Sunday, October 10, 2021

Esther, Week 1

 I hope y'all enjoyed the study of Colossians as much as I did! I'm excited to start studying Esther!

Here's an overview of Esther

Because Esther is a story, a narrative, there wouldn't be many days where we can read a verse and directly apply it to our lives like in Colossians.  Instead we want to look at character. We'll look for God's character in the 'coincidences' and happenings. We'll look at what we can learn from Esther and Mordecia's characters.  What I love the most about Esther is how God is always at work and his loving kindness to allow us to be a part of His plan. 

Here's our plan for this week

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Have a great week!

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Colossians, Week 5

 Week 4 Recap

Paul instructed the Christians at Colossae to let the peace of God rule their hearts. He told them to do all things, words and deeds, in the name of God. Paul also gave some instructions on family relations - they should treat each other with respect. Finally, he instructed them to work as if for God and not for people. He also warned them that they might not have earthly rewards but their rewards will be in heaven. 

The problem with letting the peace of God rule our hearts is our need to control. We want to tell God what to do and when to do it and then we'll be at peace.  But true peace comes with letting God be in control. If we want to be imitators of Jesus in our words and our deeds, we have to be seeking Him and letting Him change our heart. When our heart is changed, our relationships change, especially our family relationships. Love and respect rule the day.  Paul's instruction to do all things as if you are doing them for Jesus. This changes our perspective on everything. Everything becomes an offering to Jesus. 

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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Colossians, Week 4

 Week 3 Recap

Paul continued to warn against false teachers, reminding the church at Colossae to stay connected to "the head" - God. The false teachings included angel worship, added feasts and customs and aestheticism (physically harsh, no indulgence). Paul reminded them to keep our thoughts on things above.  He listed things they should put away, things to stay away from. Finally, Paul told them not to lie to one another and that Christ is all in all, He brings us together. 

Remember, keeping our mind on things about means remembering that the person in front of me is a child of God. Remember that we are reflecting Jesus to the world. We're not perfect. We're pursuing the things of God and He changes our hearts so that the things of the world -  sexual immorality, impurity, shameful passion, even desire, greed, anger, rage, malice, slander and abusive language - gets smaller and the fruits of the spirit - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control- get larger. 

We need to remember that when we reflect Jesus to the world, we should look different from the world. We should be kind and speak the truth in love. 

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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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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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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