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The Visible Image

April 16th, 2017 · No Comments

Colossians 1:15a (New Living Translation) Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. This is the first line of what many believe is one of the oldest Christian songs. What an opening line. This is one of those “No duh” statements that I overlook, often. The creator God has not been seen, as we […]

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A New Life

January 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

Colossians 3:1 (New Living Translation) Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Allow me to paraphrase this. Jesus of Nazareth, the one anointed to take away the sins of the world, rose […]

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Self-Denial

September 19th, 2015 · No Comments

Colossians 2:20-23 (New Living Translation) 20 You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as, 21 “Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!”? 22 Such rules are mere human teachings about things that […]

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The Good News in Six Lines

September 13th, 2015 · No Comments

Colossians 1:19-20 (New Living Translation) 19 For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, 20 and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. Here it is. This is the good news of Jesus […]

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Live Wisely

September 6th, 2015 · No Comments

Colossians 4:5 (New Living Translation) Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. I follow God and His son Jesus of Nazareth. Most people who live about me do not. They don’t believe. Do I live according to the admonition of this verse? Well, uh, … God, help […]

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Clarity

September 5th, 2015 · No Comments

Colossians 4:4 (New Living Translation) Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should. The writer asks other Christians to pray for him. He wants clarity in his proclamation of the Gospel message. I echo this prayer. Perhaps some day someone will read some of these little blog posts and take a […]

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The Perfect Bond

October 5th, 2013 · No Comments

Colossians 3:14 (New English Translation) And to all these virtues add love, which is the perfect bond. Love is the perfect, complete, wholly satisfactory bond. Love glues everything else together. All the good, great, wonderful things I may do as a Christian are just that: a bunch of nice things floating around out there somewhere […]

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Seasoned with Salt to be Attractive

December 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Colossians 4:6 New Living Translation – Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. New International Version – Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. I love this verse. I have taught three-month classes about what this verse […]

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Heart and Mind

December 16th, 2012 · No Comments

Colossians 4:2 (New Living Translation) Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Notice how we are to pray: with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Both the heart and the mind are involved. We can’t be all mindful – all analytical. We can’t be all heart – all feeling. […]

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Enemies of God

August 5th, 2012 · No Comments

Colossians 1:21 (New Living Translation) This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Note, when I was not a Christian I was an enemy of God. I wasn’t someone who was ignorant or someone who disagreed about a few things […]

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