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Today I continued my study in the Book of Romans, Chapters 9, 10 and 11. This is kind of an aside from Paul to the Jewish people of the day. I found many eye-opening things in this, my third trip through this area of the Bible.
Paul’s Love for His People
In Romans 9:2-5 Paul makes it clear how much he loves the Jewish people, his people. He is willing to go to hell on their behalf. He is willing to make that ultimate sacrifice with his eternity.
Paul discusses the fact that God has the choice with what He will and will not do. When God says he will punish someone, He has the right to relent later if they repent prior to the receipt of the punishment. This is entirely up to the sovereignty of God. I compared this to Jeremiah 18:1-10:
“1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD saying, 2 ”Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will announce My words to you.” 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something on the wheel. 4 But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter ; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make. 5 Then the word of the LORD came to me saying, 6 ”Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?” declares the LORD. ”Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel. 7 ”At one moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to uproot, to pull down, or to destroy it; 8 if that …read more
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I am currently doing a study on the book of Romans with my friend. We are using a book by John MacArthur on the subject (see the picture on the left). I have studied Romans numerous times, but this time it is more meaningful to me because I am attempting to regain my faith and help it grow.
The book guides you through the study chapter by chapter, asking pertinent questions that really make you think. It has been fun studying with my buddy. We both need help in this area. I will be posting about the study as we continue through it. I know it has made me think a lot about faith.
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I have been involved in development of software and web sites for over 20 years now. My how things have changed! Today’s world is filled with people claiming to be developers who have no clue what they are doing. They create a classy resume and use it to convince people that they are a seasoned developer.
I cannot count how many times I’ve been by-passed for a development job for someone who charges a lower rate only to have that client call me back complaining that the developer they hired was a disaster. They want me to fix what the other developer broke. The problem is it winds up costing them twice as much than if they had hired me in the first place.
Today’s world is very different because technology is changing at a very rapid pace. As a developer you cannot sit back and relax. You have to stay abreast of all the new technologies as they come out or you will soon find your skill set is outdated. To a person making his living developing applications that is a death blow to future gigs. Staying up to date is essential, but is hard work. You have to determine what is a fad and what isn’t.
For instance, MVC is currently the rage with many companies. They have been sold on the hype that exists from Microsoft. The fact is that a seasoned .NET forms developer can do what MVC does in far less time. The learning curve alone for MVC makes it slower than other forms of development that produce the same or similar results. This is the case with many new technologies today. All this does is serve to make the game more difficult for people like you and I, the developers that are working in the trenches everyday.
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