Impossible
Paul has been climbing down a mountain for us. In chapter one of his letter to the church in Colossae, the apostle starts at the summit, unfolding the supremacy of Christ and His unimaginable sacrifice on our behalf. He treks downward through chapter two, shining the implications of this good news — the gospel...
Submission
Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord (Colossians 3:18). Two weeks ago, my father-in-law died. My husband sat by his bed at the end. He patiently measured the final breaths of a man who, for much of his life, had breathed out only cruelty and infidelity and heartache. He kept...
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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...
Worship
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...