Love.

May 31, 2014Pastor's Blog

Love. This concept has been misused and misapplied. Our society tells us that love is whatever feels right or that it’s about making others happy. But Romans 12:9-20 gives us a different view-God’s view. Take a moment and think about your relationships-the good ones and especially the difficult ones and see how your version of love measures up to God’s. Love must be sincere in an insincere world. Love actively clings to what is good. Love is devoted to flawed people. Love honors the undeserving. Love leads by example instead … Read More

Romans 12:1-8 Devotion

May 30, 2014Pastor's Blog

Peter gives us a warning in today’s Scripture. He says that we are not to be conformed to this world’s pattern. If we are not extremely careful, that is exactly what will happen.  Peter, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, gives the solution. Are you ready for it? He says we are to be transformed! Can you picture that? We are to have a new character and an entirely new way of behaving—which is only possible by the renewing of our mind. That is achieved by a new … Read More

HIS Ways are Higher than OUR Ways!

May 29, 2014Pastor's Blog

God’s intention was that Christ’s salvation would be available to all people, not just the Jews. Here, Paul addresses some objections and misconceptions the Jews had about the grace and mercy of Christ. Romans 11:1-36 1. Vs. 1-10. Many Jews felt like God hadn’t kept His covenant to Israel. Paul reminded them that God had preserved a remnant  that would not bow their knees to another God. Most of Israel had turned their back on God, but God never turned His back on those who had true faith. 2. Vs. … Read More

Romans 10:12-13 Devotion

May 28, 2014Pastor's Blog

“For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’”  Romans 10:12-13 It might as well be screaming out to me, “Give yourselves COMPLETELY to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life”. How many of us can honestly declare that statement? How do you know if you have given yourself completely? Do we really understand what Paul meant? … Read More

Romans 9 Devo

May 27, 2014Pastor's Blog

“I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people.”  Romans 9:2 This passage starts off with Paul’s intense concern and love for his people. You find his willingness to be cursed and cut off for the sake of the ones that are lost. When we picture the lost, we picture those who don’t attend church.  The lost go further than outside the church, there may be some in the … Read More

God’s Love > Everything

May 26, 2014Pastor's Blog

 Romans 8:18-39 When pain and “hard times” come into our lives, it’s easy to think that God has abandoned/forgotten us. We think, if He were there, He would have done something by now. However, today’s passage says that nothing can separate us from Christ’s love. Here in this passage we see the neither time, events, power, or any created thing can separate us from the love of God. No events. Not a single distress can remove us from Gods  love, but rather, we can “overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loves … Read More

Spirit Of Adoption

May 24, 2014Pastor's Blog

According to Romans 8:14-17, a key indicator of our spiritual family of origin is our ability (and our willingness) to be led by God’s Spirit. It is a badge of our eternal parentage and our everlasting heritage. And God’s precious Spirit is such a wonderful guide we need never fear where He’ll lead us. His path will always bring us into a place of adoption (sonship), which gives us confidence that we are truly His. Thankfully, we are not His in name only, for in the original Greek language the … Read More

“There is therefore now no condemnation…”

May 23, 2014Pastor's Blog

Romans 8:1-13 “There is therefore now no condemnation…” What a wonderful statement! How relaxing it is to be reminded of this. Our debt is paid, our lives redeemed. The cost has been met, the battle won. “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57) further still “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.” (1 John 5:4) Now we can no longer be condemned … Read More

Rejoice!

May 20, 2014Pastor's Blog

Romans 5  “Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”  Romans 5: 9-11 We are sinners who were separated from God, but saved … Read More

Righteousness Through Faith

May 17, 2014Pastor's Blog

Romans 3:23-31 reminds us that we stand equally guilty of sin and also equally in need of God’s righteousness. God’s plan for our righteousness was fully accomplished by His efforts and due to His sacrificial gift; i.e. we brought nothing to the equation to deserve it and we can do nothing to earn it – it comes solely from His hand of love and grace. We find our justification through His acts of love. He alone is the giver of righteousness and justification and we are merely the receivers. It … Read More