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About Reid Olson

I'm a pastor who knows a personal connection with God and I like to share thoughts and insights to make God's Kingdom a little more tangibly, while sharing conversations on leadership insights.

Top Shelf Thinking

What kind of mindset do you keep in your head? Are you one who thinks too low of yourself, or someone who thinks highly of yourself?

BookcasePastor Reid Olson of Crossroads Church of Greeley teaches on Colossians 3:1-17, where we look at what it means to live a life holy to God. Have you ever wondered if the Bible is too full of rules and regulations? And, have you ever wondered if anyone can even keep all those rules in the first place? We obviously cannot keep all the rules to make God happy with us, but since God is already pleased with us, we have been given a set of life regulations, so that we can live a life fully unto God.

We have to make sure we keep the right perspective in order. We don’t live by rules to make God happy, or try to find salvation. It is when we receive salvation through Jesus’ work for us, then we can live unto a new “full life” standard that makes us fulfilled under God’s authority. Top shelf thinking is when we place our mindset on the things of God for our lives, rather than a bottom shelf mindset that lives for oneself and loses their purpose in life. You get to choose.

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2019 in Leadership, Media, Ministry Calling, Sermons

 

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Rules Can Be Tricky

Pastor Reid Olson of Crossroads Church of Greeley teaches on Colossians 2:16-23, where the Apostle Paul warns the small home church on Colossae to walk by faith in Jesus, rather than be bound by all the Jewish laws and regulations of faith.

ambassadors 1Rules and regulations don’t save you from your sin. Rules don’t have the power to save or to heal. Only a life found in Christ can bring healing and restoration from a broken life of sin. Do you find yourself bound by rules in religion, and restricted by the attempt to “keep all the rules” for God? If so, you can find more freedom in letting Jesus have influence in your life and submit to his leading. You can receive this power of God today by letting Jesus enter your life and surrendering to Him alone.

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2019 in Leadership, Media, Ministry Calling, Sabbath Rest, Sermons

 

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Suffering Builds Character

Pastor Reid Olson of Crossroads Church of Greeley teaches on Colossians 1:24-2:5.

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Paul the Apostle is writing a letter to the churches near Collosae and wants them to know how much he is personally suffering for their sake. He has committed his life to serving them, no matter the cost, so that they might mature in their faith in Christ. What does mature faith in Christ look like to you? Does it mean that God answers your prayers? Does it mean that you receive healing when you’re sick? Does maturity even have anything to do with the blessings you receive, or does maturity mean we look to bring God’s blessing to others? God is always pouring out his blessings, but are we submissive enough to receive blessings in obedience to Jesus?

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2019 in Leadership, Media, Sabbath Rest, Sermons

 

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Who Has Authority Over Your Life?

Pastor Reid Olson of Crossroads Church of Greeley teaches on Colossians 1:15-23.

question+authorityAuthority in society is always in question these days. It seems like people don’t respect police anymore, and don’t respect the government anymore. There seems to be a waning respect for all authority in our society, but have we also lost respect for the authority of Jesus in our lives? As we read through this account of Apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossians, we see that the authority of Jesus is the supreme thing with which we must identify. How are you letting the authority of Jesus have its rightful place in your life?

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2019 in Leadership, Media, Ministry Calling, Sermons

 

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“Jesus Turned The Lights On”

Pastor Reid Olson of Crossroads Church of Greeley teaches on Colossians 1:9-14. In this letter to the people of Colossi, Paul writes to them about their identity in Christ Jesus.

lightsSee, in our day, as in theirs, it is easy to learn about religion and play all the right games with church. This game is not what Paul had in mind. He was empowering his people to no longer live in the darkness of the world, rather to live in the light of God. Jesus has redeemed us to be light in this dark world, and it has nothing to do with us, it’s all Jesus. This portion of Paul’s letter makes a stand that he wants people to grow up in God, and be joyful in thanksgiving, so that we truly live into our real identity in Christ. Maybe these words are foreign to you, if you don’t understand where your identity lies. Maybe you need to realize that in Jesus, you are a new person; transformed for God’s good work in the world. This is what Paul is talking about.

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2019 in Leadership, Media, Ministry Calling, Sermons

 

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Remember Your Purpose

Pastor Reid Olson of Crossroads Church of Greeley teaches on Colossians 1:1-8.

dandelionPaul the Apostle wrote a letter to a group of faith people he didn’t know, in a city where he wouldn’t visit, and wanted to encourage them in their faith. He wanted them to remember their purpose in Jesus, not getting caught up in superstitious practices of mysticism and emotional faith. Paul wants us to know, in our present culture, that we don’t need to fall victim to relativism of truth. Today, everyone’s truth is relative to their social culture and “their perspective” while missing the person of Jesus Christ. This truth comes from the Gospel of Jesus Christ and is displayed in transformation of the soul while bearing fruit in spiritual maturity of faith. Don’t be dismayed by the distractions in the world, the politics that lead us into angry arguments, or taking sides on issues that divide people. Place your faith in Jesus Christ and trust that Jesus is enough for complete salvation. Our purpose is to share this Gospel with others. Don’t forget your purpose.

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2019 in Leadership, Media, Ministry Calling, Sermons

 

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Why Is Unity So Difficult?

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Pastor Reid Olson of Crossroads Church of Greeley teaches on John 17.

nina-strehl-Ds0ZIA5gzc4-unsplashJesus’ final prayer for the 12 disciples, included a prayer for you and me “those who will believe in their message”. The prayer of Jesus included a plea for unity “oneness” among those with faith, so that the world might see and understand that God sent Jesus to the world. Question for you, how is unity working out?

Is your unity showing the world that God sent Jesus?

Many young people are leaving the church “big C” because faith people can’t get along with one another. We aren’t leaving a good example of how to love like Jesus loved, and this is making people wonder if God really is the answer to our problems.

Come on people, let’s learn to love one another and learn to agree in unity, more than we disagree with hatred. Do you ever wonder if your prayers are being answered? I wonder if Jesus’ prayer is being answered, also.

 
 

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