What God Does with Defiant People (Romans 10:14-21)

What God Does with Defiant People (Romans 10:14-21)

A poor farmer went to his banker and said, "I've got some good news and some bad news. Which one do you want to hear first?” The banker replied, "Well let's get the bad news over with first." So the farmer said, "Ok, I need to let you know that I’ve had a bad year and I can't pay the mortgage I owe you on my house. And since it was such a bad year, I also can't repay any of the money I borrowed for my new machinery either, nor can I…continue reading →
Call on His Name (Romans 10:1-13)

Call on His Name (Romans 10:1-13)

In 2018, several faith groups in Danville, Virginia came together to accomplish a world-record. In a period of 3 days and 4 hours, about 170 people took shifts in reading through the entire Bible straight through. And they did it! In just 76 hours, around the clock, they read through the whole Bible, beating the previous record of 113 hours. So I didn’t break any records, but in 2016, during my first 6-week sabbatical, I read through the Bible in a period of 8 days. I would have done it faster, but being…continue reading →
Stumbling Over Jesus (Romans 9:30-33)

Stumbling Over Jesus (Romans 9:30-33)

Being that it’s Father’s Day, I should probably at least start my sermon this morning with a few good dad jokes. Why do fathers take an extra pair of socks when they play golf? In case they get a hole in one! My wife says I should do lunges to stay in shape. That would be a big step forward. I’m afraid for the calendar. Its days are numbered. I’m not sure that God tells any dad jokes, but I do know that He’s our Father, and He loves to welcome us into…continue reading →
Wait for Him (Lamentations 3:22-24)

Wait for Him (Lamentations 3:22-24)

In 1981, a millionaire named Eugene Lang promised a class of sixth graders: “Stay in school, and I’ll pay your college tuition.” The students in that class went on to have the highest percentage of graduates in that school and in that area for years. It wasn’t because that class was smarter or more advantaged, it was because they were given hope. On the show The Office, Michael Scott, who had a reputation for putting his foot in his mouth, made the same promise to an underprivileged class of third graders. But when…continue reading →
Hope in Him (Lamentations 3:22-24)

Hope in Him (Lamentations 3:22-24)

Because of the tragedy this week, I want to take a break today from my preaching through Romans in order to preach a message about hope. I think God wants all of us to hear this: No matter what, there’s always hope. Lamentations 3:22-24 says this: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” (Lamentations 3:22-24) In my opinion, this is one of…continue reading →
Talking Back to God (Romans 9:14-29)

Talking Back to God (Romans 9:14-29)

If you ever want to have an argument with other genuine Christians, read Romans 8-11 with them. Because genuine Christians are all over the place on these chapters. I’ve seen so many pastors get so heated about how other pastors understand these verses, and they start attacking one another, and accusing one another of not even being Christians, and I’m just like, “Guys, we all love Jesus!” So it should go without saying that when I preach on these chapters, this is my understanding of these verses, and you might see things differently,…continue reading →
God’s Unfailing Promise (Romans 9:6-13)

God’s Unfailing Promise (Romans 9:6-13)

Sing along if you’re comfortable doing so! Amazing hate, how can it be? That You, My King, would condemn me? Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless hate of God Yeah, He hates us Oh, how He hates us Oh, how He hates us Oh, how He hates It’s interesting that we often sing about the love of God, but I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a song about the hatred of God. Maybe there are some, I don’t know, but if so, they’re few and far between. And before you say that God is…continue reading →