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You logged on, you read the best seller, you flipped through the magazine, and there it is again: everyone’s doing life better, prettier, happier than you. Even the encouragers are discouragers, selling just enough hope to tease the inadequate. False teachers were doing the same thing to the people in Colossae, an insignificant church in...
when you feel like a half-hearted Christian.
When Christ, who is your life… (Colossians 3:4) For the believer, the halfway heart is impossible. Christ is your life. That work is whole, infused, complete. In verses 3 and 4, Paul wraps the words around us like a blanket for good measure: Your life is with Christ (v3)…Christ is your life (v4). He...
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There are hours I wish I could forget — seconds that have cut me for years. I have hurt, and I have been hurt. I have trespassed, and others have trespassed against me. I have crouched in the shadows of Eden, hiding my soul away, naked and ashamed. But Someone Else has been hiding...
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There are problems and frustrations that are mislabeled grace. And then there are problems with no grace in sight — tragedies and anxieties that have ripped our hearts in half, bleeding our love and perseverance out on to the floor. We lie awake, consumed with fear or regret. Sometimes, making all the right choices can’t...
3 ways to get page your problems.
In these verses lie the secret work of the Christian. If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Colossians 3:1-2 Things on the earth have been...
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Throughout scripture, God’s “right hand” is the symbol of His power, His protection, His love and His grace. Like your name, O God, your praise reaches to the ends of the earth; your right hand is filled with righteousness. Psalm 48:10 Glad songs of salvation are in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of...
Four truths to get you through a hard season.
Four verses ago, the Apostle Paul asked If with Christ you died… Now, in Colossians 3:1, the opposite: If then you have been raised with Christ… The dying and the raising. We must see both to follow our Lord. The dying part, we know. We ache. We grieve. On a thousand anything-but-Good Fridays, we have...
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It’s easy to get bogged down in the middle and forget where you started. Two chapters and 17 months into The Colossians Project, and the Apostle Paul still sits by the lamplight in a house prison in Rome, pouring out his heart in Spirit-soaked sentences, writing truth for the insignificant people of the church...