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Christ Is Our Life In the Home (16 of 18)
INTRODUCTION: To interpret the truth of the passage we must see it in light of its context. Just as we cannot expect a non-Christian to realize the truth of Col. 3:12 in application, so it is true in Col. 3:18-19. We see these passages applying specifically to the general principle set down in v.17, namely that all we Christians do, we are relating to His name. What we read here is distinctively Christian with the expressed purpose and ultimate goal being the glory of God.
This is not "pop psychology" and it is not just the way "Baptists" view the Bible; it is distinctively Christian.
WANTED: A BAPTIST DOG
"A Baptist preacher and his wife decided to get a new dog. Ever mindful of the congregation, they knew the dog must also be a Baptist. They visited kennel after kennel and explained their needs. Finally, they found a kennel whose owner assured them he had just the dog they wanted. The owner brought the dog to meet the pastor and his wife. 'Fetch the Bible,' he commanded. The dog bounded to the bookshelf, scrutinized the books, located the Bible, and brought it to the owner. 'Now find Psalm 23,' he commanded. The dog dropped the Bible to the floor, and showing marvelous dexterity with his paws, leafed through and finding the correct passage, pointed to it with his paw. The pastor and his wife were very impressed and purchased the dog.
That evening, a group of church members came to visit. The pastor and his wife began to show off the dog, having him locate several Bible verses. The visitors were very impressed. One man asked, 'Can he do regular dog tricks, too?'
'I haven't tried yet,' the pastor replied. He pointed his finger at the dog. 'HEEL!' the pastor commanded. The dog immediately jumped on a chair, placed one paw on the pastor's forehead and began to howl. The pastor looked at his wife in shock and said, 'Good Lord! He's Pentecostal!'"
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