The Peanut Gallery

My view of life from the cheap seats… Art Chartier

Morning Prayer: 26 September – Romans 15:30-33 ~ praying God’s will

The purpose of prayer is emphatically not to bend God’s will to ours, but rather to align our will to his. The promise that our prayers will be answered is conditional on our asking ‘according to his will’. Consequently every prayer we pray should be a variation on the theme, ‘Your will be done.’

September 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Morning Prayer: 25 September – Romans 15:23-32 ~ travel planning

Paul now looks into the future and confides to the Romans his travel plans. He specifies three destinations. First, he is about to sail from Corinth to Jerusalem, taking with him the collection which he has long been organizing. Secondly, he is intending to go from Jerusalem to Rome, even though he will only be ‘passing through’ rather than settling down among them for an appreciable period. Thirdly, from Rome he will travel on to Spain, determined to resume his pioneer evangelistic commitment.

September 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Morning Prayer: 24 September – Romans 15:14-22 ~ a grace-filled reminder

Paul takes the Roman church into his confidence about the salient characteristics of his ministry… giving us insight into the outworking of God’s providence in his life and work.

September 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Morning Prayer: 23 September – Romans 15:1-13 ~ accept each other

Christian unity is unity in Christ; the person of Jesus Christ himself is the focus of our unity; and therefore the more we agree with him and about him, the more we will agree with one another… so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

September 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Morning Prayer: 22 September – Romans 14:13b-23 ~ the Kingdom trumps food

The kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit…. Our responsibility is to seek to build up the fellowship, not to tear it down. And in particular we must not tear it down for the sake of food.

September 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Morning Prayer: 21 September – Romans 14:2–13a ~ stop criticizing each other

Because God is the Judge and we are among the judged, let us stop passing judgment on one another, for then we shall avoid the extreme folly of trying to usurp God’s prerogative and anticipate judgment day.

September 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sunday, 20 September: Wisdom 2:12, 17-20; Psalm 54:3-7; James 3:16-4:3; Mark 9:30-37 ~ on peacemaking

O God, protector of the poor and defender of the just, in Your kingdom the last become first, the gentle are strong, and the lowly exalted. Give us wisdom from above, that we may find in Jesus the pattern of true discipleship and the grace to persevere in following Him, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.

September 20, 2015

Morning Prayer: 19 September – Romans 14:1 ~ on acceptance

If we are trying to picture a weaker brother or sister, we must not envisage a vulnerable Christian easily overcome by temptation, but a sensitive Christian full of indecision and scruples. What the weak lack is not strength of self-control but liberty of conscience.

September 19, 2015


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