All tagged Colossians 1

Colossians 1:24-29 — When the Bible, and Life, are Hard

There you are, trundling along, and you hit a speed bump—maybe you even smacked right into a wall—thump! Ever happen to you? Happen this month? Maybe this week? Maybe today? I am talking about when an area of your life is working, and lining up with how you think about that area of your life. Then it happens. It feels like it just does not fit; like you have just hit a wall. Why bring this up? Because if I am honest with you, there are days when I read the Bible and I hit a speed bump. We read today, “I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions…”

Colossians 1:15-23 — Most People Don’t Quit Organizations, They Leave Their Boss

What is your boss like? Really like? The research is solid. People quit their jobs, most of the time, because of their boss. There are times when people like their jobs and supervisors and are genuinely called to something bigger. However, the quality and character of the boss, the boss’s willingness to sacrifice for you, is the key factor in determining if you stay or leave. For many today, we want a boss we can look up to. This short little letter we are reading, in part, reminds us of the character and quality of our Lord, our Boss.

Colossians 1:3-14 — Reading Backwards

Have you ever started something, and as you began it made sense, but then you got stuck? I think of those picture mazes, with countless dead-ends. Sometimes it helps to start at the end and work backwards. Why bring this up? Because at times I get stuck midway through parts of this letter. Just as in his greeting, he is weaving in God and Jesus. Jesus and God are in his thinking, his praying, and his writing.