Tag: Christ

Daily Reads 04.19.2019

We aren’t obligated to a list of rules when we follow Jesus, nor are we asked to practice any of form of penitential discipline to strengthen our will against sin. The final practice Paul warns against is MYSTICISM. Mysticism is spiritual intuition outside of normal or ordinary understanding obtained through the use of intermediaries (angels, …

Daily Reads 04.14.2019

Read: Colossians 2:2-4; 6-7 I do not do well with house plants. They die. It’s just that simple. Unless it is a cactus that doesn’t require much care or attention. I don’t seem to have the touch. Orchids are especially troubling to me. I know their roots need special attention…not too much water, but enough; …

Daily Reads 04.13.2019

As we celebrate community today, I think on Paul’s words in Colossians 1:28-29. He says that he works so hard because he wants to present others to Christ “perfect.” That’s a confusing word. In our language, it means never doing anything wrong, always getting it right, all T’s crossed, all i’s dotted. In Greek, the …

Daily Reads 3.27.2019

Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the word in the direction of truth and love. Read: Colossians 3:12, 16 The first agreement addresses how we use our words. Recently I was with a friend …

Daily Reads 3.23.2019

Read: Romans 15:13 God is our source of hope, and when we trust in him, we will be filled with joy and peace. Then confident hope will be ours in abundance through the work of the Holy Spirit. Hope doesn’t mean the absence of suffering or difficult times. It is the sustaining power during those …

Daily Reads 3.11.2019

Read: I Peter 5:8-9; Hebrews 12:1-4 Sports are fascinating to me. I love the way a team works together. The memory muscle that develops over long periods of playing and practicing together inspires me, attracts me. I want to be a part of it. But sports also discourage me. A team always plays an adversary …

Daily Reads 3.10.2019

The first day of a new week! A beautiful time to dedicate to the Lord. So wherever you find yourself today, set some time aside to see life in a new way and give thanks to him for all his goodness to you. Read: Psalm 19:1-4 Thursday I went to the beach to scavenge shells …

Daily Reads 3.09.2019

John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin, was sent to prepare the way for the Messiah. He baptized Jesus in the Jordan River and by all appearances, knew that he was the Messiah. But after his arrest, he seems to waver a bit. Read: Matthew 11:1-6 Now, I’m sorry Jesus. But you did not answer the question. …

Daily Reads 3.06.2019

“Who do you say I am?” This is the question we are examining this week. Jesus has been asking it for a long time. Read: Mark 8:27-33 This is the only time Jesus’ asks that question aloud. He was with his disciples walking to the villages near Caesarea Philippi. I imagine as they walk they …