i’ve been working on my youth group lesson all morning and came across an encouraging verse.  

i had never heard the Living Bible version of this verse…guess that’s why it caught my eye (& heart).


  • Colossians 2:8 (LB) “Don’t let others spoil your faith and joy with their philosophies, wrong and shallow answers based on men’s thoughts and ideas, instead of on what Christ has said.”
  • Colossians 2:8 (NIV) “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.”
this started me thinking. 

people’s thoughts and opinions are everywhere.  facebook, myspace, blogs, every source of media contains SOME-one’s opinions.   often people that SEEM knowledgeable…that have all the elaborate ways to explain what they believe….but once you sort through the pile of what they are saying, the simple question is, “Is this what Christ tells us in the BIBLE?” 

people that are quick to argue their side of what they believe.  i wonder.  maybe they are placed there, simply as a tool of Satan, to stir our hearts and cause us to doubt ourselves AND CHRIST.  maybe their purpose, isn’t even to persuade us to believe us as they do, or “win us over” to their side, but just to wedge their foot into the door of our heart….where Christ presides….

will you sway?  will you believe them?  or will you stand firm on the solid foundation that is Christ alone?

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