I Am Not Ashamed (6 Of 18) by Clarence E. Macartney

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I Am Not Ashamed (6 of 18)

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Clarence Edward Macartney

Romans 1:16

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it
is the power of God unto salvation to every one that

Deep in the heart of the Virginia mountains stands an
ancient stone church. In the quiet acre along the
side, close to the wall of the church, sleep the
pioneer forefathers who conquered the wilderness with
rifle, ax, and psalmbook. It is as if they are craving
in death the fellowship of God's house which they
enjoyed in life. In the stone over the portals of the
church are cut these words: "This church was built by
God-fearing inhabitants of this place as a token of
their love for the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus
Christ." What is said there concerning the building of
that mountain church is true of all churches through
all the ages. They were built by men "as a token of
their love for the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus

Paul had preached the gospel in Tarsus, where he was
born; in Jerusalem, the world's holy city; in
Damascus, the world's oldest city; in Antioch, the
golden city on the Orontes; in Ephesus, where the
world's greatest temple, the Temple of Diana, stood;
in Athens, the city of the mind and the home of the
philosophers; and when he wrote this letter to the
Romans he was preaching the gospel in Corinth, the
metropolis of Greece. But not yet had he preached the
gospel at Rome, the heart of the world. It had long
been his desire and ambition to go to Rome and preach
the gospel of Christ there. "I must see Rome," had
been the determination of his mind; but every time he
planned to go to Rome something came up to prevent
him. Unable to go to the city in person, he writes
this letter to the church and the Christians at Rome.

Because of his frequent failures to get to Rome, there
were some apparently who were taking the view that
Paul was reluctant or ...

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