January 1, 2018

39 Years a Slave

Romans 1:1–3

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Greeting

Paul, a servant1 of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David2 according to the flesh

Footnotes

[1] 1:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface
[2] 1:3 Or who came from the offspring of David

39 Years a Slave



Central Truth

When you love somebody, serving them is a privilege not a chore.

Devotional | Romans 1:1–3

According to Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright, "When a man loves a woman, Can't keep his mind on nothin' else, He'd trade the world For a good thing he's found." (Do yourself a favor and...

According to Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright, "When a man loves a woman, Can't keep his mind on nothin' else, He'd trade the world For a good thing he's found." (Do yourself a favor and listen to Percy Sledge sing the song correctly here, and don't let Michael Bolton ruin it for you.)

According to the Apostle Paul, when a man loves a Savior, "Can't keep his earlobe from being pierced by an awl, because of the good Master he has found."  (See here if you want the original lyrics Paul likely borrowed from). 

Because of the tragic institution of race-based slavery (which is NOT what the Bible is talking about when the word slave is used—listen to this RealTruthRealQuick), we have an appropriate aversion to the word slave and might even find ourselves hesitant to use the word. But Paul had no such aversion, and, when it comes to our relationship to Christ, neither should we. The truth is, everyone one of us is serving something or someone (even if that someone is ourselves); and if the someone that we are serving is NOT the gracious, humble-hearted, easy-yoke, gentle King of the world, we are only hurting ourselves. BUT if our Master ALWAYS has our best interest in mind and NEVER asks us to do anything except the things that bless us and increase the glory associated with our name, who wouldn't want to be subject to His rule.

As in all things, we see Jesus perfectly model for us what it means to love a master.  Jesus didn't have His "ear" pierced on a wooden door as a model of humility and submission; rather, He shed His blood on a wooden cross, and He had His hands, feet, and side (not to mention His heart) pierced as an expression of love and devotion to the Father.

May our journey in the Word together daily encourage us to follow in the steps of Jesus and His servant Paul in gladly surrendering our lives to our perfect heavenly Master and King.

 

 

 

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Bio | Todd Wagner

Married and Happy. Her name is Alex.

Serving and Encouraged. The place is called Watermark.

Grateful for and Loved by. His name is Jesus.

Dad and Author. Their names are Ally/Connor, Kirby, Coop, Landry, Cade, and Camp and Come and See.

Daddywags. Her name is Ramsey.

Discussion Questions

1. I often repeat the statement, "What you think about when you think about God is the most important thing about you."  Spend some time listing the attributes of God that most remind you of His kindness and trustworthiness so you can more willingly surrender to His will.

2. Take some time, sign into the comment portion of Join The Journey, and encourage others with a couple of the verses that highlight the gracious attributes that you thought of as you answered question #1.

3. What areas of your life do you find hardest to surrender to your King? Send an email or a text to your community group asking them for prayer, daily encouragement, and accountability in laying those areas of your life at your King's feet.

4. Channel your inner "Lewis and Wright" and finish this sentence and post it below (now that you're already signed up) in the comment section:

"When a man/woman loves his/her Savior, ______________________________".

278 Comments available

Carly H 4 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, she slowly realizes that her relationship with Him is the most important thing in the world. She grows to realize how much He loves her, and that gives her a new identity- that she is cherished, precious, and valuable because she was bought with a price.

Michael Scaman 4 months ago

Jewish Paul leads off the letter saying he is a servant of Jesus, Paul not explicitly calling himself a servant of God, suggesting a very very high view of Jesus.

Keith Chan 4 months ago

When a man loves his savior, he will commit his life to God (and his daily devotions:) 2 Corinthians 4:16 Colossians 2:6-7

Ethan Lazor 4 months ago

when a man loves his savior it can be the best thing that has ever happened because it makes the man know exactly why he is gping through life and helps him deal with struggles

Ethan Lazor 4 months ago

Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.

"Do you thus repay the LORD, O foolish and unwise people? Is not He your Father who has bought you? He has made you and established you.

McKenna Curlee 5 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, she looks to no one else for fulfillment or joy. Hebrews 12:2 “looking unto Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

shazia wali 5 months ago

when a woman loves her Lord,she trust him,and praise him more,and she believes that prays can move the mountains!

Dash Colbert 5 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, she gives him complete control.

joshua bigelow 5 months ago

When a man loves his savior, he forgets about himself. He trusts that the Lord loves him more, will never forget him, and has his best in mind. Jer.29:11, Mat.16:25

temitayo harriman 5 months ago

I gauged it was Todd writing before I noticed the new bio tab at the top. How awesome! "“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”“Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” But the Lord said to me, "Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.” Jeremiah 1:5-7 ESV If a man loves his savior surrendering the rights to his life will become a joyful and natural process

John Hill 5 months ago

When a man loves his savior, lives are changed.

Michael Macomber 6 months ago

When a man loves his savior, his actions will be of love and obedience.

Michael Macomber 6 months ago

When a man loves a woman, her smile will be brighter than the sun.

Annette Taylor 6 months ago

When a woman loves her savior she trusts and obeys Him

Annette Taylor 6 months ago

Psalm 148:5, Luke 6:36- Gracious and merciful Psalm 77:13- Holy 1 Jn 4:8- God is Love

Chelsea Guergues 6 months ago

When a man/woman love the Savior…everyone should know! And it should encourage others to do the same!

Allen Kernen 6 months ago

When a man loves his Savior, he lays down his own life (sacrifices all personal conviction), submits to perfect direction that comes from Christ (makes Jesus Lord over his life), and wages war against his Master’s enemies (perseveres and fights through anything, resting on God’s strength and provision) (Hebrews 12:1-3, 2 Timothy 2:3-13).

