Where the Holy Spirit Moved

Where the Holy Spirit Moved

The coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, along with persecution and geographical changes, quickly reshapes the world for Jesus’ followers. Before Acts 10, the disciples generally understood Jesus’ message to be exclusive for the Jewish people in spite of Jesus’ clear directive to make disciples of all nations. But a challenge arrives in Acts 10.

The Gospel Bears Fruit in Colossae (Col. 1:3-8)

The Gospel Bears Fruit in Colossae (Col. 1:3-8)

In recent decades a trend has developed toward restoring environmental areas to their original habitat. One aspect of this involves introducing plants that at one point were native to the area. A plant that is re-introduced not only should grow well, but also gives life to the larger eco-system—by enriching soil, attracting insects and animals, its fragrance, and so on.  

Stored Up for You

Stored Up for You

Colossians 1: 5 says that our faith and love spring from, “the hope stored up in heaven.” It’s a phrase that brings to mind 2 Timothy 4:8, where Paul says that, “there is in store for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”

Is Busyness Sinful?

Is Busyness Sinful?

It’s American culture, especially, to have a Puritanical or Protestant work-ethic. It’s a documented phenomenon and it’s a main contribution to why, even to this day, Americans work slavishly to fulfill the towers they set out to build. Yes, it involves ego and envy and greed, but it also has in it a noble goal to achieve and avoid sagging rafters and leaky houses.