Finishing well

So I’ve kinda fallen off the wagon.  The Colossians devotions wagon.  I have lots of excuses: Got back from vacation and had lots of laundry. Back to school sports physicals, supply shopping, PTO preparations (am I really a co-president again this year?) Working with a new publisher to finally see the Dare2Hope Jeremiah Bible study in print (yea Abingdon). But in reality, I just find starting easier than finishing. Especially when in my mind, “its almost done.”  I’ve thought about Colossians everyday, but then I get distracted with other things and think: “I’ll do it tomorrow.”   This goes right along with the end of Colossians.  Paul spends his final …

Laundry and Prayer

Colossians 4:1-5 “Masters, be just and fair to your slaves. Remember that you also have a Master—in heaven. Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.  Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains.  Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should. Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.” Background: As Paul begins the last chapter in Colossians, he …

Audience of One

Colossians 3:18-25 “Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting for those who belong to the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly. Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged. Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord. Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your …