Deuteronomy 5:16

Honour thy father and thy mother, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

God has established that in honoring Him we are called to honor, to recognize and diligently appreciate the office and role of Father and Mother, we did so on Mother’s Day and today, we will stop to thank God in Heaven for our earthly Fathers, sovereignly assigned to us.

The Book Romans (Sermon #9)

Romans 1:18

When Jesus comes—-All of the harm done by wickedness will be corrected. This sickness that robs joy, steals joy, binds joy that is linked directly to sin will be burned up and purified by fire; Jesus will bring healing…The healing that will come only through the Messiah Himself! Where Joy will be solidified in Him forever. Then the world will become a safe place!

We wont need the stall! The Sun will shine! There will only be the warmth of His glory! No sin, no heartache, no depression, no anxiety, no disappointment! Only the JOY that comes in the morning, that is found in the SUN! 

When Calves, when confined to a stall for extended periods of time, once the doors are opened and the threat of harm is gone, they can leap for joy! they can roam around without fear—they leap for joy! They moo and play and run when turned loose into the sunlight. Malachi is giving us picture of a life outside the stall! The life Jesus will bring in his return will be one of pure joy, peace, and one free of sin and sorrow! Until that day comes….

Romans 15:13

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”

If you are here today lacking in joy, let me leave you with this verse.

1 Peter 1:13

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

The Book Romans (Sermon #8)

Romans 1:17

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

These two verses crystallize the thesis of the entire book Romans—the gospel of Jesus Christ—which Paul will unfold and explain in the following chapters are anchored here, and will serve as the axis on which the rest of this epistle will revolve.

Today is the last Monday of May known in America as Memorial Day. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars, including World War II, The Vietnam War, The Korean War and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

It’s of vital importance we remember those who fought, died and paid the price for what the red, white and blue represents. Even those who’s number was called served with honor, dignity and bravery. Many who were drafted in WW2, Korea and Vietnam refused to go home at the end of the required deployment. They saw the need, they knew they didn’t want what they saw to come back to the homeland, so they stayed, they fought and they died. Their death, their sacrifice purchased for us a freedom, a liberty and a land like no other. There has never been a greater Nation with more wealth, prosperity and access than these United Sates of America.

I submit to you, even as torn and tattered as her inward condition is, She is still worth fighting for. She is still worth dying for, all because She still has great potential, if she will only awaken, be restored and call back on the Bridegroom that made her great! Oh the sacrifice that was paid so we could be free! No words, no pros could ever tell the whole story, of what God has given us in our story of America. 

As Americans we should all remember the sacrifice that has been paid so that we can live and enjoy the goodness of God under a banner of freedom, and we must vow to protect this precious gift from our God.