Contributed on Sep 9, 2017
While we await our Restored Identity in God we experience: 1) The Groaning of Creation (Romans 8:19–22), 2) The Groaning of Believers (Romans 8:23–25), and 3) The Groaning of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26–27)
Right after Hurricane Henry, this week we see Hurricane Irma, which is an extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane with 180 mph winds that hit Cuba, the Caribbean and continued to Florida. Once in a generation storms are happening with more and more regularity. People speculate that this change in ...read more
Contributed on Jun 24, 2017
In Romans 1:1–7 Paul unfolds 7 aspects of the good news of Jesus Christ: 1) The Preacher (Rom. 1:1) and Promise (Rom. 1:2), 2) Person (Rom. 1:3-4), 3) Provision , Proclamation, Purpose (Rom. 1:5), and finally the 4) Privileges of the Good News (Rom. 1:7)
A quick look at any newspaper, a radio update or TV newscast, reminds us that in our world most news is bad and seems to be getting worse. What is happening on a national and worldwide scale is simply the magnification of what is happening on an individual level. As personal problems, animosities, ...read more
Contributed on Jul 1, 2017
1) The Dividing of Deeds (Romans 2:6), 2) The Deeds of the Unredeemed (Romans 2:8–9), & 3) The Deeds of the Redeemed (Romans 2:7, 10),
This week, Steve Jalsevac, Co-Founder and President of the Christian LifeSiteNews wrote: “I have lived in Canada for my entire life, and I’ve never seen a time like this in our country. Radically liberal bills are being passed left and right: from Ontario’s “totalitarian” bill that allows the ...read more
Contributed on Jul 15, 2017
Believer’s can be Assured of their salvation, possessing Unwavering Faith because of: 1) The believer’s Peace with God (Romans 5:1), their 2) Standing in Grace (Romans 5:2a), and their 3) Hope of glory (Romans 5:2b-5a)
Over this past week, I had the privilege of leading a group of Vacation Bible School kids to focus on scripture and its realities. Although there weren’t any overt professions of faith, we know that God’s word can have a life changing effect on people, even children. But there are so many sources ...read more
Contributed on Jul 29, 2017
The difference in the 1) Effectiveness (Romans 5:15), 2) Extent (Romans 5:16), 3) Efficacy (Romans 5:17), 4) Essence (Romans 5:18–19), and 5) Energy (Romans 5:20–21) between the works of Adam vs. Christ.
In the world of sports, most sports today are seasonal. We wait for the warmer weather for field sports. But in an effort to transcend the unpredictability of weather, more and more sports are being played on turf instead of grass. Although they have the ability to not flood, don’t need fertilizer, ...read more
Contributed on Aug 6, 2017
In order to live as ones “Dead to Sin and Alive to God” we must: 1) Know, 2) Consider, and 3) Yield to the truth of God.
This week, Prince Philip, 96, the longest-serving royal consort in history, undertook his final solo public engagement. It was 70 years since he became Duke of Edinburgh upon his marriage to Princess Elizabeth in November 1947. His stepping down from duties continues to raise the question as to who ...read more
Contributed on Aug 25, 2017
1) The Position (Romans 6:17–22), 2) Practice (Romans 6:19), and 3) Promise (Romans 6:20-22) to those who are either slave to sin or to God.
It has been distressing being in the United States this past week and seeing reports of various public skirmishes. Officials in several states are calling for the removal of public monuments that have become controversial symbols of the Confederacy, driven by the national outcry over the violence ...read more
Contributed on Sep 2, 2017
Paul describes 1) The confusion (Romans 7:14–16), 2) The corruption (Romans 7:17–20) and 3) The conclusion (Romans 7:21–25). in seeing Christ as the ultimate deliverer of our inner conflict.
The totality of flooding this week in Texas from tropical storm Harvey has been devastating. 75 000 people called 911 seeking help. Calling out for help, the US Federal Emergency Management Agency deployed 900 personnel in search-and-rescue teams. A million liters of water, a million meals, 20, 520 ...read more
Contributed on Sep 16, 2017
In understanding the Salvation Story we can see: The People of Salvation (Romans 8:28), 2) The Purpose of Salvation (Romans 8:29c-d), and 3) The Process of Salvation (Romans 8:29a-b, 30)
There has been a common thread in listening to the survivors of the recent hurricanes and tropical storms. Although many are still without power, having their workplaces and homes destroyed with all their earthly possessions, many are still thankful for what remained. Through shelter and ...read more
Contributed on Oct 14, 2017
The fact that Jesus is Lord is seen through: 1)The Antithesis of God’s Righteousness (Romans 10:4–5), 2) The Availability of God’s Righteousness (Romans 10:6–8), 3) The Acquisition of God’s Righteousness (Romans 10:9–10)
This week, Spain’s prime minister asked the head of the secession-minded Catalonia region the question that no one can seem to answer: Did he declare independence or not?...Clarifying Catlonia’s position is critical to map out Spain’s next move – including possible harsher measures against ...read more
Contributed on Oct 21, 2017
God is glorified in His: 1) Sovereignty (Romans 11:25–26a), in 2) Integrity Romans 11:26b–29), and in His 3) Generosity (Romans 11:30–32).
This week, the United States and Israel decided to pull out of UNESCO over its perceived anti-Israel bias. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization was founded in 1945 following World War II to promote world peace through culture. Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the ...read more
Contributed on Nov 4, 2017
1) God receives Each believer(Romans 14:2–3), because 2) The Lord sustains each believer (Romans 14:4), because 3) The Lord is sovereign to each believer (Romans 14:5–9), and because 4) The Lord alone will judge each believer (Romans 14:10–12).
We’ve just past one of the most contentious events of the year. I’m not referring to Reformation Sunday, but what that date is know by the majority of the population as: Halloween. This morning I’m not here to present an argument if Christians should be engaged in this event or not, but just to ...read more
Contributed on Nov 18, 2017
Our liberty should 1) Never cause a brother to stumble (v. 13), 2) grieve or be devastated (vv. 14–15); 3) never forfeit our witness for Christ (vv. 16–19), 4) tear down His work (vv. 20–21), or be either 5) denounced or flaunted (vv. 22–23)
Most churches include dedicated, faithful believers whose consciences do not allow them to participate in or approve of certain practices. The Apostle Paul described those who exercise their legitimate liberty as “stronger believers”. Those who feel restricted in exercising legitimate liberty as ...read more
Contributed on Nov 25, 2017
1) The Gospel that Strengthens Believers (Romans 16:25a), 2) The Gospel that Proclaims Jesus Christ (Romans 16:25b), and 3) The Gospel that Reveals God’s Mystery (Romans 16:25c–27).
As Canadians, this is a strange weekend. We watch, from afar, our brothers and sisters in the United States, celebrate Thanksgiving. Enjoying many of the same benefits that they enjoy, in many ways we can eco their thanks. Most rightly, we can join them in giving thanks and praise to our Lord as ...read more