Another Red Letter Day

The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (Jesus)

Pray with me…

Colossians 1 has one of those wonderful “Paul prayers.”

Join me today in praying for someone who the Lord has put on your heart. I am using the pronoun ‘him,’ but you can obviously substitute ‘her’ or a persons name.

That you may be filled with the knowledge of His will…

I pray he would know with the same depth that he is known by You, Your will for him, not just what You wants him to do, but…

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Dead is Dead

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If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, - Colossians 2:20

Often I hear folks talk as though there is no hope for them to ever walk in a way pleasing to the Father as long as they are in this fallen world. Does that ring a bell?

Paul asks an intriguing question here, which betrays…

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What “ALL” is that?

What “ALL” is that?

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:16

Have you ever noticed that the ALL things that Paul lists here are all of one group?

Notice first what he does not list.

He doesn’t list trees and stars and eyeballs and magnesium.

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The accumulation of Hope

The accumulation of Hope

I ran across this phrase in my reading this morning:

…because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, – Colossians 1:5

I love the idea that there is a stock pile of hope being accumulated for me in heaven. Some translators turn it around to sound more like I am looking forward with expectation for all the good that is awaiting me in heaven, and I am ok with that.

But this morning when I read that…

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Unique

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But my dove, my perfect one, is unique:

Song of Songs 6:9 NASB

That’s right – You’re Unique – just like everyone else.

No really though – the bride, this one who is pursuing the Lord is set apart and without compare in the courts of the Lord.

I know it’s been said a brazilian times, but there is only one you, and you just have not gotten it yet.

You know how I know?

You are still trying to be…

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But That’s Impossible – Update

But That’s Impossible – Update

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A couple weeks ago I was pondering some red letters:

And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.Matthew 17:20

This weekend I am attending a wonderful conference in Harrisburg PA, and one of…

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Seedless Christians?

Originally posted on Mustard Seed Budget:

seedless ChristiansSeedless watermelons have been engineered so that you don’t have to spit. You can devour sweet, wet, red fruit without the hassle of separating out the seeds. Scientists have also genetically engineered seedless grapes, bananas, oranges, lemons, tomatoes. They are a contradiction in terms because fruit is defined by the seeds they carry.

So too, the…

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The Mystery of the Ages … but

The Mystery of the Ages … but

The indwelling Christ!

… so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, … – Colossians 1:25-27

So based on what I’m seeing here, Jesus – God – is going to…

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The Mystery of the Ages

The Mystery of the Ages

… so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, … – Colossians 1:25-27

Paul speaks of a hidden mystery, hidden for all the ages of the past, given to Him…

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Whose in the Pews? – SoS Saturday   

Whose in the Pews? – SoS Saturday   

There are sixty queens and eighty concubines,
And maidens without number; 

Song of Songs 6:8 

Confession time:

The temptation to skip this verse was strong because – well – queens, concubines and maidens?

I’ve read a few other people’s comments on it, and thought about outright plagiarism – not a good choice.

So I went into that solemn place of prayer with my Father and said “What in the…

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