My Presents for God

Dave Gifford

READ : Colossians 1:28-29 . . . so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil and struggle . . . (vv. 28-29) I was surprised to learn that in Mexico “Christmas” gift-giving is actually done on January 6—Epiphany—when the church remembers the gold, frankincense, and myrrh that the magi brought to the baby Jesus. This holiday reminds us that Jesus is a light to the nations. Just as the magi brought gifts to Jesus, Paul …

World Vision

Dave Gifford

READ : Colossians 1:19-20 . . . through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven. . . (v. 20) Most days we can’t see the two snow-capped volcanoes that overlook Mexico City. The smog is too thick. This city is a reminder that as a human race we have strayed far from our calling to care for our world (Genesis 1:28). Paul tells us that the mission of Jesus Christ is …

All Hail King Jesus

Dave Gifford

READ : Colossians 1:15-20 . . . so that he might come to have first place in everything. (v. 18) Paul’s language approaches poetry as he speaks of Jesus the Messiah, the One to whom he has surrendered his life. Jesus, the image and fullness of God! Jesus, the creator and sustainer of all things! Jesus, the reconciler and the head of the church! This exalted description runs contrary to the way both ancient and contemporary people have diminished, neglected …

Where Is Home?

Dave Gifford

READ : Colossians 1:9-14 He has . . . transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son . . . (v. 13) Once in a while here in Mexico I catch myself mentioning that I miss some aspect of life in the United States, my home country. I feel at home here in Mexico, but part of me will always yearn for the way it was “back there” or “back then.” And the same thing happens to me when …

The Ups and Downs of Colossians

Dave Gifford

READ : Colossians 1:3-6 . . . because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. (v. 5) For the next few days we will look at Colossians. I’m hoping that my perspective as a missionary in Mexico City will help you see this letter in a new way. One recurring feature of Colossians is its “vertical” language. Paul talks about heaven and earth, things above and things below, and Christ being seated over all things. But verse 5 …