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Sermons on Romans

Refinement in Forgiveness and Persecution

Refinement in Forgiveness and Persecution – Persecution is a historical pattern. It takes on many forms, and it revisits society in various socially-acceptable ways. Persecution caused the Church of Acts to grow. It separated those who sought only blessing from those willing to deny self and minister life at their own personal expense. Part of…

Wholehearted Prayer and Fasting

Wholehearted Prayer and Fasting —  The Holy Spirit teaches us to pray and is in-sync with the Father’s will. The Holy Spirit shows us where the Bible should shape our prayers, just as the Bible has the power to shape our thoughts and perspectives. He leads us into fasting so that we can affect lasting…

The Spirit Leads Our Prayers

The Spirit Leads Our Prayers —  Prayer and faith are not a formula. Do we ever copy other people’s prayer styles or accept their perspective of God’s will simply because we have failed to experientially developed our own? Is the world affecting our prayer life instead of the other way around? Are we surrendered to…

Citizens of Heaven – Part 2

Citizens of Heaven – Part II  –  This section is Paul’s final thoughts for helping the Philippian Church focus on the most important areas of their faith. I can think of many other important concepts that Paul could have chosen to mention. However, he was inspired by the Holy Spirit to leave the Church with…

The Sufferings of Christ

The Sufferings of Christ    –  Christ’s death was an investment into others’ healing, deliverance, and salvation. We were called to partner in His suffering. This kind of suffering denies our carnal desires and positions us for right-living. In other words, the pursuit of God’s desires is synchronous with the laying down of our own carnal…

The Like-Minded Family of God

The Like-Minded Family of God   –  God’s heart for His family is that we work well together and share a likeminded approach in purpose and love. Having the heart and attitude of Jesus means we must walk in humility as we look out for the interests of others. We are commanded to work hard toward…

Self-confident or God-confident?

God, let us draw close to You; as You long to draw close to us. Holy Spirit, teach us follow Your leading, guard our hearts so that we do not criticize or judge others. Jesus, may we follow Your example in always seeking the Father’s will and not doing things on our own.

God’s Will, Hope, and Favor – Part 3

God’s Will, Hope, and Favor – Part 3 –  Many believers struggle over the will of God. What does He want? Will they miss His will if they make a decision? The presence of options brings anxiety when a believer doesn’t understand God’s value system. We often fail to remember the favor of God beyond our…

God’s Will, Hope, and Favor – Part 2

God’s Will, Hope, and Favor – Part 2  — Many believers struggle over the will of God. What does He want? Will they miss His will if they make a decision? The presence of options brings anxiety when a believer doesn’t understand God’s value system. We often fail to remember the favor of God beyond our…