Frances Mitchell 6 months ago

I would profess with my heart as well as my mouth that God sent Jesus to die for our sins

Lexie Navarro 6 months ago

Faithful; 2 Tim 2:13, Sufficient; Psalm 16:5, "When a woman loves her Savior, all she thinks about is how she can please him!

Robert Haggard 6 months ago

When a man loves his Savior, people notice.

Linda Aland 6 months ago

Stuart Ainsley my prayers are with you.

Patrick Gibbons 6 months ago

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Eph 2:8-10

Patrick Gibbons 6 months ago

“When a man/woman loves his/her Savior, it is easy to rejoice in thankfulness daily.”

Patrick Gibbons 6 months ago

"When a man/woman loves his/her Savior, it is easy to rejoice in thankfulness every day.

Claudia Prasauskas 6 months ago

When a woman loves her savior, she finds joy and trusts in Him.

Johnny Landino 6 months ago

The three denials of Peter in John 18:13-27 followed by the reinstatement of Peter in John 21:15-17 will always show that the patience, forgiveness and grace of God are unlike anything else that this world can offer.

Stuart Ainsley 6 months ago

I listened to Percy Sledge and cried like a baby because I’m going through a divorce. I pray for continued strength to follow the roman road

Alaina Peschke 6 months ago

“To those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.” Our God is patient, He was patient over the 120 years it took to build the ark, while the earth was covered with people who had no interest in Him or his sovereignty. He didn’t become angered or irrational. He kept his covenant with Noah through it all. {genesis 6:18}

Alaina Peschke 6 months ago

When a man/woman loves his/her savior they see the world differently.

B Busse 6 months ago

When a man loves his Savior, his cup runneth over.

Rachael Tonn 6 months ago

Your love, oh Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Psalm 36:5-7

Michael Haefner 6 months ago

Psalm 103:2-5 Bless the Lord Oh my soul and forget not all his benefits. Who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns yo with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.

Michael Haefner 6 months ago

When a man loves his Savior he is unstoppable

Tonni Shook 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, she finds rest and peace. Zeph 3:17 The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”

Carlos Porras III 6 months ago

1 Timothy 6:11 Bit you man of God, flee from all this (earthly desires) and pursue righteousness godliness faith love endurance and gentleness

Todd Scott 6 months ago

Psalm 103:1-5 - He forgave me, healed me, redeemed my life from the pit, crowned me with love and compassion.

Carlos Porras III 6 months ago

When a man loved his savior, the tears that he’ll shed are of a presence that doesn’t waver

Katie Nicholson 6 months ago

“When a woman loves her Savior, nothing else in this world matters more than Him”

Claudia Mansinghani 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, His passion becomes hers.

==Jordan Goodwyn 6 months ago

When a man loves his savior, he follows His commandments and they are NOT a burden. When a man loves himself Gods commands are impossible.

Ryan Collins 6 months ago

Titus 3:5- God is kind in His mercy toward us. Hebrews 10:23- God is faithful and thus trustworthy.

Alyssa Vela 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, her heart and time reflect it.

Alyssa Vela 6 months ago

For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." Revelation 7:17

Ryan Collins 6 months ago

When a man loves his Savior, he is obedient to Him.

Brena Lackey 6 months ago

When a woman loves her savior, He is enough for her yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Alison Williams 6 months ago

Psalm 86:15 Verse Concepts But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, Slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth. When a woman loves her Savior she wants to know Him more and more.

Hailey Adair 6 months ago

“When a woman loves her savior his opinion is the only one that matters”

Tyler Vanman 6 months ago

When a woman loves her savior, everything is at age compared to knowing Him.

Nicole Nehib 6 months ago

When a woman loves her savior, her obedience to Him is not a chore, but a privilege. #joyfulslave - Psalm 46:1 He is my refuge, and always my portion.

Lisa Williams 6 months ago

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

Lisa Williams 6 months ago

The “while we were yet sinners” part immediately humbles me as I think back over my life before Christ. He is patient and long suffering and never stopped pursuing me. That’s my God! He NEVER fails. It is a joy to share the freedom I’ve found through Him.

Russell Greer 6 months ago

He is provider and unchanging (James 1:17)

Russell Greer 6 months ago

James 1:17Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Jennifer Cochran 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, she lets go of the need to be in control and fully trusts Him.

Sharon Quinn 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, she puts HIM first, follows HIM wherever HE goes, trusts HIM with all her heart, & obeys HIS every word!

Cristyn Smith 6 months ago

He is longsuffering (Romans 2:4); He is love (John 3:16); He desires a personal relationship with us (John 15:14,15). When a woman loves her Savior there is freedom in her soul.

Alan Beam 6 months ago

He is faithful (Lamentations 3:23) and works all things for my good/holiness (Romans 8:28).

allison lee 6 months ago

Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:18-19

Alan Beam 6 months ago

God is faithful (Lamentations 3:23) and works all things for my good/holiness (Romans 8:28). When a man loves his Savior, he surrenders his whole self and puts his full trust in Him.

Kimberly Loera Herrera 6 months ago

When a woman loves her savior, she understands to accept what comes along

Marina Delgado 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, she humbles herself.

Burlon Leffall III 6 months ago

Hi! I’m so excited to JTJ in 2018! I love the new UI/UX! So fresh and, oh, so clean! For Q1. I would say word I’d choose is: Light. It’s both comforting and terrifying. (John 1:1-5 and James 1:17) I’ve seen my fair share of dark, scary movies, but I can’t imagine the shock of God’s bright purity in and of Himself. (I don’t think ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ counts) He is a paradox in that He is powerful enough to smear me on the concrete, yet shows incredible restraint despite my incredible lack of such in my ledger. He is kind in His loving patience despite my darkest/shady moments and trustworthy in His self-assessment of flawless light.

