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Col. 4 | Relational Evangelism

As Paul brings his letter to the Colossians to a close, he gives them a few last Godly reminders along with honorable mentions of the people working with him. Paul asks for prayers on his behalf that he would be provided with opportunities to continue to preach the gospel even as he is imprisoned for doing so. Paul, in the same context, then tells the believers in Colossi to “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the…

Col. 2 | Ritual or Reality?

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7 “Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.” Colossians 2:16-17 This letter opposed…

Phil. 2 | An Iron Man For God

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed— not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence— continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:12-13    The Avengers comics and movies have been huge box office hits. We love watching these superheroes save the day against evil. It is a storyline we…

Phil. 1 | I’m In Prison And It’s Awesome

“Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.” Philippians 1: 12-14 As I was preparing to write this blog, I was…

Eph. 2:1-11 | The Walking Alive

I can’t help it. When I read Paul’s words as he opens chapter 2 of Ephesians, my mind is drawn to a most macabre and distasteful reminder of one of this decade’s most-watched TV series – “The Walking Dead”. If you have not seen it, please don’t watch. While it’s based on a comic book series, it is not comical. The gritty drama portrays life in the months and years that follow a zombie apocalypse. The zombies colloquially referred to…

Acts 26 | Do You Want Everyone To Have What You Have?

Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”  Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.” Acts 26:28-29    Our daughter Jessica is one of the kindest people I know, and I’m not saying that because I’m her father or because of her Autism.…

Acts 24 | This Man Is A Plague

Public enemy number one… A threat to all humanity as we know it… A person who has turned the world upside down… Yet this was Paul, a humble man who was a helpless prisoner of the world’s most extensive empire. Was he really all that dangerous? In Acts 24, the political ruler refused to hear Paul because he knew he himself to be a sinful man. The religious leaders refused to hear Paul because they thought themselves to be righteous…

Love, Prayer And Support

After we tore ourselves away from them and set sail… – Acts 21:1 When our days there were ended, we departed and went on our journey, and they all, with wives and children, accompanied us until we were outside the city. And kneeling down on the beach, we prayed and said farewell to one another. Then we went on board the ship, and they returned home. – Acts 21:5-6 While visiting a tribe in the southwest jungle of Colombia, we found…

KNOWING, Not Knowing Of

In conversations with various people throughout the years, I have been asked if I know some particular person. I most often answer that I do not. But, on some occasions, I have answered that I “know of” them. Usually, that means that while I never have actually met the person, I have learned some things about the person from friends of mine that do know them. I really don’t know the person, and undoubtedly the person in question doesn’t know…

Acts 18 | The More Excellent Way

As Paul wrapped up his 2nd missionary journey, he met up with Aquila and Priscilla. This husband and wife were Italian Jews who had been sent away from Rome by Claudius along with all other Jewish people. His reason for doing this was probably because of the disturbance among the Jews based on whether Jesus was the Messiah or not. After encountering Paul, Aquila and Priscilla invited him to come and stay in their home with them. They were tentmakers…