What in the world is God doing today? That's the question we're going to answer as we work through the letter of Romans. In Romans, Paul clearly and carefully lays out God's redemptive plan--what God is doing--through the gospel so that we can think rightly and so live in the way that glorifies God (Rom. 12:1-2).
One of the questions early Christians were wrestling with and that Paul answers in Romans 9-11 is, What about Israel and the Jewish people? Doesn’t God have a covenant with them? And if so, what’s He doing? Why are so few Jews getting saved and so little seem to be happening with Israel? Most people understood according to prophecy that when the Messiah came, He would bring great blessings for a repentant national Israel. However, through the influence of the Jewish leaders, they rejected their Messiah. Now, strangely enough, many Gentiles were believing and comparatively few Jews were responding to the gospel. The church was becoming overwhelmingly Gentile. Well, Paul’s going to address that and reveal the mystery of what God is doing with Israel. It’s a major reason why he writes this letter: to humble the Gentiles from becoming proud against Israel and to remind them that God has unconditional covenant promises that He keeps and will fulfill in the future.
You will find in the link below a paper that Pastor Justin wrote on the highly debated passage of Romans 11:26. Who is the "all Israel" of Romans 11:26? What does it mean for God's redemptive plan for Israel?
Link: The Identification of "All Israel" in Romans 11:26
By now in this study on prayer, you’ve realized it’s not that easy to stay in prayer. We have enemies known as the flesh and the devil that want to keep us disconnected from God. They are the greatest adversaries to prayer. They like to whisper things like, “You’re too tired to pray. You don’t have time. Just skip it. You have better things to do anyway. Why should God take notice of your prayers anyway?” One of the things that I find distracting to my own prayer life, especially when spending any length of time in intercessory prayer, is the to-do list that comes to mind.
It’s comforting to know that we are not the first people to struggle with prayer. The Apostle Peter, if you’ll remember, kept falling asleep on Jesus while praying in the garden of Gethsemane (Matt. 26:42-43). Jesus told Peter to watch and pray that he might not enter into temptation because though the spirit is willing, the flesh is weak (Mark 14:39). Peter clearly learned from his sleepy episode in the garden of Gethsemane, for in 1 Peter 4:7 he says, “Be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.” In 1 Peter 5:7 he says, “cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. You adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
Prayer is a connection with God that is crucial to living a victorious life over despair and temptation, so it’s important we learn to stay connected. I just want to give you a couple of personal tips that I use to stay connected during extended periods of prayer. As I share these two tips, understand that these are not something I use daily, nor are they tips that I think everyone must do. I just find them helpful at times. Take them or leave them.
Staying Persistent Tip #1 - Pray with a pen handy.
Like I said, when I pray, the to-do list starts to come to my mind, and I’m tempted to quit praying and get with it! First let me say, this is totally normal. It’s expected when we’re praying about things going on in our life and the things we are going to work on that day. Maybe, through prayer, we sense God’s prompting to do something that we hadn’t previously thought of. One of the things I do to stay connected in prayer rather than start the to-do list, is to keep a pen handy so I can write those things down. This way, I know I won’t forget and I can move on with the rest of my prayer time. If you don’t have a pen handy, maybe punch the thought down in the notes application on your phone. Just about all of us have a phone handy.
Staying Persistent Tip #2 - Try using prayer cards.
I have 3x5 cards with things that I need to be praying for regularly. I have cards for different areas of my life such as a husband, father, and pastor. I have a prayer card for my wife and things she asks for prayer for. I have a card for our church, and one for special requests. I have one for each of my kids. On these cards I have both long and short term requests. The long-term requests I link with Scripture and pray the Scripture. For example, “Lord, help me to love my wife like Christ loves the Church” or “Help me to bring up my children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord, being careful not to exasperate them.” When I see patternable unChrist-like tendencies in my kids that I know may take decades to overcome and only by the Spirit of Christ, I pray Scripture for them. “Lord, keep my children from a love of this world.” We pray regularly(!), “Father, help us to be at peace with one another and look out for each other’s interests and not our own.” I don’t use these cards every day, but I do find that they keep me on track with long-term, eternal matters and in those times when I just don’t know what to pray for. Also, if I don’t write some requests down, I often don’t pray for them at all. These cards keep me from saying, “I’ll pray for you,” and then later asking myself, “What was I going to pray for?”
