The Undivided Heart

What is your heart’s all consuming focus? Do you have one? Do you have a single-hearted focus or is your heart anxious and troubled about many things? Is it filled with an abundance of “good things” that undermine the most important one thing? (Visualize Martha and Mary.) As we’ve been studying the book of Colossians, we’ve seen Paul’s “undivided heart.” Paul’s heart was...

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Paul’s Heart to Pray

What specific prayers are you praying for your family and closest friends? If you’re a mom, do you know what your children are struggling with right now? Do you know their deepest desires and longings? Are you interceding for them in prayer for specific areas of spiritual growth? If you’re married, what about your husband—do you pray for his protection from evil? Do you know the details of...

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Real People with Real Struggles

Did you spend some time reading Colossians four yesterday? Did anything pique your interest? Unless we dig a bit beneath the surface, we might miss some important details hidden in this small concluding chapter. Paul lists several names—these were real people with real hurts and challenges. His list includes one who would later betray him as well as one who Paul experienced a sharp conflict...

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Reviewing Our Study Process

Way back in August (seems like a long time ago, doesn’t it?) we started on a journey to study the book of Colossians together. I hope you’ve enjoyed digging into this precious book. Today we come to the final chapter, and before I give you questions to answer for that chapter, I want to review the pattern of study that I gave you way back in the beginning. It’s an approach to studying that...

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Is God Putting His Finger on Anything?

We’ve been studying the book of Colossians for several weeks and I hope you’ve become more familiar with this important letter. Chapter three has issued several practical challenges and gives us instruction for living out the gospel in our relationship with others. Has God shown you anything, any habit, or any way of treating others, that doesn’t line up with His Word? If God has placed His...

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