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DTLC Radio 081 – Bad News First

Romans 1:18-3:20 is the first main section of the body of Paul's letter to the church at Rome. After transitioning from introducing himself and reveling in the gloriousness of the gospel, Paul makes a huge shift. You Have Cancer! If you were to notice that you were beginning to have problems in some physical way, you'd go to the doctor. You would want him first to examine you, ask questions, take tests, and then offer his diagnosis. In short, you would want him to tell you what's wrong with...


DTLC Radio 080 – The Righteousness of God – Part 2

This week we continue to develop our understanding of the "righteousness of God" revealed in the gospel, according to Romans 1:17. We have discussed the definition of righteousness. Also, we examined what it means for God to be righteous. Today, we take a look specifically at how the righteousness of God is revealed in the gospel. The Key To Opening Your Understanding Understanding and grasping exactly what Paul is describing is the key to comprehending much of the Bible. I would go even...


DTLC Radio 079 – The Righteousness of God – Part 1

The righteousness of God is said to be revealed in the gospel (Romans 1:17). As far as human beings are concerned, righteousness is conformity to the proper standard, norm, or law. At least that's how the Bible defines it. Simply stated, righteousness is meeting the requirements of the law. By this same definition, we can define sin (i.e. unrighteousness) as failing to conform. In a word, lawlessness (1 John 3:4). By this definition, how do we apply it to God? To what law or standard must...


DTLC Radio 078 – Righteousness Defined

"For in it [the gospel] the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, 'But the righteous man shall live by faith'.” Romans 1:17. Critical Understanding It is absolutely critical to understand what righteousness is, whether our own or God's. If it is revealed in the gospel - and Paul says it is - then we must strive to understand it. To understand we must first rightly define righteousness, biblically. This has been the failure of the church for several decades....


DTLC Radio 077 – I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." Romans 1:16 NASB The gospel is not just the message of the cross but the cross itself. The actual events that took place on Calvary display the power of God. These events also provide the grounds for grace. And yet it is these events that cause some to be ashamed. The idea that the Creator of the universe became a man and died a criminal's death is...


DTLC Radio 076 – The Depth of the Gospel

Most people never experience much of the depth of the gospel. It is my contention that grasping it will change your life. Paul's Desire to Preach the Gospel I don't believe you can overstate Paul's deep desire to preach the gospel. And not simply the "saving" gospel but the "living" gospel. The sanctifying gospel. I attest to the fact that when you grasp it, life becomes much more enjoyable...and simple. I can also attest to the personal desire to preach and teach the good news. And I share...


DTLC Radio 075 – Obedience of Faith

As we continue our study of Romans, we come to verses 5-7 of chapter 1. Here, Paul declares that part of the goal of the gospel is obedience. Obedience of Faith Paul has received the gift of being an apostle, by grace he has been called to that elite group. When he uses the word "we" he is not referring to all of us. Instead, he is using the term editorially, the same way I would refer to DTLC as "we." The goal of Paul's apostleship - and ultimately the goal of the gospel message - is to...


DTLC Radio 074 – The Son of God with Power – Romans 1:4

As we continue our study of Romans, we come to verse 4 of chapter 1. Jesus is declared the Son of God by virtue of His resurrection from the dead. Don't Skip On By Don't just skip on by that statement. It is the resurrection of Jesus that definitively declares that He is the Son of the Living God. Paul goes into deeper detail in 1 Corinthians 15 about the significance of the resurrection. it is not too crass to say, without the resurrection, Christianity is a waste of time! In fact, Paul...


DTLC Radio 073 – The Gospel Foretold – Romans 1:2-3

As we continue our study of Romans, we come to verses two and three of chapter one. Simply stated, Paul's "gospel of God" is that Jesus has fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah. Promised Beforehand The Gospel is not new. In fact, it's as old as creation itself. The first promise ever given regarding the Messiah comes in Genesis 3:15. There, God says, "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And...


DTLC Radio 072 – Romans 1:1 – An Apostle of the Gospel of God

Paul is unique among the apostles - unique in his calling and unique in his experience - but he is no less an Apostle. What Is An Apostle? To be called an "apostle" in its Scriptural context, means that a man met certain criteria. Criteria that no man (or woman) can possibly meet today. As a verb, the term simply means "to send, as on a mission." Our modern missionaries might be referred to in this light. They are sent on a mission to deliver a message. As a noun - apostolos - refers...


