Welcome to the new blog spot of Haran Baptist Church. Periodically we will post comments, thoughts, devotions and even sometimes recommendations. Some of these will be related to the upcoming message, some will be related to current events and some will be general observations. We will leave the comments open to start with hoping that we can generate some discussion amongst the church family, but we will only do so as long as the comments are appropriate and edifying. Our hope is to stimulate your mind and to provoke critical thinking about spiritual things as well as everyday occurrences. How did the recent power outage affect your ability to focus energies on the Lord? What deep insight has God imparted on you through your Bible study this week? How did last week’s message impact you? I will try to post thoughts about the upcoming message when I can. But please understand that most weeks it is an evolving process throughout the week, so what I think I am saying on Sunday morning usually changes from Monday to Friday. The general outline and gist stays the same and the scripture passage does as well. But as I have said from day to day…I am fluid and flexible.

So we invite you to join us as this process evolves. We hope it will stimulate your mind and conversation. The updates will be periodic but not scheduled. And so as we get started today I leave you with this thought. In Colossians 2.16 Paul says “let no one act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day–things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ” (NASB). The problem here is that they were judging others insisting that they observed these ritualistic acts that were tied to the Law. In what ways do we become ritualistic in our worship and thus judge others even as we know that the real substance of our worship should be Jesus Christ?

P. Mike

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