2020 Year in Review

The year 2020, with the last "0" rotating upward to change to a "1."

Now that 2020 has come to a close, and 2021 begins, there may be a temptation to think that this past year has just been a disaster. I want to resist such a rash assessment. If there is anything that 2020 has taught us, it is our need to rely on God, our brothers and sisters in the Faith, and that we are not promised tomorrow.

The Great Contrasts Between Adam and Jesus in the Book of Romans

A gift wrapped in a white box.

The history of Adam's sin, and the consequences that follow it, are tragic for us all. Thankfully, they are not the only things that the apostle Paul writes about in the fifth chapter of Romans. The last couple of paragraphs from that section shares a number of contrasts between Adam and Jesus. They speak of the great blessings that are available to us through Christ.

There Is No Law Against Bearing Fruit of the Spirit

Watermelon and various types of berries are laid out on a table. The watermelon is cut out in two places to make shapes of hearts.

In the New Testament there are a few places where the words, "No law," are found. It occurs twice in the book of Romans and once in Paul's letter to the Galatians. One of these instances is in a passage that we recently studied, but didn't include last time. In Romans five the apostle Paul connected sin entering the world through Adam with the reign of death. He did so by speaking of no law.

The Tragic History of the First Sin and Resulting Death, As Told in Romans

A tree in a desert in Africa.

Last time we studied from Romans we took great encouragement by God's love being shown through Jesus' death for us while we were yet sinners. His sacrifice was an incredible event, and with the resulting resurrection, we have great hope today. As the passage continues, Paul goes on to discuss another action that had a great impact on us all. That being the sin of Adam and death that follows to this day.

The Parables of Jesus Reading Plan

An open bag of seeds poured out onto garden soil.

I have said this before, and I'm sure I'll do so again: Jesus was a great master teacher. One aspect of His teaching that people are most familiar with is His use of parables. Some of these are short and relatively straightforward. Others were so confusing that the disciples asked for an explanation. Because of their importance in the Gospels, it was only a matter of time before I would develop a reading plan for them.

A Book Review of For Married Men Only by Tony Evans

Two wedding rings on an open Bible.

With the high number of divorces in this country, there is a great need for marriages to be strengthened. Thankfully, there are a number of individuals and organizations that work toward that goal. Sometimes though, just a short book with a few key principles can help people have a more godly view of their marriages. For men, one text that may be worth considering is For Married Men Only by Tony Evans.