Text: Romans 11:11 – 12:3 – We live in a culture that celebrates outward appearance to the point where we will try to deceive others to believe something about us that is not true. Like cheating in a race or on a test, we are presenting a false picture of who we are. At times Christians also present a facade of who we are, somehow trying to convince ourselves and others that we can make it thru live on our own – we can cross the finish line in our own strength. Pastor Russ reminds us from this text that there is NOTHING we can do to “cross the finish line” into eternity apart from the saving grace of God. As a result of that incredible gift, we then offer ourselves as a living sacrifice to God as an act of worship (Rom.12:1-2).