What happens when you are praying for something that you really want, but is not in line with God's will? How about when you are so distraught that all you can do is let out a heavy sigh towards heaven?
This is an ironic message in that it was the last message I gave, as a testimony, to the guys at our shelter, about the internal struggle to forgive others as Christ forgave us. Moments after this message was over, everyone got to witness the difference between what walking in the spirit produces and what walking in the flesh with a life full of bitterness and anger produces.
In this introduction to Romans we get a little background on Paul as well as where does the book of Romans fall in the early church timeline, and we see what does Paul say about himself and his ministry.
There is a stark contrast between a redeemed businessman who runs his business as if it's God's business, and an unredeemed natural businessman who does whatever it takes to promote themselves and make as much money for themselves as possible.
It's natural to associate with those who are just like us and ignore others, or look up to those of status and wealth, but as followers of Jesus we've been given a supernatural love that should be shown to everyone regardless of their position in life.
Our anger is far too often a result of someone offending us and not necessarily God. Is our anger causing us to not be able to respond to God correctly and giving a foothold to the devil to tempt us to sin more?
Out of all the stars in the universe, our planet is where God has initiated mankind, and out of all the billions of people who have ever or will be born, you are one of them, and yet God wants to hear from you.
God has not changed His expectation for us to obey his moral law, but man has never been able to perfectly keep the law of God and when we sin we have an advocate on our behalf, Jesus Christ the righteous one.
As Jesus wraps up his brief teaching on the law, we get a challenge to go the extra mile to show that God creates within us a supernatural heart that is capable of showing grace to those who don't deserve it, just as he showed grace to us when we didn't deserve it.
Jesus uses adultery as an example to show that sin doesn't begin as an action but rather as a thought. When we realize that at the core of our very thinking process that we're a sinner, it becomes very clear that we need a redeemer and savior who can create within us a new heart.
Jesus is running out of time here on earth and is on a rampage, a teaching rampage. What are the things that he wants to teach his disciples and confront the Pharisees over before he goes to the cross?
In the middle of some of Jesus parables and other teachings, we get this little snippet of what to do when a brother sins against you, which has developed into what we refer to as church discipline. Join us for this special message about what to do with sinners in the church.
With the recent mass shootings, unrest overseas, problems in the economy, lawlessness in the streets, the question of "Why Is There Evil" always comes up. In this two part series, we tackle this question from a biblical point of view.
We go a little deeper into Hymeneaus and Alexander and what it means that they caused their faith to be shipwrecked, and what it means when Paul gave them over to Satan. As we continue in verse 12, Paul uses some transparency to show Timothy that Jesus came to save sinners like Paul himself.
I want people who are hurting, who are lost, who have no sense of direction, I want these people to have a taste of what I've been blessed with. I want them to meet the real Jesus who cares about their every day lives, the every day ordinary people, the Jesus who has paid our ransom so we can have peace.
The Discipleship Center will be a place to break the chains of addictions, rebuild broken lives and give direction to the lost. How many times have I wished for a place like this to reboot my own life. So with all this in mind, I cannot with a clear conscience leave the people who need a hand up in life to fend for themselves when I could easily lend them some support and guidance and to move them along towards where they should be.
For this purpose our mission will be, Until Jesus returns for us or calls us home, we will continually strive to fulfill The Great Commandment, one life at a time.