What God requires of you to enter his Kingdom – Colossians 1:9-14, Part 5

I love traveling internationally, collecting immigration stamps from other countries in my passport. Maybe you’ve caught that bug too, or you dream about it. I know this is a distinctly first-world privilege, as so many around the world have little realistic opportunity for such travel. But permit me to describe it. For citizens of theContinue reading “What God requires of you to enter his Kingdom – Colossians 1:9-14, Part 5”

Genuine Christianity – Colossians 1:9-14, Part 3

As I mentioned in this post, it was deeply discouraging to see rioters at the US Capitol insurrection on January 6, 2021 holding Christian flags and banners that said “Jesus Saves.” I will admit that I don’t know for sure what each and every one of those people were attempting. It could be that someContinue reading “Genuine Christianity – Colossians 1:9-14, Part 3”

Calling people “holy” or “saints” – Colossians 1:1-8, Part 2

What do you think about calling a person “holy”? To many of us, calling people “holy” sounds wrong. Only God is truly holy, not people, right?  If we happen to use the word “holy” about a person, we might be describing them as, “holier than thou,” and we’re not complimenting them.  Paul, however, uses “holy”Continue reading “Calling people “holy” or “saints” – Colossians 1:1-8, Part 2″

Surfing, the Law of Undulation, and how to handle life’s extremes – Ecclesiastes 3:1-15, Part 3

I’ve never been surfing, but it looks really fun. Riding a wave must be thrilling. I imagine, though, that successful attempts only follow many failed ones. Ups and downs, like the waves. I suspect that surfing is a study in extremes, from the bliss of great ride, to the suffering of a rough crash. InContinue reading “Surfing, the Law of Undulation, and how to handle life’s extremes – Ecclesiastes 3:1-15, Part 3”

Are you a confident and complete Christian? – Acts 28, Part 4

Editor’s Note: This week we welcome Paul Mannino to the blog, and he will be discussing Acts 28. If you want to watch the sermon, it’s posted on Paul’s YouTube Channel here. My wife, Michelle, and I met Paul and his wife, Mary Kate, at the Evangelical Congregational Church’s Pastoral Assessment Center this past January.Continue reading “Are you a confident and complete Christian? – Acts 28, Part 4”

Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is…eat? – Acts 27, Part 4

If you like to eat, I think you’re going to like this post. I love eating. Sometimes I wonder what people throughout the centuries would think of food options that we have available to us in 2020? We eat like kings of old could only dream about. In fact, we have the foods of theContinue reading “Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is…eat? – Acts 27, Part 4”

How not to talk about God – Acts 24-26, Part 1

How should we talk to people about God?   A friend of mine recently told the story about how when he was growing up, his parents faithfully took he and his siblings to church on Sunday mornings.  As their family drove to church, he remembers driving by people on their bikes, out for a ride onContinue reading “How not to talk about God – Acts 24-26, Part 1”

Is it possible to live a comfortable life and be a disciple of Jesus at the same time? – Acts 21, Part 3

Do you see the irony in the picture above? Take a close look. Do you see it? I’m referring to the irony of a person sitting under a comfy blanket sipping a hot mug of tea, while reading about Stephen who was killed for his faith in Jesus. Now do you see the irony? Here’sContinue reading “Is it possible to live a comfortable life and be a disciple of Jesus at the same time? – Acts 21, Part 3”

Three essentials for Christians – Acts 20, Part 2

My family recently spent a week at a state park. Along with our extended family, we rented cabins, and while the cabins had electricity, bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens, we had to bring pretty much everything else we needed. Pots, pans, utensils, bedding, toiletries, etc. Because our vehicles have only so much room to transport peopleContinue reading “Three essentials for Christians – Acts 20, Part 2”

How your home can be a place of strengthening – Acts 18, Part 5

Do you have a place where you sleep and eat? All over the world these places might look very different, but nearly everyone has a place we call home. Of course there are those struggling with homelessness, and we are called to reach out in love to them. In this final post on Acts 18,Continue reading “How your home can be a place of strengthening – Acts 18, Part 5”