the last word.

the last word.

Paul’s last words to the Colossians are secret, sacred rest for our exhausted souls: Remember my chains.  Not my triumphs or strengths or talents. Not my sermons or letters or fame. Remember my chains. Focus on these things that are holding me back, Paul says. Look at the way it’s …
the case for giving up.

the case for giving up.

We’re almost done with Colossians, but not before we unpack one of the most important lessons it has to teach us: And say to Archippus, “See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord” (Colossians 4:17). Archippus is likely a pastor of the church at Colossae, …
the danger of believing in yourself.

the danger of believing in yourself.

At the end of Colossians, we stumble upon a Bible mystery, one that still hasn’t been solved to this day: Give my greetings to the brothers at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. And when this letter has been read among you, have it also read …
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three pitfalls on the path to finding yourself.

Paul lists two final people among his co-workers at the end of Colossians, and one of them is among the Bible’s most tragic figures: Luke the beloved physician greets you, as does Demas (Colossians 4:14). Luke we’ve heard of; he’s the author of the gospel that bears his name, as …
when you wish you could just go back.

when you wish you could just go back.

For those who long for a steadier year ahead. We can’t go back. That thing we did, that place we loved, that peace we felt — it’s a look back over our shoulder now, done. Maybe our job or relationship has ended. Maybe our limelight has faded. Maybe our loves …
The sacred loneliness of calling.

The sacred loneliness of calling.

Calling. Everyone wants one these days — the blueprint answer to what was I born to do? As followers of Christ, we have the highest calling built right in — to bring glory to the One who chose us and purchased our hearts — to proclaim the excellencies of him who …
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when someone has deserted you.

For those of us who have felt abandoned from time to time (raising my hand over here), let’s dive into two powerful portraits in these verses: …and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you…and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received …
spiritual work of being yourself.

on the spiritual work of being yourself.

I once wasted years longing to be someone else — praying for different strengths and invisible weaknesses. Now I only waste hours here and there. It takes a cloak of grace to be yourself, and I have only worn it well when Christ Himself has wrapped it around me. Even then, it …