Tag: Christ

Daily Reads 08.04.2019

I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth. 3 John 1:4 Today is an opportunity to set aside time for worship of the Lord our God. This will be my sanctuary as I meet the Lord in the splendor of the great outdoors. I invite you to …

Daily Reads 07.14.2019

Traditions. We started last week looking at my tradition of camping. What traditions do you value? How has remembering this week helped to spur you toward good traditions? Sunday observance is a tradition I value. I love my day of voluntary suspension of laborious activity. Nothing is more pleasurable to me than knowing that I …

Daily Reads 07.04.2019

Today we are celebrating with our family. Dave’s famous pulled pork, corn-on-the-cob, watermelon, outdoor games, and a sprinkler! What could be better? Read: Galatians 5:5-8 Today I will also celebrate that God has called me to live in freedom. For many years I lived under the weight of rules and regulations that sapped my strength …

Daily Reads 07.03.2019

Concerning ourselves with just spiritual freedom…not physical or political or national. Thinking only of our spirits. Scripture tells us repeatedly that Jesus came to set us free. Free from what? Read: Galatians 5:1-6 I will summarize the background of this writing for you. Paul traveled to the area of Galatia which is roughly modern day …

Free to be Free

What does freedom mean to me? It means walking down a street unafraid that I will be stopped, questioned or imprisoned. It means choosing the car I drive, the house I buy, the clothes I wear, the food I eat and the water I drink. It means the opportunity to choose education, job training, working …

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 …