RESPONDING TO GOD’S MERCY IN GRATITUDE AND SURRENDER LEADS TO SACRIFICIAL SERVICE – ROMANS 12:1-8

  “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be … Continue reading

“DO NOT THINK MORE HIGHLY OF YOURSELF THAN YOU OUGHT” – ROMANS 12:3

 “For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound (sober) judgment, as God has allotted to … Continue reading

STOP BEING CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD BY BEING TRANSFORMED BY GOD’S WORD – ROMANS 12:2

“And do not be conformed to this world (aiōn -age), but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” The “spirit … Continue reading

GOD CANNOT BE MOCKED. A MAN REAPS WHAT HE SOWS.” GALATIANS 6:7-10

Dear Friends,  “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.  For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows … Continue reading

A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE – SEVEN PICTURES OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

     [“Christmas is about hope. “Long lay the world in sin and error pining. Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.” Jesus’ … Continue reading

WALKING WITH OTHERS IN LOVE, MUTUAL SUPPORT AND ACCOUNTABILITY – GALATIANS 5:25-6:6

Dear Friends,                                                           “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another. Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, … Continue reading

ROMANS 12:1 – RESPONDING IN LOVE TO OUR LOVING, MERCIFUL GOD

“I beseech you (beg, entreat, exhort, urge, but not command) you (us) therefore (remember all Paul, by the Spirit, has taught us about God in the first 11 chapters of Romans and especially about the mercy of God), brethren (he … Continue reading

OVERVIEW OF ROMANS 9-11 – ISRAEL’S PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

As we study Romans 9-11, I think it is important to understand God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility in salvation and in all of life because we’re trying to understand, as best we can as finite beings, the nature of God … Continue reading

“DID GOD REALLY SAY…?” – “THEY WILL NOT ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE”

As I began preparing the teaching for Romans 9-11, I realized that this would be some tough sledding for me to prepare it and teach it and for all of us to grasp it and apply to our lives. Significant … Continue reading

ELECTION, FREE WILL AND ETERNAL SECURITY – ROMANS 8:29-39

“For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, … Continue reading

GROANING FOR GLORY WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT – ROMANS 8:22-29

  “For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, … Continue reading

GALATIANS 5:13-25 – THE DEEDS OF THE FLESH VERSUS THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

Dear Friends,                                                           “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one … Continue reading

ROMANS 8:14-25 – GOING FOR THE GUSTO OR GROANING FOR GLORY

“For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by … Continue reading

“Keep in step with the Spirit” Galatians 5:16-26

Dear Friends,                                                                The cell of a simple blade of grass is far more complex than the largest computer made by man. And the smallest deeds done in the Spirit are of far more value than the greatest work … Continue reading

ARE YOU BEING LED, DRIVEN, OR DRIFTING? ROMANS 8:14-16

“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have … Continue reading

THE POWER OF SPIRITUAL THINKING – ROMANS 8:5-14

As we continue our study of Romans 8 we recall that we are no longer under God’s condemnation both now and eternally (hell) because we are “in Christ Jesus” (v.1) and in our new nature we love to obey and … Continue reading

WALKING IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT- ROMANS 8:1-4

“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3 For what the Law … Continue reading

NO CONDEMNATION BECAUSE JESUS PAID IT ALL – ROMANS 8:1-4

“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3 For what the Law … Continue reading

IF I AM DEAD TO SIN THEN WHY DOES IT FEEL SO ALIVE? – ROMANS 7

As new creatures in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17) we have a new relationship with God (Romans 5:1), a new relationship with sin (Romans 6:2) and as we will see in Romans 7, a new relationship with the law (God’s moral … Continue reading