Lovers of Pleasure More Than Lovers of God Rick Renner …lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God…. — 2 Timothy 3:4 It can seem a little heavy when we’re reading Paul’s list of characteristics of society in the last days, especially when the Greek words he used in that text are expounded on and … More Lovers of Pleasure More Than Lovers of God
Uncivilized Rick Renner …fierce, despisers of those that are good.… — 2 Timothy 3:3 The material I am about to present concerns a subject that I normally wouldn’t write about. However, it provides a powerful illustration of the depravity Paul prophesied would occur during the last days (see 2 Timothy 3:2,3), and I believe it … More Uncivilized
The Breakdown of Family Relationships Rick Renner …without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers… — 2 Timothy 3:3 When I was a young boy, each night our family gathered around the table in the dining room for the evening meal. Mother cooked while my sisters and I set the plates and silverware on the table, and … More The Breakdown of Family Relationships
Looks Can Be Deceiving! Rick Renner Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? — 2 Corinthians 10:7 Denise and I decided to attend an art auction in Moscow simply because we wanted to do something fun and different. We were not going to purchase art, but we thought it might be fun to … More Looks Can Be Deceiving!
A Self-Absorbed, Self-Consumed Society Rick Renner For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous…. — 2 Timothy 3:2 As you drive down the highway to a town or city, signs are regularly posted along the side of the road to keep you on track and help you monitor how far you are from … More A Self-Absorbed, Self-Consumed Society
Diversity in the Church Rick Renner And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. — 1 Corinthians 12:21 Have you ever wondered why people are the way they are? We all come from different backgrounds, and … More Diversity in the Church
Being in the Right Place at the Right Time Rick Renner As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. — Romans 8:14 When I was a young man growing up in the city of Tulsa, I always thought I would attend Oral Roberts University (ORU). ORU was … More Being in the Right Place at the Right Time
Abounding Grace Rick Renner But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. — Romans 5:20 In yesterday’s Sparkling Gem, I recounted the time we baptized 926 new believers in a public swimming pool during the first meetings we held in the former Soviet Union. But there is more to this amazing story! As I … More Abounding Grace
A Self Image Booster Rick Renner Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? — 1 Corinthians 3:16 In the final days of the Soviet Union, the leaders of one prominent city decided they would build a spectacular hotel to impress the many foreign … More A Self Image Booster
Second to None! Rick Renner For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what has thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it? — 1 Corinthians 4:7 In the January 17 Sparkling Gem, I wrote about the feeling of … More Second to None!