Well, I was reading some poetry the other day (hard to believe, I know), but this poetry is special as it is written by dogs (not really, but they have to sell the books somehow). You can tell it’s written by dogs because none of it rhymes (Is that required?) And so far, my favorite dog poem is as follows:
"I have one word. It’s “bark.”
It means that I’m very happy to see you.
It also means 742,000 other things.
So I guess it’s all about the context."
My dog Flo wrote that poem (Not really, but I want her to feel good about herself). Whoever wrote it, this dog would love our new sermon series on “The Most Misused & Misunderstood Verses in the Bible” (#3Mverses), because over and over again, we’re learning, that when it comes to the Bible, it really is “all about the context.” And this Sunday’s passage is no different. We’re going to be looking at Colossians 1:15-20 and the strange phrase, “the firstborn of all creation.” This verse has been used throughout the centuries as a justification for all sorts of heresies. And people still use it that way. But they can only use it that way if they … (wait for it) … “take it out of context.”
So we’re going to see what it really means, as we examine it within the context of Colossians 1, which, in fact, was written to combat heresy that quickly arose in the 1st Century. And then we’re going to look at what difference it should be making in each of our lives. It’s actually a really important passage and well worth our time on Sunday morning. See you then, Dr. Dave
PS – Please be praying for the Men’s Retreat this weekend. We really need it.