How are you using your 168 hours per week? – Colossians 3:18-21, Preview

How do you spend your time in an average week?  There are 168 hours in a week.  Let’s tally up how we use those hours.  I’m going to list averages, so you can adjust the numbers a bit to align with your life, as we humans have a lot of variety in our use ofContinue reading “How are you using your 168 hours per week? – Colossians 3:18-21, Preview”

4 principles to help us put on the clothing of peaceful love – Colossians 3:12-17, Part 5

As we conclude our study through Colossians 3:12-17, Paul has a very specific application for us, as we love one another.  Look at verse 15: let peace rule.  We put on the clothing of peace.  We are members of one body, and we are called to peace.  Then he mentions another piece of clothing: thankfulness. Continue reading “4 principles to help us put on the clothing of peaceful love – Colossians 3:12-17, Part 5”

Clothe yourselves with forgiveness and love – Colossians 3:12-17, Part 4

A pastoral colleague of mine a few years ago felt convicted that his congregation needed to repent for how the church handled a difficult situation in their church family.  The event took place at the beginning of the pastor’s tenure, and in fact was already ongoing before he was hired.  When the difficult event actuallyContinue reading “Clothe yourselves with forgiveness and love – Colossians 3:12-17, Part 4”

Clothe yourself with gentleness and patience – Colossians 3:12-17, Part 3

Last week we ordered a book on Amazon, and it was at our front porch in 24 hours. I often think about what my 16 year old self would think of the world in 2021.  Much of the world is the same, but there are some notable differences in the past 30 years.  One ofContinue reading “Clothe yourself with gentleness and patience – Colossians 3:12-17, Part 3”

Clothe yourself with kindness and humility – Colossians 3:12-17, Part 2

How would you caption the photo above? “She got the whole world in her hands”? “She’s got a big head”? What I see is humility. I see a global focus, a focus that is bigger than oneself. I see a person that wants the world to be in the spotlight, not themself. (I wonder howContinue reading “Clothe yourself with kindness and humility – Colossians 3:12-17, Part 2”

Clothe yourselves with compassion – Colossians 3:12-17, Part 1

“Can you wash my jeans?” My daughter was asking a normal question, except that it was 9pm, and she needed the jeans first thing the next morning for her work as a dishwasher at a local cafe. I responded, “Can’t you just wear them again? They’re going to get dirty anyway.” “No, dad!” Think aboutContinue reading “Clothe yourselves with compassion – Colossians 3:12-17, Part 1”

Why are people giving up on church? – Colossians 3:12-17, Preview

I recently read some articles (here and here) that surveyed people who stopped going to church. Their answers about why they chose to stop going to church revealed a trend. While there is no doubt that Jesus is a “stumbling block,” as his teaching will naturally turn some people away, the vast majority of theContinue reading “Why are people giving up on church? – Colossians 3:12-17, Preview”

How to change, when change seems impossible – Colossians 3:5-11, Part 5

Have you ever felt like the guy in the picture? He seems afraid to take off the mask. Changing ourselves can be very difficult, even when we want to change. But it is possible. Keep reading to discover how. Today we conclude our study through Colossians 3:5-11, which we started here. In verse 10, PaulContinue reading “How to change, when change seems impossible – Colossians 3:5-11, Part 5”

Identifying and responding to evil desire – Colossians 3:5-11, Part 3

You’re driving down the road, looking at the vehicles passing by, feeling very dissatisfied by your own vehicle.  You feel within you a strong desire for a particular vehicle you pass by. As I said before, I desire Land Rover Defenders.  Or maybe it is a better house. Maybe you desire someone else’s body, personality,Continue reading “Identifying and responding to evil desire – Colossians 3:5-11, Part 3”

One time Christians are commanded to kill? – Colossians 3:5-11, Part 2

In the previous post, I said that we will be studying Paul’s comments about laundry for a few weeks. This week is part one, Colossians 3:5-11, all about taking off our dirty clothes. Next week will be part two, Colossians 3:12-17, all about putting on clean clothes. In today’s post, we start studying part one.Continue reading “One time Christians are commanded to kill? – Colossians 3:5-11, Part 2”