Synopsis: President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation immediately changed the status of over three million slaves.They were now legally declared free. However it would be several years later before they actually began enjoying their freedom. In Romans 6:15-23, we find the Christians' Emancipation Proclamation. Are you enjoying your freedom by serving your new Master? Paul presents eye-opening truth that challenges us with the implications of our new freedom.
Synopsis: In part 2 of "The Christian's Declaration of Independence," we now see the practical application of the truths Paul says we must know and believe to be personally true. God's divinely inspired order must be followed: rearranging the order or substituting our own means our attempts at spiritual victory are doomed to failure.
Synopsis: Romans 6 presents to us the Christian's Declaration of Independence. If we as born-again believers would live as free men and women, there are some critical truths about the Gospel we must know as a fact and by experience!
Synopsis: Many blame God for the choices they make and for the hardships they endure. They attribute characteristics to God that are only true of sinful man. Like the Jews who escaped to Egypt their belief that life was better without God and His laws. They blamed Him for their misery.
Synopsis: There are two perspectives on life - one oriented around self and this world; the other around God and the world to come. "Men of this world" live as if this world is all that exists and all that really matters. David lived as if God really existed and eternity is what really matters. With which of these two do you identify? How does your lifestyle answer that question? If the infinite God is not enough to satisfy you, then nothing finite can or ever will.
Synopsis: In response to the pity expressed about her condition, "That poor soul...she was blind from birth and never got to see," Fanny Crosby's response was "There is nothing so tragic as to be able to see and not have vision." The challenge for the Christian today is to maintain a proper focus on Christ with the two-fold perspective that is to be kept in its proper order: 1) God's Promises and 2) Faith's Pilgrimage.
Synopsis: In a proverb designed to indicate the impossibility of something naturally happening, Luke 19:1-10 presents a living illustration of the truth Jesus taught in chapter 18: "a camel passes through the eye of a needle."
Synopsis: When we are either distressed and/or puzzled by troubling times, we are tempted to deny the truthfulness of that little prayer often taught to little children: “God is great; God is good; let us thank Him….” From 2 Corinthians 1, let's see what one of those characteristics of God's goodness we are often tempted to deny -- His love.