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    Holy Obsession - Romans 15:14-33

    Originally preached on April – June 2006

    Remember, you are God's sword, His instrument - a chosen vessel unto Him to bear His name. It is not great talent that God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus Christ. A holy Christian is an awesome weapon in the hand of God. -Robert Murray McCheyne, 1836 At the very heart of someone with a holy obsession is the realization that God doesn't just choose sinners to be partakers in His divine nature, He chooses the worst of them. Unless we, like McCheyne, remind ourselves of the great indebtedness we have to the gospel every day of our lives, we will begin to content ourselves with becoming a retired display on a wall-like swords at a museum used in wars past, dulled and rusted-rather than active weapons in the hands of an awesome God.

    Scripture References

    • Romans 15:14
    • Romans 15:15 - 16
    • Romans 15:17 - 19
    • Romans 15:20 - 29
    • Romans 15:30 - 33
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    Portraits of Mom

    Originally preached on May 2003 – May 2006

    What kind of legacy are you leaving your children? Are you succeeding as a mother? These questions accompany a myriad of concerns, doubts, and pressures in the minds of "mommies" all over the world. As those doting little eyes peer up at you in absolute dependence . . . an internal cry for help swells. Wouldn't it be great if all mothers had someone to look to for help? Someone to demonstrate the important things to do? Someone to impart biblical wisdom? Join Stephen in this revealing study and learn the answer to those questions from God's perspective, as you look upon and contemplate these portraits of women in Scripture -- women whom God called successful. Unlike the world, their legacy was not measured by fame or fortune, but by their faithfulness to God and His Word.