Day 11, Colossians 1:13-14: The Kingdom of the Son He Loves

The Kingdom of the Son He Loves “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Dunn wrote, “The implication, therefore, is not so much that the darkness has been already stripped of its… Continue reading Day 11, Colossians 1:13-14: The Kingdom of the Son He Loves

90 Days with Jesus, Day 10: Colossians 1:11-12

Day 10, Colossians 1:11-12: Strengthened with God’s Strength “…being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.” Well, I haven’t worked… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 10: Colossians 1:11-12

Grace Be With You, Your Constant Companion, Podcast #7

Friends, Here is the final sermon from my series of sermons covering the entire short letter of Paul to the Colossians. In this sermon I work through the issue of why Paul would write such a grand letter expounding on such high theological thoughts as the Supremacy of Christ and the Sufficiency of His Redemptive… Continue reading Grace Be With You, Your Constant Companion, Podcast #7

May Grace be Your Constant Companion, pt 2

Friends, I just finished up a 10 part series of expository sermons on the short letter to the Colossian Church. Some of the texts are found here, some of the audio, and I am still working on a verse by verse 90 Days with Jesus series here. Also, if you are interested, you can access… Continue reading May Grace be Your Constant Companion, pt 2

90 Days with Jesus, Day 8: Colossians 1:8: The Will of God

Day 8, Colossians 1:9: The Will of God & Prayer “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” “The ‘knowledge of God’s will’ is more than simply an… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 8: Colossians 1:8: The Will of God

90 Days with Jesus, Day 6: Colossians 1:6: The Word Among You

Day 6, Colossians 1:6: The Efficacy of the Word “…that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth.” “Paul describes the effect of Epaphras’ preaching in… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 6: Colossians 1:6: The Word Among You

Learning to Live by Grace *Updated*

Friends, Here are some thoughts on grace. I just cannot believe, at times, how abundant God’s grace is. Strangely enough, I think it is the church many times that is most afraid of this grace. My prayer is that the church will learn grace not only saves but that it empowers us to live freely. Too… Continue reading Learning to Live by Grace *Updated*

Dunn on Passing Judgment

Friends, The following is from James D.G. Dunn’s commentary on Colossians in The new International Greek Testament Commentary, Eerdmans1996. Dunn is commenting on Colossians 2:16: “Therefore, do not let anyone pass judgment on you over food and drink or in the matter of festival, new moon, or Sabbaths.” “More noteworthy still is the use of… Continue reading Dunn on Passing Judgment

90 Days with Jesus, Day 4: Colossians 1:4: Our Faith in Christ Expressing Itself in the Love of the Saints

Day 4, Colossians 1:4: Our Faith in Christ Expressing Itself in The Love of the Saints “…because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints…” “But Jesus’ glorious prayer ‘that they may be one’ is manifestly being answered to a superlative degree in the… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 4: Colossians 1:4: Our Faith in Christ Expressing Itself in the Love of the Saints

90 Days with Jesus, Day 3: Colossians 1:3: The Prayers we Pray

Day 3 Colossians 1:3 The Prayers we Pray “We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you…” Prayer is language used in a personal relation to God. It gives utterance to what we sense or want to respond to before God. God speaks to us; our answers are… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 3: Colossians 1:3: The Prayers we Pray

Spurgeon on the Triumph of Christ

Friends, Here I am again, overwhelmed at how freely flows the pen of the masters. I lament that we no longer live in a day and age when people are moved by such profundity–preferring instead to be captivated by smooth, earthly philosophies; guilt trips that impose on the grace of God. Here is Spurgeon, with… Continue reading Spurgeon on the Triumph of Christ

J C Ryle on Scripture & Jesus

Friends, Every now and again I come across something that reminds me why I love reading. I’m in the process of preparing many things from the book of Colossians. Today, in particular, I’m preparing a study guide for a prayer retreat I will host this weekend. Twice today I have come across the name J… Continue reading J C Ryle on Scripture & Jesus

Preliminary Thoughts from Colossians: The Supremacy of Christ and the Fragmented World

Friends, What follows are some preliminary notes and observations I have made from my study of Colossians 1. They are presented as is: Rough, un-edited, un-refined. I like to sketch out ideas and see how they develop later as sermons begin to grow inside of me. The thoughts below center around what I see to… Continue reading Preliminary Thoughts from Colossians: The Supremacy of Christ and the Fragmented World

An Ignorant View

Friends, I just read that Joy Behar recently made these comments on The View: “Now that we have all of this medication available to us, you can’t find a saint anymore,” she said on ABC’s daily chatfest.” “That’s why Mother Teresa had issues. Let’s not forget, she didn’t really believe 100 percent like those saints… Continue reading An Ignorant View