Staying Persistent Tip #3 - Try something different.
Maybe you're sitting up and praying and looking around and you feel yourself distracted, trying switching positions or locations. Try praying on your knees if you are able. The Apostle Paul, I think, was a man who liked to pray in a humble posture on his knees. In Ephesians he talks about bowing his knees before the Father. In Acts 20, him and the Ephesians elders pray on their knees on the beach before Paul sets sail again. Sometimes just trying something different can help you stay in prayer longer.
We are in a spiritual battle. This battle involves prayer. The flesh and the devil don’t want us to pray, so Paul, complementing the “armor of God” in Ephesians 6:18, says this: “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for the saints.”
In Christ with you,
In his Bible study series called In the Dust of the Rabbi, Ray Vander Laan popularized the idea that if a disciple wants to be a close follower of his rabbi, he needs to be close enough to get the rabbi’s dust on him. He must sit in the dust of the rabbi’s feet and keep up as the rabbi as he travels from town to town teaching. We see a picture of this in the Gospels as Jesus called His disciples to literally follow in His steps. Jesus and the disciples traveled from home to home and town to town, teaching God’s Word. Supposedly, Vander Laan heard this saying about “being covered in the dust of the rabbi” while enrolled at a Jewish university. The saying comes from the Mishnah, a collection of Jewish writings composed around A.D. 200 that in many ways gives us insight into the religious culture during the days of Jesus. This “dusty” saying is found in Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers), a tractate containing short sayings on ethics and wisdom. Avot 1:4 reads,
Yose ben Yoezer (a man) of Zeredah and Yose ben Yohanan (a man) of Jerusalem received [the oral tradition] from them [i.e. Shimon the Righteous and Antigonus]. Yose ben Yoezer used to say: let thy house be a house of meeting for the Sages and sit in the very dust of their feet, and drink in their words with thirst.1 [emphasis mine]
You may recognize in these verses, the oral tradition that we also called the Oral Law in our sermon a few weeks ago (Come & Rest). It refers to the traditions and cultural codes passed on orally through repetitious learning (the “613 Fence” is mentioned in Avot 1:1; “a fence around the Torah”). A “sage” (older, wiser teacher of the Law) would sit on low pillows or short chairs while disciples would sit at their feet in the dust, humbly repeating and memorizing their teaching.2 To “sit at the feet of” became an idiom for learning from a rabbi.3 Paul said in Acts 22:3 that he trained “at the feet of Gamaliel” (Young’s Literal Translation). However, not all the teaching was wise. We might recall Jesus rebuking the religious leaders and “sages” for the Oral Law that went beyond the God’s Law, which ultimately led to the crucifixion in their jealousy of Him. In Avot 1:5, one verse later, the “sage” advice is to not engage in too much conversation with women, including your wife, because it takes away from the study of Torah and in the end you will inherit gehinnom! Gehinnom is derived from the Hebrew ge Hinnom, or Valley of Hinnom. It was the burning refuse heap and bone pit for child sacrifices on the southern side of Jerusalem. Jesus used Gehenna as a reference for hell (2 Ch 28:3; Jer 7:31; Matt 10:28; Mk 9:47). I’m not sure that my wife would see that as sage advice! You might want to avoid that marriage counselor!
In Luke 10:39, Jesus was welcomed into the home of Martha, who had a sister named Mary. While Jesus was teaching, Martha was busy and distracted with all her preparations. Mary, however, is,
seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word.
