January 7, 2019

How Christmas Points to Jesus Hebrews 1:1-3 Look at the Christmas tree. I want to use this image to remind us how God uses Christmas to point me to Jesus during the Christmas season. Keep the image of the Christmas tree in your mind. The challenge during Christmas is to remind ourselves of Jesus. Because Christmas is loaded. It is loaded with symbols, traditions, and ideas. Many of which don’t point to Jesus. Christmas should communicate Christ. I want to... Read more

December 24, 2018

Share a Christmas Blessing of Hope Luke 1:39-45 As we read and think about great Christmas passages of the Bible, one of the things we need to do is to resist the influence of our culture to trivialize Christmas and its powerful meaning for our lives. The true message of Christmas is about hope. Hope is one of the greatest needs of the human heart and one of the greatest messages of the Christmas story. Sometimes in English, the word... Read more

December 19, 2018

God and Hamilton by Kevin Cloud When I think of Alexander Hamilton, I think of a man whose face is on the ten dollar bill. I think of the man who lost a duel to Aaron Burr. The book God and Hamilton by Kevin Cloud helped me to see more about the man and his impact, as well as his spiritual influence. God and Hamilton by Kevin Cloud explores the spiritual themes from the life of Alexander Hamilton and the... Read more

December 1, 2018

Encouraging One Another Through the Holiday Season Colossians 4:7-18 During the Christmas holidays, people will send various greeting cards to many people. The purpose of the greeting card is to encourage other people during the holidays. Here, we see that Paul is writing in this section one large greeting card addressed to different people. How would you use your greeting card to encourage others during this holiday season? You know that you don’t have to stop with just greeting cards.... Read more

November 30, 2018

How to LAST and Survive the Holidays Colossians 4:2-6 The day before Thanksgiving an elderly man in Phoenix called his son in New York and said to him, “I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are getting a divorce; 45 years of misery is enough. We’re sick of each other, and so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her.” Frantic, the son called his sister, who exploded on... Read more

November 29, 2018

How to Build the Best Relationships for Christ Colossians 3:17-4:1 Christ is my master, therefore I serve Him and others. Whatever I do, I do for the name of Jesus. Every relationship matters because I belong to Jesus. “And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17, CSB) No matter what time of relationship I have to other people, I still... Read more

November 28, 2018

How to Change (and Be Civil) as a Christian Colossians 3:8-16 Change is difficult for people. As humans, we like routine. We like to do the same things in repetition. The rhythm of life is easier for us when we know what the next note will be. When we are told to change something, we immediately reflexively resist. We don’t want to change the notes in the music. We don’t want to make the effort because change makes us have... Read more

November 27, 2018

Be Completely Changed Colossians 3:1-7 How do you know that you are a Christian? How do you know if someone else is a Christian? You know if someone is a Christian by the way they are changed. There is a change in believing because your belonging has changed. When you belong, you are willing to believe. Belonging is a form of devotion. In Paul’s letters, he will normally divide the letter into two parts: Who we are and what we... Read more

November 20, 2018

Jesus + Me = Purpose in Life Colossians 2:6-23 You’ve probably heard or seen that math equation going around. 6 / 2 (1+2) = 6/2 (3) = 3(3) = 9 People would be giving an answer of 1 or 9. 9 is the correct answer because of something called the order of operation. PEMDAS. The order is important. Let me give you a very simple equation: Jesus + Me = Purpose in Life. Jesus gave us this equation. He said... Read more

November 13, 2018

Love Expressed by Tristan Sherwin The theme of Tristan Sherwin’s book, Love Expressed, is love – specifically Christian love. Sherwin cites the Great Commandment as the basis for how the Christian should behave. In the introduction that sets the tone for the book, Sherwin compares Clark Kent to Jesus Christ. Clark Kent is a “critique of humanity” as Superman’s alter-ego. In the same way, humanity is critiqued, not by God (who is compared to the abilities of Superman) but by... Read more

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