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  • https://ccoutreach87.com/2023/02/02/colossians-4-text-7/
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    COLOSSIANS 4

    Psalm 60:4
    Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.

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    ON VIDEO

    .The runaway slave and his master
    .The door to speak
    .Demonstration of the Kingdom in power
    .The Barnabus- Paul and John Mark controversy
    .Paul claimed no ‘ownership’ [Copyright] for his letters- therefore the Word of the Lord went forth freely [He urged his letters be distributed and read in the early Christian communities- which functioned as an oral culture at first- then his letters would be re- copied and make up 13 books of the New Testament- almost half of the 27 books- if you count Hebrews- more than half- Pastors- Churches- stop copyrighting and selling the Word of God]
    .Finish the work God has called you to
    .Final thoughts


    Isaiah 48:16
    Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord God, and his Spirit, hath sent me.


    Amos 5:9
    That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress.

    TEACHING-

    As we end our study on Colossians- we see some key figures who were helpers of Paul- carrying his letters to the various churches-
    Colossians 4:7 All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord
    Colossians 4:8 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts;
    We read about Tychicus in Acts 20:4
    Acts 20:4 And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus. https://ccoutreach87.com/2017/08/20/acts-20/
    The was another carrier of this letter-
    Colossians 4:9 With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things which are done here.
    More than likely they were also carrying Paul’s letter to Philemon on this journey.
    Philemon was a slaveholder- who had a former slave run away.
    That slave was Onesimus- and in the letter to Philemon being carried by the slave himself Paul makes a strong argument for Philemon to forgive him and receive him as a brother-
    Philemon 1:8 Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient,
    Philemon 1:9 Yet for love’s sake I rather beseech thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.
    Philemon 1:10 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:
    Philemon 1:11 Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me:
    Philemon 1:12 Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels:
    It’s important to see the history behind the letters- and the carriers-
    Because in the beginning of this chapter Paul himself talks about slaves and their masters-
    Colossians 4:1 Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.
    Some believe Paul was justifying slavery- but the other letter his team was carrying on this journey shows us another view.
    Colossians 4:10 Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister’s son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments if he come unto you, receive him;)
    We read of this helper in 3 passages of Acts- 19:29, 20:4 and 27:2-
    https://ccoutreach87.com/2017/08/09/acts-19/
    https://ccoutreach87.com/2017/08/20/acts-20/
    https://ccoutreach87.com/2017/11/06/acts-27/
    Yes- he stuck with the apostle all the way to Rome.
    And one more note before we end-
    Paul speaks well of someone here-
    and Marcus, sister’s son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments if he come unto you, receive him;)
    In my study on Acts we saw him- and a split that took place because of him [Acts 15] https://ccoutreach87.com/2017/07/03/acts-15/
    Acts 15:36 And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the LORD, and see how they do.
    Acts 15:37 And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark.
    Acts 15:38 But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work.
    Acts 15:39 And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;
    Acts 15:40 And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God.
    This letter to the Colossians was penned about 12 years after this incident and it seems as if the rift was healed.
    Even Paul and his men had times of division- where some went one way- and Paul went another.
    Yet in time God would restore those divisions.
    Of course Paul does give a few practical teachings too-
    Colossians 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
    Colossians 4:3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds
    Colossians 4:4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
    On the video I gave some examples of what the door of ‘utterance’ means-
    It is an opportunity to proclaim truth- to speak it- not just to know it.
    I gave a few examples of how this works- even when speaking Truth to Power.
    I’ll add my various links and past teachings that relate to this post and end this study with the last 2 verses of the letter-
    Colossians 4:17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
    Colossians 4:18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.
    As Paul penned this letter sitting in a jail in Rome- he admonishes all of us to finish the ministry we have received from the Lord.
    Ministry is not some occupation you feel called to- and than choose to make that a career.
    No- it is receiving the purpose that God had pre- planned for you from the start- sitting in a Roman prison and being faithful to the call.
    It’s a Prophet by the name of John who had his head taken off because he spoke truth to power.
    It’s carrying the message of the Christ of God who was born in a manger- left at the temple at the age of 12-
    Went on to call 12 men to follow him- one of whom would betray him and another who would deny him.
    It’s the message of a man who struggled in the garden- who the prophet Isaiah said was a man of sorrows- so tormented at times that he would be unrecognizable-
    Isaiah 52:14
    As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:
    A message of a man who was unjustly tried- whipped severely- and hung on a Cross.
    His disciples feeling dejected- that all was lost.
    And then- he came back from the grave with the scars of his suffering still on him.
    Yes- he himself showed us what it meant to be faithful.
    And in the end- that’s what really counts.
    Amen.
    Zechariah 3:8
    Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the Branch.
    Daniel 7:18
    But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. [Some sites see here https://corpuschristioutreachministries.blogspot.com/2023/02/colossians-4-text.html?m=0 ]

