Posts from May 2017

Posts from May 2017

May 31, 2017

Colossians 2:6-7 It’s easy to get so caught up in “church” stuff that we forget the beauty and the joy of the gospel. We forget the simplicity of the grace we’ve received. We focus on morality, and mission, and rules, and appearances and sometimes we forget the simplest of truths. We forget that we are saved by grace, through faith. We forget what it feels like to be so…

May 30, 2017

Colossians 2:1-5 Paul was driven by a mission, but what we see in these verses is that he encouraged the believers at Colossae to continue in that mission as well because in their absence of mission they had been tangled up in what he calls “plausible arguments.” I’m amazed by this passage because two things become very clear from the delusion Paul says has gripped the…

May 29, 2017

Colossians 1:24-29 Paul finishes telling us about the hope from the gospel that we have, the gospel he has been called to share, and he then turns to show us the labor he takes up. “I rejoice in my suffering for your sake” – Paul was never shy about the struggle the gospel had caused him. Countless stories of Paul’s persecution took place throughout his faith…

May 26, 2017

Colossians 1:21-23   Paul shows us the amazing love that God has for us in his blood shed on the cross, but now he begins to explain what happens when we’ve asked to follow Jesus and trusted his forgiveness.   “And you who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has reconciled”   While we were at one point separated from God and his…

May 25, 2017

Colossians 1:15-20   After proclaiming to us the new citizenship we have in the kingdom of God, made only possible by God’s redemption, Paul then reminds us of the greatness of God, and the wonder of his reconciliation.   Paul reminds us here of how great Christ is because, in light of his greatness, everything else seems trivial. Money seems less important when…

May 24, 2017

Colossians 1:13-15 We looked yesterday at the larger text, but we want to stop and focus in on these two verses. We heard these same tones echoed through John’s letter, and now as we read Paul’s, we can’t help but feel again that the early Apostles felt their greatest allegiance to the “Kingdom” of God. In this passage, Paul uses the same imagery to show that we are no…

May 23, 2017

Colossians 1:9-14   Paul introduces himself and reminds the church of how great they’ve been doing. But, like any good leader, he paints a picture of what he wants for them. Some of these things they have, and yet some they do not. Today (this will be a longer devotion), I want to look at what Paul wants for each of us in our faith.   “You may be filled with the…

May 22, 2017

Colossians 1:1-8   In the book of Colossians, the apostle Paul writes to another church that he cares for to address things that have come to his attention about their life and their teaching. This letter, probably sent at the same time as the letter Philemon and to the Ephesians, was sent to the church from Paul and his apprentice Timothy, as they lead to the church…

May 19, 2017

1 John 5:21   His final warning to the church in this letter is so simple, yet so true. Keep yourself from idols. We’re called out of the darkness, to be emissaries to another world, living in the light. We love in a radical way the world does not understand. Pour out grace and compassion in a way the darkness cannot fathom. And we spend our life in this flesh,…

May 18, 2017

1 John 5:18-20   John touches on a very real truth that I think we often forget. This world, the one we’re born into, we live in, we work in, and we raise our families in, has been ruined by sin. It lies within “the power of the evil one.” It’s not how we were supposed to live, and it’s not where we will end up. In other words, this world is not my home.   Sure…

May 17, 2017

1 John 5: 13-17   John summarizes most of his letter here in this small section, but in doing so, he gives us a very real insight into our relationship with God, the confidence we have in it, and the way we can approach him.   John tells his audience that the entire reason for this letter is that they would believe in Jesus and KNOW they have eternal life. And…

May 16, 2017

John 5:6-12   In the last bit of John’s letter, he goes back to the main concern he has had from the opening of the letter. Those in the light are being challenged and troubled by the voices of those still in darkness.   To address the claims of those who would deny Jesus, John references the people to three events.   Water = Jesus’ baptism Blood =…
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