Because Christians are sometimes tempted to add human traditions to the teaching about Jesus, Colossians 2:6-15 reminds us that the fullness of God dwells in him and that believers are full in him.
In the middle of writing about his sufferings for the church, Paul explained that the message he preached was a mystery hidden for generations and finally revealed in Christ.
In Colossians 1:15-23, Paul and Timothy exalted the Son as the agent of creation and the agent of the reconciliation of all things, including us.
In prayer, the natural counterpart of giving thanks is to make requests. Together, thanking and requesting help us live out the uniquely Christian combination of persevering with joy.
In the thanksgiving section of Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he recognized their faith and love, which were based on their certain hope.
In his final sermon in Haggai 2:20-23, the prophet continued to show how God would shake things up in order to bring in his kingdom.
After showing the people in Haggai 2:10-19 that it is easier to get dirty than clean, God pointed the way forward to the only way to become clean before him.
After noting how little the people had accomplished, in Haggai 2:1-9 God told them to be strong because of his presence with them.
By being with his people in Haggai 1:12-15, God stirred them up to return to him and receive the blessings he had promised in his covenant with Israel.
When our life is off center, the result is dissatisfaction. In Haggai 1:1-11, God calls us to center our lives on him.