Thursday Quote Day: Scot McKnight

For this week’s “Thursday Quote Day”, here’s another quote from theologian and professor Scot McKnight:

“Christians are to be believers not believeders.” (Scot McKnight The Jesus Creed)

Sunday Devotional: Colossians 1:15-23

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.  For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.  And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.  For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,  and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,  he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,  if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.”

Jesus is everything.  And the awesome thing is that He gave up everything so that we could be reconciled.  He came to Earth to die on the cross for our sins so that we could be redeemed.  He is the one who has rightful authority over us because of His place of rule over creation.  And He loves us so much.

This week, let us remember who Jesus is and all that He has done for us.  And let us never forget how much He loves us.

It’s A Beautiful Thing: The World Series Champions Kansas City Royals

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Today is the celebration in Kansas City for the first World Series title for the Royals since 1985.  It was a culmination of years of hard work & perseverance.  It was also a day that was a long time coming.  I lived in Kansas City for 3 1/2 years.  I got to see the beginnings of what has resulted in this magical season.  I got to see Alex Gordon develop into the Gold Glove left fielder.  I got to see Lorenzo Cain & Alcides Escobar brought in after a huge trade that sent a Cy Young award winner (Zack Grienke) in return.  I got to see Eric Hosmer’s debut.  I personally heard GM Dayton Moore speak and heard not only his heart as a GM but also as a man and as a Christian leader.

Sometimes it takes those years of struggle to get to the point of celebration.  The Royals suffered for decades before getting to this point where they are celebrating.  And there are times in our lives where we have struggles and tough times and that will help us to grow and make us better and more like Christ.

I’m so happy for my KC friends that got to be at the parade.  I’m happy that all the hard work and effort has paid off in a World Series championship for this team.  And it was so cool that I got to see what the beginning efforts of the process that has led to this day.  Congrats Royals, you deserve this.

Sunday Devotional: 1 Peter 2:21-25

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.  He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.  When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.  He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.  For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”  (1 Peter 2:21-25)

One of the most reassuring things about being a follower of Jesus is that we have a relationship with someone who knows what we’re going through on this Earth.  Jesus came to Earth and lived among us.  He suffered on our behalf.  He died for our sins.  He took our sins upon Himself.  He who knew no sin became sin for us so that we could be forgiven and have new life.  We are able to have a renewed relationship with the Father.  We are able to follow in his footsteps.

This week, let us remember who we follow.  Let us remember the one who died for us and who has given us new life.  Let us follow Him and let us tell others so that they can join in and follow as well.