This week I began a three part series on generosity called, “God’s Abundance.” The series explores in depth 2 Corinthians 9:8: “And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.” Participating in God’s mission in the world, means participating in God’s overflowing generosity. In this small verse, we find the spiritual and theological dynamics of generosity: receiving, having, and sharing.
The first message is on receiving, “God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance,” and flows from both this verse and Isaiah 55:1-11.
After three weeks of not preaching on Sundays (which was a wonderful break, and gave me lots of time to do other needed things, and the great opportunity to sit and hear a sermon!), it was good to be back in the pulpit last Sunday!
Alongside this sermon, I highly recommend the book Crucial Conversations. None of us do this well and yet we must! They offer great tools for having the crucial conversations that are honest, respectful, and productive.
This morning we are finishing our study of the letter to the Colossians. We began this study in mid-summer, when it seemed that summer days stretched endlessly before us. Now, we stand on the edge of Fall; college students are back in their dorms, grade school students start tomorrow, and we have come to end of the letter.
Today, the cosmic theology of Colossians becomes very personal as we see that the presence of Christ is embodied in ordinary people like you and me. Read More »
This morning we are picking up at the place in Colossians where Paul has turned his attention to us — those who read and hear this letter. He has sketched for us a vision of Jesus Christ, the image of God and the Lord of all creation. Today, we will see that the Lord of all creation is also the Lord of your heart, and he seeks to guide your desires, your intentions, and your actions.
This morning we continue our journey through the letter to the Colossians. Up to this point, we have heard about Jesus Christ, we have heard about the grace of God. Today we will hear about what it means for us, for you, for the you are becoming.
We are gathered this morning around the Lord’s Table. Jesus prepares this feast of God’s presence. The Spirit bids us come and eat. As we approach this feast, the writer of Colossians speaks to us: “So live in Christ Jesus the Lord, the same way you have received him.” We received Christ by grace. We will see this morning that living in Christ is a daily walk in grace.