Contributed on Feb 10, 2008
The first on Romans - about the Good News of Jesus
Romans – God’s Glorious Gospel “Sure Could Use Good News” Romans 1:1-7 * The pop singer, Anne Murray, recorded a song which said, “Sure could use, a little good news today.” I don’t know about you, but surely is a truism for me. You see, we live in a world which is inundated with bad news. ...read more
Contributed on Feb 17, 2008
The impact of the "good news of the gospel" has a way of changing lives and the perspective of life, just like it did for Paul (Saul of Tarsus)
Romans – God’s Glorious Gospel The Impact of Good News Romans 1:8-15 * Good News! What comes to your mind when you hear these two words? For one couple it may be “you’re expecting a baby.” For another couple it could be, “you’re approved for your new house.” For one person it would be, ...read more
Contributed on Feb 25, 2008
The third in a series of messages on the letter to Romans...
Romans – God’s Glorious Gospel The Release of the Gospel Romans 1:13-17 * It matters not which statistics you quote or whose research you recite, one thing is certain; the moral climate in this nation is changing and NOT for the better. We are seemingly on the slippery slope of moral decay that ...read more
Contributed on Mar 3, 2008
From one of the most difficult passages of all the Bible.
Romans – God’s Glorious Gospel Being Honest Romans 1:18-32 * When Grace Hawthorne and Buryl Red wrote a song entitled “Would You” over 30 years ago, the purpose was help us realize that the because of the difficulties we appreciate the good which comes our way. Life is filled with good and ...read more
Contributed on Mar 7, 2008
The 5th in the series on Paul’s letter to Rome.
Romans – God’s Glorious Gospel Understanding the Judgment of God Romans 2:1-16 * It was on a Monday in 1994 that I first heard the news. Actually, that Monday was my Mom and Dad’s anniversary (June 13). From the news on the radio I heard, “Last night in Los Angeles the x-wife of O. J. Simpson ...read more
Contributed on Mar 30, 2008
From a 2008 series of Messages on Romans. This is a continuation of the previous message.
Romans – God’s Glorious Gospel Understanding the Judgment of God – PT 2 Romans 2:1-16 * Please turn to Romans 2 and in just a minute, we’ll read the first 16 verses. For years in the entertainment world we have endured the concept of “sequels.” Simply put a sequel picks up a storyline where ...read more
Contributed on Mar 30, 2008
From a 2008 series of messages on Romans.
Romans - God’s Glorious Gospel A Word to the Hypocrite Romans 2:17-29 * Turn with me to Romans 2 and we’ll read verses 17-29. Today’s message is one which can be disturbing, if we embrace the truths contained in the text. Paul has just completed a message on God’s judgment being based on ...read more
Contributed on Apr 8, 2008
The 8th message in the series on Romans. "We are ALL in need of something", question is; "what is it?"
IN NEED OF SOMETHING – PT 1 Romans 3:1-8 * (MOVIE) We are all in need of something. And the sad thing is, most of the time “we simply cannot seem to put our finger on what it is that we need.” These musicians just seen on our screen, all seem to have the idea that “IF” they could get to the top ...read more
Contributed on Apr 13, 2008
God’s Message to us is that our lives are deficient and we NEED something.
In Need of Something – Pt 2 Romans 3:9-20 * (Please turn with me to Romans 3). In his book, “The Seven Habits of Highly effective people, Dr. Stephen Covey give us habit #2, “Begin with the end in mind.” This habit is built around the twice created principle. Everything is created mentally and ...read more
Contributed on Apr 20, 2008
The 10th in the message series on Romans. A call to come to and lean on Christ.
GOD’S PLAN FOR ME Romans 3:20-26 *Parents tend to have a plan, wishes, and hopes for their children. Teenagers may “roll their eyes” or “perish the thought” of fulfilling the dreams mom and dad has for them, but truthfully in most cases, the parents honestly desire the best for their offspring. ...read more
Contributed on May 5, 2008
A life of faith is a life with some specifics events in it.
It’s All about Faith Romans 3:27-31 * Turn with me to Romans 3. As I meditated over verses 27-31 this week I became more and more convinced that Paul’s message to His readers was and is the title of this message, “It’s all about Faith.” We know that he’s taken 3 chapters to set the stage for us ...read more
Contributed on May 18, 2008
The "ledger of life" has the debit side filled with sins...the sheet must be balanced.
Faith Accounting 101 Romans 4:1-8 * Institutions of higher education have a system of numbering their classes which allows the student to know the difficulty (in theory) of a class. As you know, these range from numbering beginning with 1 for freshman to 6 or 7 which is doctoral level. The ...read more
Contributed on May 29, 2008
A part of the Romans series. How did Paul deal with the conflict over "salvation?"
DEALING WITH CONFLICT Romans 4:9-12 * What comes to your mind when you hear this word; Conflict. For the normal person, the very word brings about some physiological changes which correspond to apprehension and stress. Perhaps your heart races, your blood pressure raises a bit, maybe your hands ...read more
Contributed on May 29, 2008
When we examine Abraham’s faith, we discover a model which leads us to a relationship with God.
A Faith Like Abraham Romans 4:13-25 * The word Faith carries many different meanings. First, it means “belief in, devotion to, or trust in somebody or something and many times without logical proof.” In fact, true faith will defy logic. Faith also denotes a ‘system of religious belief or the ...read more
Contributed on Jun 9, 2008
The benefits from being saved are tremendous.
The Benefits Package Romans 5:1-5 * When most people look to secure employment they have several things on their minds. Beyond wanting to know if this job “fits” their skills and will give them some satisfaction, they want to know the pay, the working conditions, AND they want to know the ...read more
Contributed on Jun 29, 2008
In a world of disappointment, what is it which will never disappoint? Paul offers us a word about this.
