareRomans 8:1-17 Imagine that your house is a single cell that measures 6 X 8 feet. In your house, you have a bed, table, chair, locker, a few shelves, lights and a window. You have access to a community bathroom located at the end of the hallway.  Every day at 7:00 am, 11:30 am, 5:00 […]

August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Trinity 10 – Romans 7:14-25

ShareRomans 7:14-25 I used to want to be a psychologist, or at least a cognitive scientist.  I’m interested in the bizarre diversity present within human beings, especially the more bizarre aspects of who we are.  There was a time when I wanted to study dreams and how vivid various people’s were, and when I was […]

August 28, 2014 | 1 Comment More

Thursday of Trinity 10 – Romans 7:1-13

ShareRomans 7:1-13 “Wilt thou have this Woman to thy wedded wife, to live together after God’s ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony?  Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honour, and keep her in sickness and in health; and forsaking all others, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live?” “I […]

August 27, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Trinity 10 – Romans 6

ShareRomans 6 Changes of identity fascinate us human beings.  It’s one of the reasons Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and multiple personality disorders (Three Faces of Eve; Sybil) intrigue us.  People like Michael Jackson, Madonna, and David Bowie are particularly notable examples of the chameleon-like nature of modern identity.  You’re all familiar with the gender […]

August 26, 2014 | 1 Comment More

Tuesday of Trinity 10 – Romans 5

ShareRomans 5 Ughh!  I can’t believe I have to write a devotional on Romans 5.  Actually, that should be: “Sweet!  I get to write a devotional on Romans 5!” except for one eensy-weensy problem, and that it that there is just too much fruit to pick.  Shall I stuff myself on the citrus variety, the […]

August 25, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Trinity 10 – Romans 4:13-25

ShareRomans 4:13-25 I love history!  I love history because it is His Story, the story of God’s dealing with us.  But I also love history – and you should to. And don’t tell me about how much you don’t like or didn’t like history in school.  You think you had a bad history teacher?  You […]

August 24, 2014 | 1 Comment More

Saturday of Trinity 9 – Romans 4:1-12

ShareRomans 4:1-12 I love words!  They have such power to communicate ideas and mysteries and entire worlds that are created at their mere mention.  I love the strange twists that word association games take when played with certain people (like me).  Here’s one of my favorite games that ends with a word.  There are 10 […]

August 22, 2014 | 1 Comment More

Friday of Trinity 9 – Romans 3:21-31

ShareRomans 3:21-31 Here i am.  I stand alone and without defense or excuse.  Here is a true and accurate judgment of myself and therefore upon myself: Made in the image of God, I have sinned and have fallen short of that image. Bearing His glory, I have fallen short of that glory. I am not […]

August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Trinity 9 – Romans 3:1-20

ShareRomans 3:1-20 This is a truly sobering passage of Scripture. Paul’s summary assessment of humanity without Christ is this: all are under sin.  Listen again to what Paul has to say: 10  “There is none righteous, no, not one; 11  There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. 12  They have […]

August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Trinity 9 – Romans 2:17-29

ShareRomans 2:17-29 Paul makes an interesting contrast in Romans 2, a contrast that would have been not only interesting but also shocking to 1st century Jews.  His contrast is between true Jews and false Jews, in essence, but those he counts as “true” Jews are not necessarily the religious or ethnic Jews.  Paul’s shocking contrast […]

August 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More