“To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.” — Colossians 1:29 (NIV) I just love the Apostle Paul’s perspective on life and ministry! Notice whose energy he worked with. No, this is not a typo. Paul intentionally stated that he works with the “energy” of God that powerfully…

“the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. ” — Colossians (1:26–27, NIV) In these two verses the word mystery is…

“For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” — Colossians 1:19–20 (NIV) The great theologians of the past were right — it always goes back…

“giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” — Colossians 1:12–14 (NIV)…

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all…

“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing…

“All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth.” — Colossians 1:6 (NIV) As we struggle in the United States to properly identify ourselves as Christians in our culture, it is good…

“To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.” — Colossians 1:2 (NASB) This morning we begin a series of devotions on the book of Colossians. This is a letter written by the apostle Paul. It was common, in those days, to have a…

“‘As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me,’ declares the Lord, ‘so will your name and descendants endure. From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me,’ says the Lord.” — Isaiah 66:22–23 (NIV) “So will your name ……

“All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations.” — Isaiah 65:2 (NIV) Now, here is a verse that describes the problem of our age. We pursue our own imaginations into ways that are not good and that put us into an…

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