The Peanut Gallery

My view of life from the cheap seats… Art Chartier

Morning Prayer: 04 August – Romans 6:14 ~ set free by grace

For ‘those who know themselves freed from condemnation are free to resist sin’s usurped power with new strength and boldness’. Grace lays upon us the responsibility of holiness.

August 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Morning Prayer: 03 August – Romans 6:12-13 ~ give yourself to God

The command not to offer ourselves to sin… indicates that we must not go on doing it. The exhortation to offer ourselves to God… may not be a call for a once-for-all surrender, but it at least suggests ‘deliberate and decisive commitment’.

August 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sunday: 02 August – Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15; Psalm 78:3-4, 23-25, 54; Ephesians 4:17, 20-24; John 6:24-35 ~ the bread of life

From the days when the Jewish people wandered in the desert to this very day, God has been food to the hungry and meaning to those who lose their way. Today we rejoice in our Lord’s loving-kindness.

August 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Morning Prayer: 01 August – Romans 6:6-11 ~ alive to God

The major secret of holy living is in the mind. It is in knowing (6) that our former self was crucified with Christ, in knowing (3) that baptism into Christ is baptism into his death and resurrection, and in considering (11, RSV) that through Christ we are dead to sin and alive to God.

August 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Morning Prayer: 31 July – Romans 6:1-5 ~ one with Christ

‘That plunge beneath the running waters was like a death; the moment’s pause while they swept on overhead was like a burial ; the standing erect once more in air and sunlight was a species of resurrection.’

July 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Morning Prayer: 30 July – Romans 5:18-21 ~ on incomparable grace

When we are convinced that ‘grace reigns’, we will remember that God’s throne is a ‘ throne of grace’, and will come to it boldly to receive mercy and to find grace for every need. And all this is through Jesus Christ our Lord, that is, through his death and resurrection….

July 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Morning Prayer: 29 July – Romans 5:15-17 ~ two humanities: contrasted

How can the Lord of glory be likened to the man of shame, the Saviour to the sinner, the giver of life to the broker of death? The correspondence is not a parallel, but an antithesis….

July 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Morning Prayer: 28 July – Romans 5:12-14 ~ two humanities: introduced

‘God has always dealt with mankind through a head and representative. The whole story of the human race can be summed up in terms of what has happened because of Adam, and what has happened and will yet happen because of Christ.’

July 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

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