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”

Prince Philip’s Surprising Choice For His Hearse – Colossians 3:5-11, Part 1

Did you watch the funeral of Prince Philip who recently passed? Or maybe you saw highlights or pictures on the news.  Did you notice that his coffin was transported in a plain old green Land Rover Defender pick-up truck?  Defenders are mode of Land Rovers that look kind of like Jeeps.  You rarely see DefendersContinue reading “Prince Philip’s Surprising Choice For His Hearse – Colossians 3:5-11, Part 1”

How often should you wash your jeans? – Colossians 3:5-11, Preview

How long do you typically wear a pair of jeans before you wash them?  Unless I get them sweaty or so dirty they are unpresentable, I will wear a pair of jeans for multiple days because I want to preserve water as well as avoid wear and tear on the denim.  But after a coupleContinue reading “How often should you wash your jeans? – Colossians 3:5-11, Preview”

Two essential habits for Christians – Colossians 3:1-4, Part 5

How do you practice following Jesus? What are the essentials? This post is the conclusion to this week’s five-part series through Colossians 3:1-4, which started here, and we will reflect on two essential habits for Christians. Paul wraps up his teaching in Colossians 3:1-4, with what he writes in verse 4: “When Christ, who isContinue reading “Two essential habits for Christians – Colossians 3:1-4, Part 5”

How to overcome “Some people never change” – Colossians 3:1-4, Part 4

“They will never change.” Have you ever said that? Maybe you thought it? Or maybe it was declared about you. Is it true that people never change? Perhaps it has been true for some people. But for the vast majority, change is always happening in our lives, even if incrementally. As we have been studyingContinue reading “How to overcome “Some people never change” – Colossians 3:1-4, Part 4″

What my pandemic weight gain taught me about my thinking – Colossians 3:1-4, Part 3

During the Covid pandemic that reached the USA in 2020, and is still going strong now in 2021, we’ve heard talk of pandemic weight gain.  People have been sitting at home a lot more, sedentary. We don’t have a scale in our house, but I was at the doctor for a checkup in December 2020Continue reading “What my pandemic weight gain taught me about my thinking – Colossians 3:1-4, Part 3”

Why we need to evaluate our longings – Colossians 3:1-4, Part 2

Recently I got a notice that a person wanted to send a message to the church through our Instagram account’s messaging system.  I’m always a bit suspicious about requests from random people, but the message had me curious.  The person asked, “Can I ask a biblical question here?”  Yes.  Yes, you can!  They asked aContinue reading “Why we need to evaluate our longings – Colossians 3:1-4, Part 2”

How to evaluate the headlines – Colossians 3:1-4, Part 1

It has been quite a week in our country.  The trial of Derek Chauvin.  Police shootings of people of color.  Racial protests.  Mass shootings.  A removal of our troops from Afghanistan after nearly 20 years.  And of course…Covid. On the one hand, more and more people are getting the Covid vaccines, while on the otherContinue reading “How to evaluate the headlines – Colossians 3:1-4, Part 1”

Autostereograms and learning to focus on God – Colossians 3:1-4, Preview

Have you heard of autostereograms?  If you are a child or teen of the 1990s, you are likely quite familiar with autostereograms, but maybe you don’t know them by that name.  Let’s see if you recognize them when I give you the name of the most famous commercialized version of autostereograms: Magic Eye pictures.  Now do youContinue reading “Autostereograms and learning to focus on God – Colossians 3:1-4, Preview”

How rules can pollute your practice of following Jesus and what to do about it – Colossians 2:16-23, Part 5

Have you ever been in a workplace or school or volunteer group that has a rule in place, and a newcomer asks, “Why do you have that rule?” and you honestly can’t remember?  You’ve been following the rule for so long that you’ve forgotten why it was imposed in the first place!  It was wiseContinue reading “How rules can pollute your practice of following Jesus and what to do about it – Colossians 2:16-23, Part 5”