The Peanut Gallery

My view of life from the cheap seats… Art Chartier

Morning Prayer: 29 August – Romans 9:30-33 ~ the stumbling stone

Why do people stumble over the cross? Because it undermines our self-righteousness…. The fact that Christ died for our sins is proof positive that we cannot save ourselves. But to make this humiliating confession is an intolerable offense to our pride. So instead of humbling ourselves, we ‘stumble over the stumbling-stone’.

August 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Morning Prayer: 28 August – Romans 9:19-29 ~ I Am Who I Am

Is it fair of God to hold us accountable to him, when he makes the decisions? To this question Paul makes three responses, all of which concern who God is. Most of our problems arise and seem insoluble because our image of God is distorted.

August 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Morning Prayer: 27 August – Romans 9:14-18 ~ God’s justice and mercy

If therefore anybody is lost, the blame is theirs, but if anybody is saved, the credit is God’s. This antinomy contains a mystery which our present knowledge cannot solve; but it is consistent with Scripture, history and experience.

August 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Morning Prayer: 26 August – Romans 9:6-13 ~ the Israel within Israel

There have always been two Israels, those physically descended from Israel (Jacob) on the one hand, and his spiritual progeny on the other; and God’s promise was addressed to the latter, who had received it.

August 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Morning Prayer: 25 August – Romans 9:1-5 ~ anguish for Israel

Calvin comments: ‘If [God] honored the whole human race when he connected himself with it by sharing our nature, much more did he honor the Jews, with whom he desired to have a close bond of affinity.’

August 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Morning Prayer: 24 August – Romans 8:35-39 ~ God’s love: 5 unanswerable questions (Q 5)

Those of us who have never had to suffer physically for Christ should perhaps read verses 35–39 alongside verses 35–39 of Hebrews 11, which list unnamed people of faith who were tortured, jeered at, flogged, chained, stoned, and even sawn in half. Faced with such heroism, there is no place for glibness or complacency.

August 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sunday: 23 August – Joshua 24:1-2, 15-18; Psalm 34:2-3, 16-21; Ephesians 5:2, 21-32; John 6:60-69 ~ Lord, to whom would we go?

“Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. We believe, and we know you are the Holy One of God.”

August 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Morning Prayer: 22 August – Romans 8:33-34 ~ God’s love: 5 unanswerable questions (Q 3 & 4)

With this Christ as our Savior (who died, was raised, has been exalted and is interceding), we know that ‘there is now no condemnation’ for those who are united to him. We can therefore confidently challenge the universe, with all its inhabitants human and demonic: Who is he that condemns? There will never be any answer.

August 22, 2015 · Leave a comment


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