Comments from Colossians (Intro)

This past Saturday, my youngest son returned from a short-term missions trip to Mexico. As we debriefed on his remarkable experience, one comment in particular stood out. He recognized how important and valuable it is to be in the Word of God every day. It made a difference for him.

Many of my blog posts in the past have addressed various Christian themes and topics somewhat randomly. But I sense a shifting desire within myself, which I hope might resonate with you too.

Colossians.jpgIn recent years I have used my Lenten series to immerse myself in various parts of Scripture (Mark’s Gospel, the Psalms, Romans, and Jesus Questions). For the next little while, I’d like to meditate more deeply on Paul’s ancient letter to the believers in Colossae.

In our Bibles, Colossians comprises just 95 verses in total. My version prints it on just two-and-a-half pages. It’s very short, packed, and powerful.

So, with your kind indulgence, and Lord willing, I’d like to write a series of posts titled “Comments from Colossians,”  until we have passed through the entire letter.

Why Colossians?

It’s a church Paul may have visited, but quite possibly not. The church faced some unique challenges, particularly religious pluralism (and heresy). But Paul writes the letter as a circular letter, meaning he intended other congregations to circulate it and read it too (4:16). Colossians deals with more than just localized issues, yet central to the letter is this glorious theme: The supremacy and all-sufficiency of Christ. What a crucial message for our own day and lives.

So, I’m excited to jump into the letter to the Colossians as a way to open up issues for our own spiritual formation and growth.

Thanks ALWAYS, for sharing this journey of faith with me. I am honored and privileged to have your company, and look forward to what God may have in store for us through this part of His Word.

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22 Responses to Comments from Colossians (Intro)

  1. Michelle says:

    My Divine Connections group is unpacking Colossians now so look forward to sharing this with them.

    • David Timms says:

      Michelle, thanks for your encouragement … and for re-tweeting those Lenten reflections. Very gracious of you to do so. Blessings to you and your Divine Connections group.

      — David

  2. Tim Lentz says:

    Thank you for the Lenten series (every year)!! I always look forward to the daily devotions, reflection, and challenge! I look forward to this journey though Colossians as well! Thank you!

  3. Looking forward to this series. The core of my Easter message yesterday was from Col. 2.11-15, and I taught through Colossians last spring.

  4. Nonda Brown says:

    I am excited to go on this journey with you!

  5. Judy Bergmann says:

    Thanks for posting. I’m looking forward to your series on Colossians.

    Judy Bergmann

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  6. Sue Blake says:

    Thanks David for your preparation and devotion to the Word, so that I can draw on it too.

  7. Beth Smyth says:

    Thank you David for this most recent series, for the insight, encouragement and challenges. B and I excited for this next series.

  8. Ken says:

    The Colossian Syncretism: the interface between Christianity and folk belief at Colossae by Clinton Arnold is excellent on syncretism vs the Gospel, and one of my favourite books is Colossians Remixed: subverting the empire by Walsh & Keesmart. Happy reading!

  9. Kim Youngquist says:

    Permission granted. I look forward to what the Lord will reveal. Kim y

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  10. Ted Bjorem says:

    looking forward to the journey, Colossians is a favorite with me too, one of the very first studies I share when starting in a new church situation.

  11. Paul Fricker says:

    It was a verse from Colossians (1:23) that re-awakened my dormant faith because as a child I made a promise to God and the backend of this verse confirmed God’s call on my life. Thanks for the encouragement

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