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Sep 6, 2020

Originally Presented: March 8th, 2009

Scripture Reading: Romans 16:1-16

Shakespeare wrote: "Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel."  Solomon wrote: "Faithful are the wounds of a friend" (Prov 27:6) and "As iron sharpens iron, so one men sharpens another" (Prov...


Aug 30, 2020

Originally Presented: March 1st, 2009

Scripture Reading: Romans 15:22-33

In this section of Romans, Paul lays out his future plans.  Having preached over most of the eastern section ("Jerusalem to Illyricum" - Rom 15:19) of the Roman empire, he sets his sights on Spain, the farthest western realm of Roman rule.  On his...


Aug 23, 2020

Originally Presented: February 22nd, 2009

Scripture Reading: Romans 15:19

In his recounting his ministry, Paul makes reference to what Christ had accomplished through him (Rom 15:18) and he cites that this work was done "in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit" (Rom 15:19).  The phrase "signs and...


Aug 16, 2020

Originally Presented: February 1st, 2009

Scripture Reading: Romans 15:7-13

The final exhortation to Christians to accept one another, in spite of their behavioral differences in non-essential things, includes a deliberate reference to the whole Old Testament by way of quotations.  One last time before he leaves his...


Aug 9, 2020

Originally Presented: January 25th, 2009

Scripture Reading: Romans 15:4

After quoting Psalm 69:9 in Romans 15:3 to highlight the idea that even Jesus did not please himself in His death, Paul makes the statement, "For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and...