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  • https://ccoutreach87.com/2023/01/31/colossians-3-text-5/
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    COLOSSIANS 3

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    Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
    Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
    Colossians 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

    Colossians 3 videos-

    https://youtu.be/PExhHaqbc6U
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    1-30-23 Homeless friends https://youtu.be/v0qWqUvARvw

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    ON VIDEO
    .Raised now too
    .Who were the Scythians?
    .Russia- Syria and the West
    .No divisions in Christ
    .Josephus
    .Brief history of the Russian Orthodox church
    .The Church is a global community [Heaven and earth]
    .The secret place
    .Oral tradition in the 1st century
    .Full time ministry?
    .What was the leaven?
    .Forgiveness- on a global scale too

    TEACHING- [Past posts below]

    I talked some news issues on this video- because it actually fit one of the verses in this chapter-
    Colossians 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free but Christ is all, and in all.
    Lets start with the first few verses-
    Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
    Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
    Colossians 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
    Colossians 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
    I talked about the identification we have in Christ- even to the point of being ‘seated with him in heavenly places’.
    We as believers identify with Jesus in death- burial- resurrection and ascension.
    I quoted a verse on the video-
    Jeremiah 17:12
    A glorious high throne from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary.
    It speaks of God’s predestined plan for us from the start- a theme Paul focuses on in his letters quite often.
    Yet- because of our election in Christ- this never negates the doctrine of being obedient now- in this life-
    Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry
    Colossians 3:6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience
    Colossians 3:7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
    Colossians 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
    Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
    Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him
    Because we are in Christ- even seated with him spiritually in heaven right now- we are commanded to put off the old ways.
    Ok- here’s the portion I felt fit with the news of our day-
    Colossians 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free but Christ is all, and in all.
    The last few years I have talked about the demonization of various people groups- I have spoken about the real danger to demonize the Russian people as well as their nation.
    It just so happens that one of the groups in this passage- were people from a region that today is found in the southern part of Russia- the Scythians-
    https://www.cbeinternational.org/resources/article/priscilla-papers/scythians%E2%80%94who-were-they-and-why-did-paul-include-them-colossians
    These were tribal people around the Black sea in the first century- at the time of Paul’s letter.
    These were looked upon as a ‘little better than wild beasts’-
    This is what the famous historian Josephus actually wrote about them.
    These were people who were mocked in the Greek plays of their day [a form of media].
    Yes- Paul penned this 2 thousand years ago- and I thought it fit.
    I covered some of the history of the Russian orthodox church and challenged our present mindset about the Russian people.
    For various reasons the ‘Greek play’s’ of our day- the forms of media- have also created a negative attitude towards Russians in general.
    Yet- many Russians are indeed brothers and sisters in Christ.
    And Paul teaches us that it is wrong to exalt national loyalty- or ethic Loyalty above our union in Christ.
    We are to ‘put up’ with the other- even if we have what we think is a legitimate quarrel against them-
    Colossians 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
    Colossians 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
    Because we are not divided in Christ- we should walk in forgiveness with one another.
    If we have developed mind sets that cause us to be angry with our brother- even if our brother lives in another part of the world-
    Even if we think this anger towards him is justified- then we are challenged to forgive- not on the basis that they deserve it-
    But on the basis that none of us deserves to be forgiven- yet we are.
    Christ has died for us- all of us- and it is on these grounds that we forgive.
    We end the chapter with practical instructions for living-
    Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
    Colossians 3:18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
    Colossians 3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
    Colossians 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
    Colossians 3:21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
    Colossians 3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God
    Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
    All that we do- we should do as service to the Lord.
    I talked a little about the mind set of ‘full time’ ministry- and focused on all of our vocations- as a calling from God.
    If you or I do our job as unto the Lord- then in essence we are serving Christ- and it is just as legitimate as ‘being in the pulpit’.
    Whatever job you have- do it as unto the Lord- and you will receive a reward-
    Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
    Colossians 3:24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance for ye serve the Lord Christ.
    And yes- be warned- whatever we sow [plant] we will reap- a common theme all thru out the bible- and Paul ends this chapter with the note-
    Colossians 3:25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done and there is no respect of persons.
    Yes- there is a penalty for sin- for wrong doing.
    There are penalties when nations do wrong- whether it be using chemical weapons- or unjustly starting a war- whether or not chemicals were used [Iraq].
    We will all give an account to God- individuals as well as nations.
    We are commanded by the apostle in this chapter to forgive- to transcend the carnal natures desire to hold others as ‘less’ than our selves.
    We are challenged to view the kingdom with a better lens- a higher view of things.
    And yes- if wrong has been done- there will always be a price to be paid- on all sides. [Some sites see here https://corpuschristioutreachministries.blogspot.com/2023/01/colossians-3-text.html?m=0 ]


