Saturday Morning Musings

Posted: June 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

I try to set Saturday apart as a day when I slip away to the quiet place (my office) to prepare my heart for Sunday.  While not always successful, I more often than not am able to do so; and today is one of those days.

Today I have been reading Colossians Chapter One and although Paul was writing to the church in Colosse.  I felt as if he were writing right to me.  Colossians 1:1,2 NLT

This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy. 2We are writing to God’s holy people in the city of Colosse, who are faithful brothers and sisters in Christ. May God our Father give you grace and peace.

I pray that Paul’s prayer, proclamation, and instruction will strike a chord in our hearts that will bring forth a fervent desire to live in harmony with Christ.  Colossians 1: 9-23:

9 So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.

11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy,[c]12 always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light.13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.

Christ Is Supreme

15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
16 for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together.
18 Christ is also the head of the church,
which is his body.
He is the beginning,
supreme over all who rise from the dead.
So he is first in everything.
19 For God in all his fullness
was pleased to live in Christ,
20 and through him God reconciled
everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.

21 This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. 22 Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.

23 But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it.

I encourage you today to try and find a quiet place where you  can read and meditate on these words of scripture.

John

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Comments
  1. Paul Beltis says:

    Thank you brother John. You probably have no idea how many lives you impact through your blog, ministry, prayers, & example. I thank God for you & Beth, and look forward to joining you in your work for the Kingdom. About a month ago you prayed for me & a decision I was wrestling with; praise God, He showed me the direction & i made the decision. On October 15th I will retire from the business world & engage full-time in ministry, together with my wife Judy. So be on the lookout for a couple more Bostonians (actually Braintree & Randolph) coming your way! May God continue to Bless you brother; even while you root for those evil-empire Yankees.

  2. johnmchoul says:

    Praise God October 15th will be a victorious day. Still praying.

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