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Romans 12:3-18 – Do You Know What Your Main Problem Is?

| January 6, 2017

The main problem we have with everyone is they are not us. They don’t think, feel, act or react like us. They don’t always comes to the same conclusions as us, whether about people, issues, the Bible, and “most importantly” – they don’t come to the same conclusions about ourselves that we do. This includes […]

Romans 12 – Where Do You Fit In?

| December 17, 2016

Two goals of every Christian, including (especially) every preacher: 1) Figuring out where you fit in God’s Kingdom; 2) Accepting where you fit in God’s Kingdom. Both require submission. Both require preparation. If you don’t know how God has gifted you in the Spirit (Romans 12), then you can’t fulfill either goal. A Christian doesn’t […]

Romans 1:5; 16:26 – The Obedience of Faith in the Great Physician

| October 13, 2016

“The obedience of faith” (Romans 1:5; 16:26) is an intriguing phrase because of its paradoxical nature. Because of this there is an overemphasis by one side, and almost total neglect by another. That “faith” obeys is a conundrum to some because they look at faith as just a mental concept – I believe or trust […]

Exodus 20:7; Matthew 6:9; Romans 2:24 – Holy Name

| January 7, 2016

The Ten Commandments warn, “Do not take the Lord’s name in vain” (Ex.20:7). Jesus reasoned in the model prayer, “Holy is your name” (Mt.6:9). Paul writes, “The name of God is blasphemed…because of you” (Rom.2:24). This goes far beyond but includes how we speak: 1) Do we promise something in God’s name and renege? 2) […]

Romans 12-13 – Syrian Refugees

| November 17, 2015

Good-hearted people are confused over what should be done with the Syrian refugees. I hope we all use these real-time ethical situations to hone our understanding of God’s demands upon us Christians. Have you noticed Romans 12 ends with an admonition to love and feed our enemies and not take violent revenge? Have you noticed […]

Romans 5:8 – Tolerating the Left and Right

| October 5, 2015

Why is it impossible for unbelievers to understand how a Christian can be against a sin, and yet love the sinner? First and as always, we believers must look at ourselves. Do we say “love” but act in hate? Do we preach against sin, but refuse to associate with sinners? Second, despite all the talk […]

Romans 1:20 – Ex Nihilo

| September 4, 2015

In declaring the omnipotence of God, and the impotence of humans, Christian apologists often point out that God created everything out of nothing – ex nihilo. This is something humans cannot do. We always need a starting substance. God did, man cannot. Not to take away from the glory of ex nihilo, but God did […]

Romans 1:18-20 – Necessary Inference

| July 31, 2015

When discussing how to establish authority, some have given up on commands, examples, and necessary inference (or better implication). If you see the acronym CENI, that is what this is. One common way to disparage it is to ask the seemingly unanswerable question, “Necessary to who?” The point then is made, what is necessary to […]

Romans 1:18ff – What Does God Require?

| July 31, 2015

What God requires of us takes honesty. God requires that we recognize reality. Upon recognizing reality we respond. The reality is He is the Creator and we His creation. Everything stems from that reality (Rom.1:18ff). Just think of how many sins deny the image of God within us, within all.

Romans 1 – An Increase in Homosexuality?

| July 4, 2015

Consider this: Homosexuality will increase within the United States. Although some statistics show that currently the majority of those who suffer homosexual desires were sexually molested as a child, I predict the number of people who practice homosexuality will rise. The reasons are two-fold. First, according to Romans 1, same-sex attraction is actually the result […]