The Power of Prayer

Dan Unekis

READ : Colossians 4:1-18 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ. (v. 3 NIV) Toward the end of Paul’s letter to the believers in Colossae, he asks for their prayers as he proclaims the mystery of Christ. This petition has a few layers to it. First, Paul asks for prayer. This may not seem to merit extra consideration, but the fact that even the …

Radical Forgiveness

Dan Unekis

READ : Colossians 3:12-25 Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (v. 13 NIV) I grew up within the framework of a very black and white understanding of justice—an eye for an eye mentality. When I did something to upset my little brother, I would try to hide because I knew I would be punished according to the rule I had broken. My strict understanding of justice was accompanied by a difficulty in understanding the concept of grace. Although I have …

Time to Refocus

Dan Unekis

READ : Colossians 3:1-11 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (v. 2 NIV) My life as a seminary student is a busy whirlwind of activity. I must juggle class time, homework, internships, a job, a social life, and time to rest. I am well aware that this busyness will not subside after seminary, but it may change. The activities vying to occupy my time will be shaped by my context, but the busyness will not be …

Avoid the Extremes

Dan Unekis

READ : Colossians 2:13-23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom . . . but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. (v. 23 NIV) A pastor once told me that living as a Christian is like walking on a tightrope with perilous falls on either side. I often find myself tempted to turn toward unhealthy extremes in the faith rather than trying to stay on a “straight and narrow” road. In this section of Colossians Paul tackles …

Christ Is the Anchor

Dan Unekis

READ : Colossians 2:1-12 Continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him. (vv. 6-7 NIV) At age 11, I never would have guessed how much 6th grade life science would help me understand the Bible. I remember our teacher explaining how complex, necessary, and multifunctional the root system of a tree is. Not only is it the means through which the tree is fed but it also serves as an anchor for the otherwise unstable …

Christ Is the Head

Dan Unekis

READ : Colossians 1:1-23 And [Jesus] is the head of the body, the church. (v. 18 NIV) The Bible supplies many different images for the people of God. We are called the bride of Christ, a flock of sheep under the care of a watchful shepherd, a vine tended by a careful gardener. But the most frequently used image for the church is the body of Christ. The most complete explanation of the body of Christ is given in 1 …