Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 16 June 2022. Today’s topic: The Offense of the Cross

Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. Galatians 5:11 Keep in mind that the trouble in Galatia had started with Judaizers insisting that Christians be circumcised (adhering to old Jewish custom).  In challenging Paul, they recalled how he hadContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 16 June 2022. Today’s topic: The Offense of the Cross”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 8 June 2022. Today’s topic: Circumcision

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.  Galatians 5:6 You read it here:  circumcision has no spiritual value to the one who believes in Jesus.   Medically, it has some debatable value for some conditions, but I’ll leave that debate to doctors andContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 8 June 2022. Today’s topic: Circumcision”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 25 May 2022. Today’s topic: Faith in Something Else

Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law.  Galatians 5:2-3 (NIV). What Paul is talking about here is being led astray.  Continue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 25 May 2022. Today’s topic: Faith in Something Else”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 27 January 2022. Today’s topic: Not Then, Not Now

This matter arose because some false believers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.  Galatians 2:4-5 (NIV). If something is as important to us as Jesus,Continue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 27 January 2022. Today’s topic: Not Then, Not Now”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 26 January 2022. Today’s topic: No Matter What It Takes

Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek. Galatians 2:3 (NIV). What?   Where does this statement come from?   One second Paul was talking about going to Jerusalem to meet with church leaders (after not meeting with them for over fourteen years), and in the next he’sContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 26 January 2022. Today’s topic: No Matter What It Takes”