Jesus, the greatest "strong man" Who ever lived, "pleased not Himself." Instead of controlling others, He influenced. Instead of selfishness, He used His strength for others and for His Father's glory.
"You are complete in Him." This message, which especially addresses pastors, emphasizes the centrality of Christ in the gospel, the sufficiency of Christ in salvation, and the completeness of Christ in Christian experience.
"Flee idolatry", the Apostle Paul wrote long ago. Can we recognize what idolatry looks like today? And once we recognize what it is that is filling the place of GOD in our lives, do we know how to flee from it?
When there is conflict in the workplace, discord in the family, controversy at church, dissension among the school board, friction at the sewing circle, disagreement between pastors, there are three options: flee, fight, or forgive. Which is the best choice? And how do we choose it?
How did Judas, a disciple who was deeply trusted, become the man that betrayed Jesus? A spirit of slander, a driving covetousness, and ultimately, a refusal to confess sin turned a Christ follower into a suicidal Christ betrayer.
You have left Jerusalem, and now you are being sent to Judea/Samaria. Where are those areas, for you? Who will you meet there? You may well meet folks seeking after the Lord, ‘if haply they might find him.’ Look for the seekers in ethnic groups, soup kitchens, prisons and elderly care facilities.
And now "to the uttermost"--the unreached people groups. How many are there? Where will we find them? And to all who have heard the Great Co-Mission as given by our Lord: Will you be a Goer? Will you be a Sender? Or--will you be Disobedient?
Jim Wolf spent more than seven years behind bars. But he spent more years than that in the bondage of sin. As a youth, Jim spent much of his time on the street selling drugs, breaking into people’s houses, stealing, lying, cheating. Those years brought a harvest of trouble. Fights. The law. Jail.