Posts from June 2017

Posts from June 2017

June 30, 2017

Closing   Paul started this book with some very rough and heavy words to a church he was very concerned about. They had lost focus in their faith and we’re being misled by ideals that didn’t truly benefit the purpose God has given us in our “new life.”   The beauty at the end of this letter is how much detail Paul goes into about all the people wanting to say…

June 29, 2017

Let your speech always be gracious, season with salt.   This one is tough for me. I’ve got a pretty quick, sarcastic, and mean mouth. I catch myself wanting to say mean things sometimes and judge and let my mouth run and sometimes, I do. This part convicts me because what I see here is Paul’s conclusion to how we can best make ourselves on mission and he says it…

June 28, 2017

Making the best use of the time.   There is something else I misunderstood for a long time. Thank God for His grace and his steady patience as I’ve grown. I used to be worried I wouldn’t talk to someone in time. My fear was, from some of the early influencers in my faith, that if I hadn’t had the opportunity to walk someone through “Romans Road” to salvation that I…

June 27, 2017

Walk in wisdom towards outsiders.   I used to think this was a sales pitch. That I had to be on my best behavior towards people who didn’t know Jesus because that’s what sales is all about.   I’ve grown up a bit since then and Jesus has done some work in my heart and I’ve come to see this a little differently. It isn’t a pitch for me to make sure I bring my “A”…

June 26, 2017

Colossians 4:2-4   So how do I make my life about serving Jesus? That’s that the passage last week led us to, but how do I make it happen? Over the next few days, we’re going to look at the final lesson towards this idea. If we’re really going to get rid of the vain religious platitudes that seem to flood our churchy lives and start making a difference in the world…

June 23, 2017

You are Serving the Lord – Colossians 3:18-25   We miss this a lot. We run like crazy from scheduled event to scheduled event, with our phones glued to our hands, our senses in overload from advertising, media, and propaganda, and we forget about the things we’re currently doing. We can get so caught up in the next moments that we miss the moment we’re…

June 22, 2017

 Bondservants – Work Relationships – Colossians 3:18-25   When you hate your boss it’s easy to justify the easy path. It’s easy when you hate your company to look at your work and give “just enough.” We all do it in some fashion or another.   When we read this verse though, we’re encouraged to do better. We’re encouraged to work for more than just…

June 21, 2017

Children and Parents – Colossians 3:18-25   Children are called to obey their parents, and while this is sometimes not the easiest thing for children, it also proves to be a very real burden for parents. Our choices and our struggles are not only our own, but they are our children’s as well. When we tell our children to do something, the responsibility of those…

June 20, 2017

Colossians 3: 18-25 – Husbands   God creates this dynamic of the family, and in it, he assigned responsibility. Now, this is less about “gender roles” as we’ve seen in our culture and more about responsibility.   For a long time, men were thought to be the “breadwinners” and the disciplinarians. They were supposed to be the dads who came home from work,…

June 19, 2017

Colossians 3:18 – 25   “Wives”   What I do love about this is the word choice of Paul uses. Submit, as Paul says, is very different from the cultural norm in Roman society to obey. Submission is not an inability, a weakness, or even a failure; submission is about humility and has conditions.   All believers are called to submit to government authorities…

June 16, 2017

US Poverty rate is the third worst in the world according to the OECD of all developed nations.   We’ve been blessed. We have more than most could have imagined. And honestly, there is nothing wrong with having stuff. There is however something wrong with letting your stuff have you. We’ve been blessed to bless, given an abundance to share generously, and called to care…

June 15, 2017

Nearly 17 million children are born undernourished due to poverty Poverty isn’t just a grown-up problem. Hunger isn’t either. Children around the world are born into hunger. They live most of their lives in poverty, never knowing what it means to be really full. They never know where their next meal is coming from. Hungry isn’t a feeling, it’s a way of life. There are…
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