Paul’s Defense before Felix

In today’s Bible reading* in Acts 24, we come to Paul’s defense before Felix. In order to protect him from assassination, Paul has been brought to Felix under the cover of night with two hundred Roman soldiers guarding him. I find this a little ironic because in yesterday’s reading, we saw that there were only forty men who had…

How Much More

Paul continues developing his thoughts on justification by grace through faith in today’s Bible reading*. He says, “So then, as through one trespass there is condemnation for everyone, so also through one righteous act there is justification leading to life for everyone.” Romans 5:18 (CSB) Each of us is responsible for our own sin, yet each of…

Reconciled

Again, I’ll highlight what I have said before, that when you see a word or phrase repeated in close proximity in the Bible, it’s a signal of its importance. In today’s Bible reading*, Paul uses reconcile five times in only three verses. (2 Corinthians 5:18-20) The word reconcile is used in accounting. You may have reconciled your checkbook to make sure that…

Giving Comfort from Our Own Comfort

I’ve said many times that when you see a word or idea repeated several times in a few Bible verses, it’s a pretty good sign that the word or idea is important. Well, in today’s Bible reading* the word “comfort” appears nine times in 2 Corinthians 1:3-7. That’s nine times in five verses! It’s safe to say that…