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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
I currently serve as Senior Pastor of Harvest Church in Knoxville, Tn. I was sent out from Trinity Chapel of Knoxville in 1993 accompanied by my wife Sheila our four children Sarah, Hannah, Josiah & Isaac and a handful of bold, brave and committed believers determined to plant our first church. Pioneering is hard work but well worth the journey. That is why we desire to make disciples of Christ who will, like us, also embrace the call to plant churches.

Monday, August 18, 2008

If God

Has anyone been following the Summer Olympics this year?

America has an amazing swimmer on the men’s team. His name is Michael Phelps and he has broken the gold medal count record and has set new world records 7 out of 8 wins. He was invincible. During the teams race, having Michael on the team pretty much guaranteed victory, when he swam he would pull so far ahead of the others that his teammates couldn’t lose.

To have such a capable person on your side in the race can lead to a real sense of stability, and confidence. If Michael is for us who can be against us. Sounds a lot like,

Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

A profound truth that is seldom realized, but greatly needed. I need this truth. You need this truth.

To realize this truth we must understand something of the nature of God in it.

Our attempts to get something from it without seeing God’s nature revealed in it, will be like an old man without teeth trying to gum an apple to get nourishment. Try as he may, without teeth that apple will do him no good.

The nature of God is the teeth of this glorious truth in Romans 8.

For it to say who can be against us does not mean that no one will be. It is not implying that we will never again know hardship and that every situation will work out according to what we desire.

Implied is, “who can be against us and totally defeat us?” Who can contest what God has done? This confidence is rooted in who God is, and what He has committed to do.
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