Hannah Morris 6 months ago

When a woman loves her savior, she can’t say can’t. “God is infinitely able to do more than we might ever ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”

Noemia Peck 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, she do everything she can to plese her Love

Janean Hunter 6 months ago

“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.” Psalm 145:13 NIV http://bible.com/111/psa.145.13.niv

Janean Hunter 6 months ago

“He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.” Psalm 144:2 NIV http://bible.com/111/psa.144.2.niv

Janean Hunter 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, she wants to spend time at his feet listening to Him and learning more about Him.

Burlon Leffall III 6 months ago

When a man loves his Savior, he doesn’t want to live in fear anymore.

Deborah Rivera 6 months ago

When a women loves her Savior, she finds peace and fulfillment within her very soul. For He is the one she runs to.

Belinda Breitling 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, she yields everything. holds nothing back. opens every door. fearless. because His Love is everything.

Belinda Breitling 6 months ago

Jeremiah 32:33 “They have turned to me their back and not their face. And though I have taught them persistently, they have not listened to receive instruction.” I turn my face to God who faithfully and persistently calls out to a broken world to turn toward Him and be healed, loved, rescued, restored, made whole in Him.

Andi Guevara 6 months ago

“fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

Sheila Etonga Ngol'esueh 6 months ago

God is faithful in every season of life…"all I have ever needed His hand has provided ". Deut 31:6, Hebrew 13:5

Julie Neel 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, she does not hesitate to wake up at 5:00am to spend time learning about and worshiping her holy and life-giving God. Rather she is filled with joy at the opportunity to spend time in His presence.

Jase Roberts 6 months ago

God is faithful. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” When a man/woman loves his/her Savior, everything in their life changes and people notice.

Shellie Bland 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior she trusts in His sovereignty even when she can’t understand and knows in her depths that He alone is where true joy and life can be found.

Carrie Beckner 6 months ago

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son…” (ergo, an attribute of God: LOVING)

Carrie Beckner 6 months ago

When a woman loves a savior, she will never waver from the man who laid down His life for her

Rita Satagaj 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior she is a changed person and is full of joy.

Denysse Felts 6 months ago

Can anyone instruct me on how to use the Private comments feature so my CG girls and i can give that a try? Thanks!

Sarah White 6 months ago

Happy New Year! After following along on the journey for about a year and a half and really enjoying the daily encouragements in the devotionals and comments, I’m finally posting for the first time. Thanks for the encouragement to sign up, Todd. So for the encouragement of others who read these comments-- among all of the amazing attributes of God that I thought of, I’d have to add Philippians 4:8- true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. . . Oh and when a woman loves her saviour, she’d trade the world for the good thing she’s found.

desiree ramos 6 months ago

When a woman loves her savior everything is right.

Rebecca Sullivan 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, she strives to have a close relationship with Him so that she can respond to life in a way that is pleasing to her master.

Fred Shea 6 months ago

I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. Jeremiah 31:3

Fred Shea 6 months ago

When a man loves his Savior he knows “Grace has produced divine love in the bride’s heart. It is persistent; many waters cannot quench it, nor the floods drown it. It does not have a human or natural source.” Hudson Taylor. “Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away.” Song of Solomon 8:7 Nothing is able “to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” Rms 8:39

Elizabeth Lariscy 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, she is joyful. She happily praises His Holy Name and wants to share his goodness with others.

Elizabeth Lariscy 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, she is joyful. She happily praises His Holy Name and wants to share his goodness with others.

Stephanie Kenney 6 months ago

When a woman loves her savior she does not worry but instead seeks His kingdom and His righteousness. (Matthew 6:33-34.)

karen spikes 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, she knows her purpose is to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever

Jill Griffin 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, she is not ashamed to keep her eyes fixed on Jesus, living ever moment for Him.

Roger Benjamin 6 months ago

When a man loves his Savior, he will need Him more.

Kelly Nix 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, she sacrifices to know Him more. Luke 9:23

Brian Ware 6 months ago

Take heart, for HE has overcome the world. JOHN 16:33

Jenson Abraham 6 months ago

When I think of my Savior, tears fill my eyes because He gave His All for unworthy me! I pray that He helps me surrender my all be about His business!

Brent Voorhees 6 months ago

#1 The first two attributes that came to my mind this morning about God is the He is sovereign and He is purposeful. These are meaningful to me today because I can know He is in control of all things, and all things are working together for His purpose (Rom. 8:28).

Brent Voorhees 6 months ago

#4 When a man knows and loves his Savior Jesus Christ, His life changes (2 For. 5:17).

Brent Voorhees 6 months ago

“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh…” What stood out to me about the verse is that God set His plan beforehand. Christ is not plan A because Israel saving themselves through the law failed. I know that chapter 3 and 4 of Romans will clear up that salvation has always been by faith, and chapter 9 will answer if God’s plan for Israel failed (it didn’t)… but what is important is that God testified beforehand about Christ through His prophets. His Word is trustworthy - past, present, and future.

JJ SLAGLE 6 months ago

Hebrews 4:16 “ let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

JJ SLAGLE 6 months ago

When a Man loves his Savior he listens to him he contemplates his goodness and he asked to please him accordingly.

Lindsey Juarez 6 months ago

When a woman loves her savior, she persistently seeks after Him before all else knowing that only His love can satisfy and save.

Lindsey Juarez 6 months ago

“[B]ut God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

Kristen Kaufman 6 months ago

When a man/woman loves his/her savior: every decision made is influenced by the knowledge of God’s love and how that love was shown for us on the cross.

Kristen Kaufman 6 months ago

When a woman loves her savior she: has every decision influenced by the knowledge of God’s love and how it was displayed for us on the cross.

