• The Beloved Brother

    We’re coming to our final days in our study of the book of Colossians. The final 7 verses of the chapter are filled with Paul making mention of several people. When names are recorded, it matters. There is a reason these individuals are included in Scripture and investigating and discovering these people’s lives provides us with instruction, inspiration, and helpful examples. The first name that Paul mentions in these closing verses is “Tychicus.” Paul refers to him as a beloved brother, as a faithful minister and a fellow servant “in the Lord.” Tychicus is also mentioned by Paul in Ephesians 6:21–22: [box]“So that you also may know how I am and what…

  • Salty Grace Talks and the Gospel

    The most common desire that women voice when talking to me about their marriage, is a deep longing for their husband to step up to the plate of spiritual leadership and live as a man of God. You may be married to a man who claims to be a Christian, but has very little interest in spiritual things. Sadly, I think that may be the case in many marriages, but part of your God-given assignment is to serve as “iron sharpening iron” by inspiring your husband to be the man God created him to be. Part of that assignment includes what I call “salty grace talks” where you graciously share truth and…

  • 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 single-focused on spreading God’s glory through sharing the gospel message. As he sits in the Roman prison penning this letter, it is for the purpose of sharing the gospel with Rome. Paul’s one focus was letting others see the risen Christ at work through his life and sharing how…