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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…

Sons and Daughters of Abba

The Holy Spirit – Adoption Agency “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’” (Romans 8:15 ESV) I’m going to assume all of us are familiar with human adoption. I’m also going to…

Killing Sin by the Spirit

For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” (Romans 8:13 ESV) The key phrase here is, “put to death the deeds of the body.” The Greek word for put to death is used 11 times…