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Midsummer 2023

The corn is beginning to tassel, the Danvers Band concerts are in full swing (another huge crowd last night), the Congerville Concerts are also happening every Thursday. It’s definitely high summer in Central Illinois. Not to mention my Cincinnati Reds being in first place at the All-Star break.

REMEMBER that we will be moving our worship service to 10am for the rest of the summer starting this coming Sunday, July 16th. This Sunday Isaac Metzger will also be baptized, so plan to stick around a little bit after the service to speak to him and his family who’ll be visiting.

Yesterday during the worship service, we talked about the dangers of legalism, but this part of Colossians is so tightly woven together, it’s hard to separate one part from the next. Next week when we look at Colossians 3:1-11, we are going to see that there are things we need to avoid. Paul says the difference is that we do this by focusing on “things above.” Colossians 3:1-2 says, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things,” (NIV). We don’t avoid the vices that Paul then lists by adhering to a set of specific rules, but by focusing on the new life that we have in Christ.

Invite someone to come to the worship service with you next Sunday. If they say 9am is just too early for them, remind them we are now starting at 10am!

Hope to see you then!

God bless, Brian

Scripture readings for next Sunday Colossians 3:1-11—What does it mean to “set your heart on things above”?

Leviticus 18—What do you notice about the reasoning in this list of prohibitions?

Hebrews 12:1-6—Why do you think it is important for us to focus on Jesus?

Proverbs 10:18-21—What do these proverbs teach about our speech?


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