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REACHING . . .

REACHING . . .
      . . . Romans 15:14-21,30-33
 
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."  Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)
 
Paul's concluding message  to the Roman Christians was to reach out to others with the gospel.  Paul reiterates the need for unity (see Romans 15:14), and he informed the readers of his travel plans.  He also praised those who helped him in his ministry (see Romans 16:3-5), and he warned the church about divisive people.  He closes with a beautiful benediction: "To God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever."  Romans 16:27 (NKJV)
 
FULFILL YOUR CALLING   (Romans 15:14-16)
Paul affectionately called the Roman believers his "brother and sisters."  He praised them for being full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another.  "Full of goodness" refers to the ability and willingness to reach, teach, and lead others to Christ.  "Full of knowledge" refers both to spiritual wisdom and the ability to apply God's Word.  "Able to instruct one another"speaks of their competence in teaching and witnessing.  Fulfill your calling!
 
BOAST ABOUT JESUS   (Romans 15:17-19)
Paul boasted about Jesus to others.  He acknowledged that the good he had done was through the power of the Holy Spirit.  "Fully proclaimed" means he was able to boast about Christ without shame, fear, or favor.  He urged the Roman believers to go wherever God leads and point others to Christ.  Boast about Jesus!
 
SEEK THE LOST   (Romans 15:20-21)
Paul longed to go where others had not heard the gospel so he would not be building on someone else's foundation.  That is, he didn't want to be a long-term pastor at a local church, but rather he wanted to plant new churches in unevangelized places.  Seek the lost.
 
PARTNER WITH OTHERS   (Romans 15:30-31)
Paul fervently prayed that they would pray to God on his behalf.  He asked for help in avoiding ungodly persecutors.  Above all, he wanted to come to the Romans with joy and be refreshed with them in the gospel.  Partner with others!  Shalom!
 
Charles Foxworth
 
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Education (Ret.)--Louisiana Tech University -- Ruston, Louisiana
Supply Minister for Concord/Union Baptist Association -- Ruston, Louisiana
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A Warrior Who Gave and Gives His All . . .

A Warrior Who Gave and Gives His All . . .
 
"Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked."  Psalm 82:3-4 (NIV)
 
They fight for  all kinds of reasons.  For a career.  For a cause.  For love of country.   Mainly for each other.
 
I've talked to privates who've never been in combat and I've talked to Medal of Honor recipients whose stories are nearly beyond belief.  They each say the same thing . . . that the real heroes are the ones who never came home.
 
While we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice . . . or as Lincoln said at Gettysburg, "those who here gave their lives that a nation might live" . . . and as we remember their families, we also remember that we have a Father of compassion, a very present help, the psalmist sang, in time of trouble and despair.
 
Memorial Day is also a time to realize our dependence on God, the ultimate warrior and the prince of peace.
 
By His sacrifice and His perfect obedience to the Father, each of us can have assurance of life with Him eternally, starting now. "For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous."  Romans 5:19 (NIV)
 
How does the song go?  "God sent his Son, they called him Jesus / He came to love, heal and forgive / He lived and died to buy my pardon / An empty grave is there to prove, my Savior lives . . .."

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.  For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ."  2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (NIV)
 
Teddy Allen
 
Louisiana Sports Writer of the Year Award--2019; Sports Announcer; Bible Teacher
Writer/Editor Specialist, University Communications--Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana
eThoughts Team -- Extended Week-day Free Devotionals -- Vol. IX, No. 05-15TA -- Archived
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ACCEPTING . . .

ACCEPTING . . .
       . . . Romans 14:1-12
 
"For it is written:  As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God."  Romans 14:11 (NKJV)
 
Paul continued  practical applications for life and living to those who are crucified with Christ.  In this chapter, Paul returns to the theme of unity in the body of Christ, reminding both Jews and Gentiles that we are one in the body of Christ.  Conflicts which prevented unity in the Roman Church included what Christians should eat or drink and which holy days to observe.
 
STOP JUDGING  (Romans 14:1-4)
Accept those who are "weak in the faith."  This term may refer to a lack of spiritual maturity or to less than a complete understanding of doctrine.  Don't argue but encourage mutual respect and acceptance of all believers.  The unity of the church is more important than winning debates.  The vegetarians cited meat was often offered to idols and then put on the market place.  Mature believers smiled and told them to eat and enjoy.  Paul chided them for looking down on the vegetarians.   Don't cause stumbling.  Stop judging!
 
HONOR GOD (Romans 14:5-8)
Another bone of contention was the belief that some days were more "holy" than other days.  Others said every day is the Lord's Day.  However, Jewish leaders held strongly to their "holy day calendar."  Others did not.  The important thing,  Paul argues, is whatever days are honored should bring glory to God.  Neither side can claim superiority in this matter.  Why?  Because no one lives to himself or dies to himself.  Whether we live or die, we belong to God.  Honor God.
 
REMOVE OBSTACLES   (Romans 14:9-12)
Every effort should be made to respect and honor highly held convictions by others, whether eating or not.  The insignificant fight in the Roman Church paled in comparison to Christ's death, burial, and resurrection.  This is the important issue.  Therefore believers must focus attention on the central issues of the gospel and acknowledge that Christ is indeed Lord over all.  We shall all stand before the judgment seat (not Great White Throne Judgment) and give an account of ourselves to God.  Remember the day is coming when every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord. 
 
Stop judging. Honor God. Remove obstacles.
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
Charles Foxworth
 
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Education (Ret.)--Louisiana Tech University -- Ruston, Louisiana
Supply Minister for Concord/Union Baptist Association -- Ruston, Louisiana
eThoughts Team -- Extended Week-day Free Devotionals -- Vol. IX, No. 05-45G -- Archived 
Dr. Nelda Hughes Spinks, Professor Emerita -- Editor and Publisher
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