Romans 4 – Thoughts

It’s not easy to always believe that God will do what He says.  Sometimes our work gets old, daily existence becomes mundane, and we start believing that living the life we’re called to live is useless and impossible.  We should take our example from Abraham.

20No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.

And Abraham was “as good as dead,” as Paul says, and still had not had the son God promised him.  Sarah was old and barren.  Yet Abraham still believed, and it was counted to him as righteousness.  And Abraham saw God fulfill His promise. 

And God’s promise is that anyone who comes to Him, through faith, will be saved, apart from works.

Romans 3

As Peter tells us, Paul isn’t always easy to understand. And Romans 3 is one of those chapters that makes my head spin a little. But what strikes me is that none of us are righteous.

For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 10as it is written:

“None is righteous, no, not one . . . (ESV)

And by keeping the law, we still cannot be righteous. The law reveals the knowledge of sin, but cannot save.

20For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. (ESV)

So, those people who strive to keep the law, and who brag about their ability to do so, are, unfortunately, deceived.

27Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. 28Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30since God is one. He will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. (ESV)

Anyone, then, can be saved, through faith.

Romans 2 – A Couple Thoughts

We always affirm that salvation is by faith alone, but what about works?

6He will render to each one according to his works: 7to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. (ESV)

These kinds of verses always make me think. If we’re saved by faith, then why all this talk about judgment of our works? I think, for me, it’s pretty clear. We will be judged on the things we do. Our faith will save us, but we must do what we’ve been called to do.

Just some Thoughts – Romans 1

I was reading Romans 1 this morning, and verse 16 really struck me.

16For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. (ESV)

Am I ashamed of the gospel? Do I take every opportunity to share it when it needs to be shared? Does everyone at work, and everyone I meet, know that I’m a Christian? I need to be more aware of Who I stand for, and make sure that when the day comes, I can stand before the throne and say with confidence that I fully and openly represented the gospel.

Ready to Roll

I’ve been trying to figure WordPress out . . . and it’s been taking me a bit of time, but I think I finally have it. So, my weblog begins. I’m not sure what it’s going to turn into, but I would like the readers of truthsaves to understand me a bit better. So, we’ll see what it turns into.

I’d also like to tell you a bit about truthsaves. It started out about ten years ago as an idea. I didn’t know anything about creating websites, so I garnered just the basic information and started putting it together. I hosted it at Crosswinds, a free webhost. I posted articles that I had written, as well as a few articles that friends had written.

I started trying to promote the site, and I worked on linking it up. I never really did a great job, but I started getting a few hits. After a few years, I realized that everything looked a bit unprofessional, so I got a domain name (truthsaves.org) and redesigned the site. I worked on promoting it a bit more, but again, my efforts were fairly minimal. Still, traffic increased (slowly). My coding skills had improved (a little) and things were looking pretty good.

During this time, I was trying to get my pastor to write articles for the site. He wrote a few, but not too many. I really wanted more from him, because he was such a great teacher, but I tried not to bother him too much.

Finally, about a year ago, I redesigned the site again, improved the code, tried to get things up to standard (I’m sure it’s still got many problems), started using a stylesheet, etc., and then I put my pastor on as the “Bible Answer Guy.” Questions started rolling in, slowly, and they are still rolling in, slowly, but I had discovered a new format that I liked. When people asked him a question, he felt obligated to give a detailed answer, and I started getting more articles! So, I started posting pages with viewers’ questions, and his answers as the articles.

The site is still small, as websites go, and traffic is still fairly minimal, as internet traffic goes, but I’m getting around 2,000 unique visitors each month from around the world. The site is still growing (albeit very slowly as I have time), but the question and answer format has garnered me quite a few new articles from a man we would all do well to emulate. He is unique to this world; he is, without a doubt, one of God’s intimate friends.

So, enjoy the site, and remember, we’d love to have your testimonies, your articles, and your thoughts to add. It’s not about me sharing what I have, but about all of us sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with the world.

Mr. E.
truthsaves.org

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