One of my favorite scenes in all of the Star Wars movies is when Han Solo is about to fly the Millenium Falcon into an asteroid field. When C-3P0 tells him that survival is nearly impossible, Han shakes his head and says, "Never tell me the odds!" When faced with overwhelming circumstances, his faith in himself was strengthened. For the Christian, our faith in Christ should also be strengthened in the face of impossible odds
When my dad passed away a year ago, he made a promise to my son Lucas. You see, both of them are big NASCAR fans and Dad had a large collection of toy race cars. He wanted Lucas to have his collection when he died, so, that's what happened. Lucas' inheritance was a large collection of NASCAR toys and memorabilia that he adores in part because it's NASCAR but more because it came from Grandpa. The apostle Paul has a little something to say about inheritances in Romans 4. I hope you can join us this Sunday at 10 am as we study Romans 4:13-18 to find out what that message is.
There is an age old debate - which came first, the chicken or the egg? While the answer is plain in Scripture (the chicken came because it doesn't say God created eggs, he created birds), what does it really matter? In this case, probably not much, but in some cases, what comes first is a matter of life and death. Such is the case of faith and works.
Recently I watched a video on YouTube from a young couple who travels the world making videos. They had a health scare and the wife said that they were so blessed to get to do what they do. But, is that how the Bible defines blessings? According to our passage this week, where Paul quotes from the Psalms, God's blessings usually take a different form than what we often think.
It's been a couple of months, but this Sunday, we return to our series in Romans. Whenever you've been away for awhile, it's good to reorient yourself to the what has happened before. I encourage you to read Romans 1:1-4:8 to reorient yourself as we consider how are we justified before God.