Thursday, November 15, 2018

Colossians 3:12 Ministries

We have been going through Colossians at church the past few weeks. It is such a gem. It is packed full of amazing truths for us all. A couple weeks ago was the perfect sermon for me to hear. Especially since it fit so well with the new ministry that my team is working on implementing. My first book Not Really A Princess, gives an overview of the struggles my family went through while I was growing up. I grew up with a widowed mom and we had no income for awhile. Because of this, I have great concern for widows, single parents and orphans. Through the years I have been thankful for my husband being willing to help people even when we did not necessarily have extra to give. He has been so patient with me. He has a big heart and knows I would give everything away if I could. I know that 30 years ago he may have wondered about this but he never ONCE ever complained or told me I couldn't help someone. I am so thankful for that.

As I began writing my second book It's Not About The Pie, I wanted to encourage readers to welcome people into their homes. Our Colossians 3:12 Ministries Team has been working on ways to bring awareness to all of us on how we can show compassion to those in need. It is true that there are many other compassion ministries out there. But as I speak at conferences or Bible studies I wanted to be able to have a plan to show others where they could go to to get resources. This brings us to the sermon I am referring to recently hearing.  

Paul is writing to the church at Colossae telling them to take off  the bad - verses 5-8, "...Immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire and greed... anger, wrath, malice, slander and abusive speech...and in 3:12 it tells us to "...put on a heart of compassion, kindness, gentleness, and patience." We can not have our heart full of the negative if we want to reach others with the gospel of Christ. We need to clean out the closet before we fill it with good things.

I think sometimes we want to help others but we do not have the right tools to use to do so. Colossians 3:12 Ministries is just getting started and we will have ways to reach out to help others as we progress with this new ministry. The website is up and running. We are working on finishing it up. We are starting very basic but hope to encourage others to reach out to that single person you know, young or old. Also hoping that you can reach out to that older neighbor who may need help.

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