Not Falling Apart

David Landegent

READ : Psalm 46:1-7 In him all things hold together. (Col. 1:17) I get a little anxious whenever I follow a truck carrying large items held in place by a few straps. If those straps were to break, my life would be in immediate danger from piles of lumber, tires, or steel rods bouncing toward me down the highway. Yet the straps keep everything from falling apart. But what about other things that seem to be falling apart in our …

Arrangements Have Been Made

David Landegent

READ : Ephesians 1:3-10 He is before all things. (Col. 1:17) I once saw a modern art exhibit that featured a piece called “3 Ball Bearings: One Dropped, One Placed, One Thrown.” Sure enough, there on the carpet were three ball bearings—and that was it. It would be easy to mock this “art,” but the key to the piece was the title, which suggested that before we ever saw the exhibit, an artist was there arranging it. It's a humbling …

A Better GPS

David Landegent

READ : Revelation 1:4-8 All things were created . . . for him. (Col. 1:16) All the men who have ever been teased because of their unwillingness to stop and ask for directions now have a breakthrough. Because many cars and cell phones come equipped with GPS (Global Positioning Systems), men can now get directions without stopping! They simply type in the address of their destination, and the GPS will tell them how to proceed from where they are. In …

The One and Only Way

David Landegent

READ : John 14:1-6 All things were created through him. (Col. 1:16) Jesus declared in John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” There may be many roads in life, some of which look promising, but they are all dead ends. Only one road gets through to the desired destination of the Father's house (v. 2). But if Jesus is the only valid road for us to …

Property of Jesus

David Landegent

READ : John 1:1-4 For by him all things were created. (Col. 1:16) In order to simplify a complex world, our minds often divide things into compartments: work and play, evangelism and social action, hymns and praise songs, trendy and outdated. A very common way to compartmentalize life is to regard things as either spiritual or secular. The spiritual would include prayer, Bible-reading, worship, love, and Jesus. The secular would include pretty much everything else. Unfortunately, we often construct rigid …

King of Kings Forever

David Landegent

READ : Psalm 89:19-29 [Jesus] is . . . the firstborn of all creation. (Col. 1:15) When we talk about the first lady of the United States, we don't mean that she is the first woman who ever lived in America. Rather, it's a title of honor we reserve for the wife of the president. Similarly, the biblical term “firstborn” does not necessarily refer to the first child born into a family. It can also be a title of honor, …