We will advance on two fronts this Sunday, covering the lectionary selections from Romans 8:26-39 and Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52. In Romans, Paul writes about how God’s Spirit helps people with their prayers. This suggests that the Holy Spirit acts as an intermediary between ourselves and God. It is all quite a mystery, but it seems that the very essence of God helps get the core of our prayers delivered properly. Then Paul writes one of the most popular verses in the Bible, Romans 8:28: “. . . all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”Read More →

Today’s message will highlight the lectionary selection from Romans 8:12-25, where Paul the author encourages life by the Spirit. The holistic way in which God created people means that humans are a combination of spirit, emotions, intellect and physical bodies. Thankfully, God calls each person to accomplish is a life of wellbeing that maximizes potential for each of the four vital areas. Paul repeatedly emphasizes the contrast between the spiritual side and the more troublesome parts, which are the self-destructive attitudes and behaviors. “[F]or if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deedsRead More →