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“In a future where the Law is a dreadful taskmaster, can Grace prevail?
A lifetime labeled a rebel has Angelica dreading the rest of her life as the obedient wife in an arranged marriage. After learning a secret about her fugitive mother, she decides to cross the Alaskan wilderness in search of her. When she witnesses elders dance an ancient story, she begins to question everything she ever believed. Things get really confusing when the man she is pledged to marry shows up and presents her with a third version of the truth.
Which truth will Angelica choose?
Will she choose the law she can never live up to?
Will she choose eternity without God?
Or will she choose grace?

Lost in the Land of the Midnight Sun is the first volume in a Dystopian Christian Fiction Series. It offers adventures in the Alaskan wilderness, incredible spiritual journeys, and unforgettable characters.
This book by Christina Cattane promises to be an experience you won’t soon forget!

I am currently recruiting beta readers for the above novel.  A beta reader is somebody who receives a free advance copy of a novel, reads it, and then provides valuable feedback to the author.

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Romans 1:1-7 cont.

 

Here are my answers from blog post #2 on Romans

  1. What does it say?

This is a normal introduction for a letter of that time. The writer would put their name at the beginning. In this introduction, Paul is literally introducing himself and presenting his credentials to the Christians in Rome.

 He calls himself a servant of Christ. The Greek word for servant here is ‘doulas’, which means ‘a slave completely belonging to his master’.

He tells them that Christ himself called him to be an apostle and set him apart for the gospel.

He also defines what he believes about the gospel in order to show that he shared a common faith with the Roman believers.

He then addresses the letter to ‘all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people’, wishing them peace (shalom) and grace. This is also the common way of beginning a letter during that time.

  1. What are the timeless truths?

We are called by Christ to be his holy people, servants of Christ, set apart for the gospel.

The Gospel as Paul defined it in these verses is what we believe about Christ today and going on into eternity. He was foretold by the prophets, He was an earthly descendant of David, he is the Son of God, He rose from the dead through the power of the Holy Spirit, through him we all received grace and apostleship to call all gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his namesake.

We are all called to Apostleship. This means we are called to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that he has commanded us.

Obedience comes from faith. See Hebrews 11:8 and James 2:14-26. The evidence of true faith is obedience to Christ.

  1. What is God trying to say to ME?

There are no wrong answers to this question. This one is personal between you and God. Here are some possibilities though:

  1. God has called you to be Holy. Is there sin in your life you need to deal with?
  2. God has called you to apostleship. Whom are you sharing the gospel with? Who should you be sharing the Gospel with?
  3. Faith leads to obedience. Has your faith led to obedience? Do you need to repent and ask Jesus to increase your faith? Do you need to spend more time deepening your relationship with Christ?

Deepening your faith and relationship with Christ will result in increased obedience, not the other way around. Trying to make yourself be obedient, more often leads to legalism and religiosity. Focus on Him and He will transform you from the inside out.

Romans 1:1-7

This is Blog Post #2 in our study of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. For Post #1 click here.

Step 1: Read Romans 1:1-7. Write it out on index cards and put it in the places you spend the most time. Beside your favorite chair, on the refrigerator, under the sun visor is your car. Write down any words you don’t understand, or want to know more about, in your notebook. For instance, we looked up the word ‘Apostle’ in the Bible dictionary. Write the definitions in your notebook.

Step 2: Read the Bible study notes in your Study Bible. You can also go here. Write anything you want to remember in your notebook.

Step 3: Follow the cross-references usually found in the center margin of most Study Bibles. See if they give you any new or deeper insights. Write them down in your notebook. You can find them online here.

Step 4. Now that you have gathered all this information you are ready to ask yourself the 3 questions we call ‘The 3 question Method of Bible Study’. Write your answers in your notebook.

1. What does it say? What was Paul saying to his audience?

2. What are the timeless truths? What spiritual truths are found in the passage that are true for all people at all times?

3. What is God trying to say to ME through his word? This is the application question.   The answer to this question will be personal to you. You are in a different place spiritually than anybody else. God wants to speak to you right where you are. This will take time. Don’t move on until you’ve heard from God. How long will it take? I can’t tell you. Wait as long as it takes. This is where listening prayer comes in.

How to do Listening Prayer.

  1. Read over what you’ve written in your notebook. Read the passage as many times as you need to. Meditate on the passage.
  2. Ask God to speak to you through this passage. Have your notebook and pen ready.
  3. Be silent and wait.
  4. Write down whatever comes to your mind. Write it all down, even if it seems silly. (God once led me to a song from Phantom of the Opera which I thought was a distraction but ended up being the answer to my prayer.) When you feel you’re done thank Him for speaking to you.
  5. Now read what you wrote down? Do you feel God answered your prayer about how to apply this passage to your life?

Yes. Great! Apply it! Now you can move on.

No. Try again tomorrow. Repeat all the steps. Keep trying until He answers. Don’t move on until you get an answer.

Want a more in-depth lesson on how to do listening prayer, click here.

(Note: Go as deep as you want to in steps 1-3, or skip them all together if you must. You may also add steps; like reading commentaries, or looking up the words in the original Greek, doing word studies etc. God once asked me to diagram the sentences. It’s all up to you.)

Stay tuned for Post #3 where I tell you the answers I got to the questions in Romans 1:1-7.

The Word

My second favorite preacher ever, Dr. Stephen Manley once described how Jesus fulfills all scripture like this.

God decided to take who he is, his very nature and throw it down on the earth, and it was in the form of a book, The Bible, the written Word. Then Jesus came off his throne in heaven and jumped down into the book, fitting into it perfectly like a tailor made suit. Then the Holy Spirit came and indwelt us. Now when we pick up the written Word, which is filled with the living Word, through the power of the Holy Spirit something supernatural happens. (My paraphrase) 

I have a passion for the Word. The written Word filled with the living Word. Hebrews 4:12 describes that supernatural thing that happens when we read the Word this way.

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

A long time ago I was praying about what purpose God had for me in His service and he said to me “Use your words”. I have spent a bit of time exploring what that means. This morning, in a culmination of things that have been happening lately in regards to my writing career, learning how to be a more effective blogger, along with an awesome Podcast I have been listening to, God spoke again.

This time he said, “Use your words to share My Word.”

I can often be stubborn, and as a certain cousin of mine who shall remain nameless said, exasperating, but I try to be obedient when the Lord speaks.

Long story short I am going to begin to blog about studying the Word. I will be sharing with you my favorite way of studying the Word, and also let you walk along with me as I teach a Bible Study on Romans.

I am also going to be writing a book and homeschool curriculum about ‘Techniques for Personal Bible Study’.

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