When Martha gets upset with Mary’s lack of assistance, she tells Jesus to make her help! Jesus calmly replied,
Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
What about you? Does your life look more like Mary or Martha right now? Have you chosen the good part? Are you still taking time to sit at the feet of the Rabbi and learn His ways? Are you still thirsty for the His teaching? Still following Him closely and getting powdered with His dust? In this busy and distracting world with many unbiblical and temporal cultural teachings being passed around, we must make sure that we are still sitting at His feet and learning how to become like Him. Jesus had a busy life too! He ministered to people from sunup to sundown on occasion. However, He always made time to spend time alone with the Father as an example for us, even while busy. One man said, “It’s okay to have a busy life. It’s not okay to have a busy soul.” Maybe you need to be reminded of the words of Jesus today that when we take time in His Word and in prayer we are choosing the good part. Encouraging you to reconnect with God this summer,
2 Lois Tverberg, Ann Spangler, Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2018), 18.
One of my former Bible school classmates (Abigail Leavitt) is pursuing a PhD in biblical archaeology in Israel. Currently, she is heavily involved as an assistant director of excavations going on at Shiloh, one of the resting places for the tabernacle. This past week, she posted photos of the wildflowers and almond tree blossoms over in Israel right now (see graphic above). After seeing these photos, I couldn’t help but think of Jesus’ words in Matthew 6, and, I couldn’t help but think that these might be some of the wildflowers Jesus was talking about when He spoke of “the lilies of the field.” Jesus said these wildflowers aren’t spinning and laboring to be dressed like they are, yet God provides for them and they are beautiful (more so than even Solomon!).
But Jesus also spoke of the birds. When I look out my office this week, I’ve seen several birds (back for spring) feeding on the trees even though it’s the last week of winter and there’s not much left on them as far as I can tell. They haven’t stored anything up. They haven’t sown any seeds. Yet, they aren’t worried at all about God’s provision for them! They are trusting God to provide each day as needed. Jesus’ point is not that we should disregard working and earning a living any more than the birds should stop searching for food. His point is that we don’t have to worry! We don’t have to get all worked up about having enough to meet our needs. God, the Creator and Sustainer over everything, is going to provide. So relax! Don’t waste all of your energy living for material things. Godless pagans do that (v. 32). If He provides for the birds and the wildflowers—which have relatively little value compared to man and only last a short time—how much more will He provide for you, oh you of little faith?
This isn’t a new truth. Most of us have read Matthew 6 many times with precious thoughts of God's care for us. But sometimes we need the reminder. And sometimes a truth doesn’t hit us like it should because we are so self-sufficient. This text is easy to read when you’re sitting well on a stockpile of cash and a full freezer. But it’s a serious test of faith for those who don’t have much or those who’ve lost everything due to reasons or circumstances outside their control, or maybe those whose eyes are glued to the stock market right now.
Just before this teaching (“For this reason,” v. 25), Jesus said just we can only serve one master—money or God. One master is undependable. It can sprout wings and fly away (Prov. 23:5), leaving you anxious. Anxiety can disable you and your testimony, leaving you unfruitful for the kingdom of God. Warren Wiersbe said,
Worry about tomorrow does not help either tomorrow or today.
Anxiety not only makes us unfruitful, it can also be harmful to our physical well-being.
However, the other Master (Yahweh-, the sovereign, personal, covenant-keeping, always-present, all-sufficient one as we've been talking about in Exodus), is completely dependable. He is a loving heavenly Father who cares for us and provides for us.
Nature itself teaches us that God provides for His creatures’ needs. How much more His children’s needs! Rather than living for the things of the world and getting all worked up about what we have or don’t have, Jesus commands us to trust and obey God while being busy about His will and His righteousness. While we serve our Master with singlemindedness, He will see to it that we are taken care of.
In Christ with you,
 Photos: Courtesy Abigail Leavitt, https://abigailsarchaeologicaladventures.wordpress.com. See blog post, “A New Adventure”
 Warren Wiersbe, The Wiersbe Bible Commentary (Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2007), 24.
 Thomas L. Constable, Notes on Matthew, 211.
