Sunday, September 19, 2021

Colossians, Week 3

 Week 2 Recap 

Paul reminded the people of Colossae to be firmly rooted in Jesus and to be thankful for the gift of salvation. He warned them against adding to the gospel. He reminded them that Jesus was fully man and fully God.  And that Jesus paid the price for their sins and fulfilled the law. Because Jesus fulfilled the law they did not need to strictly adhere to the Old Testament feasts and festivals. All those things were a shadow of just, they pointed us to Jesus and but Jesus took care of all that for us!


We're going to finish Chapter 2 and jump into Chapter 3.



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Have a great week!


Sunday, September 12, 2021

Colossians, Week 2

 Happy Sunday, friends! I hope last week was good and the weekend was restful for you.

Last week we started reading Paul's letter to the church as Colossae. Paul opens with prayers for the church and it's growth that we can apply to our growth as well. Paul then goes on to establish Jesus's authority in what some believe is a poem.  Then Paul explains what he is to do - make Jesus known to the Gentiles! 


We'll dig in to chapter 2 this week. 



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Have a great week!


Sunday, September 5, 2021

Colossians, Week 1

Hey there, blog readers! 

1 million years ago, February 7 & 8, 2020. I attended IF: Gathering in the home of a dear friend.  On Saturday afternoon, I felt God leading me to start a daily devotional on Instagram.  The first few are me literally minutes after waking up talking about Exodus.  Eventually I started recording it the night before so my appearance wasn't quite so scary (although no promises here, sometimes I'm recording right before bed). Then I started posting them on Reels. 

During the summer, I felt God leading me to improve somethings. So here we are...

I've decided that we'll spend our next few weeks in Colossians. I did some research and wrote a very elemental overview. 




Here's our plan for Week 1






Each Monday, I'll post the verses for the week. Join along on Instagram @aimeebartis and share with your friends!

Here's the resources I used in my research

Ryrie Study Bible

https://www.biblestudytools.com/colossians/

https://insight.org/resources/bible/the-pauline-epistles/colossians

https://bible.org/seriespage/background-colossians

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Perfect

Yesterday I wrote about perfection - perfect practice makes perfect.  I'm a recovering perfectionist.  Or I'd like to think I am.  What I really decided is that somethings require perfection and somethings do not.  Taxes require perfection.  Gift wrap does not. 

I have the cutest puppy dog, Dobby.  I'll have to write about him next week.  He's 10 weeks old and we're trying to crate train him.  Yikes! Back to newborn land.  I was up at 1:30 am taking him outside this morning.  The moon was full and light, thin clouds (sorry Mrs. Rakow, I don't remember cloud names) were floating past occasionally covering the moon.  The idea of perfection floated into my brain. 

You know who doesn't require perfection?  God!  You don't have to get all your stuff first before you come to him.  You get to bring all your mess and give it to Him.  God's not an automatic fixer.  You don't bring you junk, hang it to Him and an hour later He hands you back a gift wrapped life.  God uses your junk to change you and bring you closer to Him. 

So yes, getting better at a sport or instrument requires perfect practice.  Strive hard to do each part of the play or piece to absolute perfection.  Get better each day but improving 10%.  Be 10% better every day.

But do not strive for perfection in your walk with God. Be honest with Him.  Let Him heal and help you with your junk. He loves your imperfection.  Always remember that you will never actually be perfect.  Only Jesus was perfect.  He gave His life to make you perfect in the eyes of God!