Chains and grace

Paul’s closing line in Colossians is “I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.” Sam Storms on Colossians 4:18 ….But why call on them to “remember” his “chains”? Certainly he’s not asking for pity. The last thing he wanted was for them to shift their focus from … More Chains and grace

July 9 Colossians 4:10-18

July 9 Colossians 4:10-18 (ESV) 10 Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions—if he comes to you, welcome him), 11 and Jesus who is called Justus. These are the only men of the circumcision among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been … More July 9 Colossians 4:10-18

Piper: The God who loves to be asked for things

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2 John Piper relates this story in a sermon, “Devote Yourselves to Prayer” There is a story about D. L. Moody making a visit to Scotland in the 1800’s and opening one of his talks at a local grade school with the rhetorical question, … More Piper: The God who loves to be asked for things

July 8 Colossians 4:1-9

July 8 Colossians 4:1-9 (ESV) 4:1 Masters, treat your slaves [1] justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven. Further Instructions 2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of … More July 8 Colossians 4:1-9

July 7 Colossians 3:15-25

July 7 Colossians 3:15-25 (ESV) 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts … More July 7 Colossians 3:15-25

Worship = to act in a way that reflects the value of the glory of God

whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father —Colossians 3:17 John Piper on worship: So you can see what is happening in the New Testament. Worship is being significantly de-institutionalized, de-localized, de-ritualized. The whole thrust is being taken off … More Worship = to act in a way that reflects the value of the glory of God