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Ruminating on ROMANS! (Some Thoughts on Paul’s Great Epistle) #37 “Critical Imperatives for the Christ-Follower” (A Study of Romans 12) Part 9

Many of you know that my New Jersey friend Frank and I are reading through God’s Word together (described here). We’re now in the book of Romans and are reading chapter 12 each day this week.I count 24 injunctions or commands or imperatives for the believer here in Romans 12. I’m aware that the expression “critical imperative” is redundant, but I think it’s useful for what we see here in this great chapter. Let’s continue our multipart study by looking at verse 11.

We’ve seen that the believer is to offer his body as a living sacrifice, not to conform to the pattern of this world, to be transformed by the renewing of his mind, to think of himself with sober judgment, to use his gifts to build up the body of Christ, to hate as God hates, to be devoted to the body in love, and to honor one another beyond yourselves!

The ninth critical imperative is —9. Believers are TO KEEP THEIR SPIRITUAL FERVOR AND ZEAL! (v. 11)

We live in a world of zeal-killers! We do. We are plagued by entertainment media which numbs our minds and dulls our energies. We are, often because of our own choices, anesthetized to our purpose on planet earth. We fail to keep the main thing the main thing. And we Christians are frequently emotionless, passion-less, and lethargic when it comes to the people of God. Now, aren’t you glad you’ve read my post this morning?

What’s the answer? Keep your spiritual fervor! Why? Because we serve the Lord God of the universe! We have every reason to seize every day with godly enthusiasm and purpose. But we choose to keep or not keep our spiritual fervor.

Today’s Challenge: What is the reading, right now, on your spiritual fervor gauge? The word “enthusiasm” literally means “in God.” Are you?


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Posted by on February 21, 2021 in Romans 12


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Time for a Great Commercial — Wendy’s Frosty!

It’s okay that we take JOY in little things, right? I’m not about to jump in a fountain to snag two quarters —  but there is something almost heavenly in a Wendy’s Frosty!

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Posted by on May 28, 2019 in enthusiasm


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The SIN of Boredom! (A Personal Post)

This is one of our five grandsons, Jeremiah. His mother takes a lot of pictures. And he was done. Finished. Didn’t want to pose for any more photos. Bored with it all.

Little did he suspect that his grandfather would use his picture as an illustration of boredom — the sin of our times.

I guess we all get a bit bored from time to time. But a constant state of boredom (which is definitely not Jeremiah’s situation) is spiritually criminal. There is so much to learn in God’s Word! Let’s show the world that we are NOT bored and that the greatest thing that has ever happened to us is salvation in Jesus!


Posted by on February 28, 2019 in boredom


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Is There COLOR in Your Life? (Time for a Great Commercial)

This commercial is amazing — And it’s an advertisement for paint! But it does cause me to ask: “Is there color in my life?”  The grayish, drab disciple is a contradiction in terms.  We are to be contagiously joyful, full of that abundant life that Jesus promised.  There should be an enthusiasm in living out the lives that Jesus has given us.

I met an elderly lady the other day (“elderly” is becoming more and more a relative term for me) who said she believed in God but not in all the claims about Jesus.  She said she just didn’t feel “the need.”  I must say that she was a joyful, colorful person.  But without Jesus.  And that was sad.  What kind of life is that — having a measure of joy but no Jesus?

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Posted by on October 29, 2018 in joy


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Major Themes in the Book of Galatians (Ch. 4 Part 2)

How serious is your ZEAL for the Lord? Most of us don’t even use the word ZEAL (unless we’re playing Scrabble and there’s a triple letter tile available). What is real zeal? In this fourth chapter of Galatians, Paul is doing his very best to warn these believers about succumbing to a false gospel, a gospel of justification by the law. And there is no lack of enthusiasm on the part of these false teachers to entice others to their side.

Most of life would be a lot better if we had more zeal, more enthusiasm, don’t you think?  Here in verses 17-20 Paul deals with real zeal!

