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“Greet also the church that meets in their home” (Romans 16:5 HCSB).

August 2, 2021

THE CHURCH IS THE PEOPLE NOT THE STEEPLE In Paul’s letter to the Roman believers, he gave greetings to the church that met in the home of Aquila and Priscilla. In those days there were no church buildings, so the church met in homes or in public meeting facilities, such as the Hall of Tyrannus

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13 HCSB).

August 1, 2021

DO YOU HAVE OVERFLOWING HOPE? What is this “overflowing hope” and how can we obtain it? It is Christian hope. This is different from the hope we express as a wish. When we say, “I hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow,” we are expressing a wish without any promise of fulfillment. But Christian hope is like

“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no plans to satisfy the fleshly desires” (Romans 13:14 HCSB).

July 30, 2021

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO “PUT ON” CHRIST? First, isn’t there the necessity of putting off our old clothes? Certainly, this is what the Word teaches us. Some of the articles of the old clothes are listed by Paul where he teaches us to “put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out

“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other” (Romans 12:10 HCSB).

July 29, 2021

LOVE AND HONOR: MARKS OF THE NEW LIFE IN CHRIST In Romans 12, Paul described how those who have offered their bodies as a living sacrifice and have received a transformed mind that knows God’s will, should live with each other. In verse 10, Paul gave two marks of how people with this new heart

“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:36 HCSB).

July 28, 2021

ALL THINGS ARE FROM, THROUGH, AND TO GOD! Paul’s benediction at the end of Romans 11 is all encompassing. It declares that all things come “from” God, for He is the Creator. All things exist “through” God, for He is the Sustainer. All things are made for God’s glory, for creation displays His “invisible attributes,

“I ask, then, have they stumbled in order to fall? Absolutely not! On the contrary, by their stumbling, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel jealous” (Romans 11:11 HCSB).

July 27, 2021

GOD IS NOT FINISHED WITH ISRAEL The apostle Paul asked the question, “Has God rejected His people?” He immediately answered, “Absolutely not!” (Rom. 11:1). He reminded his readers that he himself was Jewish and so was an elect remnant of Israel that had believed. Yet it was true that the vast majority of Jews had

“He did not even spare His own Son, but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything?” (Romans 8:32 HCSB).

July 24, 2021

DOES GOD WITHHOLD GOOD FROM US? God already gave us His best. Therefore, let us not accuse Him of withholding any good thing from us. If we do not have it, it is because He has something better for us. Or it is because He is training us in righteousness through temporary trouble. Our God

‘For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!”’ (Romans 8:15 HCSB).

July 23, 2021

THE SPIRIT OF SLAVERY VS. THE SPIRIT OF ADOPTION The former life before receiving Christ is one of slavery to sin. The actions of the slave are motivated by fear. So, the one enslaved to sin leads a life motivated and marked by fear. Among these fears are the fear of man, the fear of

“Those who are in the flesh cannot please God” (Romans 8:8 HCSB).

July 22, 2021

WHO CAN PLEASE GOD? The apostle Paul wrote that only those who live according to the Holy Spirit are able to please God. Without the Spirit, we are left to ourselves and to the control of the sin nature, which the Bible calls the “flesh.” The flesh is always hostile to God. It wants its

“What should we say then? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin if it were not for the law” (Romans 7:7 HCSB).

July 21, 2021

WHAT GOOD IS THE LAW? Sin is aroused to further rebellion by God’s law. Does this mean that God’s law is itself sinful? Certainly not! If a mother tells her toddler not to touch the hot stove, she has given the child her law. Yet, the sin nature within the child is immediately activated to