Agree to Disagree (Romans 15:5-7)

“That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:6, KJV 1900) Have you ever come to an impasse in a discussion with another who had a differing opinion from you? I had one early on in my military service with a commanding officer.Continue reading “Agree to Disagree (Romans 15:5-7)”

The Supreme Example (Romans 15:3-4)

“For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.” (Romans 15:3, KJV 1900) There was an expression when I grew up that went like this. “Your mother wears combat boots.” Oh, I can tell you that these were fighting words. It was akinContinue reading “The Supreme Example (Romans 15:3-4)”

Obligations of the Strong (Rom 15:1-2)

“We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.” (Romans 15:1–2, KJV 1900) I just watched a documentary about a combat medic named Desmond Doss who was awarded the Medal of Honor forContinue reading “Obligations of the Strong (Rom 15:1-2)”

The Barrier of Poor Stewardship

This is an excerpt from the final chapter of the book upon which I have been working titled, “Hurdling the Barriers – Overcoming the 12 largest barriers to church health and growth.” I am currently working on the second draft and should be working on publishing soon thereafter. “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,Continue reading “The Barrier of Poor Stewardship”

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)”