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of people who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, being understood by what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their reasonings, and their senseless hearts were darkened.” (Rom. 1:18-23)
Christians are constantly being challenged to defend their faith (1 Pet. 3:15) and give evidence for God. We often hear the rebuffs of non-believers saying, “If God is real, why doesn’t He make Himself known?” When they say this, what they mean is that they want more proof. I don’t say that like it’s all bad. I relate well to the doubting Thomas’ out there (John. 20:24-29). I want some evidence, too. So, is there any evidence for what we believe? Of course. As Christians, our faith is the evidence of things not yet seen (Heb. 11:1, NASB), but that doesn’t mean that our faith is not based on solid evidence that is or has been seen.
The truth is, God has revealed Himself many times in many ways (Heb. 1:1). A revelation could be defined as "God making known to man what man otherwise could not know." And two of those major ways that God has revealed Himself to us is through what Bible students call general and special revelation. General revelation is referring primarily to that which is known generally, or universally, to all. And there are 2 main channels of general revelation: 1) creation. 2) conscience. Paul mentions both in Romans 1. That which is known about God is evident within us (conscience; intuitive; inescapable) because it was made evident to us (creation; creative order; sustaining all things; intelligent design). Creation is said to reveal evidence for God 24/7/365. Around the clock, the heavens (the skies above) are silently "preaching" the glory of God and the work of His hands (Psalm 19:1-2). The complexity and beauty of all of creation—from the microscopic cell to the telescopic solar system—reveal an intelligent, creative Designer behind everything that exists. Everyone can look at the created order and think, "Someone put this together and sustains it." This revelation alone is so evident to us and within us that it’s enough to leave every man without excuse on judgment day (Rom. 1:18-23). It serves as the basis for man's just condemnation.
God has also provided the special revelation of His written Word we call the Bible. God has communicated to us through language we speak! In fact, so much so that people are intimidated by the size of the book He wrote! There is no other book like it, and it contains the most trusted historical documents in all of ancient history—written by eyewitnesses I might add (Luke 1:1-4; 2 Thess. 2:13; Heb. 4:12; 2 Tim. 3:16).
As we saw in the sermon this week, God has revealed Himself powerfully through miraculous signs and wonders at different times to varying degrees. He shows up and acts in real time, in real historical events. But in these last days, the Bible says, He has spoken to us through His Son, Jesus Christ, who is the incarnation of God. He actually came into this world to reveal the truth. He died for our sins and left the evidence of an empty tomb for proof (Heb. 1:1-4)!
Miraculous signs though, even that of the resurrection, is no guarantee that people will believe. Jesus said if people won’t listen to the Old Testament alone—just Moses and the Prophets—they won’t be convinced even if someone rises from the dead (Luke 16:31). In fact, I would say that a major way John’s gospel encourages belief is by unmasking the true nature of unbelief. Many saw the evidence. They just didn’t want to believe. Like the religious people in Jesus' day, they rejected Jesus despite undeniable, indisputable evidence (Matt. 16:4). So again, the problem is not always evidence. There’s a lot of evidence! And I hope that evidence encourages you to believe. But as we saw with Pharaoh in Exodus last Sunday, our biggest problem is not the lack of evidence, but what we do with the evidence. The problem isn’t always so much intellectual as it is spiritual. We need a new heart. One that willingly submits to the authority of divine Creator. One born again by the Spirit of God through faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:3; Eph. 2:1-10).
If you are seeking God and wondering if this Christianity thing is the real deal, I encourage you to continue to investigate the claims of Christianity and the reliability of the Bible, but eventually the time comes when you have to make a decision. You can learn a lot about God and have all the evidence in the world without ever coming to Him for salvation. The evidence is there. Will you come to Him for salvation?
Trusting in Christ with you,
Yesterday, as I was on my way out the door, I noticed some little, green Daffodil sprouts coming up through the rocks on the sunny side of our house. It was a pleasant and hopeful reminder that despite what the forecast says, Spring is on the way! The Farmer’s Almanac website writes,
“Because it is one of the first flowers to bloom in spring, daffodils are seen as a representation of rebirth and new beginnings. They are also thought to represent inspiration, forgiveness, and creativity.”