These false teachers are zealous to win these Galatians over to another gospel.  But in their mission, they are really trying to separate these believers from Paul and his influence (v. 17).  And zeal begets zeal.  These teachers want to draft the Galatians into being zealous for their gospel, which is no gospel at all!

There’s nothing wrong with zeal, IF its purpose is good.  One ought always to be zealous (v. 18).  But our zeal ought to center on Christ being formed in others (v. 19).  And that kind of zeal is an automatic cure for spiritual perplexity (v. 20)!

How might your ZEAL for the Lord be shown today?





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Posted by on June 8, 2018 in Galatians


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Enthusiasm? Excited? About WATER?!?!

We read in John 4:  When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” 11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

How Excited Should You Be about Jesus’ Water?

(Some Observations on John 4)

1.  Being fully human, Jesus needed physical water to sustain His human life. (v. 7)

2.  The sheer request for water broke down several barriers FirefoxScreenSnapz618between Himself and the Samaritan woman (v. 9).

3.  Jesus uses the analogy of physical water to speak of “living water” (v. 10).  This is the pattern of the Lord in the gospel of John (wine in ch. 2, birth in ch. 3, bread in ch. 6, blindness in ch. 9, death in ch. 11, etc.).

4.  The Samaritan woman doesn’t immediately make the transition from physical to spiritual water (v. 11).

5.  Jesus has to make it clear that mere physical water won’t thoroughly satisfy and won’t deal finally with one’s spiritual thirst (v. 14).

Someone has said, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink!”  Another responded: “I CAN! I can give him a salt tablet — and he will drink!”


1.  How can we who are believers in Jesus genuinely show more enthusiasm for the living water He has given us?

2.  Are there ways that we can make people thirsty for the water of Jesus?  What comes to your mind?  How do we become salt in our world?


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Posted by on September 10, 2014 in water


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Linda and I just returned from celebrating Thanksgiving with our son Brian, his wife Julie, and our two-year-old grandson Ryland in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  We had a great time!  We are deeply thankful for their commitment to the Lord.  Brian is the CEO of the Mentorship Academy, a charter school he founded in Baton Rouge.

Brian and I were able to attend the last football game at LSU.  WE WERE THERE when they pummeled Arkansas, achieving a perfect 12 and 0 record!

I learned several LESSONS from attending that football game with my son, so here they are:

1.  There are some experiences which will cost you, but are definitely worth it!  We had no tickets when we showed up at Death Valley, and were offered tickets for $250 each!  Our budget was $100 each (most tickets are $50 or $75 regular price), and we found a father with his young son selling two tickets he couldn’t use!

2. It is great to be around 90,000 screaming fans of anything! Enthusiasm is contagious!  The attendance at the game was the second largest in the history of Death Valley.  I think I heard the announcer say that we missed  the record by only 21 people!  I completely agree with the person who said “Christians owe it to the world to be contagiously joyful!”

3. Noise can drown out the best plans of man!  I was amazed that the LSU crowd screamed as loud as they could on EVERY PLAY that Arkansas attempted!  It seemed to disrupt several plays.  (By the way, I screamed on a number of occasions with the over 90,000 fans!).  Sheer noise can mess most of us up, don’t you think?

4. One can literally fall to one’s death in Death Valley without the help of others!  I had to, uh, visit the men’s room once during the game, and the seats where we were were so narrow and steep that I had to put my hands on shoulders of total strangers to keep from falling.  (Hey, it’s not my age — you would have had the same problem too!).

5. Watching a college football team achieve a perfect 12 and 0 record, rejoicing in the success of others, is a good thing!  I’m not a grad of LSU.  My only connection is that my son and his family live in Louisiana!  We did a little tailgating with some of Brian’s friends — and I was impressed with LSU’s own brand of potato chips (see picture to the right)!

Anyway, it was quite an experience!

Questions to think about:  1.  Why do some get so excited about sports, but seem bored with life?  2.  If it is true that “God has given us all things to enjoy,” why are those who claim to be Christians sometimes so un-enthusiastic?  3.  What major event (sporting or otherwise) have you attended that reminded you of some important life lessons?


Posted by on November 28, 2011 in CHRISTIAN LIVING


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