Saving Grace

Thursdays: The New Testament
Romans 5

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To listen to Nick read the one-minute introduction.

Chapter 5 is like the fifth gear in a standard shift car. The previous four chapters have gathered the momentum of the past, so that Paul can have us cruise into the present. The verses flow easily, each one with a potential to open your spirit more and more to the power of God to drive your life.

Rejoice to rediscover what God has done to restore us to friendship with God. Just as in the case of the Psalm yesterday, spend today being deeply aware that friendship in all its depths is what God is offering to you in Christ.

From verse 12, Paul develops a comparison to continue his thought, this time setting Adam and Christ before you. Pray these verses slowly until you experience by faith the power of God’s grace to move you on the road of your life to its heavenly destination, empowered by the saving grace of God.

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
What are these?
Boasting to share God’s glory v. 2
Suffering makes endurance. v. 3
God’s love poured into our hearts v. 5
Grace abounding beyond sin v. 20

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This is the fourth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.(The first week occurred at the end of the season of Epiphany.)
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.

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Thursdays: The New Testament
Romans 2:1—3:20

Click or touch “Firestarter”
To listen to Nick read the one-minute introduction.


“Saint Peter Repentant” 1823-25, Goya

Think about this: God loves you no matter what you do! Jesus on the cross loved and forgave those who crucified him. Because of this love, meanness, cruelty and rejection by anyone no longer have power. This is what we need to bring to mind and heart whenever we experience the anger of those who call themselves our enemies.

What an amazing fact of God’s life and love available for us—so free, so constant: it just never ends!
However, St. Paul does not want us to think we can do whatever we want. No. We need to be very aware of God’s kindness that will spur us on to say we’re sorry for those times when we were just not living the way God wanted us to. It’s like a train. If it derails, it needs to get back on track so that it can continue its soothing clickedy-clack to its destination.

There is simply no joy like knowing that you are following God’s plan for your life.

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
What are these?
Justified by faith in Christ 3:26
The promise resting on grace 4:16
You called me into being. 4:17
Grace abounding by Your love

Click or touch the image
for the version for children and families.

This is the third of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.

Scripture Recordings in over 700 languages!
Faith Comes By Hearing

Audio Bible App from www.bible.is

Today’s image courtesy of http://diggingtheword.blogspot.com

The Firestarters and readings are posted in the timezone UTC+12,
so that they are available in New Zealand and other regions
near the International Date Line.


The Firestarters and readings are posted in the timezone UTC+12,
so that they are available in New Zealand and other regions
near the International Date Line.

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