"Romans 8 doesn't pretend that life is a bed of roses. It contains a healthy realism about the Christian life. There is no promise of an unachievable perfectionism this side of glory, no promise of heaven on earth. But neither am I left with a pessimistic Christianity where I am always filled with doubt, always defeated by sin, never making progress. Throughout Romans 8, Paul emphatically and repeatedly affirms that neither sin nor suffering will drive a wedge between the love of Christ and us."
Join long-time pastor and author Ray Galea as he takes you deep into "the most extraordinary chapter in the Bible". With penetrating insight, good humour, and a disarming personal honesty, Ray opens up the wonders of this chapter and takes us to the heart of the Christian life. From Here to Eternity also features special contributions from Christians who share their personal reflections on walking with God through suffering and finding real hope and comfort in the promises of Romans 8.
This book is a treasure for living the Christian life, no matter how long you've been walking with Jesus.
Ray Galea is the senior minister at St Alban‚Äôs Multicultural Bible Ministry in Rooty Hill, Sydney, and the author of the best-selling book Nothing in My Hand I Bring. Ray loves his wife, Sandy, his three children, eating Middle Eastern food, listening to Bob Dylan, and watching films set in New York. And he especially loves being reminded that God is enough.
This is a very good book. It is good because it is the work of a pastor-theologian who knows how to think his way through a passage of Scripture‚Äîin this case, Romans 8‚Äîand get it right. It is good because Ray Galea, the pastor-theologian in question, knows how to write simply and compellingly. It is good because it ably addresses some of the crucial pastoral challenges of our age without sliding into utopianism on the one hand or nothing but grim determination on the other. And finally, it is a good book because the Appendices, especially two of the five, are worth the price of the entire work: what Ray says about predestination is gold (App 3), and so is Phillip Jensen's reflection on the death of his grandson (App 5).
‚ÄîDA Carson, President of The Gospel Coalition
Few preachers make the transition from sermon to book successfully, but Ray Galea does it. Here is a book as fresh, insightful, down to earth and powerfully applied, as Ray's weekly sermons at Rooty Hill. These are worthy expositions of the truths which they expound!"
‚ÄîDavid Cook, former Principal, Sydney Missionary and Bible College
"What do you get when you take a chapter full of significance and treasure (Romans 8) and have it taught by a pastor full of grace and honesty (Ray Galea)? You get this terrific book that will benefit everyone who is seeking answers and assurance. God has impacted so many through Ray's ministry and He will surely help many more through this wise and loving book. It breathes pastoral reality and comfort."
‚ÄîSimon Manchester, Senior Minister, St Thomas' Anglican Church North Sydney
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