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  • https://ccoutreach87.com/2023/01/29/sunday-sermon-text-136/
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    Sunday sermon


    John 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

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    https://www.dropbox.com/s/twc7rfweu2p59if/9-9-18%20Sunday%20sermon.mp4?dl=0


    ON VIDEO
    [Note- I accidentally used the Mass verses for 9-23-18- the video is already done so I’ll leave it as is and add those verses below- John ]
    .Andy n Chuck- the cycles of life
    .2 types of wisdom
    .Why do we have wars?
    .Marx
    .Industrial Revolution
    .William Booth- salvation army
    .How do we share his glory?
    .To honor God is to do his will
    .What didn’t the disciples understand?
    .The principle of the Cross
    .If you want to excel- embrace the Cross
    .Thinkers- Philosophers- a talk
    .The kingdom is active
    .Abortion and moral law


    Note- I was going to do a correction- on the video I talked about the influence Hegel had on Marx- then I wasn’t sure if I had it right [When you study different thinkers and speak off the cuff- at times you get it wrong]. But I just checked and sure enough I was right- here’s a link http://www.sparknotes.com/philosophy/marx/context/


    2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;
    3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
    Is. 54


    TEACHING [Past posts below]
    This Sunday I spoke on the verses for the Mass for 9-23-18 [By mistake] I talked about the passage from Paul and how it led me to John 17-
    2Thessalonians 2:14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Yes- it sounds strange that we would also share in the ‘glory’ of the Lord himself.
    The verse from John’s gospel came to my mind-
    John 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
    How do we- as people- share in Christ’s glory?
    To receive glory- is to receive honor- and the next passage from the reading talks about the corrupt nature of man- to want this honor- this high place- apart from the prescribed path-
    Mark 9:30 And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee; and he would not that any man should know it.
    Mark 9:31 For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day.
    Mark 9:32 But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.
    Mark 9:33 And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way?
    Mark 9:34 But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.
    Mark 9:35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.
    Mark 9:36 And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them,
    Mark 9:37 Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.
    Jesus just got done telling his men that he would be killed- and rise again.
    The bible tells us ‘they did not understand this’.
    Not only did they not ‘understand’ the actual reality that Jesus would die and rise again- but they also did not yet know that to be joined with Christ- in his ‘glory’ would require a Cross experience.
    To reign with him- we must first die- suffer- with him-
    2 Timothy 2:12
    If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

    The argument the disciples had- right after the statement Jesus made about his death and resurrection- was an argument- a debate- about which one of the disciples would be the greatest.
    Jesus takes a child and shows them to be great- is to be humble.
    I quoted a passage from Philippians that shows us this-
    Philipians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
    Philipians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
    Philipians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
    Philipians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
    Philipians 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
    Yes- if we have the mind of Christ- the humility of Christ- then God will use us.
    When God uses us- he is glorified thru us- thru making manifest his works in us.
    When we share in the glory of the Lord- we walk in unity and submission to the will of the Father.
    And it is this act of obedience- to die to self daily- that God receives glory.
    And yes- the scripture from John becomes a reality-
    John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
    John 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
    John 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
    It is the key to being a witness to all nations.
    The passage from James [also taught on the video] shows us how we reveal the wisdom of God-
    James 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
    James 3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
    James 3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
    James 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
    James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
    Thru works of mercy- the humble mind- the willingness to honor others before ourselves.
    And it is in this willingness to lay down our rights- that we share in the glory of the Lord- he himself gave us the example-
    24 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.
    25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.
    26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
    27 For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. [Some sites see here https://corpuschristioutreachministries.blogspot.com/2023/01/sunday-sermon-text_29.html?m=0 ]

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  • https://ccoutreach87.com/2023/01/26/colossians-2-text-5/
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    Colossians 2

