Category Archives: Prison letters

November 9 – Prison Letters – Your Story

Read Acts 9:1-31 I suppose it is the ultimate irony.  The one, who, for some time, hated anything and anyone having to do with Christ, would himself embrace Jesus as his own Messiah.  The one, who was antagonistic towards any and … Continue reading

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November 8 – Prison Letters – The Name of Jesus

Read Acts 3:1-4:31 In anticipation of President Obama’s first inauguration, there were perhaps more questions about the inaugural prayer than any other aspect of the milestone event.  President Obama, you see, had asked evangelical pastor Rick Warren to offer the prayer.  … Continue reading

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November 7 – Prison Letters – Boldness

Read Matthew 14:1-12 The “Prison Letters” of Paul include those written by the apostle while in a Roman prison:  Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon.  Over the past three weeks, we have read through those fascinating books.  Now, over these next few … Continue reading

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November 6 – Prison Letters – A Long & Difficult Trip

Read Philemon 1-25 Some of the longest and most difficult trips I have ever made have only been ones across town or to the other side of the room.  These are journeys not measured in terms of miles or hours, but … Continue reading

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November 5 – Prison Letters – Feeling Insignificant?

Read Colossians 4:7-18 Chances are, you have been part of a conversation where other people are talking about their mutual friends that you have never met.  Your head probably turned politely in the direction of the person who was talking while … Continue reading

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November 4 – Prison Letters – Missional Praying

Read Colossians 4:2-6 Have you ever felt like Peter, James, and John in the Garden of Gethsemane?  Do you remember their story?  In realization of the full weight of what would transpire on the cross, Jesus invited these three to go … Continue reading

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November 3 – Prison Letters – Relationships Revisited

Read Colossians 3:18-4:6 It is unfortunate that many have the inaccurate stereotype of the Scriptures that it is somehow irrelevant and dominated by seemingly useless historical information.  Paul said, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful . . .” (2 Tim. … Continue reading

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November 2 – Prison Letters – From Death to Life

Read Colossians 3:1-17 “…you were dead in your sins…”  “…God made you alive with Christ…” “…you died with Christ…” (Col. 2:13, 20) Apart from the written revelation of God in Colossians 2 (with parallel ideas in Ephesians 2 and Romans 6), … Continue reading

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November 1 – Prison Letters – Move on to Transformation and Maturity!

Read Colossians 2:1-23 Paul wasn’t the only one trying to influence the Colossian believers.  Just as he, from a distance, prayed and wrote in order that they might be “complete in Christ” (1:28), so too, others were also trying to lead … Continue reading

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October 31 – Prison Letters – Stagnation not Allowed

Read Colossians 1:1-2:1 Have you ever received a personal letter or e-mail from a complete stranger?  Have you ever written a letter like that?  If so, it likely started out with something like, “You don’t know me but . . .” … Continue reading

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