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A Chapter a Day | by Caroline Coleman A Chapter a Day by Caroline Coleman Search Main menu Skip to primary content Skip to secondary content Home menu of all posts how to read the bible contact about a chapter a day Post navigation ← Older posts on alienation: Colossians 1 Posted on November 12, 2016 by Caroline Coleman Reply read Colossians 1. The alienation of man is a persistent theme of modern culture. Man is presented as alienated from others, nature and himself. There is a flinty realism in our worldview. It resists pat or sentimental solutions. Far from condemning this stark view, the Bible affirms it–but goes a step further. Paul specifically says in the first chapter of Colossians that we are “alienated and enemies.” But our biggest problem, from which our other alienations stem, is our alienation from God. In pointing out the true source of our isolation and estrangement, the Bible points the way to the solution: Jesus offers a costly, thorny way in to reconciliation and deep unity not just with God but with all of creation. Long before it became trendy to discuss alienation, the Bible offered an even flintier realism. Two thousand years ago, Paul wrote that humans are subject to an “alienation” so extreme that we are under the “power of darkness.” The Bible claims we couldn’t break free of it by ourselves. Instead, Jesus’ blood accomplished what we couldn’t. Paul here writes that Jesus “reconciled” us to God in the body of his flesh through death. He writes that Jesus “translated us” into the Kingdom of the Son of His love. Paul says that in Jesus “all things are held together.” Jesus reconciled “all things to himself.” He made peace through the blood of the cross. What does this mean? Paul is explaining how in a very fundamental sense we are knit together in the actual body of Jesus. Or, as Paul puts it “the mystery which has been hidden for ages and generations. But now it has been revealed to his saints…which is Christ in you.” We are one in Christ. United with Christ, who was perfect, means that we, too, are presented to God as “holy and without defect and blameless before him.” We are seen as “perfect in Christ Jesus.” In other words, salvation means that Jesus gives us his union with God. This union extends from God to others. All who believe become “our brothers and sisters in Christ.” So when we feel alienated, we can use it as a gift, as truth is always a gift. We can admit that without God, we sit in darkness. By looking to the cross, we can be translated to the kingdom of light, where we are united with God and one with others. Knowing this, remembering this, and accepting this will cause us to pray for others, knit together in the heart, soul and mind of our Savior. posted by Caroline Coleman on November 12, 2016 (photo is of sunset in Locust Valley) Share this: Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Google Email Reddit Posted in Colossians | Tagged alienation | Leave a reply what feeling like a phony taught me: Phil. 4 Posted on July 30, 2016 by Caroline Coleman 4 Phil. 4. It has been four months since my last post. But even though I read this chapter so many times I could have memorized it, I couldn’t write about it. Why? Because among other provocative things, it says: “do not be anxious about anything.” Not be anxious about anything? Ever?! But what about… what about… what about… well, what about everything?! I told myself that before I could write about Philippians 4, I had to start doing what it says. I had to attack all and any anxiety, big and small, with the secret recipe here provided. But I procrastinated. And procrastinated. So I felt like a phony every time I tried to write. And what’s the point of writing a phony Christian blog? None. But after a while, as always when we procrastinate something that we know will transform our lives, the pressure built …and built …until it exploded–and boom. I had to capitulate. I started at least trying to do what Paul says to do. As always, when we obey something that feels unnatural, it brought surprising results. Here’s what happened: A. Paul’s Eight Secrets to Peace First, we will briefly examine Paul’s eight secrets to peace. Beware. If you’d rather stay stuck in anxiety, fears, self-sufficiency and denial, like I apparently did, go read those other articles. You know. The ones about getting a man and losing a wrinkle. If you want to find supernatural peace–even when you lose a man and the wrinkles bunker down and stay–here’s what to do: 1. Rejoice First, Paul asks us to “rejoice in the Lord, always”. He repeats himself: “I say it again: rejoice.” So if we want joy we are to rejoice? Isn’t that a tautology? And what if we don’t feel joyful? The key phrase is that we should rejoice “in the Lord.” Rejoicing in our circumstances doesn’t bring lasting joy, because circumstances fluctuate. And no matter how great some circumstances are, we always have a ground note of despair because of other circumstances. So what does Paul mean when he says to rejoice “in the Lord”? Well, if we believe in Christ, Jesus comes to live inside us. He forgives us for our sin. And He promises us that He has a good plan for us, even when we can’t see it. So we get to have a dance party with God anytime we want. Sound stupid? Haven’t you ever watched someone dancing to loud music all by themselves, off in their own world, in their room or alone in a dance studio, and felt a mixture of wonder and envy? Of course. We all have. But that’s the kind of rejoicing we are invited to do any time we want–and all those times we don’t want. We rejoice because we believe that God has a good plan and that He loves us. We rejoice because God made us for a loving relationship with Him, and that love buoys us through all, throughout all time. 2. Be gentle Paul says to “let your gentleness be evident to all.” Phil. 4:5. But how can our gentleness be “evident” to all if we’re not being gentle? Whoops. So where do we find this gentleness to claim as our own? Again, it comes from Jesus, the strong gentle, who lives inside us when we invite him in as our savior. So if we’re a believer, we just have to figure out how to get out of Christ’s way; we need to let the Jesus in us be evident to all. The only way to do that, I think, is to spend time with Jesus, in humility. And if you’re not a believer yet, then please do ask him to forgive and save you. Now! You’ll never regret it. 3. Think about the lovely Paul also says: “brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Phil. 4:8. Just reading those words relaxes me. But it also convicts me; whenever I try to do it, I am struck by how little I am actually thinking about the lovely. I think something excellent on “purpose” and discover how different it is from whatever thought was on autoplay in my brain. This verse is a perfect example of how we don’...

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