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Ingredients of a Good Life

Most people, me included, like to eat cake. It is sweet, especially with an icing of chocolate and goes down easy. Ingredients include sugar, flour, starch, baking powder, coloring and a bunch of other minute additives that only a chemist knows the purpose for, but one thing over all these is essential to making that cake comfortable on a fork and that is eggs. Eggs are the binding agent that grabs a hold of all these other ingredients and makes them cohere. Paul when writing to the Colosse church said that in the life of a believer there are many ingredients that make them look like Christ. He said they were to "clothe themselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another…and over all these virtues put on love which binds them all together in perfect unity." (Colossians 3:12-14) Looking at these virtues reminds us of Christ's actions while on earth. Compassion is th…

Internal Combustion

One of the great inventions of the last centuries is the internal combustion engine. It does all the work inside, and produces a massive resulting power. We love cars and the engines that run them. We see the pretty outside but the power is under the hood. That engine firing on all cylinders produces the power to run all its systems and speed it down the road. Just two days ago we talked about a baseline for a believer's life. We spoke of four actions of the believer's life: rejoicing always, gentleness with all, anxious about nothing, and praying with thanksgiving. These are the outside evidences of a life that is empowered. Now, we dig deeper into that believer's life. We go under the surface to see what is fueling the above actions and we find four pictures of spiritual growth in Colossians 2:7. Rooted: There is no plant that survives without being rooted and the root system has to continue to reach out to obtain sustenance (water and nutrients) to provide for t…