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    by Sandy Shaw

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, at Perth Academy, leading Scripture……  ( Click for more )
We are in Romans Chapter 14 - such an appropriate timely passage - because we need to see clearly that ‘religion’ is a terrible thing - religion which demands its rights - its legal rights. Jesus Christ set us free from the shackles of legalistic religion - where people criticise and judge.……  ( Click for more )
We come to Romans Chapter 14 and verse 4 – as we read of how Paul deals with behaviour problems which can arise, and which do arise. To whom is the weaker brother responsible? God is his master. Welcome him. If God has welcomed him, you cannot refuse him. You may not always agree……  ( Click for more )
As we move into Romans Chapter 14, remember that we are reading one long section on Christian behaviour - how we are to behave in the eyes of God - in the Church of Jesus Christ - and in the world - as we seek to be faithful disciples of Jesus - and good citizens in society. Faithful disciples will……  ( Click for more )
Romans Chapter 12 - We have been reading this most practical section in the letter to the disciples of Jesus Christ who were living and serving in Rome. It is so physical - present your bodies - let your mind be transformed - and to those who are so committed, God gives His Promises. We are never……  ( Click for more )
In these opening words of Romans Chapter 12, Paul moves in verse 2 from Body to Mind. The mind can cast a shadow or a light upon our body. “As a man thinketh so is he.” Proverbs 23 verse 7. Don’t be a chameleon - be a caterpillar. A chameleon……  ( Click for more )
We move on to Romans Chapter 12 - we come to a section of Paul’s letter to disciples of Jesus Christ, where there is no problem in understanding what he is saying. There might be difficulty in obeying and applying his teaching - but that is a different matter. You know what he is getting at……  ( Click for more )
There are times when we must allow The Word of God to go deeper than the mind - and drop right into our heart. We are in Romans Chapter 11 - crucial verses for today. These three Chapters – 9, 10 and 11 - deal basically with the Jews - and the place of the Jews in the Plan of God - and Paul was……  ( Click for more )
We come to Romans Chapter 10 verse 16. People have many other things to do - and the writer asks the question - quoting from Isaiah - Who has believed? Who believed Isaiah? Very few. When Jesus was born, who believed the angels? Very few. Who believed the shepherds as they went around Bethlehem……  ( Click for more )
We arrive at Romans Chapter 10 and verse 13. For everyone who calls on the name of The Lord will be saved. This is where we see the other side of God’s Sovereignty, of which we read in Chapter 9. Yes, God chooses - God elects - God calls - but here we are reading of……  ( Click for more )
As we move into Romans Chapter 10, I am so grateful that God has given us a Rock on which we can stand. Some struggle on and sink - and fall far short of the glory of God. Paul prays for the Israelites – for the Israelis - his kith and kin - his family - his nation - the race to which he……  ( Click for more )
We are in Romans Chapter 9 - where we see such a transition - there is such a difference. The atmosphere is different - the topic is different - but it is a developing from all that has gone before. Just as Jesus grew and developed - we see something similar as we move on in this letter. Paul is dealing……  ( Click for more )
“Nothing can separate you” we read in Romans Chapter 8, - but here in Chapter 9 it looked as though the Jews were separated from God. There is this anguish in his life. Paul had this intense desire to bring his fellow Jews to Jesus Christ. This has been called the ‘unsuccessful’……  ( Click for more )
Having spent some time in Romans Chapter 1, I am moving on to Romans Chapter 9, for a very special and specific reason. In these chapters of Paul’s letter, we come to a section which deals with the Destiny of Israel and The Church - where we see God’s Sovereign Grace operating through His……  ( Click for more )
The Gospel is the power of God to save us from all sin – from each and every sin - and also from what follows – those hurtful and painful consequences. Romans Chapter 1 verses 18 to 32 - This was the situation when Paul was writing. There were these brilliant roads - and peace throughout……  ( Click for more )
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 )
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