Contributed on Aug 5, 2019
We may know the basics of our faith, but even the basic things go deeper and deeper.
Mission Apostleable (Romans 1:1-7) 1. Do you know what the most shoplifted book in the world is? The Bible. 2. Every year ABC cuts down A Charlie Brown Christmas—a movie about the over-commercialization of the holidays—to make room for more commercials. 3. “Father of Traffic Safety” William Eno ...read more
Contributed on Aug 13, 2019
Paul was both a shepherd and a scholar. Loving care mixed with solid deep teaching is still God’s ideal environment for Christian maturity.
The Shepherd Scholar (Romans 1:8-17) 1. A pastor, known for his lengthy sermons, noticed a man get up and leave during the middle of his message. The man returned just before the conclusion of the service. Afterwards the pastor asked the man where he had gone. "I went to get a haircut," ...read more
Contributed on Aug 26, 2019
God’s wrath is evident to those willing to see it, but sinful human nature is not willing.
God’s Wrath and Human Denial (Romans 1:18) 1. How many people in denial does it take to change a light bulb ? There is nothing wrong with the light bulb. 2. The study of denial is a study in its own right. 3. The word denial can refer to a refusal to grant a request. The judge denied a new ...read more
Contributed on Sep 6, 2019
We cannot be excused from responding to the light we all have. This includes the obvious realization that there is a might Creator.
Plain to See (Romans 1:19-22) 1. One cold, snowy Minnesota night, I got lost on the way home. The snow was blowing so fast and piling up so high, I couldn't see any street signs. With no map in my car and a dead cell phone, I thought I might be stranded so I pulled over to the side of the ...read more
Contributed on Sep 9, 2019
When God hides His face from a society, that society becomes more and more degraded.
When God Leaves the Table (Romans 1:24-32) 1. Scientists at NASA have developed a gun built specifically to launch dead chickens at the windshields of airliners, military jets and the space shuttle, all traveling at maximum velocity. The idea is to simulate the frequent incidents of collisions ...read more
Contributed on Sep 16, 2019
The human race suffers from three sin-related problems that alienate mankind from the true God.
Superiority Bias (Romans 2:1-29) 1. This week was a tough week, losing Ginny. I know many of you are hurting, as are Marylu and me. Ginny was quite a woman of God as well as everyone’s friend. 2. She was also very much enjoying and looking forward to this series in Romans. She was a woman of ...read more
Contributed on Sep 23, 2019
The New Covenant Gospel is not a competitor with God’s plans for Israel, but there is a difference between the Old and New Covenants: The Israelites became part of the Old by birth, we become part of the New Covenant only by second birth.
The Laser Light of the Gospel (Romans 3:1-20) 1. Laser lights are useful as pointers. I have one, but only rarely use it. 2. They are not toys. [https://phys.org/newsstory below:] 3. Concern is growing over the safe use of small, battery powered, hand held lasers. For example, there are now ...read more
Contributed on Sep 30, 2019
Jesus satisfied God’s wrath on our behalf, and through faith in Him we can have a righteous legal status before God.
Propitiation and You (Romans 3:21-31) 1. A few years ago, I was trying to replace a windshield wiper on my mini-van. Somehow I let go of the wiper stem, and it hit the windshield hard. I had cracked the windshield. A $10 wiper turned into a $200 replacement windshield bill. 2. When we damage ...read more
Contributed on Oct 7, 2019
Abraham was in the position to be the ultimate example for justification by faith for several reasons.
Abraham: A Midrash Extravaganza (Romans 4:1-25) 1. There aren’t many Abraham jokes out there. To get this one, you have to know a little about computers and the life of Abraham. 2. Abraham announced to Isaac one day that he had decided to upgrade their family computer to Windows 10. So they ...read more
Contributed on Oct 21, 2019
Peace with God is nothing to be taken lightly; it took God’s immense sacrificial love to attain, and its effects in our life can be surprising, it includes walking through difficult times.
Proven Love (Romans 5:1-11) 1. We Vasiceks are in the midst of living out the implications of the verses we are about to study this week.I can’t say what God is teaching others, but it has been an intensive therapy for my patience and hope muscles. 2, You know the rough experiences we had this ...read more