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And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Colossians 3:17). Whatever you do. Everything in the name. These words have the power to change our days, but we must first understand both what it means and how we do it. Doing things...
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On the day called Sunday there is a gathering together in the same place of all who live in a given city or rural district. The memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits. Then when the reader ceases, the president in a discourse admonishes...
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Mike and I began our life together with a long-distance romance — a year of polished snapshots and glimpses — long letters, rare visits, weekly late-night phone calls in the days before dialing cross country was free. The following year, we lived in the same city. Our relationship seeped across hours instead of minutes...
The little known path to thankfulness.
The end of this verse stops short with a three-word sentence: And be thankful. (Colossians 3:15) Paul has revealed the future, when Christ who is our life will appear (Colossians 3:4). He’s turned our eyes from the past — the earthly habits in which we too once walked (Colossians 3:5-7). But be thankful —...
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My husband is a pastor; I have skin in this game. My words here will no doubt be perceived as self-serving by some. I’ll have to be okay with that, because here’s where we’ve arrived in Colossians: And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which you were indeed called in...
three ways to find peace of mind. Colossians 3:15
I’ve never needed a verse during The Colossians Project quite like I’ve needed this one this week: And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts… Monday brought one of those moments where I think I’ve grown, I think I know, I think I’m standing tall, and suddenly I’m crumpled in a pitiful...
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My firstborn son came home from the hospital at four weeks old and four fragile pounds. And in just four more months, he’ll put on a cap and gown and a future, taking steps on a path apart from mine. This past year has brought a hundred misgivings about my mothering, a thousand fears,...
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You have been raised with Christ (Colossians 3:1). You have put on the new self  (Colossians 3:10). You are God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved (Colossians 3:12). Christ is your life, and He is all and is in all (Colossians 3:4; Colossians 3:11). We learned these truths are the power behind bearing with one another...