Andy Wood
Saved by grace, married to Grace, Dad to Elisha & Emmanuel.
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WWJD bracelets weren't a bad idea
Ephesians 5:1-2
Who we are in Christ makes a difference in every facet of our life
Ephesians 4:25-32
Don't leave your brain at the door when you follow Jesus.  Learn to think rightly!
Ephesians 4:17-24
Growing together, growing towards Jesus
Ephesians 4:1-16
It's all about his glory
Ephesians 3:20-21
Pray big!  God will do even more than you ask.
Ephesians 3:14-19
The glory of Jesus and the advance of the kingdom are worth suffering for!
Ephesians 3:7-13
Gentiles and Jews united in Christ!  Come behold the wondrous mystery!
Ephesians 3:1-6
Peace with God; peace with man.  All because of Jesus!
Ephesians 2:11-22
Saved for his glory. Saved by grace.  Saved for good works.
Ephesians 2:1-10
God loves it when we're relentless in our quest for more grace in us and in others
Ephesians 1:15-23
In Christ, we get everything!
Ephesians 1:11-14
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Ephesians 1:3-10
Like the song says:  count your blessings, count them one by one!
Ephesians 1:3-10
Ask for gratitude & clarity!  Display wisdom and gracious speech!
Colossians 4:2-6
Let's bring the aroma of Christ into every arena of life!
Colossians 3:18-4:1
The Christian life isn't complicated, but it will drive us to cry out for more grace!
Colossians 3:12-17
Does your everyday life look like you believe that Christ could return at any moment?
Colossians 3:5-11
The balm for every wound; the hope for every battle.
Romans 8:31-39
The Christian life doesn't happen by accident.  Empowered by the Spirit, we must seek & set!
Colossians 3:1-4
Born again believers must live a born again life!
Colossians 2:20-23
Christ has come!  Eat, drink, and worship to the glory of God!
Colossians 2:16-19
If we will ponder all that Christ is, gratitude and obedience should come easily, and the concept of leaving him should be unthinkable.
Colossians 2:6-15
Christ or the world!  Everyone belongs to someone.
Colossians 2:1-5
Suffer joyfully; preach confidently.  Christ is worth it all!
Colossians 1:24-29
Never get over the shock of the gospel!
Colossians 1:21-23
The Spirit is praying and the Father is working to make us like Jesus
Romans 8:26-30
Worship Jesus!
Colossians 1:15-20
Some of our most powerful and meaningful works of ministry are done on our knees in our prayer closet.
Colossians 1:9-14
Want to see God go to work in the lives of someone that you love?  Pray for them!  Want to show how much you love someone?  Pray for them!
Philippians 1:3-11
Not sure what to pray for?  You could a lot worse than to spend time thanking God for fruit in the lives of those around you!
Colossians 1:3-8
Prayer works, so work at prayer.
James 5:13-20
Mercy means more than just "not getting what you do deserve."  Mercy is imparitally meeting the needs of those who cannot benefit you
James 2:1-13
Clean out the junk, bring in the treasure, and then get to work.  There's joy to be had.
James 1:19-21
Temptation doesn't come from God, but everything good does.  Cling to those truths to endure the trials and win the prize.
James 1:12-15
The path of wisdom is laid out for us.  It's a hard path, but it's worth it.
James 1:2-11
God will give us what we need to endure, not what we need to coast
James 1:2-11
Love God by hating your sin and loving those who cannot help themselves
James 1:19-27
God only gives good gifts, but sometimes the gift is suffering.
James 1:12-18
Mercy means more than just "not getting what you do deserve."  Mercy is imparitally meeting the needs of those who cannot benefit you
James 2:1-13
Let us enter into every season of trial resolving to praise the Lord, not waiting to decide whether he deserves our praise or not.
Psalms 9:1-20
Dealing with doubt requires us to start from the proper place:  On our knees before God.  Once there, he'll open our eyes to see glory!
Psalm 73:16-28
Thank God for faith, hope, and love, and thank God for faithful teachers.
Colossians 1:3-8
Grace greater than we can possibly imagine
Isaiah 55:6-9
There is one source for grace and peace!
Colossians 1:1-2
God never chooses us and blesses us to hoard his blessings for ourselves.  Pass them on!
Colossians 1:1-2
Are you afraid to share the gospel?  Begin with gratitude!
Philippians 2:12-16
Life means relationships.  This passage explores what harmonious relationships should look like in the church.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-22
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Colossians 1:3-8
Faith, hope, and love in the hearts of once hellbound sinners is a miracle of God, so thank him over and over for them!
Published June 26th, 2021
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When we hear that someone is trusting in Christ, loving the saints, and setting their hope in heaven, it should cause us to be overflowing with gratitude to God in our prayers.
Colossians 1:3-8
f We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Our lips are full of grateful praise to our Heavenly Father
when we pray for you,
Everytime we go to him on your behalf
since we heard of g your faith in Christ Jesus
Ever since we received word of your trust in Jesus
and of g the love that you have for all the saints,
in addition to the fact that you're loving the brothers
because of h the hope i laid up for you in heaven.
This is love and faith is made possible because you're counting on receiving your reward from Jesus himself
Of this you have heard before in j the word of the truth, the gospel,
This message of faith, love, and hope is not unknown among you-this is the very message that was taught to you when you received the good news
which has come to you,
This is the message you're received
as indeed k in the whole world it is l bearing fruit and increasing—
In fact, it's the same message that the entire world has heard, more than just heard, it's the same message that's turning the world upside down!
as it also does among you,
As I'm sure that all of you can testify to the life-transforming power of the gospel as well
since the day you m heard it
And it's been working in you, making you more like Jesus, from the very first day that you heard it
and understood n the grace of God in truth,
And had the Spirit open your heart to receive the message as true
just as you learned it from o Epaphras our beloved p fellow servant. 1
And the true message is exactly what you learned from my much loved brother and fellow slave of Jesus, Epaphras.
He is p a faithful minister of Christ on your 2 behalf
This brother is a steadfast undershepherd of Jesus for you all
and has made known to us your q love in the Spirit.
And he has reported all of the affection generated by the spirit in you for us.
Brent Karding
just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant.
"Just as" is showing a Comparison. You could say that 6d-e is the Result of the Action in 7a, but "just as" shows that isn't the point, but rather a Comparison.
Brent Karding
as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—
6b relates only to 6a, not to 5b as well. With "as," Paul is comparing how the gospel came to them (6a) with how it has come to the rest of the world (6b).
Brent Karding
which has come to you,
Since 6a is a relative clause, it is an Explanation of 5b.
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