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Are you pecksniffian? You really don’t want to be pecksniffian but if you are you probably don’t see it. People around you know if you’re pecksniffian. It’s unpleasant to say the least. Religious people are very susceptible to it. It was a deep seated problem in Judaism. It’s understandable why the Jews struggled with pecksniffianism given their special relationship with God:

Direct download: 2018-0311_Romans_Nelson.mp3
Category:Romans: The Righteousness Of God Revealed -- posted at: 9:30am PST

When our children were little and we were out in public, they would wander. Despite our instructions to stay with us, they would wander off. A few times I just let them; I could always see them, but they couldn’t see me. They thought it was great; they didn’t realize I was disciplining them by letting them wander off. They were having a great time free to go wherever they pleased until after a little while it dawned on them they were alone, they couldn’t see us, they didn’t know how to find us…

Direct download: 2018-0304_Romans_Nelson.mp3
Category:Romans: The Righteousness Of God Revealed -- posted at: 8:30am PST

I was trying to remember the first time I shared the Gospel. In 1976, Campus Crusade for Christ launched a nationwide evangelistic campaign called “I Found It”. I was a high school sophomore. The campaign included telephone evangelism. I remember several evenings at the church calling through our local telephone directory and sharing the gospel with those willing to listen. I vividly remember how nervous I felt; my heart was racing and my mouth was completely dry I could hardly speak. Truth be told, each time I dialed I hoped nobody would pick up!

Direct download: 2018-0225_Romans_Nelson.mp3
Category:Romans: The Righteousness Of God Revealed -- posted at: 8:30am PST

Many years ago a young man completed our youth pastor internship and began searching for a youth pastor position. We were shocked to encounter churches that offered to hire him on the first phone call sight unseen. He was offered jobs without submitting a resume, a statement of faith or references. How would you feel if we did this here at Grace? How would you feel if we hired a youth pastor after one phone call? Moms and Dads, how would you feel sending your junior high and high school students to be taught by a young man we knew nothing about?

Direct download: 2018-0218_Romans_Nelson.mp3
Category:Romans: The Righteousness Of God Revealed -- posted at: 8:30am PST

The book of Romans is one of the most powerful and influential books ever written. Augustine, one of the most brilliant theologians of the early church, came to faith after reading Romans chapter thirteen. Martin Luther recovered the doctrine of salvation by faith from his study of Romans 1:17 and went on to lead the Protestant Reformation. While listening to the preface of Luther’s commentary on Romans, John Wesley felt his heart "strangely warmed" and he was saved. John Wesley and his brother Charles were used mightily by God in both England and the United States to bring revival in the eighteenth century. The great Puritan preacher, John Bunyan, was so inspired by Romans that he wrote the immortal Pilgrim’s Progress.

Direct download: 2018-0211_Romans_Nelson.mp3
Category:Romans: The Righteousness Of God Revealed -- posted at: 8:30am PST

Our horizon includes the Rapture, the Kingdom, the Crushing of Satan and, as we will study today, Paradise Restored. The horizon for people separated from God is, however, horribly different. Many people in our society believe there will be some type of judgment in the afterlife. Mistakenly, they believe this judgment will determine who goes to heaven and who goes to hell. The Bible reveals three judgments none of which determine who goes to heaven and who goes to hell. One’s eternal destiny is determined in this life by one's response to Jesus Christ.

Direct download: 2018-0204_Hope_Story_Nelson.mp3
Category:The Story of Hope -- posted at: 8:30am PST

Jesus will fulfill His promises through an event called the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). At the Rapture, the souls of deceased believers will be united with their resurrection bodies. Believers alive at the time of the Rapture will be changed and then caught up to meet the Lord after the resurrection of deceased believers. We don’t know the day or hour of the Rapture. But we do know it happens before Jesus returns.

Direct download: 2018-0128_Hope_Story_Nelson.mp3
Category:The Story of Hope -- posted at: 8:30am PST

As we continue God’s Story of Hope Jesus will reveal something that will not make sense to His disciples. But in the end they will see Jesus was right. We pick up the story early on a Sunday morning in April 33AD.

Direct download: 2018-0121_Hope_Story_Nelson.mp3
Category:The Story of Hope -- posted at: 10:15am PST

Now that Judas is out of the room and into the night, Jesus concludes the last Passover feast in a very intimate way. Speaking dearly to the eleven, He institutes a new type of remembrance. Jesus picks up a cup of wine and some bread. This cup is the third cup of wine that is drunk during the Passover meal. It comes after the main course. It is called The Cup of Redemption. In the Jewish Passover it was symbolic of the blood of the lamb that was sacrificed at the first Passover in Egypt.

Direct download: 2018-0114_Hope_Story_Ingvoldstad.mp3
Category:The Story of Hope -- posted at: 8:30am PST

Last week we ended with Jesus and his disciples in the town of Bethany. Jesus had just called out a dead man from his grave. The countryside was ablaze with the news, and since Bethany is less than two miles from Jerusalem, the leaders of Israel heard the news quickly. Throughout the last few years, Jesus had not only claimed to be God, but had systematically demonstrated control and authority over all areas of life. It was an authority and control that only God could possess. Wind and waves recognized His voice. Demons trembled in fear and followed His instruction. He healed sickness and disease as simply as if he were ordering food from a restaurant. Lazarus was the final straw. Bringing a man back to life, Jesus had control over life itself.

Direct download: 2018-0107_Hope_Story_Ingvoldstad.mp3
Category:The Story of Hope -- posted at: 8:30am PST