(Transcribed from actual tape) February 12, 1984 AM
Open your Bibles if you would to Romans, Chapter Number Five. Let us bow
for prayer together.
"Dear Father, everytime we open Your Word we look there and we read there
with great expectation, knowing that though the verses sometimes are famil-
iar and sometimes they're strange, that Your Holy Spirit has a way of
quir-kening our hearts and our minds and dealing with us or encouraging us.
Thank You for this wonderful truth that gives us clear instructions as to
how we are to live. Lord, You speak in this hour. Let me get out of the
way so that Thy Word and Thy holy and divine message might not only be
heard, but may we truly receive it and apply it and apprehend it and put
it in our lifestyles. For we make this prayer through Jesus Christ our
living Lord. Amen."
This past week a fellow came up to me and asked, "Are you a longhorn prea-
cher?" I said, "Well, what is a longhorn preacher?" He said, "A longhorn
preacher has a point over there and a point over there, and a lot of bull
in the middle." And I though about it and I said, "Well, I'll have to con-
fess, there've been occasions that I'm sure you could have classified me
as a "longhorn preacher." But let me tell you something. This morning in
our text, there is no room for longhorn preaching. This is an exciting
word from God! It's a word of great encouragement. It's a word that tells
all of us who are Christians of our position of the benefits we have now
that we are men and women who have given our hearts and lives to Jesus
Christ. Now, as we run through the book of Romans, if we're going to com-
prehend it and stay together, we're going to have to drop back periodically
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