Posts by Christian Worker (Page 2)

Posts by Christian Worker (Page 2)

Man praying in church

I Want to Pray… Like Paul – John Hafner

God has blessed us by revealing and preserving certain prayers in the scriptures. These accounts enlighten and encourage those who will carefully examine them. Paul’s prayer recorded for us in Ephesians 3:14-21 summarizes many of the core ideas of the book and provides a midpoint for this letter. Paul’s writing to the Ephesians splits nicely into two sections—the first three chapters focus on the beauty of the church and the last three chapters focus on the duty of the church.…
Asian woman with hand in praying position

I Want to Pray… Like Hannah – Cody Kilgore

The Psalmist said, “He gives the barren woman a home; making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord” (Ps 113:9). In 1 Samuel, we are introduced to Hannah, a woman of God who is deeply afflicted by the fact that her womb is closed by the Lord (1 Sam 1:5,10). As a result, she would carry her supplications and anxieties to the Lord; she prayed for a son, one whom she could devote to the service of the…
Bloody nails on ground. Banner. Copy space. Good friday. Passion, crucifixion of Jesus Christ

I Want to Pray… Like Jesus – Dave Rogers

If we count the three times Jesus addressed the Father from the cross, there are ten New Testament examples of Jesus praying.  His example clearly impressed His disciples, since it motivated them to ask, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1).  The most detailed example of Jesus praying is in John 17, often described as His “high priestly” prayer.  This particular prayer — offered after Judas departed the last supper, but before our Lord and His disciples reached Gethsemane —…
Bible and praying concept.

Transformed Consideration – Kevin W. Rhodes

Christianity should change you in the deepest and most profound ways possible. It should reshape your worldview until it becomes your worldview. It should change your temperament, creating balance and perspective. It should change your relationships by affecting all your associations and interactions. It should change your life so much that every thought, every word, and every action is first informed by your Christianity. But all of this depends on having the proper view of Christ and what He Himself…
Modern companies encourage cultural diversity in their human resources

Transformed Fellowship (2) – John Garza

Throughout the book of Colossians, we learn that we are “complete in Christ” (Col. 2:10), and certainly, this is to be the goal of every Christian. Does this mean that you and I are to be exactly alike in every way? In other words, should we expect every mature Christian to be duplicates of another in ability and service? Certainly not (1 Cor. 12:12-31; Eph. 4:16). Being in the fellowship of the body (partnership; participation; partakers) means that each will…
Team handshake

Transformed Fellowship (1) – Kevin Cauley

God said regarding Adam in Genesis 2:18, “It is not good that man should be alone.” Not only was the Lord concerned for Adam, but he was planning for the future as well. God told Adam and Eve “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it” (Gen. 1:28). He wanted a world with relationships. Jesus understood this principle when He sent His disciples out in twos (Mark 6:7). Having fellow laborers creates comradery and provides a source of…
Crowd of wooden people

Transformed Relationships – Trent Kennedy

When a person has committed himself to Christ, when a person has been buried and raised with Christ, when a person has put his old life to death, when person has put on a new man and does all things in the name of Christ, that person will see a great change in every aspect of his life. This great change, this transformed life, may be most evident in their interpersonal relationships. It is true that the gospel reaches down…
Unrecognizable Businessmen Shaking Hands

Teaching and Admonishing – Andy Baker

Because Christ is the undisputed Head of His church, we seek Him to do all things to the glory of God. He always does the things which please His Father (John 8:29). There is no room for others who want to tell us how we can/do approach God other than what the Lord has said. Colossians spends so much time exalting Jesus and denying what men say in “the appearance of wisdom” about Who He is and how we relate…
Empty Wooden hangers on rail in closet

Put On . . . – Bryan Hodge

It is said that a tradition sprang up in the early years of church history concerning the garments worn following baptism.  The historian Philip Schaff wrote, “During the week following, the neophytes wore white garments as a symbol of purity” (Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, Vol. 2, p. 252).  Of course, this is not something the Bible requires.  It was a human tradition practiced by some. However, the Bible does speak of a change of spiritual clothing that…
The Holy Bible on a wooden table

Put Off . . . – Johnnie Scaggs, Jr.

In the overall context of Colossians 3, Paul lays side by side some things we must put on and some things we must put off. Twice in our text, Paul states that we are to “put off” things that have to do with the old man of sin. The phrase “put off” is from “ἀποτίθημι,” meaning to “lay aside, or to take off.” From this, we can fully understand that Paul is saying that these things are things we must…
First things first

Prioritizing Christ – Mel Hutzler

Our new life in Christ changes the rule, relationship, attitude, and actions of our lives. This new life orders its priorities out of the mind of Christ. That is Paul’s point to the church at Colossae as he moves into the practical portion of his letter. As people who have died to sin and been made alive unto God, Christians are to develop new goals, new moral principles, and a renewed determination to live on a higher plane. Paul opens…
handcuffs and judge gavel on wooden background

Let No One Judge You! – Ross Haffner

Paul established the authority of Christ when he wrote, “He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence” (Col. 1:18). You would think divergence from His doctrine would be easy to detect—we can compare His word with other philosophies and make the right choice. But the warnings of Colossians 2 remind us that we can be “deceived by persuasive words” if we…