Through the Bible, October 14

Reading: No scheduled reading Thoughts and Reflections: Today is the next opportunity to catch up if you’ve fallen behind in your reading as there is not scheduled reading for today. Otherwise, below are some thoughts for your consideration for today from this week’s readings. One of the most common mistakes …

Through the Bible, October 13

Reading: Romans 16 Summary: The last chapter of this book is devoted to personal greetings, final exhortations, and a concluding expression of praise (called a doxology).  It is remarkable how many people in the church at Rome whom Paul is able to greet by name given the fact that he …

Through the Bible, October 12

Reading: Romans 14-15 Summary: The practical section of Romans continues as Paul speaks to the matter of judging others, not becoming a cause of stumbling in others—especially weaker brethren, and following Christ as our example. He also speaks to his own ministry to the Gentles and discusses his future plans …

Through the Bible, October 11

Reading: Romans 12-13 Summary: Chapter 12 begins the “practical” section of the letter. In these chapters, he addresses the living sacrifice of our lives, gifts given to all Christians by God’s grace as members of Christ’s body, a series of charges to God’s children, submission to authorities, and love as …

Through the Bible, October 10

Reading: Romans 11 Summary: This (the fact that few from Israel will be saved—see the introduction to October 9 reading of Romans 9-10) does not mean God has rejected Israel. Some of them have received precisely what God wants all to have, though they are few. Paul depicts it as …

Through the Bible, October 9

Reading: Romans 9-10 Summary: Paul’s deep desire is that all of his Jewish brethren might be saved, as they believe they are.  Yet God’s sovereign choice is that the “children of the promise” will be saved, not the “children of the flesh.” That is, God has chosen that those who …

Through the Bible, October 8

Reading: Romans 8 Summary: The life we have in Christ Jesus—being freed from condemnation—is by the Spirit. Therefore, our lives are lived by the Spirit, not by the flesh. It is true that this fleshly existence is one marked by suffering, futility, and groaning. Yet, we anticipate being freed from …

Through the Bible, October 7

Reading: No scheduled reading Thoughts and Reflections: Today is the first built in day with no scheduled reading to allow you to catch up if need be. You can use today to go back and cover some readings where you may have fallen behind—it happens. Otherwise, below are some thoughts …