Wednesday May 19, 2021

Wednesday – May 19th – Colossians 4:2-3      -----     
 
 4:2 Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;
3 meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains,
4 that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:
      WHEN IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT GOD CARES, THAT’S EXACTLY WHEN WE MUST TRUST THAT HE DOES.*
 
    Welcome to Wednesday and our mid-point of this week. What has been the best part of this week for you? What are you looking forward to before this week is finished?  I know I am looking forward to the Friday night Gospel Music sing-along at the SunRise O’Fallon campus. Yes, beginning at 7pm we will dust off some of the classics from the hymnal, as well as, bust out with the influential songs of our Christian raising. Bring your voice and invite your friends so we all can make a joyful noise to the Lord. Who knows – your favorite all time hymn, might be one that was selected. If so, we will gladly hand you a microphone and let you help led us down memory lane. This is also a great way to teach the hymns of the faith to a younger generation of believers – so invite away!
 
   In our pick verses for today we officially open the last chapter of Paul’s letter to the believers in Colosse. Paul begins these last seventeen verses by setting forth some general instructions to the church community on prayer and witnessing. The prayers of the believers must be vigilant, earnest, and filled with heart-felt thanksgiving. Prayer should also be directed toward the furtherance of the Gospel message in being shared wherever we may be located. Even while in prison, Paul felt the leading of prayer to open the doors of opportunity to witness to those who were assigned by the Roman government to keep a watchful eye on him. Paul used this “chained-up” moment to witness to his trust in Christ and to share the Good News of the Gospel of salvation so all in his presence to hear. Friends, our witness in times of suffering can have a greater impact on those just outside our group than on those in our circle. Next time you are in a group take a moment to see who might be eavesdropping from the edge on your words or actions. Are they seeing a positive representation of our being a reliable follower of Jesus?

Blessings
   Pastor Jim
Thursday – May 20th – Colossians 4:5-6

*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Kindle Locations 26532-26533). Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
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