Bible Reading Blog (Page 2)

1 Thess. 2 | Why Am I Not Persecuted?

One of Paul’s first letters was written to the Thessalonians. He celebrates a flourishing Church where believers are standing strong in their commitment to Jesus despite persecution and suffering. Following Jesus has always produced a truly counter-cultural holy way of life that will sometimes generate suspicion and conflict among unbelievers. Followers of Christ response to…

Colossians 1 | Who’s Number 1?

Our reading today brings us to the second of what is commonly known as the prison epistles (Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon, Philippians) since they were likely penned during Paul’s first imprisonment in Rome (Acts 28.30). Paul is writing to defend the gospel against the heretical teachers, both Jewish and proto-Gnostic, that had invaded the church at…

Counting the Cost

In a small village located in Colombia’s Pacific coast jungle, we awaited the arrival of a king. Our team’s excitement could not be denied that God had chosen us to preach the gospel for the first time in history to the Epena Pedee tribe. But, the tribe had a king. He sent us a message…