In All These Things (Romans 8:31-38)

In All These Things (Romans 8:31-38)

We are the champions! We are the champions! No time for losers, ‘Cause we are the champions of the world! Do you often feel like a champion, or a loser? A few weeks back, I took a challenge to walk 3 to 5 miles 6 days per week for 6 weeks. One day about 2 weeks ago, there was rain in the forecast, but not until the afternoon. It was still pretty early in the morning, so I decided to risk it. I walked to the Post Office, then I walked here, to…continue reading →
All Things for Good (Romans 8:26-30)

All Things for Good (Romans 8:26-30)

You’ve probably heard and maybe even said many times that God is good, but do you really believe it? In her book, The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Book wrote: Often I have heard people say, “How good God is! We prayed that it would not rain for our church picnic, and look at the lovely weather!” Yes, God is good when He sends good weather. But God was also good when He allowed my sister, Betsie, to starve to death before my eyes in a German concentration camp. I remember one occasion when…continue reading →

Easter: An Emotional Roller Coaster (John 20:1-10)

I kind of like roller coasters, and yet, I’m kind of scared of roller coasters. I still remember the first time I took my oldest daughter on a roller coaster. Amber was about 8 or 9 years old, and she was terrified. She screamed the whole time, but as soon as it was over, she said she loved it! I think the thing that makes roller coasters so fun is that they make you feel so alive, it’s a rush, and yet, you kind of wonder if you’re going to die. You know,…continue reading →
Redeeming You and Creation (Romans 8:18-25)

Redeeming You and Creation (Romans 8:18-25)

[Video: Date Miserable People Commercial] I am not necessarily endorsing this particular dating service, but it does have an interesting idea, doesn’t it? The concept is just that instead of acting like a happy, healthy person, you should just admit that you’re miserable and suffering. And if we’re honest with one another, it can actually lead to a happier, healthier life. In other words, if we confess our sins and suffering, we might actually be able to be redeemed, or be rescued from, our sins and suffering. The Bible says 1 John 1:9:…continue reading →
God is Your Father (Romans 8:14-17)

God is Your Father (Romans 8:14-17)

When you ask most people where God is, they’ll tell you one of three things. They’ll either tell you that God is nowhere, that God is everywhere, or that God is in heaven. And each of these things says a ton not only about what they believe about God, but also about our ability to relate with God. So I want you to stop and think for a second how you would answer that question. Where is God? Those that say that God is nowhere usually mean one of two things. Either God…continue reading →
Set Free! (Romans 8:1-13)

Set Free! (Romans 8:1-13)

[Picture of the Game of Life board game] Have any of you played this game? Yeah, it’s the Game of Life. I played it quite a bit when I was a kid. The tag line on the box is, “Your Life, Your Way,” which sounds kind of appealing. The rules are simple. You spin the spinner, and do whatever it tells you to do. You get a job. You add a spouse, and some kids. You follow the rules. And if you follow all the rules, eventually, you can win the game. I…continue reading →
What Are You Doing??? (Romans 7:14-25)

What Are You Doing??? (Romans 7:14-25)

In 1934, Walt Disney wanted to make Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, his first full-length animated movie, perfect. They worked on it for almost 4 years, spending $1.5 million, and the 750 artists drew over a million drawings for the film. Ward Kimball, one of the animators for Snow White, worked 240 days on a 4 1/2 minute sequence for the movie in which the dwarfs made soup for Snow White and almost destroyed the kitchen in the process. It was a funny scene! After seeing the sequence, Walk Disney also thought…continue reading →
How and Why We Died (Romans 7:7-13)

How and Why We Died (Romans 7:7-13)

[Video of Jordan Peterson] Jordan Peterson: If your gonna make your kids tough, which they better be if they’re gonna survive in the world, you can’t interfere when they’re doing dangerous things carefully. Interviewer: Think about it, that specifically. Dangerous things carefully. That’s such a place where kids learn. Jordan Peterson: That is the only place they learn. That’s where everyone learns everything. When you’re doing dangerous things carefully. That’s where you learn. And so [if] you interfere with that, you interfere with the process by which your children expand their competence. And…continue reading →
Working toward Eternal Life (Romans 6:15-7:6)

Working toward Eternal Life (Romans 6:15-7:6)

In the parable of the unforgiving servant, a king forgave one of his servants a huge debt. But upon being forgiven, the servant went out and found a fellow servant who owed him a much smaller amount, grabbed him, choked him, and demanded to be paid back. When the king heard about this, the king called his first servant back to him, and said to him: You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Shouldn’t you also have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy…continue reading →