Cautious Exercise (Romans 14:20-23)

“Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.” (Romans 14:22, KJV 1900) I knew a young pastor who had no qualm with regards to drinking a beer once in a while. Even though I abstain, I had no problem with hisContinue reading “Cautious Exercise (Romans 14:20-23)”

Loving Restraint (Romans 14:16, 20-23)

“Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats.” (Romans 14:20, ESV) Throughout the Scriptures, we see this theme of giving up on our own desires for the sake of the work to whichContinue reading “Loving Restraint (Romans 14:16, 20-23)”

Proper Pursuit (Romans 14:16-19)

“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. . . So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.” (Romans 14:17, 19, ESV) I was serving as an elder in a church one time whereContinue reading “Proper Pursuit (Romans 14:16-19)”

Do Not Set a Trap (Romans 14:13-16)

“Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.” (Romans 14:13, KJV 1900) There was a time when, as a young man, I did some trapping. There were various ways to trap an animal. I willContinue reading “Do Not Set a Trap (Romans 14:13-16)”

Hurdling the Barrier of Lost Vision

This is the introduction from the book, “Hurdling the Barriers – Overcoming the 12 largest barriers to church health and growth.” I will soon finish working on the second draft and then publishing. “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained” (Proverbs 29:18, NASB95) Years ago, while I was working for a company inContinue reading “Hurdling the Barrier of Lost Vision”

Being Convinced (Romans 14:5-12)

“One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. . .So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” (Romans 14:5, 12, KJV 1900) As we saw yesterday, there are many areas in Christianity where believers have differingContinue reading “Being Convinced (Romans 14:5-12)”

No Quarreling Over Opinions (Romans 14:1-4)

“As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.” (Romans 14:1, ESV) In 1983, the Lord gloriously saved me while reading a Gideon Bible in a Minneapolis hotel room while on business. This launched the most glorious adventure of my life. I remember those early days well.Continue reading “No Quarreling Over Opinions (Romans 14:1-4)”

Time to Awaken (Romans 13:11-14)

“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” (Romans 13:11, KJV 1900) My wife says that I could sleep through anything. Well, it is not totally true, but close. I guess that it is something I developedContinue reading “Time to Awaken (Romans 13:11-14)”

The Only Unpaid Debt (Romans 13:8-10)

“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” (Romans 13:8, KJV 1900) When I was in High School, I remember a huge event at our house. My dad said he was burning the mortgage. I had never heard the expression, but it meant thatContinue reading “The Only Unpaid Debt (Romans 13:8-10)”

Hurdling the Barrier of the Flesh

For those who have been following my progress on the book, “Hurdling the Barriers, Overcoming the 12 largest barriers to church health and growth.” upon which I have been working, I am pleased to announce that I have completed the first draft. The manuscript is 282 pages long and 97,835 words. I hope to completeContinue reading “Hurdling the Barrier of the Flesh”