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    by Sandy Shaw

We are reading these difficult, challenging and demanding verses in Romans Chapter 1 verses 18 to 32. A modern translation helps us to hear afresh what God is saying and enables us to see how relevant it is. Remember this is the truth of God - the Word of God - where we have read that the wrath……  ( Click for more )
Romans Chapter 1 - we are in this second section from verse 18 onwards. Reading the Word of God in a modern translation can remind us of how direct and down to earth it is - and also of how it speaks to the hearts of men today. These verses refer to the condition people's hearts were in and……  ( Click for more )
We are reading in Romans Chapter 1 and we have reached verse 18, where Paul is speaking about the wrath of God – a topic which many find difficult – normally because they have their own views of God rather than the Scriptural revelation. We see something of this when we……  ( Click for more )
Romans Chapter 1 verse 18 - We have been reading of the fundamentals of the Gospel of Jesus Christ - the power of God to save - it is for everyone that believes - to the Jew first and then the Gentile - the righteousness or the rightness of God is revealed in the Gospel - and - the just or righteous shall……  ( Click for more )
We are reading Romans Chapter 1 and we come to verses 16 and 17. God wants to share His righteousness - and give us His righteousness - through Jesus. He is willing to put us in the right by clothing us with the righteousness of Christ - His righteousness - not ours. And when we grasp……  ( Click for more )
In Romans Chapter 1 and at verse 15, we read of how Paul is ready and eager and so keen to go to Rome and preach the Gospel - I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. The message of Jesus Christ - this is the word which I have preached wherever I have gone - and I am prepared to come to the capital of……  ( Click for more )
It is sad when you meet people who are ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and who may be embarrassed when being connected with a Church or Fellowship where men and women believe the Gospel. Yes, it can be costly. Yes, it is costly. As we make through Romans Chapter 1, we see how Paul had that……  ( Click for more )
We are in Romans Chapter 1 and it is Chapter through which we should not hurry. We have seen the apostle Paul in prayer - longing to visit these disciples of Jesus Christ in Rome. If you cannot thank God for people, it becomes very difficult to pray for them. Paul is eager to preach and teach there - and he……  ( Click for more )
Romans Chapter 1 verse 7 - Grace and Peace - you must get these from God - and through Jesus Christ. We are already seeing that it is not enough just to believe in God - it must be God and Jesus Christ.    Paul is telling us where to receive Grace and Peace - from God and through Jesus……  ( Click for more )
We come to Romans Chapter 1. In this first verse of Romans every word is significant and weighty. The one main lesson in this book is - to learn the right way of getting right with God. Chapters 1 to 8 deal with the salvation which God works - (see also Philippians Chapter……  ( Click for more )
Turn with me to the letter to the Romans. I am turning to Romans for a very special purpose. We do not come to this Study page for entertainment – nor do we ‘attend church’ for entertainment - but to be edified - to be built up - encouraged - strengthened - fed and nourished - sacramentally - by God's……  ( Click for more )
In our sweeping through the Bible, so that we have an overview of Scripture, we come to the Letters – or the Epistles.   Someone once thought that epistles were the wives of the apostles.   The letters are basically the preaching notes of the apostles - they deal with matters which arose in……  ( Click for more )
As we attempt to sweep through the Bible and have a quick overview of the Word of God we come to the book of ACTS.    Acts is written by Luke - this is his second volume.   It begins after the resurrection of Jesus Christ - deals with the details of the Ascension - a much forgotten……  ( Click for more )
Understanding Jesus Christ is the foundation for understanding everything involved in our Christian Faith.   Just as we paused and spent a second week considering the place of the prophetic ministry, so we take a slightly closer look at Jesus and his preaching and teaching. Reviewing the life and ministry of……  ( Click for more )
In our sweeping through the Bible, we come to The Gospels.    The Gospel - which means The Good News ('Euangelion' from which we get the word evangelist or evangelical) - and God gives us four pictures of the life of Jesus Christ, His Son, our Saviour and Lord. These four books centre on Jesus -……  ( Click for more )
Having looked briefly at the Prophets during this sweep through the scriptures let’s pause and consider the person of the prophet, and the place of the “Prophetic Ministry".   There is such a great need for Prophetic Ministry - men hearing from God and speaking what God would……  ( Click for more )
In our sweeping through the Bible seeking to have an overview of these past 6,000 years, we come to the prophets - since the days of Moses there have been prophets - but it is when we come to around the year 700 B.C. that we have books written by the prophets.  Previously the words of the prophets are included in……  ( Click for more )
We are seeking to sweep through the Bible – to have an overview of what is covered in our Bible.   In our general Bible reading, we see that others swept through the Word at times - when on trial for their faith – Stephen in Acts Chapter 7 – Paul when preaching in Acts……  ( Click for more )
As we sweep through the Bible, we reached the book of Joshua - (last week we looked at some 200 years) - and under Joshua's leadership the people begin to take the land.   There is a mighty victory - success - all was going so well - and then disappointment and disaster in Chapter……  ( Click for more )
Genesis Chapter 12 - we come to the call of Abraham - a new move of God.  Do read Chapter 12 because herein lies one source of blessing – not to be missed. We come to Part 2 of sweeping through the Bible in ten weeks.       When God is doing……  ( Click for more )
In these “Word from Scotland” pieces, I want to do something quite different.    Seventeen years ago, I was asked to attempt to sweep through the Bible in ten weeks – impossible!   Sometimes it might take me that long to cover a few verses – however we did it  –……  ( Click for more )
There is no better way to start your day than by having a ‘quiet time’ with God – and let our gracious God set the pace and the agenda for our day.   It was the Perth City Mission Superintendent who introduced me to a “Quiet Time” - and the Latin/Greek teacher, leading Scripture Union……  ( Click for more )
At a time when serious sin had invaded and pervaded the earth, the world which had been created and made by God, required to be remade.   He was the only one able and capable of doing what had to be done. When God created this world – at each stage of Creation, God saw that it was good – and when……  ( Click for more )
Romans Chapter 1 – In this first verse every word is significant and weighty. The main theme of this book is to learn the right way of getting right with God – through faith in Jesus Christ – ‘righteousness’ – or being right in the eyes of God. The letter opens……  ( Click for more )
Consider for a moment, that interim period between John Chapter 19 and John Chapter 20 – where it would appear man is in the darkness without Christ.   There is confusion and bewilderment and fear – for three days and three nights. Man no longer……  ( Click for more )
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