Sara Alfaro 6 months ago

Philippians 4:13; I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Murphy Stroope 6 months ago

When a man loves his saviour his heart is filled with wonder and he trusts. And a heart that trusts, obeys.

Charlotte Nall 6 months ago

Psalm 59:16-strength, love, and refuge. When a woman loves her Savior, she keeps her eyes on Him consistently and works to bring others to Him in everything she does in this world.

Sara Alfaro 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, she then finds herself complete.

Amanda Bednar 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, her life reflects his love.

Heather Murphy 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, she trusts Him with all areas of her life and has no fear.

Justin Nall 6 months ago

When a man loves his savior, he gives all control to Him, letting go of any desire to control his own path. He lives each day to be more like Him and show the world what His love looks like.

Scott Michael 6 months ago

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ, By grace you have been saved.

Lauren Coffaro 6 months ago

“2The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel. 3He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. 4He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. 5Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.” Psalm 147:2-5. The god of the entire universe that created all things by just his breath alone knows us intimately and redeems us. We are fully known and fully loved by the fully infinite Father of all.

julie nelson 6 months ago

Psalm 139: 1 O Lord, you have searched me an you know me. Such an awesome thing that He knows us completely and loves us still!!

Fred Shea 6 months ago

I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. Jeremiah 31:3

Fred Shea 6 months ago

When a man loves his Savior he knows “Grace has produced divine love in (his) the bride’s heart. It is persistent; many waters cannot quench it, nor the floods drown it. It does not have a human or natural source.” Hudson Taylor, Intimacy With Jesus. “Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away.” Song of Solomon 8:7 Nothing is able “to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” Rms 8:39

julie nelson 6 months ago

When a woman loves her savior, she embraces the gifts that He has for her.

Collin Fletcher 6 months ago

Titus 3:3-5: 3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. 4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit

Laura Lakey 6 months ago

His kindness, His mercy, His love… Titus 3:3-7. When a woman loves her Savior she stops striving to control the chaos around her and rests in His good plan.

Elizabeth Lariscy 6 months ago

She happily praises His Holy Name and eagerly shares His goodness with others.

Elizabeth Lariscy 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, she is joyful.

Ross Ferrans 6 months ago

When a man loves his savior, he makes commitments rather than excuses and devotes each day to the Lord, not just his “free time” (Luke 9:23)

Ashley Attanucci 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, she is reminded of Him constantly, lives in Him and for him, with thankfulness and knows His mercy and love.

Jessica Prince 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior she rests and delights in knowing her identity is found is His love.

Jessica Prince 6 months ago

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Ashley Attanucci 6 months ago

And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Luke 15:6 ESV | For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6 ESV

Dana Allen 6 months ago

God is love (1 John 4:8). Therefore, God is patient, God is kind. He does not envy, he does not boast, He is not proud. He is not rude, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered, He keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. God never fails. (1 Cor 13:4-8)

Rich Stratmeyer 6 months ago

When a man loves his Saviour, He will give them peace and hope.

Randi Stratmeyer 6 months ago

Faithful If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself ~2 Timothy 2:13

Randi Stratmeyer 6 months ago

“When a woman loves her Savior, she surrenders herself fully and gives in completely to His will in her life.”

David Schladenhauffen 6 months ago

When I think of God, the attribute that comes to mind almost immediately is kindness. God has been so kind and gracious to us, those who can claim to be a child of God.

David Schladenhauffen 6 months ago

I wanted to quote Ephesians 2:4-7: But[c] God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

David Schladenhauffen 6 months ago

When a man loves his Savior he is devoted to him completely. His mind is never far from his Savior.

Colleen Park 6 months ago

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalms 46:1 ESV http://bible.com/59/psa.46.1.esv

Whitney Wright McIntosh 6 months ago

“For this reason I will praise you while I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. As if with choice meat you satisfy my soul. My mouth joyfully praises you, whenever I remember you on my bed, and think about you during the nighttime hours. For you are my deliverer; under your wings I rejoice”

becky sayman 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, her eyes are fixed on Jesus and what is eternal; not on earthly desires, temptations or temporary pleasures but on the King. (2 Cor. 16-18)

Greg Ray 6 months ago

Knowing in advance Isaiah 46:10 the tremendous cost, the love that would allow the creation to break the heart of the creator and He chose to share perfection anyway. Love chose to share. Among the very greatest words ever spoken…let is create man in our image - Genesis 1:26. Still stunning. No one loves like Him. He has pierced my heart. A pierced ear is a small price. .

Sam Carter 6 months ago

When a man loves his Savior, he walks with Him daily, he pursues Him intimately, and shares Him with others constantly.

Sam Carter 6 months ago

I often struggle with thinking I can do life better on my own, without the shepherding of a loving Father. Psalm 139:1-4 is always a perfect reminder for me - that he knows me, and is intimately acquainted with me.

casey merrifield 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, her delight is in His care, provision, and His correction do her good and His fame.

Todd Shaddock 6 months ago

Loving, Faithful, Sovereign, patient, not easily angered

Selena Thompson 6 months ago

When a woman loves her savior, she rests in the peace that she is protected, loved and cherished.

Selena Thompson 6 months ago

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.

Lucy Brungart 6 months ago

God is love. 1 Jn. 4:8. He knows us, completely, he knows our thoughts from afar, before a word is on our tongue (ps 139). “Oh Lord you have examined my heart, and know everything about me.” Etc. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from Gods love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor or worries about tomorrow- not even the powers of hell can separate us from the love of God." Romans 8:38. And my favorite of Romans, 8:1&2, for there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus! He is love, but out of that love we are to obey. If you remain in me, remain in me. Jn 15:1-7!

