by Jerry Watts

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Stumbling Stone or Building Block (31 of 49)
Series: Romans - God's Glorious Gospel
Jerry Watts
Romans 9:30-33

• How many people here want to go to heaven? Over the years, I have heard many stories about preachers asking that question.
• One preacher stood before his congregation and asked, "If you are ready to go to heaven, please stand?" And the entire congregation rose to their feet except for OLD CANTANGEROUS JOE. Having everyone else sit, the preacher addressed Joe with, "So Joe you are planning on going to heaven?" To which Joe responded, "Oh yeah, preacher I'm going to heaven." Well, why didn't you stand?" Asked the confused preacher. Dryly, old Joe said, "Well, I thought you were getting us a bus load."
• One day a Priest went into a bar. He said: "All of you who want to go to heaven raise your hands! Nearly everyone raised their hands. A cowboy standing nearby said, 'They are all faking. Only I can point out those who really want to go to heaven! The father said, 'Go ahead my son! Do anything you want' the cowboy took out his pistols and aimed at the crowd and said' whoever wants to go to heaven raise your hands!
• Truth be told, when this life is over everybody wants to go to that better place which we know as heaven but not everyone has discovered the right way to get there. And finding the right way is a discovery indeed!
• We have just read the last four verse of Romans 9, which has the potential to stir up theological debate about a myriad of things which offer us little hope and help in our quest to become right (righteous) before God. But for us, let's see how the truths found in these verses can assist us.
• Look with me in verse 32 and let's consider the last phrase of this verse. It says, "They stumbled over the stumbling stone." Isn't this interesting. There is a rock which, by design, is a stumbling stone? One paraphrase says it's "it's a stone which was in the way." Gene Peterson (The Message) words it, "like a hug ...

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