Colossians

give thanks

18 Nov: Thankful…Always.

It isn’t often that I write devotionals for The Hub, which is why I find it serendipitous that this is the 3rd time “my turn” has landed during the Thanksgiving holiday.  In reflection and review of my previous devotionals, the message of thanksgiving focused on themes such as identity and praise.  And though those are things we need to continually recognize, this particular Thanksgiving season, I want to meditate on the challenges of giving thanks in ALL circumstances.  

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29 Oct: The Proposition

There was once a very successful businessman who went on vacation to a remote island, where there was no phone or wifi connection. Every morning he would get up early and hire one of the locals to take him out on his boat and go fishing. They would return before noon with a great catch of some of the most delicious fish, and they would grill it over a fire and eat it together with the fisherman’s wife and all of his friends.

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04 Sep: Have You Found What You’re Looking For?

In 1987, the Irish rock band U2, released a song called “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” from The Joshua Tree album. Lead singer, Bono, admitted that the music and the lyrics were inspired by African-American spirituals, which, themselves, were actually inspired by the book of Psalms. More specifically, spirituals were based off of a common genre of psalms called lament psalms, which often began with woes and cries of self-pity and hopelessness, but then ended with words of hope, joy, and worship to the Lord.