An Appearance of Wisdom

An Appearance of Wisdom   Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to…

All We Know is Defined in Christ

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all…

All We Have is from the Lord

9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please…

Sorrowful Repentance

Sorrowful Repentance   Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it—I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while— yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you…

Humble Repentance

Humble Repentance   Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and…

The Peace of God’s Word

The Peace of God’s Word   Great peace have those who love your law,    and nothing can make them stumble.    – Psalm 119:165   The law, commands, and words of God are what we more commonly call: the Bible, God’s Word, or Holy Scripture. In our talking about peace this week, we have seen clearly…

The Lord Establishes Our Steps

The Lord Establishes Our Peace Lord, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.                                                                                                                            – Isaiah 26:12 As we saw yesterday, as believers, we are called to be promoters of peace. In all that we do, through our character, integrity, words, and actions, we are to be people…