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Man standing in an open door - Pray for open doors

Pray for Open Doors – Colossians 4:3-4

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Pray for open doors to effective service. And that you would be faithful to walk through the doors he opens, producing fruit that will last.

A group on the beach - Be devoted to one another with mutual love.

Devoted to One Another with Mutual Love – Romans 12:10

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As a community of believers, be committed to each other. Not just having casual relationships but being devoted to one another in love.

The Olympic Mountains: All the Fullness of Deity in Bodily Form

All the Fullness of Deity in Bodily Form – Colossians 2:9-10

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Give your allegiance to Jesus, the one who is fully God and fully human. Jesus is the head over all of creation, physical and spiritual.

All Creation Is By and For Jesus

All Creation Is By and For Jesus – Colossians 1:16

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Creation began in the mind of Christ–he is the designer. He is also the agent of creation–the one who created. And the creation was for him.

Forgiveness signs: Two ways to respond to an offense

Two Ways to Respond to an Offense – Proverbs 17:9

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Will we forgive and promote love and unity within the body? Or will we tell others about the offense, allowing it to cause division?

Four women sitting around a table - The women at the cross

The Women at the Cross – John 19:25

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Who were the women at the cross? Some are well known. But there is one mystery woman. Is she the mother of James and John and sister of Mary?

A hand holding a globe: The Spirit Works to Convicts the World

The Spirit Works to Convict the World – John 16:8-11

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The Holy Spirit convicts the world of its sin, the righteousness of Christ, and the judgment that awaits those who reject Christ.

Where there are no oxen

Where There Are No Oxen – Proverbs 14:4

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Are we willing to invest time and effort in sharing the good news with the world around us, producing an abundant harvest for the kingdom?

A fruit basket: Recognized by your fruit

Recognized by Your Fruit – Matthew 7:20

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Is the fruit of the Spirit growing and developing in your life? If so, you can have assurance that you are connected to the life of Christ.

A vineyard: pruning fruitful branches

Pruning Fruitful Branches – John 15:1-2

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But we can rejoice in the Father's pruning because it enables us to be even more fruitful, producing a harvest of righteousness and peace

Live worthy of your calling

Live Worthy of Your Calling – Ephesians 4:1

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A hope that does not impact your life now is just an empty hope. Live a life that is worthy of your calling and of the hope that awaits you.

Person silhouetted by the sunset: The relationship between glory and suffering.

The Relationship Between Glory and Suffering – John 13:31

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Jesus was glorified on the cross. And God was glorified in him. Even so, we will be glorified in our suffering for Christ. And God in us.