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Christian Links Vol 2 Issue 30

Christian Links Vol 2 Issue 30     Friday 11.03.17       Christian Links Vol 2 Issue 21 Here some great links I came across this week Kari Jobe: Jesus is ‘the answer’ to healing the nation Trump Bypasses UN to Aid Middle East Christians Pastor Says Millennials Have almost ‘Completely Lost the Knowledge of God’ Satan is Real & Out to Get You The Reformation’s Far-Reaching Implications Here are the 10 Worst Countries for Christian Persecution According to a UK Report Martin Luther’s ‘dream’ church? It wasn’t in Europe Nepal Criminalizes Christian Conversion and Evangelism 3 Reasons Why Catholics and Protestants Interpret Scripture Differently Report: 1 in 4 Church of England Congregations Has No Children *** News stories and editorials on this page do not necessarily represent the views of The Simple Christian Life. Nor can I control objectionable advertising on news sites. *** 1 Year Bible Reading 11.03 (Friday) 2 Kings 16 Titus 2 Hosea 9 Psalms 69 11.04 (Saturday) 2 Kings 17 Titus 3 Hosea 10 Psalms 70-71 11.05 (Sunday) 2 Kings 18 Philemon 1 Hosea 11 Psalms 72 Previous Editions Of Christian Links Christian Links Vol 2 Issue 29 Christian Links Vol 2 Issue 28 Christian Links Vol 2 Issue 27 Christian Links Vol 2 Issue 26 Christian Links Vol 2 Issue 25 Thank you for being a part The Simple Christian Life. Please...

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Religion Of Men

Religion Of Men   Colossians 2:8 The Simple Christian Religion Of Men Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. (Colossians 2:8, NKJV) The false teaching among the Colossians was marked by an emphasis on philosophy and empty deceit. Most of all, it was according to the tradition of men. It had the stamp of man on it, not God. The best sense of the phrase cheat you is actually, “lead you away as prey.” It also had the ideas of robbing and plundering: “Their goods were the salvation they had received from Christ; and both the Gentile and Jewish teachers endeavored to deprive them of these, by perverting their minds, and leading them off from the truths of Christianity.” – Adam Clarke This philosophy that threatened the Colossian Christians was a strange eclectic mix of early Gnosticism, Greek philosophy, local mystery religions, and Jewish mysticism. The philosophy threatening the Colossian Christians was so dangerous because it was not obviously sinful and licentious. It was high-sounding and seemed highly intelligent. “It had originally a good meaning, the love of wisdom, but is used by Paul in the sense of vain speculation, and with special reference to it is being the name by which the false teachers at Colossae designated not only their speculative system but also their practical...

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Rooted In Jesus Christ

Rooted In Jesus Christ   Colossians 2:4-7 The Simple Christian Rooted In Jesus Christ Now, this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. As you, therefore, have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:4-7, NKJV) Those who told the Colossians to find wisdom and knowledge apart from the simplicity of Jesus were very persuasive. The lure of “hidden” and “deep” wisdom and knowledge can be both strong and deceptive. Paul did not say that they had already been deceived, but he clearly saw the danger and warned them about it. It might sound simple, but deceivers are deceivers. They won’t announce their false doctrine as false doctrine, and it will often be similar enough to the truth to be dangerous. Through prayer – the core of his conflict mentioned in Colossians 2:1, Paul genuinely felt he was among the Colossian Christians in spirit, even though he was absent in the flesh. “Paul’s sense of being spiritually present with his absent friends could be extraordinarily strong and vivid. Perhaps the most remarkable example is found in 1 Corinthians 5:3-5, where he...

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Attaining The Fullness Of Jesus Christ

    Attaining The Fullness Of Jesus Christ that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:2-3, NKJV) Paul wanted this because he was concerned about their enthusiasm. He knew that discouraged, downcast Christians are easy prey for the world, the flesh, and the devil. Paul wanted these Christians to be fit for heroic action. Paul wanted this because he was concerned about their unity. The unity wouldn’t come from coercion, but love. Paul wanted this because he was concerned about their understanding. He knew that their unity and steadfastness was not just a matter of love, but also of growing together in God’s truth. Paul knew that their unity came from not only love but also from the truth, from both being knit together in love and growing in the understanding and knowledge of God’s truth. The true wisdom Paul wanted them to know in Jesus would bring them together – indeed, knit them together in love – instead of dividing them the way that false wisdom did. For Paul, real riches were found in the believer’s full assurance. Many lack full assurance about the character of God and are unconvinced that He is really good and loving. Others lack full assurance of their salvation and wonder if their Christian life is for real. Great freedom and...

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The Heartfelt Conflict Of Paul

The Heartfelt Conflict Of Paul   Colossians 2:1 The Simple Christian The Heartfelt Conflict Of Paul For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, (Colossians 2:1, NKJV) This great conflict was inside Paul (I have for you). It wasn’t that Paul fought with others about the Colossian Christians. Paul described his spiritual warfare and heartfelt care for the Colossians as a great conflict. Paul used athletic imagery in Colossians 1:29 (striving), and he continues that sports metaphor with the words great conflict. Apparently, Paul had never visited Colosse himself. Most of the Colossian Christians had never seen his face in the flesh. Even as Paul’s authority extended to those he had never met, to those who had never seen his face, so it also extends to us. Prayer Lord God, give us the heart of a prayer warrior that we would engage on the front lines of Your kingdom to intercede on behalf of the brethren. Break our hearts for what breaks Your heart. In Jesus name, Amen. 1 Year Bible Reading 10.30 2 Kings 12 2 Timothy 2 Hosea 3-4 Psalms 62‐63 Previous Editions Of Simply Colossians Preaching Christ Alone Jesus Christ In You The Revelation To Paul Suffering In Ministry Jesus Changes Lives Thank you for being a part The Simple Christian Life. Please...

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Today’s Bible Verse & Christian Quote

Today’s Bible Verse:

Colossians 3:5-7; Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.

Today’s Christian Quote:

To gratify any sensual appetite is to give it the very food and nourishment by which it lives, thrives, and is active.” – Adam Clarke




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