Contributed on Jun 2, 2003
How important is it to remember what Jesus has done for us? There is a danger in forgetting what we have and there is power in what we remember.
OPEN: A clergyman walking down a country lane saw a young farmer struggling with a load of hay that had fallen off his cart. The boy was all hot and sweaty and looked very upset. "You look hot, my son," said the preacher. "Why don’t you just rest a moment, and then I’ll give you a hand." "No ...read more
Contributed on Jun 8, 2003
In almost every church, someone eventually says "I am in Charge Here!" So - who is in charge in the church? Is it someone with a position of authority, or is it someone who has has a unique experience from God? Or could it be both?
OPEN: A young sentry was on guard duty for the 1st time, and he had orders not to admit any car unless it had a special identification seal on its bumper. About the middle of the night, an unmarked car approached his guard shack and the sentry stopped it. Inside, was a general and his driver. ...read more
Contributed on Jun 17, 2003
Colossians speaks of "the mystery" that has been revealed to us. What is this mystery and what can it mean to us?
OPEN: One of the greatest scientists of our time was Albert Einstein. He was a man who was so focused on his scientific theories. He was so focused, he often neglected even the simplest things of life, such as personal appearance (as evidenced by his hair). One time, Albert Einstein was taking ...read more
Contributed on Jun 22, 2003
Colossians tells us that rules and regulations have no power to make us moral... but does that make sense? Yes, and the reason may amaze you.
OPEN: He brushed his teeth twice a day and the doctor examined him twice a year. He wore galoshes when it rained, slept with the windows open, stuck to a diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and got at least 8 hours of sleep every night. He never smoked, drank, or lost his ...read more
Contributed on Jun 30, 2003
Paul tells the Colossians they need to keep their eyes on things above and kill off the things of this earth in their lives. How does that work?
OPEN: April 17, 1964 something unique and noteworthy took place in America… That event was the introduction of the Ford Mustang. On that day the following events took place: 1. A Mustang had been chosen as the pace car for a stock car race in Huntsville, Alabama. When it drove onto the track, ...read more
Contributed on Jul 6, 2003
Many families are struggling because they haven’t listened to God’s prescription for their homes. Even many Christians misunderstand what Paul was talking about in Colossians 3 and do great damage to their families.
OPEN: After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve. And the first thing the Heavenly Father said to these first children was, "Don’t." "Don’t what?" Adam replied. “Don’t eat the forbidden fruit." God said. "Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit? Hey, Eve. . . we have ...read more
Contributed on Jul 14, 2003
How we behave at work says a lot about our faith to those around us. It also says a lot about our attitude toward worshipping God. How to make our workplace and our worship work together.
OPEN: During the middle 1800’s there was a popular set of rules for the office that showed up in one form or another across the nation. They all resembled something like these which were posted in Zachary Geiger’s establishment: 1. Office employees will daily sweep the floors, dust the ...read more
Contributed on Jul 30, 2003
One of the rallying cries in the church is "let someone else do it!" Why do people say that, and how do we change their minds about it?
OPEN: A church once put this on the back page of their bulletin - CHURCH MOURNS DEATH OF PROMINENT MEMBER The church was saddened this past week to learn of the death of one of its most prominent members, "Someone Else." "Someone’s" passing creates a vacancy that will be difficult to fill. ...read more
Contributed on Jul 30, 2003
Paul tells us we need to have a certain kind of "passion" in our lives. What is that passion and how can it help us be better witnesses for Christ?
OPEN: During a long and losing baseball game, the restless boys on the little league team began to question Ritchie, their assistant coach, about his attractive sister. How old was she? Was she going out with anyone...? Etc. The head coach was beginning to get annoyed. Not only were they ...read more