    Colossians 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;

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    Update- https://youtu.be/EhYQv2Ctxpk Colossians 2 conclusion [I tried to cover the part that I missed on the 1st video- it’s on the last 3 or 4 minutes of this video]


    ON VIDEO [Note- as I was making the video I accidentally turned the camera off about 31 minutes in- I covered most of what I wanted already- so I’ll simply post it as is]

    .Father God
    .The great mystery
    .Death row case
    .The offering went up!
    .The great conflict
    .Philosophy- Science- etc.- OK to learn-
    .But the answer is in Christ
    .How was Paul with them ‘in the spirit’ ?
    .Christian unity
    .Protestant Reformation
    .Luther- Calvin- Zwingli
    .Christ cast the shadow
    .The sin debt paid
    .Manichaeism http://www-personal.umich.edu/~rdwallin/syl/GreatBooks/202.W99/Augustine/AugManich.htm

    TEACHING

    Paul speaks about his ‘great conflict’ for the believers-
    What was this struggle he was speaking of?
    Colossians 2:1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
    Colossians 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
    He wanted unity among the believers- being ‘knit together in love’.
    I find it interesting the way we- as the people of God- down thru the ages- have been a divided people.
    Yes- there have been many good christian movements- and indeed good christian churches that have sprung out of these movements.
    But over time- many of these believers began to see the ‘other’ churches thru the lens of ‘what is wrong’.
    And often view the other churches as either a cult- or as demon possessed!
    Paul dealt with many heresies in his letters to the churches- yet- he viewed them as believers- who were going off track.
    In his Corinthian letter https://ccoutreach87.com/1st-2nd-corinthians/ he begins by addressing them as believers- and saints- then goes on to reprove gross sin- heretical teaching that Jesus was not actually risen from the dead.
    He rebukes them on their abuse of the gifts of the Spirit- [Tongues]- but yet- in the end- he speaks to them as the church- the people of God.
    So Paul talks about his struggle- that God’s people would be unified as much as possible- because it is in this unity that we all can comprehend the mystery of Christ.
    Now- Paul mentioned another mystery here-
    the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
    Some bible commentators simply pass over these verses.
    Why?
    Recently I have talked about the mysteries we read about in the New Testament, in our Ephesians study https://ccoutreach87.com/ephesians-links/ it was both Jew and Gentile being joined together in One Body.
    We have also seen the mystery of ‘Christ in you’.
    But what about the mystery spoken about here?
    It is the mystery of God- as Father- being revealed to us thru Christ.
    A few years back I read a book from Pope Benedict- and it talked about this revealing of God as Father- as a new thing that Jesus himself introduced to us.
    Yes- in the Lord’s prayer he teaches us this- all thru the New Testament we see ourselves as Sons and Daughters of God- the Father.
    So yes- this is an important Mystery- something we did not fully comprehend before Christ.
    Now Paul begins to correct the church-
    Colossians 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
    Colossians 2:4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
    Colossians 2:5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
    There were various heresies that began to spring forth in the 1st century church.
    Early Gnosticism was a mix of human philosophy- along with the teachings of the church.
    I have written on philosophy before- and have taught how the early philosophers were seeking the the answer to things https://ccoutreach87.com/overview-of-philosophy/
    Aristotle even spoke about God.
    Yet at the time of the 1st century- there was a dangerous mix of Gnostic philosophy with the teachings of Christ.
    The word philosophy in itself- is fine- it means to be a ‘lover of wisdom’-
    The book of proverbs speaks about the benefit of loving wisdom.
    But if you think human wisdom is the answer- then you have gone astray-
    Colossians 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
    Colossians 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
    Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
    Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
    Colossians 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
    Our completeness is found in a Person- the person of Christ.
    The hidden wisdom of God is in Christ.
    The works of the flesh can never produce this type of wisdom.
    James- the brother of Jesus himself will speak about 2 types of wisdom-
    14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
    15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
    16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
    17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy- James 3 https://ccoutreach87.com/james-2015/
    Godly wisdom comes when we are grounded in Christ- and walk in the fear of the Lord.
    Colossians 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
    Colossians 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
    Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
    Colossians 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
    In Christ- there is no natural rite- or legalistic system that changes us- but their is a ‘circumcision of the heart’.
    The work of the New Birth is a spiritual reality- we have been joined with Christ in death- and have been raised again.
    The ‘blotting out of ordinances’ speaks of a debt ledger- a creditor would keep an account of the debt the borrower owes.
    The ledger in this case is the law itself.
    All people have sinned- and the law was simply a ledger of the debt that no man could pay.
    The debt was death- both spiritual and physical.
    Jesus- as the sinless sacrifice- died for the sins of man.
    And in so doing- he took that debt ledger- and nailed it to his Cross.
    We are now free from the condemnation of the law- and walk in newness of the Spirit- not the oldness of the letter-
    Colossians 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
    Colossians 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
    Colossians 2:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
    Jesus triumphed over the forces of darkness- delivered us from the legalism of the law mind set- which was only a shadow-
    But the thing [person] that ‘cast the shadow’ if you will- was Christ.
    The law was simply our tutor- to bring us to Christ- but when the reality is come- we have no more need of a tutor-
    Galatians 3:24-25 [Full Chapter]
    Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. https://ccoutreach87.com/galatians-links/
    Colossians 2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
    Colossians 2:19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
    Colossians 2:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
    Colossians 2:21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
    Colossians 2:22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
    Colossians 2:23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
    If we grasp the reality of Christ as the Head of the church- and his finished work for us- then we will not be lead astray seeking to please God thru an extreme form of self denial-
    Or thru a system of wisdom that is truncated from the wisdom of Christ.
    If we understand that the kingdom is not about ‘meat and drink but righteousness joy and peace in the Spirit’-
    Romans 14:17
    For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
    In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations https://ccoutreach87.com/romans-updated-2015/
    Then we won’t be sidetracked into the legalistic restraints of the law- or the commandments of men.
    The New Testament clearly declares that we have been brought to a new table- the table of the Body and Blood of Christ.
    We have life- we have relationship with God as our Father- because of Jesus reconciling us back to God thru the Cross.
    It was his resurrection that ‘sealed the deal’ if you will-
    Romans 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
    Jesus did what none of us could do- he lived a perfect sinless life- and died on the Cross for the sins of man.
    All the wisdom in the world- all the works of the law- all the philosophies of men could never accomplish what Jesus did.
    He redeemed us back to God-
    Our Father
    Matthew 6:9
    After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. {some sites see here https://corpuschristioutreachministries.blogspot.com/2023/01/colossians-2-text.html?m=0 ]

