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The Inseparable Love of God

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than…

If Jesus ____ for Us, Who Can Stand Against Us?

“Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” (Romans 8:33-34 ESV) “Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect?” The answer? Lots…

If He Gave His Best, He’ll Give the Rest

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32 ESV) How Christians Live on Romans 8:32 There…

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He Glorified “And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” (Romans 8:30 ESV) Of all the words in this verse, this one is the shocker and contains the main point of the whole thing. Why? Glorification is the Bible…

God’s Purpose is our Christlikeness

“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” (Romans 8:29 ESV) How do we conform to the likeness of Christ? Let me summarize it with this, “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory…

Our Groans, God’s Good

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 ESV) What is the Assurance From our Sovereign God? The guarantee – for good What is the greatest evil or injustice ever done in human history? The murder of…

From Groans to Glory: Our Bodies

Do you like your body? Do you look at your body and groan a little? Do you have aches and pains you didn’t used to have? Are you better looking this week than you were last week? Do you view your body as part of God’s saving plan for your future? Do you view eternity…

From Groans to Glory: Creation

Some years ago, we had a funeral and said goodbye to a pillar of the community. Bob Brown had taught at Crown Point schools for years and he was a football coach. Even after retirement, he rarely missed a Crown Point Bulldogs football game. A lot of people showed up for the viewing and funeral.…

On Saying Goodbye

Who likes saying goodbye? Nobody. The hardest goodbyes are the permanent earthly ones. Holidays are hard, especially for those who have recently grieved the loss of a loved one. As a pastor, I often hear about “the first year” of grief. The first Thanksgiving and the first Christmas provide an unwelcome reminder of who isn’t…