Colossae – Finding the Freedom to Forgive

3 lessons linger from Paul's letters to the Colossians and Philemon

I had the privilege last week to walk atop the empty tell of ancient Colossae—and to open the letter written to the saints who lived on the soil I stood on. While there I remembered a crucial lesson on forgiveness.

Colossae tell with sign

(Photo: Colossae tell with sign. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

Colossae offers little in the way of excavations, but a few tooled blocks of stone peer up from the ground like tombstones. The outline of an ancient theater shapes the hill on one side of the tell. Standing tall in the beautiful valley, the site reminds us of the lives and struggles of the people who lived there—most notably, of Philemon and his runaway slave.

The apostle Paul wrote a letter to a master named Philemon on behalf of his runaway slave whom Paul had met in Rome. Paul’s letter takes us not only all the way from Rome to Colossae, but it mirrors our own journey with God—from condemned to forgiven.

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A Second Chance with God [Podcast]

Deuteronomy 6, 8, 11, 32

Have you ever needed a second chance with God? You’re not alone. Me too. In this episode of Live the Bible, we see God’s people needing a second chance hardly before they had begun as a nation.

Camped on the edge of the Promised Land, they heard Moses speak encouraging words that would take them across the Jordan River—all the way home.

We need to hear those words as well.

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How to Cure that Complaining Spirit [Podcast]

Numbers 11-14

Sometimes the most direct path for God’s will in our lives is the long way. This episode of Live the Bible deals with something we struggle with almost on a daily basis — struggling with a complaining spirit. We often think we know the shortcut to the Promised Land, just like the Hebrews did. 

Turns out, they struggled with what we struggle with—and the solution is the same.

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Kadesh Barnea—How to Follow and Not Get Ahead of God’s Will

Why our goal is not a place to go, but to journey beside God.

Which seems worse to you? Refusing to follow God even though He promises success, or stubbornly pressing forward without Him? Sometimes it’s tough to tell the difference.

Kadesh Barnea—How to Follow and Not Get Ahead of God’s Will

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God’s people swung on both extremes of this pendulum in the course of one day.

What their experience teaches us can guide us as we anticipate the future God has for us.

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Just a Kosher Walk with Thee [Podcast]

Leviticus 11

Every time we read the Bible, it reveals how practical it is. But what about the book of Leviticus? This episode of Live the Bible takes us to a book few Christians look at.

The book of Leviticus seems irrelevant and out of touch until we look closer and its timeless truths. Suddenly, it opens up a whole world of practical insights for our daily walks with Jesus Christ.

A closer walk with God comes because He has made a way possible for us to be forgiven, and then when we blow it, for us to regain our fellowship with Him.

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Redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb [Podcast]

Exodus 12

You are precious in the sight of God. How do you know that? This episode of Live the Bible takes us to the book of Exodus where we’ll see that God redeemed us. He bought us, just like He did the with Hebrews of old.

This has huge implications for our lives, and it is so, so practical. We have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, and we have the amazing privilege of living each day for Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.

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3 Questions to Ask Yourself in Making the Right Decision

We need to remember that our spiritual life IS our life.

How many times have we made what we thought was the best decision—but it turned out to be the worst? Lessons learned from such blunders we remember and regret all of our lives.

Sunrise over Dead Sea

(Photo: Sunrise over Dead Sea. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

We make knee-jerk decisions that we think will benefit us financially, or relationally, or vocationally, or physically.

But what about spiritually? Lot failed to ask that question, and he lived with the regret.

But we don’t have to be like that if we’ll ask ourselves 3 questions.

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It’s a Wonderful Life God Has Made [Podcast]

Selected Scripture

God created life. But sometimes the wonderful life God has made is filled with regretful decisions and struggles.

This special episode of Live the Bible honors Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, which is coming up this week on January 19. It’s likely this week’s podcast will touch you in a special way. So let me tell you, if you’re hurting from a past abortion, or if you’d just like to talk to someone about anything in your walk with God, you can find a good, biblical Christian counselor in your area by clicking this link. Just plug in your zip code and you’ll see a whole list of counselors.

There is hope; there is healing, and there is purpose for your future in Christ. There really is.

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Where We Begin with God [Podcast]

Genesis 3; 12:1-3

If the Bible tells us anything, it tells us that the evil you’ve experienced in your life—from family, friends, even from your own doing—God can spin that on its head to bring about a wonderful result if you’ll just trust Him.

This episode of Live the Bible takes us into a new year with a new series where we’ll take one message from each book of the Bible. First up? Genesis, of course, where we look at more than creation, the fall, and the flood, etc.

We’ll look at how Genesis relates to your life today.

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Fearlessly Facing the Fabulous Future God Has Planned for You [Podcast]

Numbers 13-14

What if you could send spies into your future and report back to you what’s coming. Would you want to hear it?

In this episode of Live the Bible, that’s exactly what happens. We get ready for the New Year with a look at how to fearlessly face the fabulous future God has planned for you. Our future will always have giants. But we can face them—in their many forms—as long as we don’t look at the size of the giants but at the size of our God!

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