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Colossians Blog Post

In this week's lesson, Cody talked a lot about our identity as believers; and throughout our study over Colossians, I have been directing our attention to the doctrine of the believer's union with Christ. Here in chapter 3, we witness the collision of these two ideas. For Paul, our identity is found in our union to Christ (notice the "union" language in verses 1-4 and 10...

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Faith in the True Gospel

Colossians Blog Post

In this week's scripture lesson, the Apostle Paul is refuting a number of false teachings and practices that had infiltrated the church at Colossae. Promoting sound doctrine and protecting God's people from erroneous and dangerous teaching is one of the most important jobs of those who are called to pastoral ministry. At the same time, it can be one of the most difficult...

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The Joy of Pastoral Ministry

Colossians Blog Post

The joy of pastoral ministry isn't simply in the sermons you get to preach, the wedding ceremonies you get to preside over, the baptisms you get to perform, or the babies you get to dedicate to the Lord; although those are all wonderful things. The true joy is found in seeing the seeds that you work so diligently to sow and care for; take root, grow to maturity, and bear ...

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Jesus...Yeah, He's Kind of a Big Deal

Colossians Blog Post

Jesus, is one of the rare historical figures who really demands that we stop and take notice. His impact is so far reaching that even other religions outside of Christianity are forced to address him. To some he is a great moral teacher, to others he is a prophet of God. Regardless of where you land on the spectrum of beliefs in regard to Jesus, especially here in Ameri...

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The Freedom and Responsibility of the Gospel

Colossians Blog Post

For a Christian, the "main thing" has to be the gospel. It is at the core of everything we believe. Moreover, if our beliefs determine our actions (and they should), then the gospel should form the basis for not just what we believe, but how we live our lives. Here's the problem that we often find among believers; we often speak about being "gospel-centered," but often ...

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What it Means to be "in Christ"

Colossians Blog Post

Did you know that the Apostle Paul never once uses the word "Christian" in any of his writing? In fact, the word only appears in scripture three times. When Paul, and the other New Testament writers refer to those who are followers of Jesus, they are most commonly referred to as those who are "in Christ." We see this type of language often as we study through the script...

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Prayer and the Pursuit of Holiness

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I think the essence of Jesus' teaching here is closely related to the lesson of Cody's Honduras story. When it comes to our sin, things are never what they seem. What often seems harmless, and perhaps even appealing in the moment can have devastating repercussions later on. Once you begin down the slippery slope with sin it can be hard to regain your footing. This is why J...

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To Forgive or to be Forgiven...That is the Question

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Jesus commands us to seek first the grace of Godly grief that leads to genuine repentance and reconciliation. When we come to our Heavenly Father in that posture of brokenness and humility, with a heart that is willing to extend grace to others, then we find ourselves with a heart that is fertile to receive the grace we so desperately need. The two are so intimately and ...

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Praying to the God of Fellowship

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I think one of the most difficult aspects of prayer is that it feels very impersonal. Can we really commune with the God of the universe...the same God who is creator and sovereign Lord over all things??? Why would God even care about my silly needs when he has wars, and famines, and diseases to worry about? Let's be honest, we've all felt that way. You may even feel t...

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Prayer and God's Provision

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Of all of the many facets of prayer that we find taught in scripture, perhaps the most often misunderstood is that of petition. We are often instructed in scripture to bring our requests before God; sometimes, even incessantly (see the parable of the persistent widow in Luke 18). Likewise, we are called to cast our cares and worries upon Jesus. To say that God has grant...

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