A human being lives, but he is given life.
Also tomorrow we start Colossians it should take us about 12 days then we will start Proverbs after that. So thanks again for coming to your blog and studying with us.
New King James Version (NKJV)
21 Greet all God’s people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with me send greetings. 22 All God’s people here send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.
23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
I was going to add this to yesterday’s studies but I changed my mind because I believe we would have passed over some good thoughts we can get from these three verses.
Thought of the Day
God’s Word promises riches that money cannot buy.
…that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance. —Ephesians 1:18
Do you want to be rich? Do you think your faith will bring you riches? What kind of riches are you looking for?
There’s good news and bad news if wealth is what you want. The good news is that God’s Word does promise riches to the believer. The “bad” news is that it doesn’t have anything to do with money.
Here are some examples of the riches that can be ours as believers in Jesus Christ:
An understanding of God the Father and the Son, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:2-3).
Christ, “the hope of glory,” living in us (Colossians 1:27).
Mighty strength in our inner being, “through His Spirit” (Ephesians 3:16).
Having all our needs met by God (Philippians 4:19).
The “wisdom and knowledge of God” (Romans 11:33).
“Redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins,” which comes from God’s grace (Ephesians 1:7).
Yes, God’s Word promises us great riches and treasures that we cannot even attempt to purchase with any amount of money. It is these riches that we must seek, enjoy, and use to glorify their source our heavenly Father.—Dave Branon
The treasures of earth are not mine,
I hold not its silver and gold;
But a treasure far greater is mine;
I have riches of value untold. —Hartzler
Personal Reflection and Discussion
Paul was a man with a mission. He was going to spread the gospel wherever he was and in whatever way he could. God used him to reach people he might not have reached by preaching in the streets or in the synagogue. Ceasars household held not only his family, but officials in the Roman government and servants. I like the thought that walking with the Lord attracts others to us. The Holy Spirit works in amazing ways. I have noticed that christians do tend to gravitate to other christians. When I was younger, I led a different life than I have now. I run into people I used to hang out with and they are not comfortable with who I am now. I try not to appear judgemental and certainly don’t put them down. I like these people still but we have nothing in common. The fun I have with my church family is so much more fun than I ever had before and it is pleasing to God, I hope. We all need the grace of our Lord.
I find that the things I did back before I was a Christian really does not have the same appeal any more, and for that I am grateful. I also pray daily that I may attract others and bring them to Christ.
True love is able to transcend distance, culture and even…ever meeting. They’re connected, to and by, the source of love and life…God. God never wanted man to feel lonely. He puts the lonely in families. It always fascinates me that it’s plural. What a rich blessing to not be limited to just your biological family (which could disown) but be connected to an endless (ever growing) family in Christ. No matter where in the country or world I go, I always felt connected to my church families there. It helps also to walk into any church and see the same set up as our church back home.
I agree with you, I have people from in my church and other churches that I have been a pastor that I would do anything for and I know they would do the same for me, is that not a family does for each other?