Julie Newmeyer 6 months ago

His unfailing love. (Which is talked about basically everywhere in the Bible)! 1 John 4; 1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 2:20; Romans 8:38-39; Ephesians 1:4; Ephesians 3:17-19

Rachel Parnell 6 months ago

When a woman loves her savior, she remembers the pit He rescued her from, she trusts that when she calls on His name, He hears her voice and inclines His ear to her. “Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; Yes, our God is compassionate. The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me. Return to your rest, O my soul, For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. For You have rescued my soul from death, My eyes from tears, My feet from stumbling. I shall walk before the Lord In the land of the living.” PSALM 116:5-9

Lucy Brungart 6 months ago

When a woman loves her savior, she will feel loved, and out of that place the Love of God will make/clear paths with the Spirit to penetrate hearts of men and to heal many diseases. When she walks with God, in loving obedience ️

Lauren McDonough 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, she is WILLING!! Willing to submit to the Lord, willing to serve others, willing to share the gospel.

Andrea Edwards 6 months ago

When a woman loves her savior! She enquirers of Him daily and move only in the direction of His will.

sherry crowley 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior she wants to be in the center of His will.

Paul Sanchez 6 months ago

Psalm 103 He will have a desire to please him (1 Thessalonians 2:4). Not to earn his love, we are already fully loved. When you love anyone you have a desire to please them. We know that obedience pleases God (Romans 12:1). But only if our heart is fully yielded to him. (Matthew 15:8-9/Isaiah 29:13). So a man who loves his Savior will practice the spiritual disciplines (obedience with a fully yielded heart) in order to grow in closeness and conformity to Christ (pleases him-John 14:21).

Judy Gallo 6 months ago

“When a woman loves her Savior”…she is thankful & humbly grateful for all of the times You lovingly directed my path…for all the times You protected this blind sheep from wandering off the edge into danger into the nets of the enemy…for all the times that I rested in peace in the shadow of Your wings and didn’t realize until later that I was being intentionally covered by the loving guidance and protection of my all knowing all powerful God Who was vigilantly watching over all of my ways and thoughts ….and this woman rests in peace knowing that the Lord Who gave His all for her will never leave her nor forsake her…no matter how obtuse or willful or dense this jar of clay is.

Sue Bohlin 6 months ago

Hey JTJers! Happy New Year! LOVED your bio and your devo, Todd! I was blessed to dig into the word for “set apart” in v. 1. It can mean both the positive sense of “set apart for a purpose, special, appointed, chosen”—as Paul uses it for himself here, and it can also mean the negative, judgment-filled sense of “excluded, other than, marginalized, not belonging.” Praise God for how He flips the upside-down, inside-out pain and shame of being an outsider, a don’t-belonger, and turns it right-side out and right-side up. Like Paul, we can become set apart for God’s use and His glory! Yesterday, Derek Matthews (Men’s Equipping Director at WM Plano) asked me what I was looking forward to in Romans this year. I have to say, examining the book up close by CRAWLING through it—which I’ve never done before!

VO NGUYEN 6 months ago

When a man love his Savior, he is willing to surrender everything that he loves to satisfy the desire of his precious Savior.

Steve Nagle-Perkins 6 months ago

When a man loves his savior, his love is seen in everyday words and deeds, especially towards his brothers and sisters.

Hunter Eichberger 6 months ago

When a man loves his savior he seeks first His kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33), trusts in Him with all his heart, leans not on his own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6), and knows that all things will work together for good for those called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Looking forward to journeying together in 2018!

Morgan Daniel 6 months ago

When a woman loves her savior, she seeks his goodness and grace instead of mans okayness and judgement.

RAJASEKAR SUBBIAH 6 months ago

Dear Pastor Todd, thank you. Right at the moment when I was thinking of reading and knowing more about Romans this has come.

Tyler Vanman 6 months ago

My husband and I are on our honeymoon. What a great way to start the year and start our marriage. So thankful for this resource.

Tyler Vanman 6 months ago

I think immediately of one of my favorite Psalms. Psalm 25:15. David knows that God is faithful and trustworthy. “ My eyes are ever on the Lord for only he will release my feet from the snare.” God does not want us to fail. The Holy Spirit is our Helper and the Lord is our ever-present help. Also Heb 13:5-6 “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’” God has lofty standards, and often we can be dismayed by our failure to meet them. But he is there with us, helping. What a long God.

Rita Barnard 6 months ago

When a woman loves her savior, she puts Him first, seeks His will and wisdom, and seeks to learn His ways so that she can learn to be more like Him.

Michael Scaman 6 months ago

When a man loves the savior it shows Jer 32:40 is working in his life 'I will never turn from doing you good and I will put my spirit in you and you will never turn from following Me"

Morgan Martinez 6 months ago

So excited about Romans this year! A verse I recently read about our God that has encouraged me was: “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 ESV. When a woman loves her Savior, she has confidence and hope because of His promises.

Michael Davidson 6 months ago

We all fall short of His glory… I know that I can’t do it without Him and His grace, love and mercy mean the most to me.

Fiona Bridges 6 months ago

“God will not leave you nor forsake you” Deuteronomy 31:6

Fiona Bridges 6 months ago

When a woman loves her savior, others will see the glory of God through her.

Michael Scaman 6 months ago

Jesus is the one who resolves our deepest needs. Center book, center psalm, center verse of Psalms is ‘if only my people listen to Me’ But Jesus is the one who listens snd opens ears, the man at God’s right hand in Psalms

brett archer 6 months ago

Verse (Click for Chapter) New International Version because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his so

Niki Lowrey 6 months ago

Promise keeper-2 Samuel 7:28 Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant.

Kristi Davidson 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, she will desire to love, speak, think, act, and serve as He does so that others will see Him through her and want to know Him as she does.

