Put Off, Put On

Colossians 3:1-17  When Debbie and I lived in our house, I would usually mow the lawn on Friday morning. Even though we had a small yard and I mowed and edged early in the day, I still worked up a sweat and got dirty. Then, on Friday evening, we’d often go out to eat. Not […]

Useless Rules and Regulations

Colossians 2:16-23  There’s nothing like settling for second best. Granted, “winning” isn’t everything, but what happens if you are given the best, only to say “no thanks!” I love hamburgers. But, would I take a hamburger instead of a steak, cooked and seasoned perfectly, when the steak is given to me? Not likely! Now, that […]

Firmly Rooted

Colossians 2:1-15  Whether it’s high in the mountains, close to the ocean shore, or in your backyard, trees that survive severe weather do so largely because their root system is strong. Trees that start in sand dunes rarely survive long, because their roots cannot overcome the shifting sand. The same can be said for believers. […]

Christ Above All

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Colossians 1:13-23  Is Jesus “just all right?” That was my thinking about Him based on what I opted to listen to as a teenager. It was a pretty weak view of Jesus. As a result, I had no interest in Him. Weak views of Jesus usually, maybe always, lead to wrong thinking and practices. Paul […]

The Fruit of the Gospel

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Colossians 1:1-12  A long time ago in an update far, far, away… Over a month ago, we started a new series with an overview of Colossians. Alas, Covid-19 jumped in and changed the roadmap! But, we’re getting back to that series this week! This week, Paul starts with giving thanks for his readers and his […]

Alive – Again!

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John 11  Facing the death of her beloved brother, she was confronted with a crisis. She was a believer, but her brother had been sick. And Jesus came too late to rescue him. “I am the resurrection and the life,” He proclaimed. “Do you believe this?” What a great story to remember on this Easter […]

An Act Of Love

Matthew 26:6-13, John 11:55-12:11  Jesus will soon enter the city of Jerusalem, with the crowds proclaiming “Hosanna!” The Pharisees continue to find a way to put Him to death. Some wondered, however, before He came into the city whether He would come to the feast. And in the midst of this, in the home of […]

Church 2.0

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Romans 12:9-13  Curly, in the movie “City Slickers,” had these words of wisdom for Mitch, who was struggling with the purpose of his life: “One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and the rest don’t mean ***.” The present “shelter in home” situation raises the question, what is the “one thing” for church? […]

The Road Less Traveled

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Genesis 12:1-3  Sunday morning marks Day #82 of 2020. Eighty two days ago, we celebrated New Years. And, as often happens, with New years, we anticipate a better year than the year before. No one had a clue where we would be as a country and a world less than 90 days later! Robert Frost […]

The Big Picture

The more things change, the more they stay the same. It did not take long in church history for problems and errors to creep into the church. Many flow from an incorrect or insufficient view of Jesus’ person and work. That ends up with problems in what we expect out of our lives and how […]