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    Colossians 1

    21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
    22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: Col. 1

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    ON VIDEO
    .Introduction to Colossians
    .Brief history of Colosse
    .Jesus- the Firstborn- what does this mean?
    .A radio message on cassette ‘Legalism spoils rotten’- probably the first message I preached at the Old Hospital in Kingsville
    .Time
    .The prison epistles
    .The Logos and the act of creation
    .Christology in the first 3 centuries of Christianity https://www.gotquestions.org/Christology.html
    .Arius- Athanasius https://www.ewtn.com/library/HOMELIBR/ARIANISM.TXT
    http://www.christianitytoday.com/history/people/theologians/athanasius.html
    .Constantine in the 4th century
    .The official split between east and west [Catholic and eastern orthodox] was in 1054 ad- but the division started long before
    .Trinity- eternal fellowship in the God head itself [Himself]
    .What is the renewing of the mind- how is this accomplished?

    TEACHING
    Intro- This letter is one of the prison Epistles of Paul [the other 3 are Ephesians- Philippians- Philemon].
    He probably wrote it while in prison at Rome- between ad 60-62. I covered this in my Acts study [Chapter 28- https://ccoutreach87.com/2017/11/22/acts-28/ ].

    Its too easy to label what exact heresy Paul was fighting in his various letters.
    We do know that the rise of Gnosticism was a real threat to the early church [1st John] as well as Legalism [Galatians]- so I think its better to say that Paul was basically doing the same thing in all of his letters.

    Exalting Christ- showing how our relationship with Christ by faith unites us with him.
    Teaching that the law [and ceremony] were only shadows of the real thing to come- which is Christ.
    Yes- he follows this basic theme in most of his letters.

    But we usually say that the apostle was fighting asceticism in this letter [true as far as it goes].
    Asceticism was the belief that extreme self denial produces holiness.
    In my view this is simply another form of legalism- attempting to make ourselves right in the sight of God thru self effort.

    Whether that be thru the works of the law- or any other religious practice.
    Paul also warns against the worship of angels and teaches the preeminence of Christ.

    Colossae [or Colosse] Like some of the other cities I covered in my Acts study https://ccoutreach87.com/acts-links/ – was an area not at its ‘best’ at the time Paul wrote to the church there.
    A few hundred years before Paul the city was a leading city in Asia Minor [Turkey] but in the 1st century it was more of a market town and other regions had greater influence- economically speaking.

