1. Wow. What a different take from mine on the church at Rome. As I read the first chapter I get the idea of the church in Rome being something with which Paul is particularly pleased. A church for which he can be grateful to God and look forward to receiving spiritual refreshment and encouragement when he visits them. Paul presents himself in this letter as being both an apostle and an evangelist who hopes to join the saints in Rome in their evangelistic efforts. I do not think Paul sees himself as mister fix it, not in person, nor by way of this letter. Indeed I think Paul uses this letter to give Gentile believers in Rome, who may not be as well versed in the Torah, a scriptural underpinning for things they already know and practice. I think the ten ' by no means' (RSV) statements in this letter are not directed at errors specific to the Roman church but rather to
    2. Another wow with respect to my fat fingers and how this device does things I do not expect. Completing my thought ' but rather to - errors that Paul encountered more generally as he preached the Gospel.
  • New Testament Blitz December 6th: 2 Corinthians 10-13 Paul defends his ministry today. Don’t miss the sarcastic tones in today’s reading. After taking in the whole account of Paul’s message, what is the thorn in his flesh? It might not be the obvious.
    1. There has been a lot of debate over that question re: Paul’s thorn in the flesh. I have always felt it was his eyesight being poor since he wrote about how big his letters were as he was writing and once he talked about actually signing off on a letter in his own hand after what I assumed was a scribe who was writing the letter for him. But whatever it was, the important part is that it didn’t pull him down. He wrote that God’s power would rest on him. And that when he was weak, “then I am strong.” How many of us can say that? I tend to be a whiner instead of saying— “my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” We need to hold onto that power and claim it daily “so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
  • New Testament Blitz December 5th: 2 Corinthians 5-9 Little bit longer reading today but still full of great teachings.  What does the ministry of reconciliation look like?
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      1. Wow! Where to start simply because there’s so many awesome passages. Actually can connect 2 passages —- 2 Corinth. 1:4 about the God who comforts us in all our afflictions so that we can comfort those who are in any affliction because we’ve been comforted by God. Then compare this with 2 Corinth 4: 7-9. How many times have we been perplexed at the things happening in our lives (my husbands repetitive questions are perplexing me right now— just kidding😊) but we are not crushed, driven to despair, not forsaken and not destroyed. As verse 17 says, these are “light momentary afflictions preparing us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” He comforts us in all these afflictions, problems or challenges.
    2. New Testament Blitz December 3rd: 1 Corinthians 15-16 Finish off Paul’s letter and get ready for the next.
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        Great instructions at the conclusion of this book— to be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men (or women), be strong. Let all that we do be done in love. How different society would be if we followed that concept— to love your neighbor as yourself, and to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and mind. I pray that during this Christmas season that those around us will know the reason for the season, and that we will be able to share what we have others, whether it be thru the bell ringers outside a store, or with a neighbor in need, with a family member we have butted heads with and haven’t communicated with in eons. Whether it is monetary or just a hug, may Jesus, the reason for the season, shine thru us.
    3. New Testament Blitz  December 2nd: 1 Corinthians 12-14 If the other chapters were not challenging enough…these ones will be. These chapters are not to hard to understanding but extremely hard to live out. Be sure to journal and pray.
      1. Well, since I was raised pentecostal, obviously the discussion on gifts and tongues stuck out to me. ;) It's really easy to get so wrapped up in doing stuff for God that you forget it has to be done in love.
    4. Still happening tonight, Youth Group and Just Desserts. Rumor was that things were canceled, they are not, they are happening at Engage Church tonight. Just Desserts come enjoy the second to last episode of The Chosen, and have cheesecake. Youth - William will have pizza for y'all. See everyone tonight.
      1. We're good at rumors, I noticed 😉
    5. New Testament Blitz December 1st: 1 Corinthians 9-11 Paul is defending his right to be called an apostle, along with some essential teachings. He also is teaching on some things that are contextual based. How do you discern between universal teachings verses specifics for that group at that time?
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        Hmmm! I don’t know if I want to comment on some of this. 😊 I have heard lots of discussion over the years re: the husband being the head of the household and the wife should therefore be submissive to him. However — read Ephesians 5:22-33, and it clarifies this subject clearer, in that, there is mutual love and respect for each other— and the husband “should love his wife as his own body”. It is all “to the glory of God”. I love I Corinthians 10:13– re: temptation. It is so true that every temptation we have encountered has not been isolated to just us. Another song we used to sing says— I’ve got the power in the name of Jesus, tho Satan tempts me, I will not be defeated. I’ve got the power, in the name of the Lord. Verse 13 says— “with the temptation he will provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it”. Thank you Jesus that He doesn’t leave us just hanging. There is power in the name of the Lord.
      2. True! I totally agree! Re: the submission issue, I've struggled and been angry with Paul over the years. I think I've settled on the idea that you can't take individual verses and sections of the Bible in isolation; the Bible is a whole message, and "the Word" is Jesus. So Jesus is the lens for interpreting this; how did Jesus treat women? How should people treat their spouses if they're modeling their behavior after Jesus?