DTLC Radio 071 – Romans 1:1 – Paul, the Slave of Christ

The Slave of Christ Slave is a term that is hideous to our modern sensibilities, and rightly so. It is a term that has come to represent the absolute worst in human depravity and treatment. Historically, the term wrenches our national soul to think of that era pre-Civil War. Not our finest hour to say the least. And yet, it is this term - doulos - that Paul uses to represent his position and relationship to our Lord. In fact, confessing "Jesus as Lord" means to place ourselves in the...


DTLC Radio 070 – Romans 1:1 – “Paul…”

Romans 1:1: "Paul..." And with that single word introduction there is a wealth of information and perspective. Understanding who the apostle Paul was is a huge benefit in understanding his writings. Not only is it profitable as background information but is more so for gaining necessary insight into the text. The Scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit but He uses the experiences of the "human pen" to dictate the doctrine of grace. The Passion of Paul In this episode we discuss - in some...


DTLC Radio 069 – An Introduction to the Book of Romans

The Book of Romans has been called "the greatest Christian work ever written." That's pretty high praise but is one of numerous accolades and honors paid to this letter. Written by the Apostle Paul (circa A.D. 56-58), Romans is considered the quintessential work on Christian doctrine and specifically the gospel of Jesus Christ. Influence of the Book of Romans The influence and impact of Romans on the history of the Church cannot be overstated. In fact, it is directly connected to the...


DTLC Radio 068 – Faith is Believing God!

What is faith? Is faith simply believing? If so, believing in what? In Who? What does it mean to live "by faith?" Perspective Gained Over the past month of being away from the podcast mic, I've come to a couple of key conclusions . First, I believe I may have made a mistake in trying to "straddle the fence" between being too preachy and focusing on Scripture and trying to appeal to those who don't believe. The truth is, nearly all of my clients have been and are believers. They are...


DTLC Radio 067 – Don’t Go Changing…

Don't Go Changing Singer-songwriter Billy Joel once wrote, "Don't go changing, to try and please me..." (1977). But that is exactly what the modern, 21st Century church is trying to do. There are those Christians and Christian leaders who promote the idea that the church needs to change, evolve, and emerge. We need to do this, they say, so we can better reach the culture. The result is an impotent and irrelevant church that looks more like the culture than She does like Christ. This is a...


DTLC Radio 066 – The Success Equation

The Secret to Success Well, there isn't one! There is no secret to success. Some of it is what you know - knowledge. Sometimes it's who you know - network. Some (actually all) of it is Divine Providence - God's will - what He performs, prefers, or permits. More of it is skill and ability. The truth is, it is all of the above. In nearly any and every area of your life, success is determined by the combination of knowledge, skill, and ability. Just knowing "stuff" isn't going to get the job...


DTLC Radio 065 – Back On the Gym Grind

Sometimes, getting back on track after having fallen off is a struggle. Such is the case when it comes to training and nutrition. If you're like me, maybe you worked hard to get in shape for summer only to let your summer routine wane. You looked good in a swim suit in May and were comfortable taking off your shirt at the pool all summer but you stopped working out. It's easy to find yourself in this situation and forget there really is no "off season." At least there shouldn't be one....


DTLC Radio 064 – Your Theology Matters

Theology matters. Knowing what you believe and why you believe is foundational to being able to live a life pleasing before God. It is also a cornerstone principle to my work as a Christian life coach. I encounter people on a regular basis - Christians - who do not know the basic doctrines of the Bible. That means they don't know what the Bible teaches and therefore have little basis for their beliefs. In other words, they've built their lives on sand. Theology Matters Doctrine is a term...


DTLC Radio 063 – WAIT, Why Are You Talking?

W.A.I.T. - Why Am I Talking? Wait...wait for what? Wait to see if your talking is productive and edifying. Taking the time to evaluate your own desire to talk - to add input to a conversation - can go a long way in producing positive results. Resolving conflict has a lot to do with thinking about what you are saying and how you are saying it. This week's episode of DTLC Radio is an addendum to last week's podcast on Biblical Communication and Conflict Resolution. Self-Evaluation Too often we...


DTLC Radio 062 – Biblical Communication & Conflict Resolution

The skill of communication and effectively resolving conflicts - in marriage, business, or any relationship - is paramount to successful living. From the beginning, communication has been presented as THE component in healthy relationships. God first communicated to us - condescending and transcending Himself into our world - illustrating the critical nature of communication. He did so both generally and specifically, that we might know Him and be known by Him. This is also the goal of every...