DJ Segler 6 months ago

When a man loves his savior, he pursues Him fervently… Jer 29:13, “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”

Jonathan Chang 6 months ago

God is our refuge and strength; a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1)

Jessica Hewitt 6 months ago

Loved Blake’s overview of Romans yesterday and excited to study it together this year as a church! Q1: God’s Endless Love - Lamentations 3:22-23

Jonathan Chang 6 months ago

When a man loves his Savior, he is able to joyfully lay down his life in sacrificial love for others.

Cindy Stubbs 6 months ago

Lamentations 3:22-23 The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

Dillon Smith 6 months ago

"The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. Psalm 103:8

Dillon Smith 6 months ago

When a man loves his Savior, the light radiants from him.

Lisa Olsen 6 months ago

Thank you, Todd! So thankful to be walking through Romans with others.

jonathan goodale 6 months ago

We are not orphans. God is a loving father, we are children of God. Gal 3:26

ben alexander 6 months ago

Looking forward to the next book lived out: go and make

Jordan Wallace 6 months ago

When a young woman loves her Savior, she is no longer conformed to the world but is renewed daily in her purpose in Christ.

Gary Herta 6 months ago

Philippians 1:19-26 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Greg Sutherland 6 months ago

When a man loves his Savior, he understands the meaning of life! Monty Python pun intended, but this IS the answer to that question!!!

Julie Goodale 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior she reads His Word & then does what it says. James 1:22-25. Grateful to dive into Romans this year! Looking forward to what God is going to open my eyes to in 2018 & thankful to have community in my life that will lovingly encourage me to not just take in the knowledge but to also apply it to my daily life & do what it says. Happy 2018 to all of you!

Jennifer Sutherland 6 months ago

She surrenders control to Him, and she always trusts His way/will.

Scott Jones 6 months ago

When a man loves his Savior, he will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. Col. 1:10

Jordan Wallace 6 months ago

I think about how my life is no longer about me, but what I can and ought to do for His kingdom (Luke 1:76-79; Colossians 2:2-3)

david goerk 6 months ago

God is loving and he is just. Psalm 62:11-12

Sharhonda Conner 6 months ago

God keeps His promises and is in control- John 16:33, redeems us- Gal 3:14, and knows us in detail- Luke 12:7. I can love Him (because He first loved me) by spending more time with Him and His word and living a life that matters.

Rene Martinez 6 months ago

“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13

William Breazeale 6 months ago

I struggle with feeling that God is not far away, but actually near to me

William Breazeale 6 months ago

“The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:18

William Breazeale 6 months ago

“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

Scott Jones 6 months ago

God is our stronghold, our protector and defender. Psalm 46. 11The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah. Psalm 46:11

Greg Sutherland 6 months ago

Matthew 12:15 Verse Concepts But Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. Many followed Him, and He healed them all,

Patti Jones 6 months ago

When a daughter of The King loves Her Savior…she says yes with open heart & hands without fear in total gratitude!

Patti Jones 6 months ago

Q 1- Hesed loyal LOVE

Amanda Porche 6 months ago

Grace - 2 Corinthians 12:9

Jennifer Sutherland 6 months ago

Sympathetic: Hebrews 4:15 Verse Concepts For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.

Amy Merritt 6 months ago

When a woman loves her savior her heart is aligned with his, surrendered and devoted, she walks in confidence In the love lavished on her as a chosen daughter of her king.

Greg Jones 6 months ago

When a man loves his savior, he never runs out of dumb questions.

Lauren Rose 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, nothing can stop her from becoming the woman of God she was made to be.

Lea Singer 6 months ago

Psalm 103:8 - Happy New Year, fellow Journeyers! Looking forward to digging into Romans together!

Nate Steiner 6 months ago

Merciful, loving, redeemer: 1 Cor 5:17-21 / Faithful rescuer whose ways are better than our ways 1 Cor 10:13 Isaiah 55:8-13 / Best gift giver James 1:17

Greg Jones 6 months ago

PS to original comment John 4:33. He is revealed in His answers.

Hope Harris 6 months ago

@Hugh Stephenson, love this "Paul has modeled for me how I am to regard myself and my calling. I am called (invited to a banquet) to give my self up (to His will not mine and to the disregard of my own interests) that I may be like an apostle (sent forth with orders). I have been set apart (appointed for this purpose). I accept His invitation.

Drew Dowler 6 months ago

When a man loves his savior he is completely reliant on Him to guide through ALL circumstances.

Niki Krauss 6 months ago

For me, Romans 8:38-39. As a human who struggles to love like God loves, it’s impossible to even comprehend the way God loves me–and that He’s faithful to that love no matter what I’ve done. I think of the way Jesus looked at Peter after he denied knowing Him. His eyes were filled with love and compassion and not condemnation. Knowing my own heart, I need that reminder of God’s faithful love.

Tyler O'Neal 6 months ago

Psalm 86:5 reminds me that God is good & forgiving & that He loves me! I’ve created a JTJ 2018 scripture memory group on Scripture Typer for anyone who’d like to join me.

Hope Harris 6 months ago

Happy 2018 JTJ friends.In response to question #4: When a woman loves a savior, she discovers who she really is. The key point of our opening verses is Paul discovered who he really was a slave for Christ. His life was no longer his. His main purpose was to share the gospel.

Andrew Smith 6 months ago

“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,” Titus 3:4-5 NIV

Rebekah Rose 6 months ago

Matthew 6:25-26 and 10:29-31. Our God is sovereign and cares for the needs of each one of his children!

