Archive for January, 2009

Review of Colossians

January 31, 2009 Leave a comment

Jesus lived the perfect life, died the perfect death, and rose again.

This changes everything.

Keep living the good life, not through your own strength, but through Jesus’ example.

Personal Touch

January 30, 2009 Leave a comment

In verses 10-18, Paul names 7 other people.

Despite Paul’s hard words, he loves people.

Do I? Do you, dear Reader?

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Tychicus & Onesimus

January 29, 2009 Leave a comment

In verses 7-9, we learn that Tychicus is Paul’s messenger. Onesimus, the former slave that Paul defends in the letter to Philemon, is also on this mission.

Paul surrounds himself with people of high quality and character.

Never send a person with poor character to complete an important task.

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Mouth Needed

January 28, 2009 Leave a comment

In verses 2-6, Paul reminds us that we ought to pray consistently, for ourselves and for others.

It is also important that we be prepared to speak wisely, particularly to people who are not Christians.

I pray that what I say will be more filled with grace as I grow in my faith.

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Master in Heaven

January 27, 2009 Leave a comment

In verse 1, we’re reminded that we are not really in charge.

How would I treat my subordinates differently if I remembered this fact more consistently?

Outline of Colossians 4

January 26, 2009 Leave a comment

  1. Masters, be kind
  2. Live righteously
    1. Pray for Paul’s teaching ministry
    2. Act wisely toward outsiders (i.e.–non-Christians)
    3. Speak wisely
  3. Personal greetings
    1. Tychicus
    2. Onesimus
    3. Aristarchus
    4. Barnabas’s cousin Mark
    5. Jesus who is called Justus
    6. Epaphras
    7. Luke
    8. Demas
    9. The followers at Laodicea
    10. Nympha’s house church
    11. Archippus
    12. Paul’s own handwriting

Family & Work

January 25, 2009 Leave a comment

In verses 18-25, we read about smooth-functioning families and hard-working employees.

But what about the family that has an ogre for a dad? What about the sweatshop employee? Where does “turn the other cheek” transition into “created in the image of God?”

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Verses 12-17

January 24, 2009 Leave a comment

In verses 12-17, we’re reminded to live our lives the way Christ lived his.

I rarely meet this standard. Today is a hard day for me to read this passage.

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Verses 10-11

January 23, 2009 Leave a comment

I particularly like the CEV translation of these two verses.

Even as we struggle through life, if we seek to follow God, then we will learn more and become more like him.

Race and religious background are irrelevant. Only our devotion to Christ counts.

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List of Don’ts

January 22, 2009 Leave a comment

  1. Anger
  2. Rage
  3. Malice
  4. Slander
  5. Insults
  6. Cruelty
  7. Lying

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