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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?

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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

Verses 1-3

January 20, 2009 Leave a comment

  1. “If” means this passage applies specifically to Christians
  2. Seek things above
  3. This implies that things “below” are of lesser importance and significance
  4. Think about Christ
  5. Reflect upon where Christ is right now
  6. What is “the right hand of God?” It sounds important and honoring, but I don’t have a handle on what this phrase means
  7. As a Christian, I have “died”
  8. If God is good, then only the bad part of me has died, not the part created in his image
  9. Since I’m human, the bad part of me can’t be completely eradicated.
  10. This would be like harvesting the wheat with the weeds: both the good and the bad would be pulled up
  11. My life is “hidden with Christ”
  12. Does this mean that my sins are not visible to God?
  13. Does this imply a level of relational intimacy with the Lord?
  14. I can rely upon Jesus to help me through tough times, not my own strength

Colossians 3

January 18, 2009 Leave a comment

  1. How to live, self
  2. How to live, relationships

Complete

January 17, 2009 Leave a comment

Who doesn’t want to be complete?

In verses 9-10, I’m reminded that Jesus is my head.

Without Jesus, I’m headless! Dopey, but true.

Hollow Philosophies

January 16, 2009 Leave a comment

What hollow ideas do I cling to? If I eliminate them, will I live a more faithful life?

And if I adopt more right thinking, will this lead to more faithful living as well?

Categories: bible, colossians

Stop Trying Hard(er)

January 15, 2009 Leave a comment

Jesus did the hard part.

Stop trying to look good. You aren’t!

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