June 27 – Final Instructions

June 27 – Final Instructions

As Colossians concludes, Paul gives his final instructions to this church facing a challenging moment. Even as he has encouraged them to relate well to each other, he now reminds them that they are part of a bigger mission. Thus, to embrace the mindset of Christ is also to embrace the mission of Chr…

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June 20 – Transformed Relationships

June 20 – Transformed Relationships

A popular slogan states that you can be so “heavenly minded” that you are of no “earthly good.” By contrast, Paul says that it’s actually a “heavenly” mindset that transforms our everyday relationships. This section of Colossians contains a household code, which focuses on the foundational relations…

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June 13 – Can We Really Change, Part 2

June 13 – Can We Really Change, Part 2

So often in Christian circles, the predominant messages we hear are “don’t do this” and “stay away from that.” Consequently, for some, Christianity is simply about avoiding sinful behavior. However, Paul realizes that this isn’t the authentic way to follow Christ. Paul argues that foundational Chris…

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June 6 – Can We Really Change, Part 1

June 6 – Can We Really Change, Part 1

If we are honest, at times, we see in ourselves, and also in others, tendencies that can damage and destroy relationships. What can we do? Can we really change? In Colossians 3, Paul argues that change is possible as we live out our new identity in Christ. Central to this change is the process of “p…

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May 30 – Who Do You Think You Are

May 30 – Who Do You Think You Are

As Paul encourages the Colossians to engage their situation well and not be deceived by false teaching, he highlights the importance of clear thinking. Their self-understanding must be shaped by “setting their minds on things above.” Interestingly, before Paul talks about changing their behavior, he…

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