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March 20, 2019

Why does Paul write his letter to the Romans?

As to the occasion of the letter, I’m going to suggest a theory for this, and then we’ll look at the evidence. I don’t know why this is not more evident to some people who write on Romans. I believe Paul wrote Romans because of his unique view of his apostleship. If he was indeed THE apostle to the Gentiles, then here is a church out in Rome that falls under his leadership, his area of responsibility. It’s not Peter’s responsibility; it’s not a Jewish church. No one else is responsible for it.
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March 19, 2019
Dr. Bill Mounce

Don’t Run from Pain

The doctor found some pre-cancerous cells on my back and last Wednesday she cut out a chunk of my skin. (She assures me that she got it all and I will be fine.) She had to use five large stitches to pull my dermas together, and six stitches to connect the epidermis. My new best friend is Lidocaine; what an amazing drug to numb the skin so I don’t feel the cutting and stitching.
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March 15, 2019

What does it mean to forgive another person?

Forgiveness is the grace to start over. We are sinners and the consequences of our sinning spread like blood in the water. Inevitably we experience its painful effects in our relationships. Whenever we hurt someone else we try to rationalize our actions and make excuses for what happened. When others hurt us we want revenge and if we give into that desire for revenge a vicious cycle of violence develops. Perhaps you have watched one of these movies like the Godfather where Mafia families destroy each other this way.
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March 14, 2019
Dr. Bill Mounce

The Latch

To continue the imagery of the gate, the latch on the gate keeps it shut. Pull as hard as we wish, we can't open the gate. But as we'll see, God is willing to reach down and unlatch the gate for us, so we can walk through. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
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March 12, 2019
Dr. Bill Mounce

Does Ephesians 4:29 Apply to Blogs?

Ephesians 4:29 says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (NIV). Our speech is not to tear down but to build people up. Our words should be appropriate to the situation and should be an extension of grace.
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