We Call It Glory

Peter says that a godly man must honor his wife as the weaker vessel (1 Pet. 3:8). The fact that many Christians would turn a light shade of pink when this verse is read out loud is an indication of just how spineless and cowardly we have become. But still worse are the consequences that…

We Will Not Lie

For as long as I can remember, in the days leading up to Ash Wednesday, one of my daughters always tells us every year that she doesn’t want the ashes on her forehead. And whenever we ask her why, the answer is always the same. She says, “I don’t want to die.” And while we’ve…

Putting on the Armor of Light: Resources for Lent

For those wondering about what we teach or think about the season of Lent at Trinity. Here’s what we print in the front of our bulletins during this season: “Lent is the season of the Church calendar that spans the 40 days leading up to Easter. Lent is from the old English word which means…

Jesus is Enough Wisdom: Col. 2:1-7

Introduction Paul writes the Colossians to assure them that Jesus is enough grace, power, glory, and today we consider the fact that Jesus is enough wisdom. Because Jesus is the very image of the invisible God (1:15), He is the perfect, complete Word of the Father to us. Jesus is our understanding, our wisdom. Summary…

Jesus is Enough Glory: Col. 1:21-29

Introduction Paul has assured the Colossians that Jesus is enough grace, Jesus is enough power, and this week we consider the fact that Jesus is enough glory. Summary of the Text: Paul turns to address the Colossians directly following his exaltation of Jesus (1:15-20). He reminds them that they have experienced the power of Jesus…

She Shall Not Be Moved: Francis Atwood R.I.P.

Psalm 46: God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. There is a river,…

Jesus is Enough Power: Col. 1:9-20

Introduction Paul is writing the Colossians, a new church in Asia Minor, to encourage them in their new faith in Jesus. He writes to assure them that for all their needs, Jesus is enough. Summary of the Text: Following his initial doxology (1:3-8), Paul continues to explain what else he has been praying for (1:9)….

Jesus is Enough

One of the key themes in Paul’s letters to the fledgling churches of the first century is the insistence that Jesus is enough. In Jesus, they have been granted all that is needed. Everything that the Old Covenant foreshadowed is found in Jesus. Everything that the pagan nations ached for and groped toward, has now…

Death or Death?

In various venues, in various talks over the last few years, I’ve found myself pointing out that God’s Plan A is death and resurrection. God’s Plan A is for Jesus to die and rise again. And Jesus told us clearly that following Him means sure death. To follow Jesus is to plan to die. Death…

Jesus is Enough Grace: Col. 1:1-8

The letter to the Colossians is written to encourage new Christians in their faith. Paul writes specifically to assure the Colossians that the Jesus they met when they first heard and believed the gospel is everything they need for salvation. Jesus is enough. Summary of the Text: Paul writes as an official emissary of King…