I like this first flower even more after reading that! Each year, the dawning of spring is a vivid reminder of Christian truths about new birth, new beginnings, and resurrection.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God”
(John 3:3). If you don’t mind me being personal for a moment, I am so incredibly thankful for the new birth in Christ. I can’t imagine what my life would be like without the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit in my life, restoring an empty, broken and confused man such as myself. When we come to faith in Jesus, the Spirit of God comes to live in us, sealing us as God’s own adopted children, guaranteeing us a future inheritance (Rom. 8:16; Gal. 4:4-7; Eph. 1:13-14; Titus 3:4-7). He also gives us the power to walk with Jesus and serve Him (Gal. 5:16-25). Have you experienced that new birth in Christ? Have you been born again by placing your faith in Christ alone? Do you love God? Have His peace in your heart? Love His people? Hunger and thirst for righteousness? Desire to serve Him and share the life-changing news of the gospel with others? These are just a few signs that you may have been born twice! One physically, one spiritually.
While we are thankful for the new, secure birth in Christ, we should also be thankful for the new beginnings available for us in Christ. Even though we are children of God, we still sin, and when we do, we do not need to get saved all over again. Remember, we are His children forever. However, because of our sins, our relationship isn’t where it should be and we need to be reconciled to Him, having our sins forgiven so that our sweet fellowship—that oneness—can be restored. Our relationship with Him is restored when, in prayer, we confess our sins to Him. 1 John 1:9 says,
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just
What a wonderful promise from our Heavenly Father! It’s worth memorizing, that verse.
One time I was having a spiritual conversation with one of my children at bedtime. We were just discussing matters of the gospel when they said, “Dad, I’m not going to sin tomorrow.” While I was genuinely pleased to hear that, I replied, “That’s a good attitude to have. It’s a good desire. But we sin every day in word, thought, or deed. We need His forgiveness daily, moment by moment.” How wonderful to know that God considers even sinners like us as His children (Rom. 4:5). He always loves us and when we do wrong, He is waiting for us to come and sit on His lap and fess up to what we already know He knows. He is waiting to extend forgiveness daily as needed. We can confess our sins, thank Him for His forgiveness, and continue to walk with Him in a new beginning.
Finally, spring reminds us of the hope of the resurrection--life springing up from the dead. Jesus rose from the grave and the Bible says we will too (Rom. 8:12-25; 1 Cor. 15). When we see Him, we will be like Him (1 John 3:1-2). What a breath of fresh air it will be when that special day dawns and the morning star arises in our hearts, and we receive resurrected, glorified bodies like our Savior (2 Pet. 1:19)! Let's give our attention to His Word until that day comes.
In Christ with you,
We are in thick of gardening season, and I love it! Being out in the garden refreshes my soul and teaches me many spiritual lessons. One of the lessons I’ve been learning this year is the difference between determinate and indeterminate tomatoes.
Determinate tomatoes grow like a bush. Their growth is determined. They will only reach a certain height and maturity, then bear nearly all of their fruit at once.
Indeterminate tomatoes grow like a vine. Their growth is undetermined, meaning that they will keep growing and setting fruit as long as there is a growing season. If you prune them properly, they may grow over 10 feet tall in one season. However, if you don’t prune them properly, they will look like any other determined tomato plant.
These two main types of tomatoes have me thinking about individual Christians and the church body. Are we more like an uncontrolled, determinate tomato whose growth reaches a certain maturity and then stops? Or are we more like an indeterminate tomato plant, who with intentional pruning from the Master Gardener—Jesus—keep growing and maturing and setting fruit as long as we live? Do we continue to excel more and more?
If we are going to be a church that fulfills our vision of deep roots and bearing fruit, we have to grow both as individuals and as a church body.
2 Peter 3:18 says,
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Paul praised the Thessalonians for their growing love of the brethren but told them to (1 Thess. 4:9-10),
“excel still more”
To the church at Ephesus, Paul wrote,
“But speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love” (Eph. 4:15-16).
