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Clothing Yourself in Humility and Love

SCRIPTURE Colossians 3:12-14; 22; 4:1 Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you are also to forgive. 14 Above all, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity… 22 Slaves, obey your human masters in everything. Don’t work only while being watched, as people-pleasers, but work wholeheartedly, fearing the…

In Private, in Public, with People

SCRIPTURE Colossians 4:2-18 Speaking to God and Others 2 Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains, 4 so that I may make it known as I should. 5 Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each…

Live Like You Love Jesus

SCRIPTURE Colossians 3:1-17 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.  5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity,…

Don’t Get Taken Captive

SCRIPTURE Colossians 2:6-23 6 So then, just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to walk in him, 7 being rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing with gratitude.  8 Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elements of the world, rather than Christ. 9 For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ, 10 and you have been filled…

Is Jesus First in Your Life?

SCRIPTURE Colossians 1:9-23 9 For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you. We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, 10 so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, so that you may have great endurance…

What Do You Think About the Christ?

SCRIPTURE Psalm 110 Sit at My Right Hand A Psalm of David. 110 The Lord says to my Lord:    “Sit at my right hand,until I make your enemies your footstool.” 2 The Lord sends forth from Zion    your mighty scepter.    Rule in the midst of your enemies!3 Your people will offer themselves freely    on the day of your power,    in holy garments;from the womb of the morning,    the dew of your youth will be yours.4 The Lord has sworn    and will not change his mind,“You are a priest forever    after the order of Melchizedek.” 5 The Lord is at your right hand;    he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.6 He will execute…

Stop Eating the Bread of Anxious Toil

SCRIPTURE Psalm 127 A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.  1  Unless the Lord builds the house,  those who build it labor in vain.  Unless the Lord watches over the city,  the watchman stays awake in vain.  2  It is in vain that you rise up early  and go late to rest,  eating the bread of anxious toil;  for he gives to his beloved sleep.  3  Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,  the fruit of the womb a reward. …

You’re Invited to Live with God

SCRIPTURE Psalm 23 A Psalm of David. 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.2     He makes me lie down in green pastures.He leads me beside still waters.3     He restores my soul.He leads me in paths of righteousness    for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,    I will fear no evil,for you are with me;    your rod and your staff,    they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me    in the presence of my enemies;you anoint my head with oil;    my cup overflows.6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me    all the days of my life,and I shall dwell in the house…

Why Do The Wicked Prosper?

SCRIPTURE Psalm 73 God Is My Strength and Portion Forever A Psalm of Asaph. 73 Truly God is good to Israel,    to those who are pure in heart.2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,    my steps had nearly slipped.3 For I was envious of the arrogant    when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4 For they have no pangs until death;    their bodies are fat and sleek.5 They are not in trouble as others are;    they are not stricken like the rest of mankind.6 Therefore pride is their necklace;    violence covers them as a garment.7 Their eyes swell…

Bless the LORD

SCRIPTURE Psalm 103 Of David.  1  Bless the Lord, O my soul,  and all that is within me,  bless his holy name!  2  Bless the Lord, O my soul,  and forget not all his benefits,  3  who forgives all your iniquity,  who heals all your diseases,  4  who redeems your life from the pit,  who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,  5  who satisfies you with good  so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.  6  The Lord…

What Do You Do With Your Guilt?

SCRIPTURE Psalm 51 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.  1  Have mercy on me, O God,  according to your steadfast love;  according to your abundant mercy  blot out my transgressions.  2  Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,  and cleanse me from my sin!  3  For I know my transgressions,  and my sin is ever before me.  4  Against you, you only, have I sinned  and…

God is with you

SCRIPTURE Psalm 139 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.  1  O Lord, you have searched me and known me!  2  You know when I sit down and when I rise up;  you discern my thoughts from afar.  3  You search out my path and my lying down  and are acquainted with all my ways.  4  Even before a word is on my tongue,  behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.  5  You hem me in, behind and before,  and…

Is Evil Winning?

SCRIPTURE Psalm 10 Why, O Lord, do you stand far away?    Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? 2 In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor;    let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised.3 For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul,    and the one greedy for gain curses[a] and renounces the Lord.4 In the pride of his face[b] the wicked does not seek him;[c]    all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”5 His ways prosper at all times;    your judgments are on high, out of his sight;    as for all his foes, he puffs at them.6 He says…

Sin and Forgiveness

SCRIPTURE Psalm 32 A Maskil of David.  Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,    whose sin is covered.2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,    and in whose spirit there is no deceit. 3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away    through my groaning all day long.4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;    my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah 5 I acknowledged my sin to you,    and I did not cover my iniquity;I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”    and you forgave…

Go to God

SCRIPTURE Psalm 42-43 To the choirmaster. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah.  1  As a deer pants for flowing streams,  so pants my soul for you, O God.  2  My soul thirsts for God,  for the living God.  When shall I come and appear before God?  3  My tears have been my food  day and night,  while they say to me all the day long,  “Where is your God?”  4  These things I remember,  as I pour out my…

Committing to the God of Life and Joy

SCRIPTURE Psalm 16 1  Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.  2  I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;  I have no good apart from you.”  3  As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,  in whom is all my delight.  4  The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply;  their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out  or take their names on my lips.  5 …

Jesus was Dead; Jesus is Alive

SCRIPTURE Luke 24:1-53 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do…

The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus

SCRIPTURE Luke 23:26-49 And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. 27 And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. 28 But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are…

Jesus Gave His Life to Give Us Life

SCRIPTURE Luke 22:1-34 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called the Passover. 2 And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put him to death, for they feared the people. 3 Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve. 4 He went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers how he might betray him to them. 5 And they were glad, and agreed to give him money. 6 So he consented and sought an…

Is Jesus Right?

SCRIPTURE Luke 20:27-47 There came to him some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, 28 and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wife but no children, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and died without children. 30 And the second 31 and the third took her, and likewise all seven left no children and…

Jesus Saves Lost People

SCRIPTURE Luke 19:1-27 He entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up…

Luke 18:1-30

SCRIPTURE Luke 18:1-30  And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man.3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give…

The Rich Man and Lazarus

SCRIPTURE Luke 16:19-31  “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores.22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried,23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham…

What is the Kingdom of God Like?

SCRIPTURE Luke 13:18-30 He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19 It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.” 20 And again he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? 21 It is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour,…