Sharon Santos 6 months ago

When a woman love someone her savior she is obedient to him and does what is asked of her with all humility even if it means at times preferring others more than herself.

ginger smith 6 months ago

Q1&2 -God has impossibly high standards coupled with unbelievably lavish grace (Romans 3:23 & 6:23, our first memory verses of the year)

Eliza Bayliss 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Father…

Eliza Bayliss 6 months ago

MIchele Howard 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, she is complete and knows the purpose for her life. Eph 2:10

Riley Penna 6 months ago

“Gospel promised beforehand by the prophets in the Holy Scriptures”. Even better…1 Peter 1:20 says God planned the solution for our sin before we even committed it! No problem, no circumstance, no failure or pain catches Him by surprise!! Our God is an awesome God!

eric bott 6 months ago

I can’t think of a better more perfect book than Romans to start the year. Good morning 2018

Bryce McIntyre 6 months ago

Psalm 100:5; Psalm 89:1; Psalm 103:…17…

Rita Wren 6 months ago

Paul … servant, set apart

Rita Wren 6 months ago

pondering Paul, servant, set apart… me, servant, set apart

Hugh Stephenson 6 months ago

Good morning Pastor Todd! Thumbs up on Percy Sledge > Michael Bolton! Four words jumped out at me in this passage. servant or “doulous” - “one who gives himself up to another’s will…to the disregard of one’s own interests” called or- klētos - “invited (to a banquet)” apostle or apostolos - “one sent forth with orders” set apart or aphorizō - “to appoint, set apart for some purpose” It seems that in these four words Paul has modeled for me how I am to regard myself and my calling. I am called (invited to a banquet) to give my self up (to His will not mine and to the disregard of my own interests) that I may be like an apostle (sent forth with orders). I have been set apart (appointed for this purpose). I accept His invitation.

Paul Kosovich 6 months ago

I not only want to serve out of love but it will give something I long to do because I want to please him and honor His name

Tyler Cupit 6 months ago

I’m really excited for the journey looking forward to the book of romans really excited.

Hendra Suhartanto 6 months ago

When a man/woman loves his/her Savior, he/she will obey Him, deny him/herself, take up his/her cross, and follow Him … Do you know that there are many from Indonesia with you on this Journey in 2017? So glad to be able to join y’all again this year through Romans!

Jessica Birney 6 months ago

Isaiah 58:6-8. When I consider the character of God, this tends to stand out as one of the most important for me to remember - it highlights how gentle He is, how compassionate He is, how He wants us to receive the good gift He has for us, and how much He wants a relationship with us.

Daniel Wells 6 months ago

Ps. 86:5, 15; 103:8; 111:4; 130:4,7; 145:8, Joel 2:13

james jenkins 6 months ago

Hey, fam! So excited for this chance for a deep dive into Romans. Answering Q2: The verse I’m reminded of is Ephesians 2:4-5, which talks about God’s rich mercy and the great love he shows us even in the midst of our sin and wandering. I’m grateful for his faithfulness as we all begin a new year. Blessings to you all.

Jessica Birney 6 months ago

When a woman loves Her savior, she daily follows Him in faith. She faithfully knows He can be trusted.

Cherie Kuhne 6 months ago

Psalm 46 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore I will not fear… We are perfectly safe in His hands.

Rebecca Brown 6 months ago

Loving, merciful, patient, powerful, generous, disciplining, forgiving…Titus 3:3-7 tells my story…Only God could take me from “foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved” to “justified” and “heirs having the hope of eternal life.”

Hope Harris 6 months ago

Sorry about thatIt’s going take me a minute to get use to the new set up. In response to question #4: When a woman loves a savior, she discovers who she really is. The key point of our opening verses is Paul discovered who he really was a slave for Christ. His life was no longer his. His main purpose was to share the gospel.

Chuck Adair 6 months ago

True freedom is the ability to choose your master. Paul knew his master and calls us to know him too as we study Romans. Can’t wait!

Hugh Stephenson 6 months ago

Good morning Pastor Todd! Thumbs up on Percy Sledge > Michael Bolton! Four words jumped out at me in this passage. servant or “doulous” - “one who gives himself up to another’s will…to the disregard of one’s own interests” called or- klētos - “invited (to a banquet)” apostle or apostolos - “one sent forth with orders” set apart or aphorizō - “to appoint, set apart for some purpose” It seems that in these four words Paul has modeled for me how I am to regard myself and my calling. I am called (invited to a banquet) to give my self up (to His will not mine and to the disregard of my own interests) that I may be like an apostle (sent forth with orders). I have been set apart (appointed for this purpose). I accept His invitation.

Elizabeth Wampler 6 months ago

Exodus 34:6-7- abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness

Pam Pelley 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior…Can’t keep her mind on nothin’ else. Isa. 26:3

Julie Newmeyer 6 months ago

Something that I found interesting as I went through this passage with Dr Constables notes on Romans is that there was a difference between “Jesus Christ” and Christ Jesus”. Christ Jesus (used in the text) “describes the One who was with the Father in eternal glory, and who came t earth, becoming Incarnate. Christ Jesus describes Him as the One who humbled Himself, who was despised and rejected, and endured the cross, but who was afterwards exalted and gloried. Christ Jesus: testifies to His pre-existence. Jesus Christ to His resurrection and exaltation.”

Pam Pelley 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior…”Can’t keep her mind on nothin’ else”… Isaiah 26:3

Kathy Boop 6 months ago

God has blessed me beyond words in 2017… ready to Rock Romans for 2018!! Thank you Todd for a great start!

Tommy Poynter 6 months ago

The verse I would like to

Blake Holmes 6 months ago

I’m looking forward to Join the Journey 2018! Follow the “map” of Romans (see last weekend’s message) and learn more about God’s amazing grace: Sin (1-3), Salvation (4-8), Sovereignty (9-11), & Service (12-16)

janee hill 6 months ago

Hebrews 13:5 God will never leave us or forsake us. When we love Him, we follow HIS will and HIS ways. Easier said than done for me:)

Tommy Poynter 6 months ago

1 John 4:19 is the verse; it is our wedding verse and it says “We love because he first loved us.” Another is John 3:16, we are never to be “too good” for that verse (Piper) that God so loved the world he gave Jesus for

Lea Puckett 6 months ago

When thinking of my Lords attributes I can’t help but go to this verse Ps 86:15. But you, O Lord are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast LOVE and faithfulness. I struggle with trusting Him with EVERYTHING. So easy to take in my own hands not letting Him fulfill His will in my life.

