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Does Psalm 91 Belong to Me?

October 07, 2017 By: Paul Carter

There was a time in my life when I prayed Psalm 91 over myself and over my family every morning as part of my devotional routine.  I remember vividly driving back from a lakeside prayer meeting at 5:30 a.m. reciting the words: You will not be afraid of the terror by night, Or of the arrow that flies by day; Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon. A thousand may fall at your side And ten thousand at your right hand, But it...Continue Reading

Are God's Promises Conditional or Unconditional?

October 02, 2017 By: Paul Carter

A careful Bible reader notices that they are usually a mixture of both. Listen carefully to what God promises the young king Solomon: And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise...Continue Reading

In the concluding chapter of his letter to the Romans, the Apostle Paul commends a Christian woman named Phoebe: I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well (Romans 16:1–2 ESV). Church historians have long believed that Phoebe was the person who delivered Paul’s letter to the Romans; she is...Continue Reading

Why I Read the Old Testament

August 25, 2017 By: Paul Carter

I’ve been reading through the Old Testament every year since 2012. That was the year our church began using the RMM Bible Reading Plan. The plan takes you through the Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice in every calendar year; I had read the Old Testament before, but my reading was selective and sporadic to say the least. I had read the Psalms and Genesis and Exodus and parts of Isaiah multiple times, but truth be told, I may have only read The Book of Obadiah once –...Continue Reading

What Is (Saving) Faith?

August 16, 2017 By: Paul Carter

A person is saved by grace alone, through faith alone, because of Christ alone. Every word of that sentence is important, but one of those words is rather hard to define. What do Christians mean when they talk about being saved by “faith”? Most of us assume that the word ‘faith’ is more or less synonymous with the word “believe,” but the Bible is careful to communicate that it is not. The Apostle James says: “Even the demons believe—and shudder!” (James 2:19 ESV). Keep reading...Continue Reading

Into The Word 2.0 – Changes, Upgrades And Adaptations

May 04, 2017 By: Paul Carter And The Into The Word Team

Many of you will know that our intention here at the Into The Word was to use 2017 as something of a “soft launch” for the podcast. We are not experts and this is all new to us so we wanted to be good listeners and to receive feedback in order to make changes as necessary. Our first production cycle ran from January 1st – May 4th and in that cycle we saw just under 10,000 listens and downloads – thanks be God! We received a ton of feedback – almost all of it positive, but a few of you made...Continue Reading

FAQ From 1 Corinthians 14

February 27, 2017 By: Paul Carter

We’ve been using the RMM Scripture Reading Plan at our church since 2012 and over that time I think I have received more questions on 1 Corinthians 14 than on any other single chapter of the Bible. Here are a few of those questions and the answers I tried to give. I have edited questions and answers for brevity and anonymity and arranged them according to their logical order in the text.  Question 1: Hey Pastor Paul! In one of your teachings on 1 Corinthians 14 you said something like:...Continue Reading

This morning in our RMM reading plan we read a passage that is confusing, potentially offensive and very difficult to apply.  1 Corinthians 11:2-16 is a passage many preachers simply decide to skip but it is a text that regular Christian folks are required to deal with if they claim to hold a traditional understanding of male and female gender.  In street level apologetics this text is used to bludgeon faithful saints into admitting that their viewpoints are illogical and...Continue Reading

Why Haven't The Jews Embraced Their Messiah?

February 08, 2017 By: Paul Carter

Today in our RMM readings we encountered the difficult matter of the Jewish rejection of Jesus Christ. Paul is very troubled by this reality and it is a cause of concern for Christian people even to this day. So why is it that the people to whom these promises were originally given and with whom God had been so patient and gracious over the years should seem to find themselves on the outside looking in?   Paul recognizes the challenge that this strange state of affaires presents to...Continue Reading

From time to time I will attempt to answer some of the more frequently asked questions from Into The Word readers and listeners. If they are short I will post the responses on the Facebook page. If they are longer, as here, I will address them via a special post.  Question: Hi Pastor Paul! I was reading Acts 8 for RMM, and I'm a little confused about how the Samaritans had been baptized and "received the word of God", but hadn't received the Holy Spirit....Continue Reading

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