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Aug 25, 2019

Scripture Reading: Colossians 4:10,14

When we compare the 'greetings' section of Colossians with some other passages in the New Testament, a marked contrast comes to the surface.  Two of the men from whom Paul sends greetings to the church in Colossae are Mark (Col 4:10) and Demas (Col 4:14). Their individual...

Aug 11, 2019

Scripture Reading: Colossians 4:7-18

Shakespeare wrote: "Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel."  Solomon wrote: "Faithful are the wounds of a friend" (Prov 27:6) and "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another" (Prov 27:17).  Our friends are crucial to...

Aug 4, 2019

Scripture Reading: Colossians 4:2-6

 The Bible has a lot to say about our speech.  “Be quick to hear and slow to speak” (James 1:19) . . . “The tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity . . . [it] sets on fire the course of our life and is set on fire by hell” (James 3:6) . . . “Every careless word that...

Jul 19, 2019

Scripture Reading: Colossians 4:5

We all have 168 hours per week in which to live our lives.  Subtract non-negotiable essentials like sleep, work, and eating and most people still have around 50 hours per week for other activities . . . shopping, cutting the grass, exercise, reading.

The wise person makes the most of...

Jul 14, 2019

Scripture Reading: Colossians 4:2-4

This passage is an unusually strong exhortation for us to pray.  Paul does not simply say that we should pray, but uses two qualifying words to stress that we should engage regularly and passionately in this blessed practice.

The first word, translated in the ESV by the words...