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Some Challenges from Colossians! (Part 9)

Let’s continue our brief look at this incredible epistle of Colossians. Chapter two introduces several themes.  We see the apostle’s heart in verses 2-5.

2 I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. 2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. 5 For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.

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Posted by on January 24, 2018 in philosophy


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The Joy of Unit-Reading #39 (the First Epistle of John)

This morning we unit-read through I John, Screenshot 2016-02-25 05.54.11one of my favorite New Testament epistles. There is so much in these five chapters. Because it is written for the larger audience of the world, the Greek in I John is the simplest in the New Testament. Here are my notes on this wonderful letter:

There are many takeaways from this book:
1. The need for Christians to love one another.

2. The reality of false teachers and their denying of Christ.

3. The fact that we can know certain things.

4. The work of God the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life.

5. The battle with the world, the flesh, and the devil.

One takeaway for me:  I show my love for the invisible God by the way I treat and love His visible children.

My prayer:  “Lord, help me to take my sin seriously, but to take Christ’s atoning work even more seriously.  Empower me to love the world of people, but not to love the worldly system which opposes You!  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.”

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Posted by on April 13, 2016 in unit-reading


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