It's Day 45 and we're in Romans 14.If you've got questions about your reading, I love answering those. Feel free to email me. Unless it's something personal, I'll usually anonymously share the question (and answer) in the following day's email so everyone can benefit from it.
Where God Spoke To Me:
- Verse 17 - It's not outward things that define our faith, but that inward change that results in abundant life: righteousness and peace and joy.
- Verses 2, 5 - These were controversial issues back in Paul's day: v. 2 has to do with eating meat that was sacrificed to idols and v. 5 has to do with whether to celebrate holidays. Those issues aren't really pressing to us today, but other ones are controversial. In the larger passage, Paul is saying that we each need to be fully convinced in our own minds and not condemn our brothers and sisters in Christ when we disagree on minor issues.
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Your Comments and Questions:
- Judges 8:33: "Your comment was 'what a difference one person can make'. I know you meant that as a positive thing. I appreciate pastors and leaders who say 'no, we're not doing that in this church'. One person can begin a small business and have it flourish into a successful corporation, or one person can start a volunteer project and have it grow into a national organization. But I also think about what a difference one person can make, not in a good way. It's amazing how one person can ruin a nation or a business. Or how one person can tear apart a family or a church. And in the aftermath, we look around and go 'what just happened ?'."
- Romans 13: "Verse 8 says to 'owe nothing to anyone'. I think that also means financial debt. Younger people should learn, at home, how to manage their finances; but rarely does that happen. I think it would be great for churches to teach stewardship according to the bible. Not just a sermon about tithing (although that's important), but how to stay out of debt and live within our means."
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