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Thanksgiving Day 2019

Colossians 2:6-7

6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Ray 2019It doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving weather this year. Yesterday it was nearly 60 degrees. I worked some in the yard – blowing leaves and cutting the grass (mulching leaves mainly). Today is should hit 50 – so it is going down some. My weather app says it will be highs in the 40’s the rest of the week with lows in the low 30’s. I fired up our wood furnace this morning – because it was chilly – and now the house is too warm.

How will you spend your day today? I have some gospel music playing and I’m at my desk doing my devotions. What does your Thanksgiving morning look like? What will your day include? Will you be spending some time with family?

I stumbled onto this passage and it touched my heart.  Let’s look at it in partial context. Colossians 2:6-10 – 6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.  8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. 9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. Continue reading

November 28, 2019 Posted by | Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God Sees Everything!

Matthew 6:4

Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

When we were children – we were told (some of us – not me) – that there was someone who knew whether we were naughty or nice. The Christmas time song goes like this – Santa Claus Is Coming To TownYou better watch out, you better not cry You better not pout, I’m telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town. He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice Gonna find out who’s naughty or nice Santa Claus is coming to town. He sees you when you’re sleeping He knows when you’re awake He knows if you’ve been bad or good So be good for goodness sake. Oh, you better watch out, you better not cry You better not pout, I’m telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town, yeah. You better watch out, you better not cry You better not pout, I’m telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town. He’s making a list and checking it twice Gonna find out who’s naughty or nice Santa Claus is coming to town. He sees you when you’re sleeping He knows when you’re awake He knows if you’ve been bad or good So be good for goodness sake. Oh, you better watch out, you better not cry Better not pout, I’m telling you why Santa Claus is coming Santa Claus is coming to town! Continue reading

November 27, 2017 Posted by | Build, Christmas, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

More Blessed to Give

Acts 20:35

‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

profileDid you mother or father ever try to persuade you when they were preparing to discipline/punish you that it was going to hurt them more than it hurt you? Whether it was spanking or sitting in the corner or some other form of discipline/punishment – they may have tried to use that line.

At the time (when you were a child) – it never seemed to be true – I mean – as a child you almost thought they liked metering out discipline/punishment. Could you ever remember tears coming from their eyes? If so – you had a rare parent or it was a rare situation.

As a child – can you remember any other statements your parents might have made that didn’t seem kosher? I mean – did they say things that sounded to you like – do as I say – not as I do? Confusing messages often were delivered – it seems – from some of our parents. Continue reading

April 4, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Do Not Be Afraid!

Luke 2:10

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”

profileChristmas is almost here – only 13 days counting today and Christmas Day!  Are you ready?  Did you remember to NOT GO INTO DEBT FOR CHRISTMAS?  Have you remembered to make sure Jesus is the reason for the season in your home?  If you talk about Santa – is it Saint Nicholas and still pointed to Jesus – the greatest gift ever given?  I’ve heard of several of our families at 1st Church that give their children 3 gifts at Christmas that represent the gifts given to Jesus.

The night of Christ’s birth angels met the shepherds in the field as they watched their flocks.  They were frightened – as I assume most of us would have been – but they were greeted with a do not be afraid proclamation from the angels.  Here is today passage in partial context. Continue reading

December 13, 2013 Posted by | Advent Thought, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Rooted and Built Up in Christ

Colossians 2:6-7

6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

profileIt feels like snow this morning – although none is called for in our area.  I’m thinking of firing up the wood stove for some extra heat.  I have some gospel music playing and I’m at my desk doing my devotions and writing this devotional thought.

I stumbled onto this passage and it touched my heart.  Let’s look at it in partial context.  Colossians 2:6-10 – 6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.  8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. 9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.

As we pass Thanksgiving and head toward Christmas – the world will try to convince us that it is all about spending – spending – spending.  They will try to convince us that if we don’t buy a certain gift for our children we are less than adequate as parents.  The world will try to convince us that we will be more attractive to the opposite sex if we wear certain things or buy certain things.  For the world – Christmas is all about the almighty dollar.

When I asked the children last Sunday what holiday was coming – they skipped over Thanksgiving and said Christmas.  When asked what was so important about Christmas they responding with getting gifts and that Santa Claus was coming.  I imagine we will see him in a number of Thanksgiving parades.  The world is tied to the almighty dollar.

But today’s passage reminds us that not only Christmas but all of life really finds its meaning in Jesus – rooted and built up in him.

We often quote verse 8See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.  This section of scripture is so important – not just for sound doctrine but for the marching orders of life.  Our life – as aliens on this earth – is to be focused on Jesus – rooted and grounded in Him.  We are to build our holidays – our regular days – our whole life after His example and His teachings.

Remember this as Christmas rolls around this year.  Remember these words of wisdom – DO NOT GO INTO DEBT FOR CHRISTMAS!  Rather – focus your family on Jesus – rooted and built up in him.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

November 20, 2013 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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