Peace Access and Hope (Romans 5:1-2)

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1–2, KJV 1900) I was in high school and college in the late 60’s and earlyContinue reading “Peace Access and Hope (Romans 5:1-2)”

The Convincing Proof (Romans 4:18-25)

“And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, andContinue reading “The Convincing Proof (Romans 4:18-25)”

The Barrier of Lost Love for God

Chapter three of the book, “Hurdling Barriers,” focuses on the barrier of a lost love for God. It is a barrier to which no church will admit, but it is not uncommon. Moreover, many churches may have this barrier without even knowing it. What follows is a brief introduction to the chapter. “You shall loveContinue reading “The Barrier of Lost Love for God”

Standing on the Promises (Rom 4:18-22)

“Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb:Continue reading “Standing on the Promises (Rom 4:18-22)”

Faith and Promises (Romans 4:13-16)

“For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: Because the law worketh wrath:Continue reading “Faith and Promises (Romans 4:13-16)”

Faith is First (Romans 4:9-12)

“How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe” (Romans 4:10–11, KJV 1900)Continue reading “Faith is First (Romans 4:9-12)”

True Blessedness (Romans 4:1-9)

“. . . Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.” (Romans 4:7–8, KJV 1900) As you look around and see people, you will notice that so many are frustrated and desperately seeking happiness. They search in many placesContinue reading “True Blessedness (Romans 4:1-9)”

No Boasting (Romans 3:27-31)

“Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.” (Romans 3:27, KJV 1900) I taught a Sunday School class on humility one time and I thought I would give an object lesson. I began the teaching by bragging about all the great things I hadContinue reading “No Boasting (Romans 3:27-31)”

Hurdling the Barrier of Self-Sufficiency

As I have been doing, here is a synopsis of chapter two of the book, “Hurdling the Barriers” – to church health and growth. “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6,Continue reading “Hurdling the Barrier of Self-Sufficiency”

The Appeasement (Romans 3:21-26)

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearanceContinue reading “The Appeasement (Romans 3:21-26)”