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Archives: "Today's Little Lift"
  • Paul was not calloused in his message; rather, his heart was tremendously and perpetually affected by how Israel was reacting to the truth of the gospel. Read the following words and feel the pathos in them: “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. For I bear them…
    October 24, 2019
  •   There was a fundamental truth that Israel according to the flesh had to accept in order to be saved, and it was Paul's intent to put that truth continually before them. In today's message, we will identify that fundamental truth, a truth which many reject yet today. First, however, what do we mean when…
    October 23, 2019
  •  “I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart.” (Romans 9.1-2). With these words, Paul forms what A. T. Robertson calls a “triple oath.” Our focus today will be to examine this…
    October 22, 2019
  •   Yes, I admit I like racing; I watch grown men turn left at breakneck speed lap, after lap, after lap. Maybe its my alter ego that compels me to lose myself in such things. Many a race, in fact the most exciting races, has been won in a photo-finish. In the 1959 Daytona 500, it took NASCAR officials three days…
    October 21, 2019
  • Verb tenses - they say more sometimes than all the other words of a sentence. Such was the case when Paul affirmed, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate…
    October 20, 2019
  • “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.” (Romans 8.31-33;…
    October 19, 2019
  • The word if isn’t always conditional; sometimes it affirms a rule. For instance, I might say, if we heat the water to 212 degrees Fahrenheit, it will start boiling. In this sentence and in the past tense, it has the same meaning as the word since. Since we heated the water…
    October 18, 2019
  • Theology without an application is just so much palaver. Likewise, the gospel without application is not the gospel at all. It only becomes Good News when it is applied. This miniseries is about what I am styling as the ultimate application. Consider the following text, lengthy though it might be, and see if you don’t…
    October 17, 2019
  •  And We Know (3 of 3) We know what He will do because we know what He did! That is the crux of Paul's argument as he affirms that “...all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8.28). What did He do? He proved His love…
    October 16, 2019
  • The past is, from a purely human viewpoint, the best predictor of the future. In the world in which we live, the future of things (such as housing sales, the weather, a baseball team's performance, entertainers, automobile reliability, human behavior, etc., etc.) that matter to us are predicted using the past. The…
    October 15, 2019
  •   “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate,…
    October 14, 2019
  • Since beginning this series on the book of Romans, I have had requests for an outline of the book. It is presented here for your study and usage. It is brief, but I think it is reasonably accurate. Like all outlines of the Bible, as one's knowledge of a book's contents change, so should the outline. Call it a working…
    October 13, 2019
  • Today’s message will be a bit different in that it will make some needed points about the central text we have been studying for the last four days; first we present the text: “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes…
    October 12, 2019
  • The fact that the Spirit makes (and keeps on making) intercession for the saints is a key point of our text. For similar reasons, it is important that we recognize that He does this “according to the will of God.” (see Romans 8.26-27). These two verses provide the immediate and direct context for a verse that…
    October 11, 2019
  •  Read the verbs that pertain to Deity's actions in Romans 8.26-27. To make these words stand out they are cited from the King James Version, the reason to become obvious presently. The Spirit also helpeth our infirmities... The Spirit itself maketh intercession... He that searcheth the hearts…
    October 10, 2019

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Jim Bullington - A Christian writer whose insight into the scriptures is reflected in practical application lessons in every article. The reader will find that the Bible speaks directly to him/her through these articles. God is always exalted and His word is treated with the utmost respect in this column.

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