A blog worth considering.
Acts 17:11 says the People in Berea received the message of Jesus with great eagerness. They considered what Paul was telling them. They examined it every day to see if it was the truth. They were being shaped into disciples. We hope, in small measure, you will consider this blog and that it might spur you onward.
This dance between men and women is most vividly on display in marriage, and in the ensuing makeup of the home. You may find it a relief to learn that even in the first century Mediterranean world, even in Paul’s little churches, men and women needed lots of advice for how to make marriages, and the household relationships that ensued, work.
She was a wild, uncouth little creature. She roamed about during family meals, snatching handfuls of food from plates, shoving them into her mouth. She screamed for no reason. She cried and threw things. Like an angry cat, she lashed out toward an approaching touch…
Colossians chapter two makes me nervous. It makes me nervous because it tells me that without great attentiveness and care, churches and Christians drift, not toward truth, but error. Like a car out of alignment, when a hand the slightest bit off the wheel…
Our goal - individually and corporately - is to grow spiritually into the character and likeness of Jesus. This is the work he began in us. This is the work he will see to completion (Philippians 1:6). To accomplish this goal, we are going to focus on four words or phrases in this text. Judge, disqualify, hold fast and grow…
As we continue our summer series in Paul’s letter to the Colossians, we have the opportunity to pause on one of the strangest and more confusing verses in the New Testament. And as initially shocking as this verse is, when we truly understand it, what God is saying through Paul can send our own spiritual lives to another level…
In our introduction to Colossians on June 2, we learned that there was a cluster of cities in the Lycus River Valley in Turkey (formerly southwest Phrygia, Asia Minor). Specifically, that cluster was a “tri-city area” made up of Colossae, Hierapolis and Laodicea.
Charles H. Gabriel’s mother once told him, “I would rather have you write a song that will help somebody than see you President of the United States.” Her hopes for her son came true, and the song we sing this weekend, “I Stand Amazed,” is one of more than 7,000 songs he composed…
In Colossians 1:9–14, Paul is praying for the Colossians. His prayer, however, sets forth the apostle’s goal for their lives. In these few verses, we see what Paul’s goal is for all his friends, including us. We also see how this goal comes to shape how we are to live in the present.
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 words to “O Worship the King” echo Psalm 104 as well as other Scripture passages, including Psalm 84 and Genesis 15:1 (the metaphor of God as “our Shield”). Some lines also remind us of verses in Colossians…
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.
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.”
We celebrate Pentecost 50 days after Jesus' resurrection. It commemorates the arrival of the promised Holy Spirit, our comforter. We see this detailed in Acts 2 where "God-fearing Jews from every nation" were staying in Jerusalem.
Jesus is, ”the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation…” and, “by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
In the dome of the cathedral of Cefalú there is a magnificent mosaic of Jesus. Towering overhead in sparkling gold and azure, Christ raises his right hand in blessing while he holds in his left hand the Gospel of John, open to the words, “I am the light of the world.”
“For this I toil,” Paul says in Colossians 1:29, “struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.” Paul’s paradox of strenuously contending or striving for the faith, and yet fully relying on Christ to supply the power to contend, is at the heart of this song.
When we think of the ascension, celebrated last week and remembered whenever we recite the Apostles’ Creed, we are reminded of clouds and weather patterns. Acts 1:9 says Jesus “was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight…”
In the January 11, 2019 issue of The Week news magazine, an article appeared entitled “An Epidemic of Loneliness,” describing the current widespread feeling of loneliness across our country, citing a study that found a staggering 47 percent…
Ascension Day is celebrated on the 40th day after Easter, which this year was on Thursday, May 30. As you know, it's the day that is recorded in Acts 1, when Jesus leaves for heaven on a cloud.
Erlene Kirkland, housekeeper at The Falls Church Anglican since 1997, finished her last shift at The Falls Church Anglican yesterday and begins retirement today. The 81-year-old’s retirement marks yet another milestone in a series of bittersweet, large-scale changes for our church family…
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.
There are several examples of mothers in the Bible that hold exemplary places in our thoughts. There are also mothers who are hardly mentioned, but we see the fruit of their instruction in how their children live out their faith.
If you are a follower of Jesus, you are invited into the great responsibility of shepherding others into the truth and mystery of our God come to die and live again. It’s the core of everything we do, everything we are. Paul says in I Corinthians 15:14, “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith”.
“Son,” a voice says. A shadowy figure rustles the darkness in the damp corner and steps forward. Nearby is the lifeless body of Jesus.
It’s heavy; I don’t know if I can bear it; the whips are driving into my back; my feet are sore; beneath me the riveting rocks press in; my eyes sting from the sweat; I am hot; I am cold. “Why don’t you save yourself?” jeers someone close to me from the lynch mob that has surrounded me.
If the title makes you smile, you’re not alone. If it’s a bit confusing, you’re also in good company. For most of us, if we think of any bird that symbolizes the Holy Spirit, it’s a dove. As Christians, we know that God is three in one: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Hear from the supportive community of youth leaders that crafts Breakaway weekend, helping high school and middle school students to draw close to God and to each other.
“We run great risk if we avoid spiritual disciplines,” writes Virginia Watson (age 95) who shares some ideas that shaped her long life. She includes a reading list of Christian biographies that encouraged her through the years.