Our Beloved Fellow Servant

“…just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.” Colossians 1:7-8 ESV  We last saw the importance of bearing fruit for Christ (Col. 1:5-6), and how it is evidence of a saving […]

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Bearing Fruit
Bearing Fruit of the Spirit

Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, Colossians 1:5-6  Continuing the introduction […]

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Hope Laid Up In Heaven
Hope Laid Up In Heaven

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven.  Colossians 1:3-5a ESV  Last time, we looked closely at the relationship […]

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The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ… Colossians 1:3 Barely into the opening of Paul’s letter to the Colossians, we find once again that Scripture is a treasure chest of truths and insights into the heavenly domain.  It is always worth our time to carefully read and consider each passage of […]

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By The Will of God
by the will of God

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. (Colossians 1:1-2 ESV) Opening Paul’s epistle to the Colossians, we see a familiar greeting and claim of authorship (likely with Timothy […]

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Introduction to Colossians

As we begin our new expository devotional series in the epistle of Colossians, it’s good practice to spend a few minutes learning about the audience, culture, history and setting of the church, and the author’s purpose in writing the letter. Colossae was a city located in what is modern day Turkey and was about 100 […]

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A Fragrant Aroma

We last saw how Paul commended the Philippian church for their generosity and support, and how they stood alone among all the churches in the region as the one who provided for the apostle in his gospel work and his physical needs while he was imprisoned.  We pick up today with the continuation of this […]

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Giving and Receiving

We last left off with Paul’s famous statement, “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me,” summarizing that his ability to be content in every circumstance, whether rich or poor, full or hungry, comes from the strength that the Lord provides. Today, we see the continuation of this thought, as Paul commended the […]

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I Can Do All Things

In our passage today we have one of the more famous verses in Philippians (4:13), but as diligent students of the Bible let’s spend a few minutes digging in to see the truths we can glean from it. But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for […]

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Dwell On These Things

Every day we are bombarded with negativity. News and social media feeds continually gnaw at us to focus on the bad things going on in the world and our lives, and if left unchecked this can have a serious impact on our ability to trust God and be joyful in every circumstance, as we are […]

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