24
Mar
17

Working Hard

We often think of our jobs in terms of our paychecks. What if there is more to being an employee than 5:00 on Friday and depositing a check? Paul told the Colossians:

Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. – Colossians 3:22 (NIV)

When it comes to working, we should always give our best effort, even if our employer is not watching us. Why? Because the Lord is always watching us. How we work says a lot about who we are and to whom we belong. We belong to Jesus and our work should please Him. If we are working for the weekend, we’re working for the wrong reasons. God has blessed us with the jobs we have and out of a desire to honor Him, we should work hard and with integrity. Just because no one is watching, we don’t have the right to goof off. Let’s give our best today and everyday in order to please and honor our Father in Heaven.
23
Mar
17

Fathers And Children

Good Thursday morning to you! The Apostle Paul addressed the relationship between parents and children in Colossians 3. He said:

​Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. – Colossians 3:20 (NIV)

This hearkens back to the 5th commandment in Exodus 20 when God told His people to honor their parents. He promised that it would go well with them in the future if they did. Next, Paul turns his attention to fathers. He writes:

Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged. – Colossians 3:21 (NIV)

T​his relationship between fathers and children is so vitally important. ​Dads have the power to embitter and discourage or to inspire their children to great heights. Fathers, don’t be overbearing and harsh with your children. Love them like your Heavenly Father loves you. Be patient with them and show them the grace God has shown you. May our Heavenly Father help you to be more like Him today.
22
Mar
17

Husbands And Wives

The Bible calls for a special relationship between husbands and wives that sometimes creates controversy and hurt feelings. Paul says:

Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. – Colossians 3:18 (NIV)

A wife is to respect her husband because she loves and submits to God first. This is God’s expectation of a wife in her relationship to her husband. Was Paul a male chauvinist pig? Not at all! In the next verse he says:

Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.  – Colossians 3:19 (NIV)

A husband who loves his wife sacrificially and unconditionally and is patient with her will find that he has a wife who respects him. The husband’s job is not to make his wife submit. The husband’s job is to love her as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). How did Jesus love the church? He died for the church. Husbands, if you are not willing to die to yourself daily for your wife, you are not loving her the way God intends for you to do.
21
Mar
17

Obedience

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on the 10 Commandments from Exodus 20:1-17.

21
Mar
17

In The Name Of Jesus

When we pray, we make sure that we pray “in the name of Jesus.” We are told to pray to God the Father through the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus. Why is that all we do in Jesus’ name? The Apostle Paul says:

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. – Colossians 3:17 (NIV)

If you can’t say it or do it in Jesus’ name, then you shouldn’t do it or say it. You can’t cuss someone out in Jesus’ name. You can’t gossip in Jesus’ name. You can’t lose your temper in traffic in Jesus’ name. You can’t look at porn in Jesus’ name. You can’t get drunk in Jesus’ name. You can love your family in Jesus’ name. You can praise God in Jesus’ name. You can work hard in Jesus’ name. I’m sure you get the picture. If you can’t say, “in the name of Jesus” after the words you say or after the deeds you do, then stop saying those words and doing those activities. Then you will be able to give thanks to God the Father through Him.
20
Mar
17

Making Music

Good Monday morning to you! Music is a wonderful gift from God. Music can allow us to express a variety of emotions – anger, joy, frustration, love, sadness and more. It can also help us express our praise and gratitude to God for all He’s done. Paul wrote in Colossians 3:16:
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. – Colossians 3:16 (NIV)
We can also use music as a way of encouraging and teaching one another. Music has a way of working itself up from our hearts and out of our mouths. What kinds of music do you listen to? What kinds of songs do you like to sing? Remember that it is a gift from God and the songs of our hearts should be sung to Him first.
17
Mar
17

Gratitude

Good Friday morning to you! There are three little words at the end of Colossians 3:15 that seem like an afterthought. However, these three words are vital to being a follower of Jesus. Paul says:
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. – Colossians 3:15 (NIV)
 Gratitude is not an option for Christians. We should be the most thankful people on the planet. After all, we know that Jesus died to forgive our many sins and that we have the promise of eternal life in Heaven with Him because of God’s grace. Not only that, but we know the source of our blessings is our Heavenly Father. So why do we complain so much? It’s because we forget. We get so bogged down in the muck and mire of this world that we forget to be thankful. We forget that we’re going to Heaven and this life is not all that there is. Don’t let the problems of earth take away the joy of Heaven. Be thankful today for the blessings you’ve received and even for the trials of faith that come along. God has blessed you with both so that you will know Him and His love each day.



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