Don't let small things steal greater glory.
Mike and I celebrated 21 years of marriage last month, and this bit of Colossians 3:13 is one of the secret reasons why: Bearing with one another. This phrase sounds super spiritual — all “carry each others burdens” and such. But in the original Greek, it’s just common street talk: Put up with each other....
Hard to Change.
Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Colossians 3:11 So much of our strength is spent trying to manipulate or manage ourselves into someone else — so much of our heart spilled out by wishing away who we...
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I try to make spiritual life about my feelings, or fairness, or even my faithfulness, but it’s been about knowledge since the very beginning, hasn’t it? And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and...
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Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Colossians 3:9-10 You have put off who you were. God is wrapping you in who He is....
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The first list of sins in Colossians chapter 3 focused on sins of the body. But this time, we’re looking at you, lips: But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Colossians 3:8 Put them all away, Paul writes, as I might tell my...
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There’s almost nothing I’m more thankful for than these faces and their dad. I am more like Christ for having loved them and having been loved by them. The only thing that surpasses them on my Thanksgiving list is the God I am thankful to for them — the direction, source and end of my gratitude. Our joy...
Fighting for Beauty.
I’m taking a short two-week break from The Colossians Project to catch up on life and love on my family.  In its place today, a re-post of one of my favorites — a holiday piece I wrote back in 2012 (with a new graphic for the pinning!). I hope it will help shape your thoughts and hearts during...