Posts from July 2016

“The All-Sufficient Jesus Christ” Colossians 1:15-28

I am a proud graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.  I majored in Public Relations and minored in Business. Having a PR major from the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communications, I was required to take classes in multiple journalism disciplines, including newswriting.  Every worthy news story needs to answer the 5 W’s and 1 H: who, what, where, when, why, and how.  Some journalists are able to answer all these questions in the lead paragraph and then expound on them throughout the news story.

Colossians 1:1-14 “What About Our Fruit?”

Most of us know that John Wesley is the Father of the Methodist movement in the 1700s.    At the third conference for Methodist preachers in 1746, Wesley posed three questions to candidates seeking ordination; these same questions continue to be used in assessing potential Methodist ministerial candidates.  “Do they know God as a pardoning God?”  “Have they gifts?” and “Have they fruit?”  Answers to these questions go a long way in evaluating whether a person is ready to be ordained.

Whether a person is seeking ordination to the gospel ministry or not, we should ask the same questions about ourselves.  Do we know God as a pardoning God?  Have we gifts?  Have we fruit?

Paul never visited Colossae; the Colossian church was actually founded by Epaphras, who had a connection to Paul.  Like other letters of that day, Paul began by telling them who was writing and then included to whom the letter was addressed.  Letters today use the opposite format; we begin with “Dear _____,” and then end with our name.  Paul and his young friend Timothy wrote this letter probably from a Roman prison.  Paul wanted his readers to know that he was an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God.

“Recalling What God Has Done for Us” Psalm 66:1-9

On this holiday weekend, many will recall a document ratified by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.  The writing of this Declaration of Independence began the previous month, after the thirteen colonies had been at war with Great Britain for more than a year.  The primary author was Thomas Jefferson, and it was signed by 56 people; the three Georgians were Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, and George Walton.            When I was a kid, I remember someone asking, “Do they have Fourth of July in England?”  The answer, “Of course, they do; there is a fourth of July in every country.”  Tomorrow, we don’t celebrate the Fourth of July; instead we celebrate Independence Day when many will recall the earlier days of our nation’s history and recall how and what God has done for our country.