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“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16 NKJV).

From: July 12, 2020

I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL

In the apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans, he announced his readiness to visit them and preach the gospel. He got his desire towards the end of his life, though not as he probably planned. For he was brought to Rome in chains, having appealed to Caesar. Yet for two years, he faithfully preached to all those who visited him while he was under house arrest in Rome, awaiting trial.
 
Ultimately, the Roman emperor, Nero, had Paul beheaded. But Paul was not ashamed to die for preaching the gospel. For he knew that God had given him eternal life and that one day, he would be raised with Christ.
 
Today is my 62nd birthday. I plan to celebrate it by preaching the gospel at both Sunday services at our Wilson campus today. I can’t think of a better way to acknowledge this annual milestone than to offer the gift of eternal life to others. Perhaps someone will hear and believe today, and so this will become their birthday too.
 
PRAYER: Dear Father, we are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for all who believe. Strengthen us then to preach it fully and faithfully this day and every day that You give us. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours” (Romans 1:12).

From: July 12, 2019

SPIRITUALLY ENCOURAGING GET-TOGETHERS

This is what “get-togethers” should accomplish–– mutual encouragement of our faith. By the way, thanks to all for the birthday greetings today. You’ve encouraged me. I look forward to encouraging you back, when we get-together again!
 
PRAYER: Lord, help us to always share our spiritual gifts with one another, so that we are able to give and receive the spiritual encouragement that they bring. For spiritual gifts are meant for our mutual edification. Thank You Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“One of the things I always pray for is the opportunity, God willing, to come at last to see you” (Romans 1:10 NLT).

From: July 12, 2018

PAUL’S PRAYER TO PREACH IN ROME
Towards the end of 57 AD, on his third missionary journey, Paul penned this letter to the believers in Rome while working in Corinth. In the letter, he expressed his heartfelt prayer that God might allow him to preach the gospel in Rome, so that he might have “some fruit” (Rom. 1:13) among them as he had in other Gentile cities. Some three to four years later, Paul’s prayer was answered. Although, it probably wasn’t answered in the way he had visualized, it was answered none the less. For Paul’s journey to Rome was filled with trials, storms, shipwreck, snakebite, and imprisonment. Yet, he spent two years from 61 to 63 AD in Rome under house arrest, but with unhindered freedom (See Acts 28:31) to preach the gospel to all.

“So David gathered all Israel together, from Shihor in Egypt to as far as the entrance of Hamath, to bring the ark of God from Kirjath Jearim” (1 Chronicles 13:5 NKJV).

From: July 12, 2017

After Saul died, all Israel came together to make David their king. At this time, David consulted with leaders from every tribe to get their advice about bringing the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem and inviting all Israel to gather together for the occasion. The assembly gladly approved the idea. So David invited Israelites from as far South as “Shihor in Egypt” (“Shihor,” meaning “black,” was another name for the Nile River), and as far North as “Hamath” (A city located deep in modern Syria called “Hama”), which at that time was a possession of Israel.
 
David had the Ark brought from “Kirjath Jearim,” the place where it had rested for 20 years, since its capture and return by the Philistines (1 Sam. 7:1-2). Unlike king Saul, David wanted the Ark nearby, that he might inquire of the Lord, something that Saul had not done.
 
King David’s first act as king revealed his heart for the Lord and his wisdom for uniting the twelve tribes into one nation.

“For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine” (Romans 1:11-12 ESV)

From: July 12, 2016

Paul expressed his longing to see the believers in Rome. He desired to impart spiritual gifts to strengthen them and to be mutually encouraged by being together. The sharing of gifts and encouragement are what we give and receive when we come together in Christ’s name. And I as I celebrate another birthday (thanks for all the “Happy Birthdays”), I long to see you for the same mutual encouragement.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16 NKJV)

From: July 12, 2015

Today is my 57th birthday. I plan to celebrate it by preaching the gospel at both Sunday services at WCC today. I can’t think of a better way to acknowledge this annual milestone than to offer the gift of eternal life to others. Perhaps someone will hear and believe today, and so this will become their birthday too.

“For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16 NLT)

From: July 12, 2014

Today is my 56th birthday and this verse is more dear to me than ever. I have always loved it, but as I get older my love of the gospel “Good News” grows while my other cares decrease. When I was younger I had many cares. I sometimes struggled with being a people-pleaser. I wanted people to like me, to approve. I wanted to come across as being intelligent and witty. But I learned that people weren’t persuaded by intellectual arguments or cool cultural allusions. They needed the gospel. Only the gospel has the power to persuade and save. It is the power of God at work in me and in all who believe. I am thankful to God that He has given me another year of life to preach the Good News. I am not ashamed.

“When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours” (Romans 1:12)

From: July 12, 2012

This is what “get-togethers” should accomplish– mutual encouragement of our faith. BTW, thanks to all for the birthday greetings today. You’ve encouraged me. I look forward to encouraging you back when next we get-together!

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16)

From: July 12, 2011

Paul did not hide nor withhold the gospel, even though it was the preaching of the gospel that had him in chains. Instead he used his chains as a platform to preach to Rome. He knew a freedom the world could not subdue.