To God Be the Glory

Thursdays: The New Testament
Romans 16

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This is the close to what is acclaimed as the greatest treatise on Christianity in the New Testament. You are reading what moved the “greats”—Martin Luther and John Wesley, just to name a few.

Most of the passage is Paul’s commendation to those especially endeared to him. The woman’s name, Phoebe, in verse 1, means “The Radiant One.” By the way in which you are, you radiate or obscure the goodness and acceptance of God through yourself to others. Your radiance of God’s unfailing love is what people need to find the peace for which they long. Recall verse 5 from Psalm 34 of yesterday.

The center of the chapter contains Paul’s final appeal to unity. When you discuss issues, beware of self-interest, which fosters division.

As you see the sun setting on the day and the season, lift your voice in prayer and praise of God in the final verse of this great letter.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Sending out kisses of peace v. 16
Being wise in what is good v. 19
Strengthened by Thy Gospel, Lord v. 25
To God: glory forever v. 27

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This is the thirteenth and last week in Pentecost, Year A.
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Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.


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Encouraging Words

Thursdays: The New Testament
Romans 15

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As happened in last Monday’s reading from Isaiah when we caught the spirit of the prophet, so also today, the essence of Paul shines forth. Extravagant in his travels to begin churches where no one else has ever been, he yet finds time to pause, to write, to share with the Romans a letter that would come to be in your hands across the millennia.

Let yourself be encouraged along with his first readers. He quotes verses from the Torah, the Psalms, and Isaiah that express the point he makes in verse 4. Do with Paul’s letter what he does with the Hebrew Scriptures; find verses in this chapter that quicken you to all the joy of being called to intimacy with Christ in the Spirit.

Paul asks for prayers. We might forget that he, just as Jesus in his agony, needed the prayer of his disciples. Be open for the Spirit to bring to your mind those spiritual leaders who need your prayers.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Pleasing others, not ourselves v. 1
With one voice, glory to Thee v. 6
God of hope, fill us with joy. v. 13
What You are doing through me v. 18

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This is the twelfth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.(The first week occurred at the end of the season of Epiphany.)
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Live and Let Live

Thursdays: The New Testament
Romans 14

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The final chapters of Paul’s letter change from teaching to encouragement. Make a list of the imperatives that he uses to encourage his beloved Roman Christians to grow in their commitment to Christ.

John Wesley summarized the opening verses by stating: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”

The idea of one day being holier than another comes from a deeply subjective, yet real feeling. Each day has a sense about it. I hope that you will grow in a unique and holy feeling about each day of the week, due to the associations that all seven days of the week have with parts of the Bible.

As Paul develops his line of thought, be aware of those verses that especially summarize him. You will discover basic principles of human freedom and edification of your neighbor as guides for you, not only in living your own life, but also in allowing others to live theirs.

Examine yourself: do you do anything that stops the free flow of your brother or your sister’s life from flying freely into the depths of God?

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Open and never judging v. 3
Being Thine, in life and death v. 8
Not to be a stumbling block v. 13
Peace and joy in the Spirit v. 17

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This is the eleventh of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.(The first week occurred at the end of the season of Epiphany.)
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Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.


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