True Strength, True Status…and True Greatness

Well you are not going to believe this…and actually I hate to even say this but today is the last Sunday of the Roman series!  We are going to end this study today looking at Romans 15…now there is a Romans 16, that I would encourage you to read on your own, but today we end this series with what I see as something extremely important, and frankly something that is just so hard to grasp if we . . . Read More »

The Umbrella

Last week when Sam read Romans 12, it was fantastic. Here is why. Romans 12 takes spiritual concepts and shows how you practically live them out. Romans 12:1-3, 9-12 Take your everyday, ordinary life — your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life — and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. 2 Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into . . . Read More »

Romans 12- Living Like Christ

  So today we continue this study of the book of Romans and today is a pretty special day.  Today is Father’s Day, and I have to say that I am just amazed at how this series and this chapter of Romans fits into a Father’s Day talk.  We will be walking through Romans 12, it is a powerful chapter of scripture with a very clear message.  I think that you can really sum up what Paul is . . . Read More »

Romans 11…The Watchmen Speak

So today we continue this walk through the book of Romans.  What an incredible letter that Paul wrote to the Church of Rome!  I have to tell you that I am having a blast inside this series.  I have enjoyed my time in this series, whether that is teaching in it, or listening to what Ken and TJ have brought out in this series, there is just so many amazing truths in this book, and it has been . . . Read More »

They Got it Backwards

Has anyone ever asked you a question you couldn’t answer? You know, spiritual question. Question like: If God is love, why is there pain in this world? I feel depressed, nothing is working, what do I do? I feel lost, I’m cutting myself, what do I do? We go to church and our marriage is awful, what do I do? Today, we read Romans 10 and it gives us the answer to each of those questions. One of . . . Read More »

Trying to Finish God’s Painting with our Markers

Have you ever wondered why things happen and where is God in all of it? God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. MSG Romans 8:29 Think about that for a second. Since the beginning of time, God had a plan. He knew what He is doing. Long before you got here, God’s plan was unfolding. The reality is, we know what scripture tells us about the big picture but we don’t know the details. God . . . Read More »

We All Pick A Side

So last week we tackled all of Chapter 7…the entire chapter and while it was a daunting task I told you that I truly believe there is no better place for all of us human beings to draw strength from, because we see the amazing Apostle Paul saying hey, I tried things my way and it didn’t work.  Remember how he says, “I want to do right but I continue to do what is wrong,” I need help . . . Read More »

The Struggle

So today we are going to really have a big, big challenge.  Up until this point we have been walking through a chunk of a chapter of this letter, but not today.  Today we are going to try and tackle Romans chapter 7…all of it!  So there is a lot to do, but I do want to say on the front end, that if there is one particular chapter of Romans that every person can identify with it . . . Read More »

Meeting In the Middle

So last week Ken really did a great job of helping us see something…Paul continues to unpack for us that we were a complete mess without God and the gift of grace.  He showed us the importance of that shift in focus that we keep coming back to.  It is not about what we do, our focus must stay on what God does.  If we can’t stay focused on God and what He does we can really end . . . Read More »

Releasing the Power of Grace

The biggest thing that has impacted me in this series has been understanding ‘the shift.’ I can’t get my mind off of it. The shift from focusing on ‘what I do’ vs. focusing on ‘what God does.’ What we’ve learned is this: God does not respond to what we do; we respond to what God does. 28 We’ve finally figured it out. Our lives get in step with God and all others by letting him set the pace, . . . Read More »