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Sacrifice for Success Romans 12:1-8

Sacrifice for Success

What is the secret of being a virtuoso Christian?


In his fascinating book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell suggests that the so-called “10,000-hour rule” explains how some people become world-class specialists at whatever they pursue. But critics have pushed back. This is where we begin as we study what the Bible says about success, particularly what the apostle Paul argues in his letter to the church at Rome.



For material based on today’s gospel text, see “The Greatest Speech Ever Given,” August 24, 2014.


In January 2019, Russian pianist Elisey Mysin strode onto the stage of the concert hall in Naberezhnye Chelny, an industrial city of more than a half million people on the Kama River, about 600 miles due east of Moscow. He smiled confidently at the audience. The hall was packed. He was dressed in a concert-style black tuxedo, which contrasted nicely with a mane of flowing blond hair. He sat on the piano bench, and then took a few moments to adjust it for ...

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