March 2009 Archives

Romans 11:25-36

Today (Tuesday) I am just arriving back in the US from a week or so in Israel (and, just in case you're wondering, I have been sending by blogs to you while I've been traveling). This was my second time to the Holy Land, and this time I gained more insight into Jewish culture, the way Jewish people view Jesus and Christianity and how they think about the "messiah" who they don't believe has come yet. As you know, we've been reading all about the Jews here in Romans. Well that really got me tuned in. What I saw, heard and experienced over the last couple of weeks made me heavy-hearted. It also lined up with what Paul is telling us in Romans 11. For the most part, the Jewish people have rejected (they've missed) the Gospel--Jesus Christ.

I mentioned this yesterday, and I want to reiterate it here again. We need to be praying for the salvation of the Jewish people--and for all unsaved people as far as that goes. The world needs Christ. I am thankful that the Lord allowed me to experience Israel once again and that He opened my eyes a little more to all of our needs for Jesus. Got to catch my next flight. Hopefully I'll be sending you my next blog from Lincoln, Nebraska. It will be good to be home. Tami W.

Romans 11:11-24

It's a mini lesson in horticulture...or is it? Have you ever really thought about how the Jewish people played into your salvation? Because they did. And Paul talks very freely about it in Romans 11. It's a great word picture of how we as non-Jews (Gentiles) were grafted into God's salvation. So when you pray today, give thanks, and how about praying for Jewish people all over the world?

Romans 11:1-10

Here we go again--another reminder that it's not about works! As we've been reading through Romans, Paul continues to let us know that there's nothing we can "do" that can make us right with God. What do I say to that? WHAT A RELIEF! We only need to accept God's grace which is freely given. Tami W.

Our passage today...Romans 10:4-21.

Do you ever feel like you're not very good at sharing the Gospel? I know I feel that way, and that's one of the reasons I like Romans 10 so much. It's so simple and clear. Verse 9 really says it all "If you confess with your mouth 'Jesus is Lord' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Verse 13 also tells us "'Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. '" So what do we do with this? How about you try stepping out of your comfort zone this week? Tell someone about Jesus. Show them these verses. You'll be glad you did. Tami W.

Did you read Romans 9:30-10:4 yet?

Being zealous for God is a good thing--right? As Christ-followers we are called to work and serve. But that work is a product, if you will, of our faith. If we're doing things to show that we measure up or that we're a "good person" we're missing the mark just like the Jewish people we're reading about here in Chapters 9 and 10. Faith first--then works. Tami W.

The reading for today (Thursday) is Romans 9:1-29.

Come on--this doesn't sound fair! Romans 9 is hard. That's why you really need to go back and look at Romans 8:28 before you jump into Chapter 9. Then as you read Chapter 9, remember that God's ways are not ours. He is in control. He has a master plan and that plan (even if we don't understand it) is ultimately for our good. Tami W.

Did you read Romans 8:28-39?

It's unbreakable, and no one can take it from you. How are you doing today? This week? This month? This year? No matter what your circumstances, God loves you, and you can rely on Him--period. Romans is clear that nothing (and Paul means nothing) can separate us from the love of Christ. Amen to that! Tami W

P.S. Just a reminder that if you let us know how, we'd love to pray for you. Hang in there.

For Tuesday, we're reading Romans 8:12-30.

We cry, Abba, Father! It wasn't until I got into the Word that I really grasped that God was so much more than my Judge and a disciplinarian. He is my up-close, loving Father, and I am His child and heir. Think about that for a minute. I don't want you to miss how loved and privileged we are as God's children. Send me your thoughts. Tami W.

Romans 8:1-11

We are not alone! If you're a Christian, a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, then the Holy Spirit resides in you 24/7. That means then that you (and I) no longer live according to our sinful nature (bad) but we now live according to the Spirit (good). If you haven't already read Romans 8:1-11, read it now (or re-read it). Think about living in the Spirit and then consider what that looks like practically. I'd love to read your thoughts. Tami W.

Have you read Romans 7:7-25 today?

Let's just get it out in the open--I struggle with sin (BTW you do too and so did the apostle Paul).

I am so thankful for Romans 7. When I see that even Paul didn't do what he wanted to do, but what he hated (vs. 15) and that he desired to do good, but couldn't carry it out (vs. 18), it helps me. It gives me perspective. What about you? Tami W.

P.S. You should check out the Back to the Bible program where we still have 2 weeks left in our study of Romans.

Our reading for today is Romans 6:23-7:6.