Through the growth of the individual Christian (member/joint), the whole body is built up. That means it's critical for us to decide to grow as individuals and that's not always easy. But in the Christian life, we never reach a level of maturity and stop there. Our growth is indeterminate. God’s will is for us as individuals and as a church is to continually grow in Christlikeness as we study His Word and apply it to our heads, hearts, and hands. That’s one of the reasons why I’m excited about this Care Ministry and the fall ministries starting back up. They challenge us to keep growing as we worship, make disciples, mature in faith, and reach out to our community!
Pray that God would grow our church body and mature it (Col. 2:19; 1 Cor. 3:5-9)!
Pray about how God would have you serve this fall!
Living for Christ with you,
Here are 10 ways to prioritize your marriage:
List from The Art of Parenting Small-Group Series Workbook (Little Rock: Family Life Publishing, 2018), 14-15.
Husbands, here are 25 ways to spiritually lead your family:
List from The Art of Marriage Small-Group Series Workbook (Little Rock: Family Life Publishing, 2012), 40.
In this Sunday’s sermon on marriage, I talked much about my squash bug problem in my garden. However, I’ve also had other pests this year trying to keep my garden from flourishing – slugs (that’s a first!), grasshoppers, corn earworm, corn rootworm, and earwigs – all going after the good fruits in my garden. Gardens can be full of pests, but so can marriages. We’ve already looked at the pests of selfishness and unforgiveness, but there’s 2 more pests that I want to chat with you about.
The first pest is the too-busy termite.1 The too-busy termite is a pest that day after day and week after week, gnaws away at the framework of our marriages. While we are busy with the daily grind from 8 to 5, microwaving Hot Pockets, and running kids around to every sort of event or practice, these little bugs are going to town on our homes. While we are too busy to do a proper inspection, little by little the too-busy termite erodes our oneness and we don’t know each other anymore. Ephesians 5:15-16 says,
“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise,
In the days of overstimulation we’re living in, I would recommend exterminating this termite by putting the cell phones down and frequently going on a relaxing walk or date night with just the two of you. If you go to a restaurant, try to find a corner booth where there is the least distraction – you know, one where there isn’t a TV right behind your spouse’s head! I find that my wife and I tend to have the most meaningful and necessary conversations about the direction of our marriage and our family in these moments. I never want to be too busy for them! We also intentionally put the kids to bed early so we can spend the last hour of the night talking and praying. Chuck Swindoll writes,
“No amount of fanatical zeal or noble calling will ever justify the destruction of a home…
The second pest is the forget-me-not flea. This pest doesn’t want you to forget previously forgiven offenses. Even though you’ve forgiven your offender, that pesky flea keeps bringing the offense to mind, saying, “They don’t deserve your love. They don’t deserve your trust. No more Mr. Nice Guy! Get revenge already!” The flea refuses to let you forget.
Now we may very well forget a forgiven offense (and praise the Lord when that happens!), but there is certainly no way to purge the memory of an offense, even if we really want too. Some are impossible to forget. You may have heard that God forgives and forgets, but this is impossible for Him too. He is an omniscient God which means He knows all things. He can’t forget. However, He can refuse to bring up past offenses or call us out on them or act on them. That’s what verses like Hebrews 8:12 and 10:17 mean when they say that He doesn’t remember our sins. Hebrews 10:17 says,
“Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
Micah 7:19 says,
“You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot
When God forgives our sins, He throws them into the depths of the ocean and puts up a “No Fishing” sign. We are completely released from them.
Whenever the forget-me-not flea brings a past offense to mind, let him know that you have tread the offense underfoot and thrown it into the depths of the sea. Just like we shouldn’t dwell on thoughts of lust or hatred, so we mustn’t dwell on past offenses, leading to spiritual sin.2 Take those thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ (2 Cor. 10:5). Refuse to use past grievances for leverage. Refuse to bring them up or dwell on them. Bury the flea as many times as you have too (and soak it in pesticide). Luke 6:38 says,
“Pardon and you will be pardoned. Give, and it will be given to you.
In Christ with you,
1 Charles Swindoll, Strike the Original Match (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1980), 107.
2 John MacArthur, The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness (Wheaton: Crossway, 1998), 189-190.
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