In addition to his thanksgiving on behalf of the Colossians, Paul also prays that they would be filled with the knowledge of God’s will. It is only through a deep personal knowledge of God that one can truly grow up into maturity in Christ producing good fruit.
In his letter, Paul is writing to the Colossians with one great desire – that they should grow into full Christian maturity. ‘Grace’ sees Christian life and growth as the free gift of God; ‘peace’ encompasses not merely personal ‘peace’ of mind and heart, but all the wider blessings of belonging to God’s covenant family.
Jesus’ provocative words to the religious elites are a striking reminder that it is much easier to build tombs and decorate monuments to dead prophets that it is to hear and receive the prophetic word in the present. Let us commit to being doers not merely hearers of the word.
When He Comes (Matthew 25:31-46)
Jesus’ words in Matthew 25 are a striking reminder that the Holy Spirit is not our ticket out of here, but divine power to serve.
Our Mother Who Art In Heaven (Genesis 1:27)
Humans, not just men but also women, were created in the image of God. Today we celebrate and honor every mother (biological, traditional, unusual, scandalous. . .) as a unique reflection of the divine image in our world.
Holy Go! (Isaiah 6:1-8)
Isaiah’s vision reminds us that the Holy transforms and commissions us. Let us seek God’s reality, let us pursue holiness!
Holy: Wholeness (Isaiah 6:1-8)
In addition to true seeing ourselves, the majesty of God enables us to see another aspect of the Holy, that is wholeness. The glory of the Lord fills the whole earth. The Holy is everywhere!
Holy: Creature-Consciousness (Isaiah 6:1-8)
The awesome and mysterious aspects of the Holy come together to produce a third aspect — a deep awareness of our creature-ness.
Holy: Mystery (ISAIAH 6:1-8)
Isaiah’s vision invites us to consider the “and more” quality of God’s reality.
Holy: Awesome (Isaiah 6:1-8)
Isaiah’s vision reminds us that there is more to reality than the ordinary.