The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. We belong to another--and He expects us to do something with that gift. Romans 7:1-6 talks about bearing fruit to God and serving in the new way of the Spirit. How do we, or better yet, how are you accomplishing that? Tami W.

Today (Friday), we're in Romans 6:14-23.

I've been set free only to become a slave? What??? Romans 6:18 tells us that we are set free from sin and now we are slaves to righteousness. What does that mean for you? What does it look like in your life? Tami W.

Today's passage is Romans 6:1-14

Get behind me Satan! When I read Romans 6:1-14, I find it uplifting. After all, I am dead to sin and alive in Christ, and sin is no longer my master! But that doesn't mean I (we) won't sin again, though. :-( So what do we do about that? I want to hear from you. Tami W.

Have you read today's reading--Romans 5:12-21?

How often do you think, I mean really think, about grace? My answer? Probably not enough. That's why Romans 5:12-21 is such a great passage because it is rich with contrast (Adam, sin, death vs. Christ, grace, life). I particularly like verses 20-21 because they bring it home for me that God's grace rules. Amen to that!

So any thoughts on keeping grace at the forefront? Tami W.

Tuesday's reading is Romans 5:1-13.

If you are in the middle of difficult times, heads up - you can REJOICE! (See Romans 5:3) None of us look forward to difficult circumstances, but they happen. We can either focus on God and be joyful in what He offers, or we can try to control the situation ourselves and be...well, something else.

I experienced this first-hand when my husband got cancer. Just a year and a half earlier I had lost my dad to cancer. My first thoughts were Jeff is going to die too. I was scared. I had watched my father's decline and sat with him through his suffering. I did NOT want Jeff to experience that. And, I thought Jeff would die and I would be left alone. Due to several other circumstances at the same time, it felt like everything in my life was crashing down.

But, praise God, He helped us recognize that although we were not in control, He was. At that point, we left the need to fix it behind and trusted our future to God. The next year was tough and painful, but God walked hand-in-hand with us. Looking back, God used Jeff's cancer to work in and through us. Our relationship with God (and with each other) grew in leaps and bounds. We both chose to rejoice in spite of the difficulties and that opened the door for us to share Christ with others. It just goes to show that with God all things are possible.

So whatever you are going through today, remember, God knows. You can rely and rejoice in Him. Tami W.

P.S. If you have a prayer request, send it in. We'd love to pray for you.

Monday's reading is Romans 4:13-25.

How's your faith today? Is it anything like Abraham's? Romans 4:20-21 tell us that Abraham never wavered concerning the promise of God, and that Abraham was "fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised." How incredible is that?

So if your faith is solid, how'd you get to that point? And, if it's not, how can you work on that? Happy thinking (and blogging)!!! Tami W.

For Sunday, we reading Romans 4:1-15.

It's the classic face off--Faith versus works. Is it just me or does it seem like people struggle with the whole faith vs. works thing? Here's the deal, scripture is absolutely clear that faith is all we need for salvation. But, works do play an important role once we take that step and become a Christian. Bottom line--Works won't get you saved, but they are certainly important after you're saved. Tami W.

P.S. For a little more on faith vs. works, take a look at Ephesians 2:8-10.

Today (Saturday) we're in Romans 3:19-31.

It's all about FAITH. I read and then reread today's scripture passage several times. It really spoke to me. All I kept thinking was Why haven't I used this when I'm wanting to share Jesus with others? Uh, hello--why not grab a Bible and take them here? Think about it. This scripture lays out the gift of salvation beautifully. So moving forward, I've got a new, improved plan for telling people about Jesus and how faith in Him will change their life forever!! Tami W.

P.S. Try reading today's passage in a couple different translations. I did and it was really helpful. I think you might enjoy it.

We're reading Romans 3:1-20 today.

What do you mean I'm not perfect??!?!? Romans 3:20 is crystal clear that none of us are capable of living a sinless life and that no matter how much we "work" at it, we won't be justified or made right with God. I get that. Yet it seems like we still try really hard to attain perfection. So is that good, is it bad? What are your thoughts? Tami W.

P.S. I really like how the New Living Translation puts verse 20. "For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are." Romans 3:20 (NLT)

*Also, Dr. Kroll is doing a 4-week study through Romans right now on Back to the Bible. I know all of us doing P4 are further ahead in our reading of Romans, but you can always check out our program archives to get video or audio of these programs.

Today's reading...Romans 2:12-29.

Romans 2:29 tells us that "circumcision is a matter of the heart." What does that mean or communicate to you? For me, it's a great example, not to mention a good reminder, of the change that should be resulting in me as a result of my relationship with Jesus Christ. I need to have God's law written on my heart and then live by it. Ok, now it's your turn. Tami W.

