Laying Aside My Freedom

Laying Aside My Freedom

There is a time for the voluntary laying aside of our rights and freedoms for the sake of others. Paul Relinquished His Rights The apostle Paul modeled this for the church in Corinth when he refused to accept money from them. He did this because they were accustomed...
How to Better Understand the Lord’s Prayer

How to Better Understand the Lord’s Prayer

Sin begins with the inability to give God worship.  It is a denial of who we are; when we refuse to call God the Creator and to give Him the worship He is due, we deny that we are creatures. We begin to become less than human. The Lord’s Prayer begins with...
How to Live in the New Heaven and Earth

How to Live in the New Heaven and Earth

Paul’s already told us which behaviors to put away in order to demonstrate that we live in the new order. But putting away a behavior is not sufficient; virtue consists of so much more than merely the absence of vice. Which behaviors ought we to put on in place...
5 Ways You Can Keep Your Baptismal Promises

5 Ways You Can Keep Your Baptismal Promises

It is wise and sober on the part of any Christian to know that we are not above sin.  The devil “prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) In Colossians 3:5 Paul lists five types of behavior which are no longer to be...
Your Baptism is an Important Promise

Your Baptism is an Important Promise

We must be a people who live up to our baptismal promises. It may be that you do not consider baptism a promise, but it is precisely that. You and I have entered into a covenant relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We have made promises, and these promises...
What is the Open Door? Revelation 3

What is the Open Door? Revelation 3

The Jewish Christians in the Hellenistic city of Philadelphia endured severe persecution at the hands of their own friends, neighbors, and family members. The Lord addressed these embattled believers in Revelation 3:  I know your works. Behold, I have set before you...