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ISSL Reflections August 1 2021 Romans 10:5-17 Post 3

VII.Allow me to repeat the closing sentence of my last post, “Might it be said that faith comes by “the word that is near you” being heard and recognized and finding expression in our own words and lives?” As you … Continue reading

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ISSL Reflections August 1 2021 Romans 10:5-17 Post 2

IV.As you spend time with Paul’s words today, may I suggest you take his last sentence as your first and your entrance into hearing what he says to us, “So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard … Continue reading

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ISSL Reflections August 1 2021 Romans 10:5-17 Post 1

I.In a few sentences Paul has packed a lot. I have to say “almost too much” for me to process. Read these sentences a few times, pausing between each reading to let the words begin to sink in and find … Continue reading

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ISSL Reflections July 25 2021 Romans 5:1-11 Post 3

VIII. Might we be able to see things in this passage that highlight the kind of living God desires for us. Read the passage paying attention to what God wants for you – makes available to you – and you … Continue reading

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ISSL Reflections July 25 2021 Romans 5:1-11 Post 2

IV.This week’s reading has some phrases that are probably familiar to many church-goers, especially those often called “evangelical.” For instance – “we are justified by faith” – “while we still were sinners Christ died for us” – And we dare … Continue reading

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ISSL Reflections July 25 2021 Romans 5:1-11 Post 1

I.We hear some familiar words from Paul this week – “justified by faith.” As you read our focus passage, pay attention to what Paul tells us follows from our being “justified by faith.” Look at what he writes here, not … Continue reading

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ISSL Reflections July 18, 2021, Romans 4:1-12 Post 3

VI.Let’s go back for a few moments to the several verses I focused on in the last post. Take a moment to quiet yourself and read this slowly to allow time for Paul’s words to sink deeply. Romans 4:1, 9, … Continue reading

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ISSL Reflections July 18, 2021, Romans 4:1-12 Post 2

IV.Let’s look again at our focus passage for this week. As you read it think about his intended audience, the community of Christians in Rome, and consider how they might hear this. Romans 4:1-12 What then are we to say … Continue reading

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ISSL Reflections July 18, 2021, Romans 4:1-12 Post 1

I.This week we will take some time to notice some of the things that Paul learned by watching Abraham and living with Abraham’s walk with God. As you read this passage what themes do you notice? What words stand out … Continue reading

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ISSL Reflections July 11, 2021, Romans 1:8-17 Post 3

VII.Once more let’s turn our attention to this passage – Romans 1:8-17 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout the world. For God, whom I serve with my spirit … Continue reading

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