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Friday, September 22, 2017
Thursday, September 21, 2017
I particularly like the way Eugene Peterson translated this: "If anyone refuses to obey our clear command written in this letter, don’t let him get by with it. Point out such a person and refuse to subsidize his freeloading. Maybe then he’ll think twice. But don’t treat him as an enemy. Sit him down and talk about the problem as someone who cares." 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 MSG
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Monday, September 18, 2017
“Greet all the brothers and sisters with a holy kiss.” 1 Thessalonians 5:26 Ooo, we've not been following this! 😜
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Colossians 4:2 NET
I have little difficulty with quick short prayers, but I have great difficulties praying for a long time, especially alone. My mind tends to wander, so not "keeping alert" in it.
But, as Brant Hansen points out, even short prayers is better than no prayers, so we gotta keep at it even if we're not that great at it.
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer everyone.
Colossians 4:6 NET
This is another verse that tells us the balance, like "Speak the truth in love" - too often we forget to be gracious in our "righteous indignation"...
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
I think Romans 12:1-2 is applicable here as well (renewing of our minds.)
Colossians 3:18-25 There's a proper way to treat other people based on the nature of their relationship with us.
Monday, September 11, 2017
Sunday, September 10, 2017
I was trying to figure out what the reason was. The previous sentence said, “You learned the gospel from Epaphras, our dear fellow slave – a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf – who also told us of your love in the Spirit” But why would their live in the Spirit be the reason for him to pray for them? I would have thought it was more reason to give thanks.
Later, after more discussion with Thomas Kuruvilla, I am now thinking that the reason is that they learned the gospel from Epaphras and Paul found out about it.
Colossians 1:21-22 says “And you were at one time strangers and enemies in your minds as expressed through your evil deeds, but now he has reconciled you by his physical body through death to present you holy, without blemish, and blameless before him”
We used to be God's enemies, but because of Jesus, that is no longer the case😄
Colossians 1:25-27 says, “I became a servant of the church according to the stewardship from God – given to me for you – in order to complete the word of God, that is, the mystery that has been kept hidden from ages and generations, but has now been revealed to his saints. God wanted to make known to them the glorious riches of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” God used to be hidden only among the Israelites, but now is revealed to all people.
Saturday, September 9, 2017
4:8-9 It’s so easy for us to focus on the negative. But if we focus on the positive, and put them into practice, how much better our lives would be!
4:10-14 There’s nothing quite like contentment. Striving for more and more possessions will not satisfy.
4:22 By now some of the people even in Caesar's household have come to believe. As Paul mentioned in chapter 1, this was one of the beneficial side effects of his imprisonment.
Friday, September 8, 2017
Father, even as I recognize I’m no where near the perfection You have called us to yet, and yet, in the ways that I am following You, may I be a positive example to others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Thursday, September 7, 2017
So this work to remove my selfishness is part of working out my salvation. This doesn’t contradict salvation by grace through faith, but is the other side of the coin.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” We need not fear death, for if we are in Christ, it is merely the doorway to eternity with Him.