Have you ever wondered why many of us will be gathering with family and friends this week to celebrate thanksgiving? Of course we may say 'We're gathering together because it's Thanksgiving.' Or maybe you'd say 'We're gathering together because it's what we always do.' Let's think a little deeper about this. When we gather for … Continue reading Giving Particular and Specific Thanks
Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” There’s an old saying that goes 'many people will lie in the first 30 minutes of Sunday morning worship more than they … Continue reading Sing What We Mean, Mean What We Sing!
This past Thursday, and really this weekend, was the official beginning of the NFL season for 2015-2016. Was it just me or did it seem to take a lot longer this year to actually get here? Any who, I have a caution for all of you NFL fans as the season is now underway. In … Continue reading A Caution to All NFL Fans…
We now have come to the high point in the Regal Christ Hymn. In Colossians 1:20 we read, “and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross.” From this we learn Jesus is both the Agent of reconciliation and the One … Continue reading The Supremacy of Christ in Redemption, part 2
Whereas the supremacy of Christ in creation reveals His transcendence, the supremacy of Christ in redemption reveals His immanence. Whereas the supremacy of Christ in creation reveals who He is, the supremacy of Christ in redemption reveals what He has done. Our list continues… Jesus is the Head of the Church In Colossians 1:18 we … Continue reading The Supremacy of Christ in Redemption, part 1
Jesus is Eternal In Colossians 1:17 we read, “And He is before all things…” What was implicit in 1:16 is now made explicit in 1:17, namely, that Jesus could create everything because He existed before creation, therefore we can know for certain that there never was a time when Jesus was not. Jesus said this … Continue reading The Supremacy of Christ in Creation, part 2
Jesus is the Image In Colossians 1:15 we read, “He is the image of the invisible God…” That Jesus is called the image of God means that the person of Jesus Christ makes the invisible God visible. 1 Tim. 1:17 says, “To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and … Continue reading The Supremacy of Christ in Creation, part 1
In Colossians 1:15-20, Paul is soaring in praise to the glory, greatness, and grandeur of Jesus Christ. It is a wondrous text in the Bible: "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things … Continue reading The Regal Christ Hymn of Colossians