Archive | June 2015

The Narrow Door

something to think about for sure! We need to ask ourselves, how willing are we to put ourselves last?

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“Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.”

Luke 13:24

Most everyone knows this passage (Luke 13:22-30) in which Jesus uses the metaphor of the narrow door to describe entry into His Kingdom which is not of this world.  Once the owner closes the door, no one else is admitted, no matter how much they thought they were worthy of admittance.

The clear message is that we need to do something to be admitted, and you can see this in verse 30:

“Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last.”

If we live our lives with an attitude of selfishly holding on to our life, our own interests and our own advancement in this world, we might well be first in this life, but where will…

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A Pause to Regroup

I enjoyed this blog post, as I do all of Don’s writings. As I said to him, this brings everything together in an easy to understand manner for us to understand more thoroughly what Paul is saying in his letter to the Romans.

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We have now completed the second main section of the book of Romans, and I thought this would be an opportune moment to pause and regroup. The purpose for writing this section was to demonstrate that while humanity, both Jew and Gentile, is in a bad place, being under condemnation from God, there is a way to overcome that bad position: Grace

To make his case, Paul made three points in his argument: First, that grace provides justification for our sins (Romans 3:21-31). Then he demonstrates that Abraham was found righteous because of his faith (Romans 4). Finally, Paul shows us that our justification by grace through faith is assured (Romans 5).

His first point, in 3:21-31, that grace provides justification for our sins, is backed up by 5 points and thus, his argument looks like this:

Proposition: Grace provides justification for sins. (3:21 – 5:21)

1. Grace as justification…

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