“Something That Will NEVER Disappoint” Romans 5:6-11 * Last week millions were held almost spellbound by the conclusion of the 108 US Open Golf Tourney. Tiger Woods verses Rocco (Who) Mediate. Talk about a David and Goliath show down! Tiger, the number one rated golfer in the world going up ...read more
Contributed on Jul 14, 2008
The Best and the Worst of times - this is message looks at the First Adam and the Last Adam.
A TALE OF TWO MEN Romans 5: 12-21 * “It was the best of times, It was the worst of times,” and with those two phrases, Charles Dickens begins his classic book entitled, “A Tale of Two Cities.” London and Paris are those two cities. Conflict is always required for drama & both of these cities ...read more
Contributed on Jul 20, 2008
The journey on the Road to Glory involves four point along the way
The Road To Glory Romans 5:18-21 * We are approaching the time for the next Olympic Games. In this setting we get to witness to most talented, gifted, and disciplined athletes in the world. They have worked, trained, sacrificed, and given their all to reach their goal. Without a doubt it is ...read more
Contributed on Aug 4, 2008
As Stephen Covey states, "begin with the end in mind"...doing this will assist us in finding God’s will and way for our lives.
Keeping My Eyes on the Prize Romans 6:15-23 * Some of the most famous words that the Apostle Paul ever penned are found in his letter to the church at Philippi. In chapter 3:13-14 he writes, “ Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things ...read more
Contributed on Aug 21, 2008
Paul offers us an answer to this question by his approach to the law.
Living Life to the Fullest Romans 7:1-6 * In December 2007, the Gallup organization took a survey which revealed 8 in 10 Americans were (are) satisfied with their lives. In fact, almost 6 of 10 are “very satisfied” with their lives. Reading these numbers causes a person to ask this, “What ...read more
Contributed on Aug 26, 2008
This message reveals sin in a little different way.
UNDERSTANDING SIN Romans 7:7-25 (Begin with the skit – “Do Not Touch” – chair) 1. What is it about being told “not to” that cause us to “want to?” For some, reason, just the knowledge that we are not supposed to do “a thing” is enough to motivate us to “do it”. 2. As children, we remember ...read more
Contributed on Sep 9, 2008
Four marks which clarify whether a person has been set free --- or not.
I’VE BEEN SET FREE Romans 8:1-11 * Please turn with me to Romans 8 and let’s begin the chapter which is the “heart” of the Roman letter. Paul’s letter to Rome is “God’s Glorious Gospel” because it gives us hope and help. Let’s read. * Years ago, Albert Brumley wrote a gospel song which has now ...read more
Contributed on Sep 15, 2008
If we are God’s children, we should live as such. This message lifts suggestions to help the believer live as God’s child
LIVE AS GOD’S CHILDREN Romans 8:12-17 * “We are all God’s children!” Have you ever heard this statement? It sounds good, it seems right, it feels good, but there is absolutely no Biblical truth to it. Today across this nation there is a widely held view that everyone is in the family of God and ...read more
Contributed on Sep 22, 2008
There are some reasons God has and we should have "High Expectations" for life.
HIGH EXPECTATIONS Romans 8:16-25 * In 1999 the Broadman Holman Publishers released a book written by Dr. Thom Rainer entitled, “High Expectations.” The thesis of this book is that churches who expect much from their members get much. Conversely, it is true that if a church expects little, it ...read more
Contributed on Oct 6, 2008
This passage gives us 3 ways in which we see that "God IS For Us."
GOD IS FOR US Romans 8:26-30 * Don Moen is a name which is well known among modern day musicians. He has written some of the most beloved and sung songs of our time. As a writer/producer/publisher, he and the team at Integrity Music developed and released Worship projects for choirs. One of ...read more
Contributed on Oct 14, 2008
When confronted about my faith, what can I say?
WHAT SHALL I SAY? Romans 8:31-39 * Have you ever been in position where you NEEDED to say something and didn’t know what to say? Certainly, we all have. Quite frankly, every person holds some fear of being in that situation. * When does this seem to happen? Well two of those possibilities ...read more
Contributed on Nov 18, 2008
When we take our time and "Walk" through the word, we discover personal principles in even the most difficult passages
Walking in the Word Romans 9:6-17 * Turn with me to Romans 9 and let’s read verses 6-17. * Romans 9-11 are almost a “book” unto themselves. In fact, at least one preacher thinks this section of Romans needs to be dealt with independently of the rest of the book. Certainly there seems to be ...read more
Contributed on Nov 23, 2008
This message lists some of the life-changing wonders discovered in God’s Word
The Wonder of God’s Word Romans 9:17-29 * Let’s Read a couple of verses together this morning; * Psalms 119:11 “I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against You.” * Ps 119:105 “Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.” * Ps 119:160 “The entirety of ...read more
Contributed on Dec 8, 2008
What is Jesus and His gospel to you?
Stumbling Stone or Building Block Romans 9:30-33 * How many people here want to go to heaven? Over the years, I have heard many stories about preachers asking that question. * One preacher stood before his congregation and asked, “If you are ready to go to heaven, please stand?” And the entire ...read more
Contributed on Jan 28, 2009
This gives us a good understanding of Paul’s teaching about salvation
UNDERSTANDING SALVATION Romans 10:1-13 * One of the saddest and greatest tragedies in history is recorded in April of 1912. The much heralded and unsinkable Titanic sank in the icy waters of the North Atlantic. The lost of life was tremendous. In the aftermath of this tragedy, I am told that a ...read more