Dear Lisa, Well, it’s been a year since I learned that you’d gone. I thought today would be worse than it is. But now that I think about it, the sadness doesn’t hurt the same way it used to. It’s there, but it no longer chokes off my breath. The weight remains, but it no … Continue reading Well, It’s Been a Year. . .
Originally posted March 18, 2020, at Women of Purpose. The recent weeks have been so fully-packed that I haven’t been able to get this final post written to wrap-up our study of Romans chapter 8. But now that I am self-isolating, and many of the things that occupied my time are now cancelled, I figure … Continue reading Romans 8:31-34, Who Can Be Against Us?
Originally posted March 3, 2020, at Women of Purpose. We now come in our study to what is probably the most well-known and readily-quoted verse in Romans chapter 8: “And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (28). This … Continue reading Romans 8:28-30, All Things For Our Good
Today the county in which I live issued an order to our local citizens to “Stay Home, Work Safe.” This means that we are to shelter-in-place, effective at midnight tonight. The phrase “shelter-in-place” carries an undertone of fear. There is something out there which is to be feared. Danger is lurking. Take cover. Find shelter. … Continue reading Refuge
Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. —Psalm 5:1–2 “Would you please pray for me?” I’m sure you’ve not only received this request, but you’ve asked it yourself. Requests for prayer are not … Continue reading Let Us Pray
Originally posted February 18, 2020, at Women of Purpose. The passage we studied last week, Romans 8:18-27, opens with a verse that always tugs at my heart, and often brings me to tears. Building on his previous thought, that we suffer with Christ in order to be glorified with him, Paul declares “For I consider … Continue reading Romans 8:18-27, Suffering and Glory
From my desk next to an upstairs window I have a view of the upper branches of one of our backyard trees. The tree is decked in her fresh, new Spring leaves. This morning the leaves are wet with rain and the wind is fitfully tossing the branches to and fro. And from my seat … Continue reading Are You Storm-Tossed And Weary?
Originally posted February 10, 2020, at Women of Purpose. In the five verses of Romans 8:12–17 we covered a lot of good ground. Paul builds upon what we studied previously: that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus because God sent his only Son to condemn sin in the flesh in … Continue reading Romans 8:12-17, Be Killing Sin
Originally posted January 31, 2020, at Women of Purpose. This week we studied Romans 8:1-11, which begins: There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has … Continue reading Romans 8:1-11, No Condemnation