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REBLOGGED from Utah Lutheran by Rev. Bror Erickson

Col. 1:9-14 (ESV)
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, [10] so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. [11] May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, [12] giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. [13] He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, [14] in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Preaching on the Epistles can be a challenge. They are so straight forward, often times you read them and wonder what needs to be said. The epistles themselves are really sermons, they were meant to be read in the congregation, most of them predate the gospels. They leave little up for the imagination. In this way I think they are great for the young Christian, the novice reading scripture. They were meant for the novice, they were meant for the newly converted, they are preaching to them.
Yet the thing about the Epistles, this one included, is that what they have to say flies in the face of what so many believe, that often there is a tendency to miss what is said.

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http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-father-who-qualified-you.html

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