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”

Worship services are not enough – Colossians 1:20-23, Part 5

I recently saw a conversation between two people on social media. One is often outspoken about their Christian beliefs.  That person began the conversation by writing a post angrily condemning people who are of a different political persuasion.  Many people responded with supportive comments, but one person disagreed, confronting the Christian writer. I don’t knowContinue reading “Worship services are not enough – Colossians 1:20-23, Part 5”

What I learned about reconciliation from a guy who drove through my mailbox – Colossians 1:20-23, Part 4

A year or so ago, we were in our living room at night watching TV, and we heard a loud crashing sound out front. I went to the front porch, opened the door, and saw a car had skidded off the road, right through our mailbox, across our front lawn, tearing up two tire-streaks ofContinue reading “What I learned about reconciliation from a guy who drove through my mailbox – Colossians 1:20-23, Part 4”

Is it possible to be an enemy of God and not know it? – Colossians 1:20-23, Part 3

Are you an enemy of God? Are you and God strangers? Neither of those? How are you and God doing? How would your friends and family answer that question about you? About themselves and their relationship with God? Do people think of themselves as Paul put it in Colossians 1:21, that they are alienated fromContinue reading “Is it possible to be an enemy of God and not know it? – Colossians 1:20-23, Part 3”

When Christians shouldn’t be so confident they’re going to heaven – Colossians 1:20-23, Part 2

We Christians tend to be pretty confident we are going to heaven when we die. Should we be so assured? In the previous post, we saw in Colossians 1:10 that God wants to be reconciled with all people. Usually Christians think of themselves as already reconciled to God, and other people as the ones whoContinue reading “When Christians shouldn’t be so confident they’re going to heaven – Colossians 1:20-23, Part 2”

You can be in a close relationship with God – Colossians 1:20-23, Part 1

What is broken in your life?  I hate to start off this week’s blog posts on such a dark note, but so many of us have broken relationships, broken situations, and they really concern us, taking loads of emotional energy, time and sometimes money.  How do we heal what is broken? I think about ourContinue reading “You can be in a close relationship with God – Colossians 1:20-23, Part 1”

How God wants to fix our broken world – Colossians 1:15-20

All things are in need of reconciliation. True or False? Just for the sake of argument, assume that statement is true. Why do all things need reconciliation?  Because things are broken.  You reconcile when you have a broken relationship.  Something happened.  Relationships break apart in all sorts of ways, right?  From small slights to massiveContinue reading “How God wants to fix our broken world – Colossians 1:15-20”

A letter for unity – Acts 15, Part 3

Editor’s Note: This series of posts on Acts 15 is written by guest teacher David Hundert. Thanks, David! The series of five posts begins here. Are you experiencing a disagreement with someone? Brokenness in a relationship? What will it take to reconcile or pursue unity? As we have been seeing in this series of postsContinue reading “A letter for unity – Acts 15, Part 3”

Why we need to wrestle with God – Characters: Jacob, Part 4

In this series, we’ve been looking at a character in the Hebrew Bible, a guy named Jacob. In the previous post, we left Jacob about to cross over the border of his brother, Esau’s land. He had deceived his brother 20 years before, and when Esau found out, Esau threatened to kill Jacob. Jacob fledContinue reading “Why we need to wrestle with God – Characters: Jacob, Part 4”

How to have restorative church discipline – Titus 1:10-16, Part 2

When you discover troublemakers in the church, what is a faithful way to respond to them? Confrontation is difficult, so we might be tempted to avoid the troublemakers and think the problem will work itself out on its own. It rarely does, though. Instead, as we will see in our continuing study of Titus 1:10-16,Continue reading “How to have restorative church discipline – Titus 1:10-16, Part 2”