Category: Colossians

The Great Concern and Desire of the Apostle

Do you have a wish list for your church? Things you would like to see changed about your local church? Maybe you wish your church had more options for children or more Bible studies. Perhaps you wish your church had a counselor hired on staff. Perhaps you wish your church had a larger congregation. Or do you wish they had more comfortable seats? When my husband and I began our search for a church to call home, I had a list. There were certain things I wanted to see in a church before I committed to serving in it....

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We Do Ministry by His Power in Us

Colossians 1:24-29, “24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ...

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Once Alienated, Now Reconciled

On the second Sunday of each month the saints of CrossLife Church, where I serve as Pastoral Assistant, partake in the Lord’s Supper together. Coming to the table and taking communion is no trivial routine. In fact, Paul, in great detail, reminds the church at Corinth of the significance of this meal. In 1 Corinthians 11:17-33 he gives clear instructions for the meal, as well as clear reasons for the importance of participating in this supper together. He recalls Jesus’ own teaching from Luke 22, in which Jesus explains of the bread, “This is my body, which is for...

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Cosmic Reconciliation

Colossians 1:15-23, 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through...

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From Darkness to Light

Colossians 1:9-14 “9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light....

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