Ancient Mottos That Echo Yet Today

Dave Gifford

READ : Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly . . . (v. 16) Today we celebrate Reformation Day. We remember Martin Luther, John Calvin, and many other 16th century believers who startled Europe with the forgotten message of the Bible. Today’s verse touches on many of the themes that the Reformers proclaimed so boldly: The word of Christ! Not traditions, not opinions, not philosophies. We stand on the Scriptures as our foundation. Christ! Not Mary, …

Spicing Things Up

Dave Gifford

READ : Colossians 4:5-6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt . . . (v. 6) Yesterday we saw that these verses urge us to be ready to defend our faith. But many people who are skilled at defending their faith are not exactly living portraits of Colossians 4:5-6. They defend their faith with shouts, insults, and sarcasm. And to no one’s surprise, they are not very effective. Paul writes here about speaking with graciousness and . . …

On the Defensive

Dave Gifford

READ : Colossians 4:5-6 Let your speech always be gracious . . . so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. (v. 6) Not too many years ago the evangelical churches here in Mexico experienced fierce and constant persecution. New believers here still face ridicule and rejection. As a visible Christian leader I am under scrutinizing eyes, too. How important these verses from Colossians are for all of us! From reading books and articles on the Internet …

Prayer Support

Dave Gifford

READ : Colossians 4:3-4 . . . pray for us as well that God will open to us a door for the word, that we may declare the mystery of Christ . . . (v. 3) I once saw a cynical “translation” of common Christian phrases into everyday language. One translation read this way: “When Christians say, ‘I’ll be praying for you,’ what they mean is: absolutely nothing.” As a missionary who depends on the prayers of others, I earnestly …

Sunday Best

Dave Gifford

READ : Colossians 3:12-14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love . . . (v. 14) Here in Mexico you never know what people will wear to church. Sometimes Christians unknowingly wear t-shirts with English language profanity to church! When I was younger I used to chafe at wearing formal clothes to church on Sunday. I thought dressing up for church was a covering up of the real, unacceptable me. Now that I’m older and enjoy dressing up, many church members …