    In Acts 19 https://ccoutreach87.com/2017/08/09/acts-19/ we read that during Paul’s stay at Ephesus- the converts to Christ spread the word of the Lord to Asia-
    Acts 19:10 And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.
    In this letter Paul seems to identify the person who brought the gospel to Colosse- Epaphras-
    Colossians 1:7 As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;
    Ok- that’s a brief introduction before we get into the letter itself.

    Chapter 1-

    Paul first of all thanks God for those who believed the message of Christ-
    Colossians 1:3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
    Leaders- ‘apostles’- those who are striving to do the work of God- we often read the bible looking for keys to effective ministry-
    We just saw one of them.
    praying always for you,
    Prayer- pray for the people you preach to- pray for the work of God- the work of grace- to continue in the churches you hope to build- pray.

    Pray this-
    Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
    Colossians 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
    It is thru the people that the work of the ministry is carried out-
    Leaders- preach- teach- and when the word is planted in the people- you will have times to keep silent-

    1 Thessalonians 1:8
    For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.
    In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations

    It is by the power of the gospel- yes- the death of Jesus- bodily- and his Blood being shed- that brings us into the kingdom now-
    Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
    Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
    Now- we see exactly who this Jesus is- for the first 3 centuries of the church- the debates were primarily about ‘Christology’- trying to define the person of Christ-
    This passage below has been seen by some to say that Jesus had a beginning point-
    Lets look it at-
    Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
    Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
    Colossians 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
    How is Jesus the firstborn?
    I have taught on the relationship of the Logos [Word] and God [The Father]-
    When God created all things- He Spoke.
    The Word of God brought all things into existence.
    This Word- the Logos- was always with the Father- yet we did not see the activity of creation until God chose to speak it into existence.
    The early church settled this question of the deity of Christ- and one of the key passages they used was from John’s gospel-
    John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    John 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
    John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
    Jesus is the firstborn- has the preeminence because everything else came forth from Him-
    He is not the ‘firstborn’ meaning he too was born- or created- but the first in God’s creative act.
    Truly this Logos became flesh- and that’s why we identify him as the only begotten Son of God.
    When the word was made flesh- the Logos [Word] took on a human Body.
    But he was with the Father from all eternity- as the passage from John states.
    The New Testament also states that Jesus was the first to rise from the dead- to die no more-
    Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
    All the fullness of God dwelt [dwells] in him-
    Colossians 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
    Colossians 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
    And because of this- his death for us brings peace-

    The process of all things being brought back to God has now begun.

    Ok- look at the next verse-
    Colossians 1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
    Colossians 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
    Much has been written and spoken about the need for the Christian to have a renewed mind.
    Paul himself speaks about the importance of this-
    Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
    Yet look at this passage-
    ‘alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled- In the body of his flesh through death’
    It is actually the work of Christ- the gospel- that accomplishes this renewed mind.
    In this letter Paul will refute ‘self holiness’- he will argue against extreme self denial.
    Yet many teach that we are ‘saved by grace’ true- then will sort of say ‘but the renewing of the mind is hard work’.
    I realize these men mean well- but I think this view is a legalistic way to look it it.
    The renewal of the mind is primarily being focused on the work of the Cross itself- seeing how the death and resurrection of Christ has actually ‘reconciled’ our minds- not simply a work that saved our souls.

    The apostle gives us another key to effective ministry-
    Colossians 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:
    Not just to suffer- but to embrace it as a gift from God.
    When we as Christians speak about bearing our Cross- I don’t think we fully grasp what this means.
    The Cross was indeed the redemptive purpose of God.
    We have already seen this in the first chapter of this short letter.
    And Paul saw his sufferings as a key part of his ministry.
    He is penning this letter from prison- his body is ‘captive’ but the Word of the Lord has free course.
    In our Ephesians study- we talked about the mystery that God revealed- it was the mystery [hidden until the time God revealed it] of both Jew and Gentile being one body.
    Here we see another mystery-
    Colossians 1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
    Colossians 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
    What is the mystery?
    That Christ himself- by the Spirit- actually lives inside the believer-
    Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
    Yes- he is speaking of the Gentiles here- and this of course fits with the mystery seen in Ephesians-
    But yet- this was still unknown until the time of Christ.
    That thru the Spirit of God dwelling in us- we have the power to overcome the world.
    1 John 4:4
    Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

    We end the chapter with the apostle once again giving us a key-
    Colossians 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
    Colossians 1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
    Paul was carrying out his mission-
    The declaration of the Word of God-
    to fulfil the word of God; Verse 25.
    He had many struggles in the journey- we saw in our Acts study how he was beaten at times- some think he was actually killed at one point- and God raised him up.

