Entries by suzie

Friday 8 September, 2017

The key sentence in this passage, in the middle of all the fine things Paul says about Philemon, is verse 6. This is what he’s praying for: he’s praying that the partnership which he and Philemon share in the gospel will be productive, will have the effect it’s meant to. The word Paul uses for […]

Thursday 7 September, 2017

So there are 2 things that strike me in this passage. Firstly, in spite of his extreme circumstances Paul’s great concern was for was for his fellow believers, their encouragement, growth and welfare, not for his own safety and security. His ability to minister was not dependant on his circumstances being sweet. Secondly, although Paul’s […]

Wednesday 6 September, 2017

“Devote yourselves to Prayer…” Paul gives us a brief master class in prayer. Paul’s recommendation on the attitude of prayer: be attentive (his words: watchful) be thankful This may take some practice, but it is pretty straight forward. Paul’s focal points for prayer: more opportunity for sharing the good news of Jesus, good clarity when […]

Tuesday 5 September, 2017

Cause and effect. This passage has lots of causes and effects. Truly understanding that we are God’s dearly loved, chosen and holy people causes me to put on mercy, kindness and above all love; and to express that by not being proud, and being gentle, patient, tolerant and forgiving. Having Christ’s word truly live in […]

Monday 4 September, 2017

My life is not found in the things of this world that pass away. My life is found in the eternal, in the one and only God. Everybody will see this and know this when Christ returns and I am raised back to life. Right now I know it, a new Spirit has come to […]

Sunday 3 September, 2017

I like to call this passage of the Bible “The Matrix passage” because it lines up so beautifully with the plot of the movie “The Matrix” starring Keanu Reeves. In the movie, we are told by the writers that many people live in a dream, and only by waking up to the reality of how […]

Saturday 2 September, 2017

This passage sits in the mist of Paul’s argument against those who have come into the Colossian church and have tried to get the believers to again submit or to continue to worship false gods, beliefs & rules. “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!” other than quoting these deceivers, what I see […]

Friday 1 September, 2017

Don’t let anyone condemn you. Paul helps me to understand that any thoughts of condemnation do not come from Christ (v19). Christ Jesus does not condemn me because of anything I do or don’t do, he simply does not condemn me. I don’t actually need anyone to condemn me, I do a good job of […]

Thursday 31 August, 2017

“and you have been given fullness in Christ”:v 10. What a wonderful gift from God! “Fullness” I take to mean everything. Christ “is the head over every power and authority” and by this authority he has beaten the power of sin over us, which was cutting us off from God. Through him we have salvation. […]