The Danger of Self-Made Religion (Colossians 2:18-23)

Most of us cannot simply decide to change. Even if we could, is that really what we need? We need to be changed. Our sinful nature needs to be dealt with. Why then do we place rules on ourselves? “Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from…continue reading →

Turning Sorrow Into Joy (John 16:12-22)

The first time anything of any value was stolen from me was while I was in college. I led worship for BSU, and I often left my guitar in my car overnight because I would just put it back in my car the next day. That wasn't smart of me, but hey, I was in college. One night driving home from work, something seemed a little off. I reached into the backseat and my heart sunk. My guitar wasn't there. It wasn't at home either. People may easily steal all your possessions, but…continue reading →

Dying to Live with Jesus (Colossians 2:11-17)

“In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal…continue reading →

The Joy of Christ in You (John 15:1-11)

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me…continue reading →

Put on Your Jesus Shoes (Colossians 2:4-10)

A good pair of shoes can make a huge difference. They protect our feet from the ground and weather. We often don't even think about our shoes. Many people don't even think about where their faith lies. Having Jesus as Lord is the only firm foundation. “I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ. Therefore, as you received Christ…continue reading →

Following Jesus in Life and Death (John 13:36-14:10)

“Simon Peter said to him, 'Lord, where are you going?' Jesus answered him, 'Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.' Peter said to him, 'Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.' Jesus answered, 'Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times. 'Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are…continue reading →

The Mystery of the Gospel (Colossians 1:25-29)

“Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ's afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness-- the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which…continue reading →

What Love Does (John 14:21-27)

The book of Romans says that some people celebrate holidays and others don't. But most of your wives celebrate Valentine's Day, so you men aren't off the hook. Valentine's Day gives us a chance to show our love for each other, which is important for any relationship, including our relationship with God. “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him." Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said,…continue reading →

There’s Hope in Christ Jesus (Psalm 18:1-3)

The most important thing to do to beat depression is to have something to look forward to. Everybody has to have hope. And without faith, one cannot have much hope. Eternal hope is only in Jesus Christ. The world constantly demands that we conform to it. But Christians are called to be separate from the world. “For the director of music. Of David the servant of the LORD. He sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the…continue reading →

Resolve to Suffer (Colossians 1:23-2:3)

Most people in America are comfortable. Yes, our lives are not perfectly comfortable. And yes, there are exceptions. But we are extremely blessed to live in this nation, and we have so many luxuries. We spend a great deal of money and time to make ourselves comfortable. What is worth giving up these luxuries? "if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. Now…continue reading →