    Yet thru all of this- he saw it was God himself doing the work- it was ‘his working’ which was working in him in a mighty way.

    He was not ‘working the Word’ for material gain- but the Word- even the word of the Cross was working in him.

    The apostle of Grace understood that all that was happening- all the great churches that Paul planted-
    all the suffering he went thru- was simply God working in and thru him-
    Amen [Some sites see here https://ccoutreach87.blogspot.com/2023/01/colossians-1-text.html ]

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    Sunday Sermon

    John 21:12
    Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.

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    Made yesterday- The Christ https://youtu.be/VrlGchIMYFM

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    ON VIDEO [Teaching below]
    .The penny with no face
    .Neil
    .Apologetics
    .Einstein- Aristotle
    .The Wisdom of God
    .John the Baptist
    .Church history
    .Arius- Athanasius and the 4th century debate
    .His flesh is the bread- how?
    .Thomas Aquinas in the 13th century
    .Calvin- Luther and Zwingli- the 16th century Protestant Reformation
    .The philosophers of ancient Greece were looking for the Logos
    .John- in his writings said ‘we have found Him’
    .The 2 creations were made by the Wisdom of God

    Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

    Teaching [Past posts below]

    This Sunday I spoke on the verses from the Mass and a few from Church Unlimited.
    I taught mostly from Proverbs 8 and 9 and spoke about Christ as the wisdom of God-
    1 Corinthians 1:24
    But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
    In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations

    In proverbs 8 we see an account of the creation- and how wisdom was with God before the worlds were made.
    And after the creation- wisdom continued to rejoice in the ‘habitable part of the earth’ –
    Proverbs 8:31
    Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.
    In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations

    Proverbs 8 is simply a personification of wisdom- and it is not speaking directly of Jesus- though it most certainly would apply.
    God made all things thru Jesus- the eternal Logos [word- wisdom].
    After God made the 1st creation by his Word- Then the Word [Logos] became flesh- we call this the incarnation, and because Jesus- the Word became man- and died and rose again-
    This enabled the new creation- the church- the people of God- to come into being.
    Which I think was the 1 verse I quoted from pastor Bil on the video-
    2 Corinthians 5:17
    Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
    In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations

    This Wisdom- Christ himself- is our righteousness- our redemption- he is made unto us wisdom-
    1 Corinthians 1:30
    But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
    In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations

    I taught some church history and will add my past teachings below that apply.
    But the main theme was the wisdom of God-
    When we walk in wisdom- are rooted in Christ- then the things that God is doing thru us are established- a theme I spoke about last week.
    God wants to do things in and thru us- these works are supposed to be long lasting- to impact generations to come, after we are gone.
    We don’t want to have lived a busy life- just being preoccupied with the things that daily fight for our attention- the whole social media- or media in general mindset.
    Being driven by the most popular thing of the moment- and then jumping on to the next most popular thing- and on and on.
    No- that’s not the way wisdom builds- the things that are built by wisdom are things that last- they might take more time to build- yet in the end- if it was built by Wisdom- on the Rock- it will stand- even when the storm hits-
    24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
    25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
    Matt. 7

    Hebrews 4:15
    For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. [Some sites see here https://ccoutreach87.blogspot.com/2023/01/sunday-sermon-text_22.html ]

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    PROTESTANT REFORMATION CONCLUSION

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    Today let’s finish up the study on the Protestant Reformation. We left off on Luther disputing with the church over the doctrine of how a person becomes just in the sight of God- is it by works or faith?

    Now- to the surprise of many Protestants [and Catholics!] both sides agreed that a person cannot be justified by works.

    Yes- the Catholic Church rejected what was known as Pelagianism. In the early centuries of the church there was a Catholic priest- named Pelagius- who taught that people had the ability within themselves to obey Gods law and become saved that way.

    He rejected the doctrine of original sin and another famous bishop- Saint Augustine- would refute Pelagius and teach salvation comes by the Grace of God. The official Catholic position was to reject Pelagius and accept Augustine.

    Okay- then where’s the difference?

    The church council that spells it out is the Council of Trent [named after the Italian city where the council took place in the 1500’s- Trento].

