We examine the importance of faith, hope and love to our present lives as we begin looking at Colossians 1:1-8.
We will wrap up this series by examining and applying commands given to the church specifically about living under less than ideal conditions. Troubles are nothing new and should be anticipated by the church and planned for by Jesus' followers.
The early church faced many difficulties. If you were to factor in all of the problems they faced, you would probably surmise that they would never survive. Yet we know they not only survived but thrived in the face of difficulties. The 1st Century church multiplied and grew when facing circumstances that would cause most of us to shrink and fear. From then until now, the church has always thrived best under the greatest pressures. What do you think God will do in us?
Today we will honor our Mom's while also considering some of the difficulties that sometimes come with Motherhood.
At times it may feel like the government is our enemy and our inherited independent spirit may want to act like its 1776 all over again. Daniel helps us to find a more balanced approach to government during difficult days.
Each of us react differently when we face hard things. David and the psalms teach us how to handle our emotions in a biblical and godly way. We often can't control what happens to us, but we can learn to control how we react to those events.
Sometimes difficult times are directly attributed to our sinful choices. From the beginning of human history, we have struggled with idols to replace worshiping and obeying God.
The most deadly and difficult thing we will ever face is an internal problem we have with our own sin. It is a mortal problem in that it leads to death. It's a physical problem in that it leads to corruption. It impacts every area of our lives. Easter reminds us that God Himself solved that problem for us!
Sometimes problems come from without, but sometimes they come from within. God uses both to refine us into His image.
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God hears us when we cry out to Him. His timing is not always ours, but it is always perfect.
God is a good father who will take care of His children, but often in ways and means unexpected to us.
The world is consumed with this virus. How are we to respond biblically to these events? Is it okay for us to not have church services, don’t we have the bill of rights to allow us to meet? Is God judging us for some sin we have committed? Is it okay to buy 6 months’ worth of toilet paper when many have none? So many questions, lets see what God has to say about these things…
Paul’s authority has been challenged and his integrity has been accused of lying to the church at Corinth. Paul has ministered to them, challenged them, discipled them, written to them and what does he get in return? Insubordination and a challenge. He patiently explains the error of their ways and pleads with them to be reunited with him in the faith.
Paul’s 2nd letter to Corinth continues the theme found in the first letter about all kinds of practical and divisive issues found in the church. In the midst of all these issues, Paul focuses on the subject of suffering and God’s purposes in the midst of it. Truth is we all suffer, some do so greatly, some because of their own choice and sometimes because we live in a broken world. Be encouraged, there is hope!
The heart is used this time of year to think about love and Valentine’s day and romance. The Bible has much to say about the heart, not the pump in our chest that moves blood, but the center of who we really are. God of course knows our biology, but He uses this as a metaphor to describe the true person we are inside. Why do we do what we do? Where does our decision making come from, our personality, our desires?
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16–17, ESV)
God has faithfully led us and provided for us over the last 20 years. We have seen people come and go, born and died, prospered and struggled; yet through it all He has been the same. What will He do in us and through us ahead? Only He knows, but of this we can be sure: His strength will be perfect, His paths will be straight; and He will always be with us.
Vision for what we will become also includes obeying the 2 great commands as identified by Jesus. We are told to love God with all we are and love our neighbor to the degree we love ourselves. From these 2 commands, all other expectations that God has for us come forth. We should strive every morning to live this way and use these commands as questions in the evening to determine how we did: did I love God with all of my being and did I love my neighbor as myself?
Vision for our church requires good and faithful stewardship of the resources we have been given. That begins with personal or individual stewardship of all the things God has given to us. What you call “yours” is really God’s as it all comes from Him and He will require of us an accounting of what we have done with His things. What will He say to you about His gifts to you?
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