Contributed on Jun 30, 2011
When it comes to sin, we are all without excuse.
“Between the Lines: May I Be Excused?” Romans 1:18-2:11 Magic Johnson. Pete Rose. Jesse James (the actor, not the cowboy). Arnold Schwarzenegger. Michael Vick. Richard Nixon. Bill Clinton. Mary Kay Letourneau. Debra LaFave. Saddam Hussein. Osama Bin Laden. Jim Tressel. These people ...read more
Contributed on Jul 7, 2011
What, or who, is on the inside is one of hte most important determinates or detriments to living between the lines.
“Between the Lines: It’s An Inside Job” Romans 2:11-29 A robbery occurred in the branch bank where we did our banking. Law enforcement officers stated that the evidence pointed towards an “inside job.” The crime had been carried out in such a way that only someone who knew the bank from the ...read more
Contributed on Jul 14, 2011
Isn't it amazing how quickly we hold others accountable for our problems? Yet personal accountability is what brings us to Jesus Christ.
“Between the Lines: The Value of Accountability” Romans 3:1-20 Cliff, while flying hot air balloon, realized he was lost. He reduced his altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ...read more
Contributed on Jul 20, 2011
No matter how hard we try, we cannot seem to balance out the scales of good and evil in our lives. We need help.
“Between the Lines: Balancing the Books” Romans 3:21-31 It never fails. I get the checkbook balanced and then it doesn’t agree with my computer budget program. Or I get the computer totals balanced and it doesn’t agree with the bank statement or my checkbook. It is so ...read more
Contributed on Jul 28, 2011
The foundation of Abraham's life was that he confidently placed his trust in God. That decision determined all of the choices he made in his life.
“Between the Lines: Choosing Your Credit Union” Romans 4:1-25 When investing or saving our money, we look for an institution that has a good track record, a firm in which we have great confidence. Our hard earned dollars are simply too precious to entrust to someone or something we ...read more
Contributed on Aug 12, 2011
We baptize infants because it reminds us of the assurances of God.
“Between the Lines: But They Won’t Remember” Romans 6:1-14 My original series from Romans did not include a sermon from Romans 6. I was going to save this chapter for a future baptismal service. But in recent months I have been involved in several important conversations about ...read more
Contributed on Aug 12, 2011
We cannot be on target with God unless we have the courage to grab hold of the gracious realities of peace with God.
“Between the Lines: How to Hit the Bull’s Eye” Romans 5:1-11 During my high school years I spent two summers working as a counselor at the local YMCA Day Camp. In that capacity I was often an instructor – including teaching archery. Being totally inexperienced in that field, I quickly learned ...read more
Contributed on Aug 16, 2011
Why is it we are so addicted to the bad and so unable to change? And what can we do about it?
“Between the Lines: Did I Do That?” Romans 7:14-25 “Did I do that?” I hope I’m not the only one who remembers Steve Erkel – that klutzy, nerdy yet wonderful and lovable television character. He was constantly doing things that resulted in creating messy or ...read more
Contributed on Aug 25, 2011
But for the Holy Spirit we are lost in our slavery to sin.
“Between the Lines: Taking Control of Your Life” Romans 8:1-17 It was a media heyday as thousands, if not millions, sat glued by their television sets watching a white Ford Bronco speeding down a California freeway with scores of the California Highway Patrol cautiously in pursuit. ...read more
Contributed on Sep 2, 2011
Is God so good? Is God so good to me - to you - all the time?
“Between the Lines: Is God So Good?” Romans 8:28-29 Okay. Sing with me: “God is so good, God is so good, God is so good, He’s so good to me.” So simple to sing – yet so often difficult to believe. Can the father in the drama truthfully sing it? Now let’s do a responsive chant. I’ll say “God ...read more
Contributed on Sep 9, 2011
Paul offers five basic principles that build the foundation for victorious living.
“Between the Lines: V-I-C-T-O-R-Y!” Romans 8:28-39 “V-I-C-T-O-R-Y! Victory – Victory – Victory!” I imagine many of you remember that ancient, once traditional cheer. I thought about having our staff members don cheerleading outfits and recreate the cheer for ...read more
Contributed on Sep 21, 2011
God wants to be the center of our lives by faith because He wants our hearts, our minds, and our souls. So Paul wrote about faith.
“Between the Lines: The Greatest Story Never Heard” 1 Chron. 16:23-29 & 34-36; Romans 10:1-17 The opening of one of the Superman movies, shows Clark Kent, as a young man, on his way home from school. His friends are all riding in a convertible but since there was not enough room for ...read more
Contributed on Oct 3, 2011
Paul looked at the history of Israel and whre others saw no meaning he saw God at work. He knew God had called Israel and that call still held Though a mystery, God's call is effectual.
“Between the Lines: The Wonder of It All” Romans 11:25-36 A man was determined to read the entire New York City telephone directory – every name and every number. When he was about half way through someone asked him how it was going. He responded, “There’s a whale ...read more
Contributed on Oct 3, 2011
Even in Paul's day getting along with fellow Christians was difficult.
“Between the Lines: Dealing with Church Fires” Romans 14:1-15:7 Max Lucado has related A PARABLE. “Every sailor could agree on one fact. Had it not been for the captain, they would never have survived. The storm came suddenly. In a matter of moments hulls were broken, decks ...read more