    This council is often referred to as the Counter Reformation. The church rejected the Protestant line- but also acknowledged the need for reform and made some changes.

    This is the council where the church rejects Pelagianism- and also says the position of Luther [Justification by Faith ALONE] was flawed.

    The church appealed to the New Testament letter of Saint James- where James uses an example from the life of Abraham [found in Genesis 22] where Abraham obeys God and is willing to sacrifice his son Isaac on an altar.

    Of course this never happens- God was simply testing Abraham- but James says this act of obedience justified him in Gods sight.

    James says ‘see how a man is justified by works- and not by faith ALONE’.

    The argument from Rome was Faith played THE major role in justification- but was not sufficient by itself- there had to be righteous works eventually associated with it in order for God to say ‘you are just’ [saved].

    Luther disagreed and said God justified Abraham before he had good works- we find this in Genesis 15. God says to Abraham ‘look- count all the stars- so shall your offspring be’ and Walla- the bible also says Abraham was justified in God’s eyes the moment he believed the promise.

    Who’s right?

    Actually they both are.

    I have taught this a few times over the years- and it would take too much time to re-do right now.

    But I believe James and Paul [the 2 who debate this in the bible] are simply looking at different aspects of salvation/justification.

    Paul emphasized faith- and James showed us how true faith always has works with it.

    When you read the statements that came out from the council of Trent- some of them do seem to indicate that both sides might have been talking past each other at some points.

    In the heat of the day they were too quick to condemn the other side- without really trying hard to achieve unity [like politics!].

    The 6th session of Trent was the one where the church dealt with justification [how we become saved in Gods sight].

    Rome made a distinction between mortal and Venial sin in the council- the church said that Baptism is the INSTRUMENTAL CAUSE of justification. Yet faith is the Root- Foundation and Initial act that justifies.

    Rome also taught that Mortal sin kills the grace in the soul that brings justification- and when a person commits a mortal sin- they need the ‘2nd plank of justification’ in order to be brought back into a state of Grace.

    This 2nd Plank is the Sacrament of Penance [confession]. Catholic Moral Theologians use an example to show the difference between Mortal and Venial sin.

    Drinking- if you take a drink [alcohol] not a sin. If you get tipsy- Venial- and if you get flat drunk- mortal.

    This is a true teaching by the way- not making this up.

    Catholic scholars are not in total agreement on all the Mortal/Venial sins.

    Some teach that missing Mass on Sunday is a Mortal sin.

    I just threw this in to show you the debates that take place.

    The teachings from Trent are referred to as Tridentine.

    The Protestants [early on] rejected the belief that a person can lose Gods grace once he has it- later on the Protestants would divide- severely- over this teaching- Predestination and the Perseverance of the Saints.

    But early on all the major Reformers did indeed teach this.

    Luther believed in the doctrine of Predestination just as much- if not more- than John Calvin.

    But sometimes in these history shows they get this wrong and say Luther and Calvin disagreed on it- that’s a common mistake that you hear every so often.

    Luther actually wrote a book dedicated to the subject [The Bondage of the Will] Calvin never wrote a book solely on the subject.

    Okay- as we end this brief study of the Protestant Reformation- you could also call it a primer on Catholic doctrine [short one].

    Why is it important that we study this?

    In John chapter 17 Jesus said that he desired unity for all of Gods people- and many of these divisions- which date back 500 years- are commonly misunderstood on both sides.

    It is common in our day to run across an ex Catholic who might say ‘you know- I left the church because I don’t believe I need to confess to a priest’ or ‘the Catholic church teaches you are saved by works’.

    The original Reformers did not have a problem with confession- the Lutherans carried the practice over into their communion.

    And like I just showed you- the Catholic church rejected the doctrine of being saved ‘by works’ [Pelagianism] and simply emphasized the teaching found in the bible- the book of James- and focused more on James than Paul [who the protestants focus on].

    So yes- there are still differences- but if we are not informed- then it makes it harder to strive for unity- and at the end of the day God does desire unity for all his people.

    The other day I quoted the great Civil rights leader- MLK. In one of his famous speeches that’s played when we celebrate his life- you hear Martin say that not only was he seeking unity among the races- but also in the church.

    He said he wanted to see Catholics and Protestants- as well as Blacks and Whites- sit down together- he referred to us all as Gods kids.

    I think we should strive to achieve the desire of Martin- and Jesus.

    Amen. [Some sites see here https://corpuschristioutreachministries.blogspot.com/2023/01/reformation-last.html?m=0 ]

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