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The Reigning King

The Son reigns supreme so we should trust him with all things.


2017 is going to be way better than 2016. The dumpster-fire of an election is over for one. Race relations in our country can only get better? Oregon football can't get much worse. And even if 2017 is more of the same on a national level—at least personally we can work hard to be healthier, wealthier, and wiser, right?

I always have some goals for a new year, but the problem is I often prefer sleep to prayer. And berry pie tastes way better than kale. I'll give it a few days until I'm looking forward to the next year and better self-control.

As the most recent election year should have made pretty clear, we are not in control. We have a hard enough time with self-control, not to mention all the bigger problems in our nation and world. What is your plan in the coming year to feel more in control of your life?

I got an email from a fitness gym here in town. The subject of the email was, "The Year of You". It read, in part:

2017 is right around the corner and you're either going to own the year OR the year is going to own you. It's 100% your choice. It's your decision. It's in your hands.

Simply by taking all of the responsibility and putting it on your shoulders - you become empowered.

You take action like you've never taken action before. You become prolific. You become consistent. And you let no obstacle stand in your way … no matter what.

YOU are in control. YOU.

This morning we are going to consider someone who really is in control.

(Read Colossians 1:15-20)

The passage we are considering this morning is a hymn. "To hymn" simply means "to praise." There is a good chance that this passage was used in the early church's liturgy as a confession of faith. Let me show you the structure of the hymn ...

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Daniel Schreiner serves as an associate pastor at Hinson Baptist Church in Portland, OR.

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I. The beloved Son reigns supreme over all creation

II. The beloved Son reigns supreme over the churchII. The beloved Son reigns supreme over the church