The book of Colossians starts with a praise by Paul for the church in Colosse for their strong faith and trust in Jesus and love of others. This strength, Paul says, come from their confident hope of their heavenly reservations. Paul says, For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, which come from your … Read More The Road Home
Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? ” For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and … Read More Good Friday, a day of Victory.
The Pauline Epistles have a way of hitting home for me. The way Paul describes and simplifies complicated Biblical truth always givings me clarity, peace, understanding and conviction. The ending of Philippians is one of the most convicting for me. Paul is thanking the Church in Philipi for supporting him in his ministry. This is what he says after he thanks them… I know … Read More Highs and Lows
The passage below is a stern warning from Paul, he says, “with tears in my eyes”….makes it feel like even more than a stern warning. It gives the feeling of desperation and longing to be heard and understood. This desperate desire of Paul that none should perish is the same as Christs, and part of what made him such a powerful evangelist. When was … Read More Appetite for destruction
Christ expects us to be perfect….Absolutely! He says this not just once, or in passing or as an add on. He makes it clear. James 1:4 tells us to let our endurance grow and when it does we will be perfect and needing nothing. Matthew 5:48 says to be perfect as your Father is perfect. There are other verses as well that state a … Read More Christ Commands us to be PERFECT!?!?!
The Bible doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room with this whole humility thing. I remember my first reaction to the command to be humble….”I’m awesome at humility.” That was seriously my thought. If there was one thing I had, it was humility, and I had it in spades! It only took a few seconds for the irony of my own thoughts to hit … Read More Master of Humility