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Out with the Old, in with the New (10 of 13)
Series: Jesus First
This world constantly competes for our attention and affection. Twenty-four hour news stations want you to catch all of their breaking news. Television commercials want you to buy the latest, greatest thing you don't need. The Internet calls you to waste hours upon hours looking up useless information. Everything competes to be first in your life. But listen intently; your life will never work right until Jesus is first.*
That's the message of the book of Colossians. We all need to learn to shut out the things that clamor for our time and attention. And we must listen to the still, small voice of Christ. Jesus must be first; in all things!
This message continues in Colossians 3:5-17. Paul shows us that when Jesus is first, there are some fundamental changes that will happen in your life. If you'll remember from last week, Christianity is more than turning over a new leaf or setting out on a new course. It is a death that leads to life. In verses 5-17, Paul describes what that death and new life look like. READ TEXT
Did you know that a starfish has the ability to regenerate a lost limb? If a starfish loses a limb, it will begin growing a new one, and sometimes in as little as a few months, it will have a brand new leg, and you might not know it had ever been injured. But I learned something recently that I never knew about starfish: some species of starfish have the ability to regrow an entire starfish from the limb that is broken off! Sounds crazy? It sure sounded crazy to me. Since the limb doesn't have a mouth, it lives off stored nutrients within itself, and uses that energy to begin growing a new disk. And eventually, if it survives long enough, it'll grow a whole new mouth, and then it can start eating again, while it continues re-growing the rest of its limbs. Regeneration is not me growing new spiritual limbs; regeneration is God taking something as ...
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