Trials Can Foster Growth in Faith (Fri. Oct. 4)

The word of the day is “encourage .”  In our reading of Colossians 2:1-7, St. Paul encourages the believers in Colossae who face the challenge of false teachers who threaten to undermine their faith.  He commends them for their “good order and steadfastness of their faith” (vs.5). Paul rejoices in their persistence despite the persuasiveness of the heretics (vs. 4). The Apostle discloses his “great conflict” for those in Colossae, neighboring Laodicea,  and others in the region that he has not seen face to face (vs. 1).  From the Greek word for “conflict,” we get the English word “agony.”  Paul is saying that he is in agony for the believers because of the external threat to their faith (Strong’s #73,5). Ways of…

Encouraged to Endure (Fri. Nov. 12)

The word of the day is “encourage.”  In our reading of Colossians 2:1-7, St. Paul encourages the believers in Colossae who face the challenge of false teachers who threaten to undermine their faith.  He commends them for their “good order and steadfastness of their faith” (vs.5). Paul rejoices in their persistence despite the persuasiveness of the heretics (vs. 4). The apostle discloses his “great conflict” for those in Colossae, neighboring Laodicea,  and others in the region that he has not seen face to face. (vs. 1).  From the Greek word for “conflict,” we get the English word “agony.”  Paul is saying that he is in agony for the believers because of the external threat to their faith (Strong’s #73,5). Ways of…