Coming Home – Romans 5

Coming Home – Romans 5

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The holidays are for many a joyous time surrounded by family, friends and festivities. However, that is not always the case for many of us. Years back, my parents divorced. In the wake of this, it was very hard for me to want to celebrate the holidays. Christmas became a painful reminder of how nothing would ever be the same.

The concept of reconciliation is a foreign one in modernity. Few people talk in these terms anymore outside of religious communities. Hence why the power of the act is lost on most.

In the ancient Greek the word for reconcile is “Katallage,” meaning to exchange. It was most commonly used in the context of monetary exchange.

What the years have taught me is that reconciliation is not getting things back to the way they were but literally exchanging it for something better.

I think this is the heart of the Jesus message. He came to show us a new way to live in the world. A way that exchanges all the old ways of doing something for an entirely new and better way. The verb of katallage is allásso. In classical Greek allásso itself was used to express changing shape, or color, or appearance.

The Jesus way is catalytic to sustained transformative change. It takes all the broken things and replaces them with something new, clean, bright. It’s what gives us a new reason to come home, a new reason to celebrate.  

— Christian Trent

Righteousness of Faith  – Romans 4

Righteousness of Faith – Romans 4

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Getting right with God should always be our main goal. The apostle Paul is trying to teach us to rely on our faith in Jesus Christ as the only way for justification. Romans 3:5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,

Let’s break it down:

  • But to him who does not work…” – We must first realize that we cannot do anything for salvation, it is a free gift.
  • but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly…” – Christ died for us, so therefore He is the one who justifies the ungodly (us).
  • his faith is accounted for righteousness.” – We must trust in Jesus who died in our place and paid our debt. Our faith in Him is what makes us righteous.

At the beginning and end of each day, reach out to God in prayer and thank Him for the free gift of Jesus Christ and the debt He paid for us. God is not asking us to do anything in the way of works. In fact, He tells us we cannot work our way to heaven. The servant spirit we gain is manifested from the faith and belief that we have in Jesus. The good we do is a testament to our faith in Jesus Christ and the glory and honor we want to show people that we give back to God. Our serving spirit is nothing special if we do not give all glory and honor to God and share that with those around us.

— Doug Heim

Feelings of Guilt – Romans 3

Feelings of Guilt – Romans 3

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We have all at some point felt guilty or bad for falling short of God’s plan for us. We all have a conscience and eventually we have to deal with the decisions we make. The reality is we are all guilty before God because we have all broken His law.

There is nothing we can do that will make up for the sins we commit aside from asking for His forgiveness and accepting His free gift. We are all accountable to God for our sins and Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price in our place for those sins.

Our hope is found only in Jesus Christ and the fact that He loved us so much that He died for our sins so that we may be reconciled to God. Romans 3:21-24 sums it up well:

“But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”

— Doug Heim

Do Your Actions Show Your Faith? – Romans 2

Do Your Actions Show Your Faith? – Romans 2

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It seems we live in an era when people are very quick to judge others by their statements, affiliations or simply the way they dress, act or where they live. This is nothing new; it has been happening since long before our generations were even thought to be an existence.

Paul tells us in Romans 2:10-11, “But glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God.”

If we would just spend a little more time in prayer for one another and less time judging each other, we would get to see the blessings of God in extraordinary ways. God wants us to seek Him first and foremost and He tells us He will handle the judgement of us all. For we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Start each day with a short prayer for all humanity to turn to God for peace, comfort and most of all salvation through faith by His free gift.

— Doug Heim

The Just Shall Live By Faith – Romans 1

The Just Shall Live By Faith – Romans 1

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Why is it so hard for people to just trust in Jesus with pure faith? Has anyone ever said to you, “How can you believe in someone or something that you have not physically witnessed?” For me, the question is wrong. I would ask “How can you NOT step out on total faith and believe in the GOOD that Jesus represents and the LOVE He shows us everyday?”

Why do we choose to believe in evil (satan) over good (Jesus)? We cannot see the air we breathe, but we know it exists and it allows us to live. Jesus is our true Savior and the only Savior for us. He allows us the opportunity to spend eternity with Him if we only call out to Him with faith.

Romans 1:16-17 sums it up for me pretty well:

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

— Doug Heim