Resources on Colossians
December 23rd's Advent Devotional
By Dr. Jack Graham | December 24, 2017
I want you to try to imagine what the world would be like if Jesus had never been born. It’s beyond our imagination, but just try to picture it. We certainly wouldn’t know God as we know Him now. In fact, we’d be fortunate to have even heard about the God revealed in the Old Testament.
Are you majoring on the minors?
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 13, 2017
Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.
When it comes to disciplining your children, do you ever find yourself majoring in minors?
Parents have to be very careful not to break a child’s spirit by constantly finding fault, nagging, and criticizing. In discipline, you and I are to be reasonable, right, respectful, and real.
Now I’m not saying that you should be lacking in discipline. Yes, you should establish firm, age-appropriate guidelines for your children. And sometimes correction and consequences are a part of parenting.
But, many kids are hassled and provoked because parents worry about things that don’t mean anything. Some parents are more interested in pushing their kids to the top of the success ladder at school or in athletics than seeing them succeed spiritually. Are you guilty?
According to our verse today, we are not to “provoke” our children. Don’t worry so much about the things that have little impact on eternity, on their moral character, or on their spiritual strength. We shouldn’t push our children to succeed because of our own failures. Nor should we use our children to compete against others.
Today I want to ask you to take inventory. When it comes to parenting, are you majoring on the minors… or majoring on what’s most important?
Take inventory of the priorities you have for your children. is their spiritual character on the list?
What if Jesus hadn’t been born?
By | December 21, 2016
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
I want you to try to imagine what the world would be like without the birth of Jesus Christ. It’s beyond our imagination, but just try to picture it. We certainly wouldn’t know God as we know Him. In fact, we’d be fortunate to have even heard about the God revealed in the Old Testament.
So what changed on that first Christmas so long ago? Well, when Jesus Christ came, the Bible says He was Immanuel… “God with us.” God was no longer a distant deity. He was no longer an unfathomable, unapproachable image. But God became flesh and blood; God was with us! That’s why Jesus would later say, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).
When Jesus was born into the world, He was God! He wasn’t a man acting like God; not even God acting like a man; but God who was fully man and a man who was fully God! When Christ was seeing, that was God seeing. And when Christ was walking, that was God walking!
If Jesus hadn’t come, and if He weren’t God, we’d never have the knowledge of God we have today. So thank God today for sending Jesus to Bethlehem all those years ago so that you might have a clear picture of a God who loves you unconditionally!
THANK GOD FOR REVEALING HIMSELF TO YOU THROUGH JESUS SO THAT YOU COULD BE SAVED BY KNOWING HIM!
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
Colossians 2:6-8 (ESV)
Paul is reminding us believers that because we have professed Christ as our Lord and Savior our duty and obligation don’t end there. We are to "walk" in Him; notice this is an action verb. We are to be constantly moving forward in our relationship with Christ—not stagnant or bored.
It’s also interesting to think about the phrase “rooted and built up.” As a mighty oak or even a fortress, not only are we supposed to be deeply grounded and have a firm foundation, but also we are to be built up in our faith in Christ. Only this will allow us to be free from the attacks of the secular world and the destruction it offers.
This strength will come from our personal time in God’s Word, prayerful communion with him, and from our community of believers. It is vital to our walk with Christ to know and breath God’s Word. As we have discussed these last several weeks, prayer is our daily, critical conversation with our Heavenly Father.
The third prong, active fellowship and support of a local church that glorifies God is just as paramount as the other two. For a believer to truly be built up in their faith, they must by being actively involved in their local church or community of believers. Such fellowship is imperative as...