Category: The Challenge!

Equipped to Win!

  Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. Paul is making a really clear, and seemingly simple statement. Let’s dig in a little just so we can enjoy what is packed into these ten words. Overcome. It’s an important word in this verse. It’s a powerful word. It has some...

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A Step Beyond

Romans 12:20 “To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head." In one sense, this is all very basic and straightforward. Simplifying it down to its core essence: don’t do wrong; do...

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“Is It Even Possible?!”

Romans 12:18 “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” Jurisdictions. Control. Transgression. Receiving. These are the 4 words that came to mind as I pondered the question, “Is it even possible to ‘live at peace with all men’?!” Relationships can be downright...

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The Spotlight

“Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.” Romans 12:17 Nasty words. Evil motives. Harmful actions. These are only a few reasons we grow up with a distrust toward others. These entered this world way back in the garden when Adam and Eve sinned and have grown...

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United With Christ

Okay, before I get started with this verse, I want to say I think God’s Word is incredibly amazing! The more I get into it the more I realize it is not only perfect and complete in truth, but also perfect and complete in communicating that Truth! It also just dawned on me that the reason it is this...

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The Gift of Empathy vs. the Cruelty of Envy

It was a tough day to be alone on the farm with aching joints and a bad leg. Cold Canadian winds whipped around the corner of the barn as I hobbled along the old boards looking for the horse who didn't come for oats with the rest of the dozen or so in the herd. Then about 50 yards away I saw the two...

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Walk According to the Spirit

Romans 12:14 ~ “Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.” I often think of persecution as only relating to those who are outwardly suffering for their faith. While this is certainly one form of persecution, I have not much experienced it at this level. However, there are many ways...

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Same Head, Same LIFE

“Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.” (Romans 12:13) I believe to truly understand all that is being communicated to us in this verse there are a few important foundational things we need to define. First we need to define a term and then we will need to look at...

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Submitted to the Head

Romans 12:10 "Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;" ​Part of the proper function of the body of Christ is the members of the body loving each other with brotherly love and the members showing preference to others rather than to self. The proper...

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Authentic Love

“Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.” Romans 12:9 (KJV) Love – what is it and how do we show it to others? We all know that 1 Corinthians 13 is the ultimate definition of love. “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does...

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