Debi Ndindjock 6 months ago

Looking forward to a year in Romans and in the words of Todd, “Let’s go gang!”

Quentin Smith 6 months ago

Attributes that stand out to me are Wisdom (Romans 11:33), Holiness (Isaiah 57:15) and Sovereignty (Psalms 135:6).

CHRISTOPHER LANDRY 6 months ago

Looking forward to this year in Romans! It’s #1 book for Christian Theology. Let’s go!

Pam Pelley 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior… “can’t keep her mind on nothin’ else”… Isaiah 26:3

CHRISTOPHER LANDRY 6 months ago

2 Timothy 2:13 reminds me of God’s faithfulness. Romans 5:8 His love. Ephesians 2:10 His plan.

Quentin Smith 6 months ago

When a man loves his Savior he willingly serves those around him for the Glory of God!

Michael Groves 6 months ago

Psalm 103:8, Proverbs 18:10 and “he would spend time with him everyday”, 2018 let’s go!

Teri Dufilho 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, she will trust Him and obey Him.

Sierra Clem 6 months ago

1 Corinthians 14:33, Romans 2:4, Psalm 86:5. When a woman loves her Savior, she trusts that His will is for His glory and our joy because it is good, acceptable, and perfect.

Sierra Clem 6 months ago

1 Corinthians 14:33, Romans 2:4, Psalm 86:5. When a woman loves her Savior, she delights in His will trusting that it is good, pleasing, and perfect.

Christian Cabal 6 months ago

The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord , the Lord , a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” Exodus 34:6-7 . Here’s how God describes Himself.

Sean Hill 6 months ago

“For this is the love of God: that we keep his commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.” 1 John 5:3

Ted Mattos 6 months ago

Happy 2018 to all! Pastor Todd, thanks for kicking off the Journey with us. I’m eager to learn more about Romans!

Bob Evenden 6 months ago

Romans 6:16 tells us we ARE going to be enslaved to something…that’s how God made us. We are going to be obedient to death or to righteousness. The economist Thomas Sowell says in his book “Black Rednecks and White Liberals”, “People were enslaved because they were vulnerable, not because of how they look” (p.113). We are spiritually enslaved because of our nature. That’s why we need a Savior!! Praise God.

James Stewart 6 months ago

Happy New You! 2 Cor 5:17

Lori Steele 6 months ago

…all that matters is Him! Everything else will fall into place”. So thankful to have found Watermark and engage from Central California. May 2018 be the year of loving our Lord “out loud”

Sara Fusco 6 months ago

Excited to walk through Romans with y’all! I find comfort in the truths about God in Psalm 18:2 “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

Annie Matthews 6 months ago

So excited to study Romans this year! Thanks for some great questions, Todd! When I think of God, some attributes are Father, loving, King, mercy, strong. But then I also think of my failures and how He redeemed me, rescued me and gave me a new life. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Nell Gros 6 months ago

Love JTJ’s new look! Great message from yesterday’s Livestream and looking forward to another great journey year as we begin 2018.

Mindy Bressert 6 months ago

When a woman loves her Savior, life is totally worth living.

Dwane Rose 6 months ago

When a man loves his savior they spend a lot of time together.

Lindsey Driscoll 6 months ago

Good morning journey family! Looking forward to a deep dive into Romans this year.

Jay Burns 6 months ago

Todd I agree that serving out of obligation is a chore and impossible to maintain, but serving out of love is joy. My verse is Hebrews 12:3 “Consider him who suffered such opposition from evil men so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” If we do “consider” Him and his death in light of this verse, realizing we will not grow weary and lose heart in heaven, I find great comfort in the fact that Jesus not only died for our eternity, he died to give us hope on this earth. He knows every hardship and how they knock us down. I love him and serve him because he knows every challenge I face and how hard it is. He loved me enough to die for me. My identity is that I am Beloved by Jesus. I can be a slave to that!

Lindsey Driscoll 6 months ago

Q1- God is trustworthy and faithful. He plans with grace and love. What a great reminder that our God gave us “the gospel he promised beforehand,” (1:2) which reminds me God is in control and he has a plan. I can trust him.

Jeremy Jones 6 months ago

I love the book of Romans. Excited about this devo for the year. It is my favorite book in the Bible.

Timothy Jones 6 months ago

… won’t think of nuthin else…

Timothy Jones 6 months ago

Steadfast. Hebrews 6:19.

Dev 6 months ago

Loved Blake’s overview of Romans yesterday and excited to study it together this year as a church!

Todd Wagner 6 months ago

Looking forward to hearing from all of you!

Jarid Ghaffari 6 months ago

Psalm 91:4, Psalms 119:90, Hebrews 10:23, God is faithful! Grateful for another year!

Scott Miller 6 months ago

The theme of Romans. “The righteousness of God” (God’s attributes, activity, AND achievements)

Scott Miller 6 months ago

Romans. Let’s do this!

Bobby Crotty 6 months ago

Journey fam, welcome to the all new Journey 2018! Thanks to the hardworking Watermark IT and Communications teams for making the new look possible! May this year be one of transformation that results from spending the year marinating in the Book of Romans. In the words of Paul may it “bring about the obedience of faith” (Romans 16:26). BC

Mike Frizzell 6 months ago

Welcome to Join The Journey 2018!!!

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