Paul’s Prayer for the Colossians, Col 1:9-14

As with some of his other epistles, Paul told the Colossians, in Col 1:9-12, what he had been praying for them.  See Eph 1:16-19, for example.  Paul’s prayer for the Colossians was that they might: Be filled with the knowledge of his will – Col 1:9 – several verses in...

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The Perfecting of the Saints, Eph 4:11-16

In Eph 4:11-16, pastors and teachers are given to the church for the perfecting of the saints.  Saints are perfected for the work of the ministry and for the edifying of the body of Christ.  In verse 16, “every part maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of ITSELF...

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Abstain from Fornication, 1 Thes 4:3-5

Abstain from Fornication 1 Thes 4:3-5 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO People often inquire about the will of God for their lives.  Well, in several texts in the Bible you can find the will of God, clearly and unmistakably.  Such is the case with our text today.  The will of God in...

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In Due Season Gal 6:9

In Due Season Gal 6:9 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO Gal 6:9 says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”  The phrase in this verse that is critical to successful reaping is, “in due season.”  You see the trouble...

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Arm Yourselves 1 Pet 4:1-5

Arm Yourselves 1 Pet 4:1-5 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO In 1 Pet 4:1-5, Peter tells us to arm yourselves likewise with the same mind, the mind that Christ had.  As Christ suffered in the flesh for sin to free us from sin, so we have suffered in the flesh and are...

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Seven Elements of Christian Character, Eph 5:15-21

There are seven key elements of Christian character found in Eph 5:15-21.  These are not all the qualities of Christian character.  But these are certainly seven of the most essential. If you are missing any of these in your life, you are going to struggle in some areas of your...

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Deciding What To Do, Est 8:5

When you’re trying to figure out what to do, there are some instructions in Est 8:5 that will help you to decide.  The verse is not exhaustive on the subject, but it is a good verse that gives us four things to consider when we’re trying to decide what to...

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He Shall Bring It to Pass, Ps 37:4-5

I discovered a very important principle recently.  We pray to God for him to bring our requests to pass.  And when we are urgent about getting the answer, we go straight to him with the request.  We need an answer and we want it now.  With this approach, we have...

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Purpose in Your Heart, Acts 11:22-24

In Acts 11:22-24, Barnabas exhorted the church at Antioch “that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.”  To purpose in your heart to do something is to become so resolved that nothing will change your mind.  For instance, in Is 14:24-27, the Lord purposed to break the...

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Men Preparing for Marriage, Part I Eph. 5:25

Men Preparing for Marriage Eph. 5:25 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO Men preparing for marriage should be much more concerned with preparing themselves than with finding a woman.  As a man, here are some practical and spiritual things that you can do to prepare for your marriage, even long before you...

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