Bible Text: Colossians 1:21-2:3 | Preacher: Dr. George A. Mulford | Series: Colossians: Complete in Christ If you received a letter from a man you had never met, a man who was a prisoner, accused of being a troublemaker, how would you respond? That was the situation facing the believers in Colosse. They knew that the apostle Paul had been instrumental in leading their pastor Epaphras to faith in Jesus Christ and that Epaphras had gone to Rome to consult with Paul but had not yet returned. Paul's letter was delivered by Tichycus and Onesimus, so I'm sure Paul had anticipated what was happening at Colossae. The false teachers there had been discrediting Paul and placing doubt in people's minds concerning his ministry. He used this letter to explain his ministry and to encourage the church there.
Bible Text: Romans 8:18-25 | Preacher: Dr. George A. Mulford | Series: Romans: The Gospel of God's Grace We're talking about hope this morning. In the English language, the word "hope" is a rather anemic and vague word, denoting a feeling that something pleasant MAY happen. But the Biblical definition of "hope" is far different and refers to an absolute guarantee. The Greek word used is elpis, meaning to expect or anticipate with pleasure. It's not just a possibility but an actuality. Hope is very much alive thanks to Jesus Christ. In spite of all the problems of today, Christians can and should have hope.