Looking to get a little more out of Romans? Click here to watch, read or listen to the Back to the Bible program as Dr. Kroll continues teaching from this awesome book.

Today's reading is reading is Romans 2:1-11.

Does anyone else find this passage hard to read? The whole way through I'm cringing because, as much as I don't want to admit it, I judge others. I know I shouldn't, but it still happens??? Ouch--what's up with that? Tami W.

Make sure to check out the Back to the Bible program for more in Romans.

Today's P4 reading is Romans 1:16-32. I'd love to know what you think!

Here's a thought to get us started. Romans 1:20 tells us "For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse." This is a heavy verse. So who is the "they" referenced here? And what does this definitive statement mean for our unsaved friends, family, neighbors and people in remote areas of the world? Tami W.

P.S. We're in Romans on Back to the Bible right now and today's (Tues) program covers Romans 1:16-32. Click here to read, watch or listen to Dr. Kroll's teaching.

March 9, 2009

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Why should you read the book of Romans? Well, there are a ton of reasons--but I like how Dr. Kroll put it recently: "Romans is a book to savor, to read slowly and carefully. Why? Because it presents an irrefutable argument for the world's need of a Savior and the eternal plan of the Sovereign God to draw needy sinners to that Savior. If you read the Book of Romans thoughtfully and carefully, you'll probe the depths of the wisdom of God. This book will challenge your mind, strengthen your faith, and guide your Christian conduct."

I love Romans and every time I read through it, I come away with more knowledge and understanding and a greater desire to make Christ known to those around me. So as you delve into Romans this week, what do you hope to get out of it? You might be surprised at just how much is in there. I'd love to hear your thoughts, your questions, and, as always, your prayer requests. Tami W.

P.S. Starting tomorrow (Tuesday) we're making some improvements to the blog. I'll post the day's scripture reference plus a comment about that scripture. Then it's your turn. The point being, let's talk about scripture!!!

March 5, 2009

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It's so much better than BOGO. Why? Because it's ALL free! Ok, for all you shoppers out there you know exactly what I'm talking about with BOGO. For the rest of you, it means Buy One Get One Free. Today we're finishing Luke 24. It's a great example of how our salvation (which is free) and the benefits that come with it (Holy Spirit--also free) are so much better than BOGO.

This is where Jesus, after being raised from the dead, tells the disciples that the Holy Spirit is coming to empower them. Then, it happens! On the Day of Pentecost--a very important day (check out Acts 1 and 2) the Holy Spirit indwells His followers. Why is it such an amazing deal? Because unlike the Old Testament followers of the One, True God, we get to have the Holy Spirit reside in us--immediately and permanently when we accept Christ as our Savior. Talk about a priceless free gift!

So the big question is: What are we (you and I) doing with this gift? I find that I'm a little hit and miss. I pray for the Holy Spirit to guide me in circumstances, in my speech and actions--sometimes. But then other times, I operate like He's not even there. (Definitely an area I need to work on). So how about you? Do you have any thoughts on how we can consistently take advantage of the Holy Spirit and make the most of this awesome gift? Think about it and send in your comment. It makes my day to hear from you! Tami W.

March 2, 2009

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Change is in the air here at P4 (and hopefully spring too!). Starting today (March 2) you'll only be seeing my written blogs. You'll still see some video, but only for special messages and occasions.

Now on to my thoughts (or maybe I should say confessions)...

I messed up this weekend. Saturday came, and as I got into my morning, I made the choice to not read my Bible when I normally do, right after breakfast. I had a list of things to get done and rationalized I'd read later. Well, later happened but my Bible reading didn't. Before I knew it, it was after lunch and my husband and I were headed out for the afternoon. I told myself I'd read when I got home. Well, you guessed it, it never happened.

Thankfully, though, God convicted me big time after the fact. I asked myself Why didn't I read my Bible? My answer--I had a self-centered Saturday by making the things in my day a higher priority than God. (Wow, what's up with that?) That realization was embarrassing and I felt ashamed. So I prayed for forgiveness and asked God to help me put Him and His Word at the forefront--as the desire of my heart. Well, it's been two days, and all is good. Thank you, Lord!

So does that mean I'll never mess up again? No. We all struggle and are tempted every day to do our own thing. So if you can relate to my Saturday, hang in there! You can get through it. God knows what you're dealing with, and He'll help and meet you right where you're at. Tami W.

P.S. Keep reading in Luke. We're almost done.

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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