Colossians 2:15-16


Dear Saints
Philippians spoke to me when we memorized it but I have to say that Colossians has been amazingly special to me and I went along with the crowd who voted to memorize Colossians. I would have opted for Ephesians, which I love also but it has been so instructive to choose a book to memorize that was not even on my hit list. It has been indicative of the concept of learning the whole chapter as we don’t cherry pick our favorite verses, but ideas strike us that we never noticed before. So it was with the book of Colossians for me.

There is another advantage that we have available in this group. When someone is learning the same verses that I am, it deepens the fellowship. To know that you are concentrating on the very words that I am, is endearing and I think that is why the prayer thread began as to be memorizing together only results in a sense of comradery. To have one of you make a remark about a verse that I was thinking about too, deepens the fellowship between us.

Having spoken my mind, off we go:

Colossians 2: 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.
Colossians 2:16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath (ESV)

Colossians 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Colossians 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: (KJV)

We sure serve a prodigious God!


Sunday, July 21, 2019
Hullo Tim and Nancy and our precious Colossians group,
I believe my Colossians is finished. I am trying to review the whole book every day on my ScriptureTyper Pro App on my IPod Touch. I plan to say it aloud using my Olympus Digital Voice Recorder soon.

I plan to work on The Gospel of John chapter 11 this week and to keep reviewing Colossians. By The Lord Jesus’ Power, Colossians is finished and The Gospel of John is coming along well.

I am SO HUNGRY for God’s Word!
God’s Word helps me SO MUCH physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Memorizing Scripture is as critically important for me as breathing. Just as I would die physically if I stopped breathing, so I would be in serious trouble if I stopped memorizing and thinking seriously about The Word of God.

With permission, I share these 2 quotes from dear Alec Motyer.
Tell me: what makes heaven heaven? Why is it the utterly perfect place it is? Answer: because the will of God is perfectly done there. When we obey Jesus and pray, ‘Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven’, what are we asking? We are asking for heaven on earth, for the utterly perfect. And when we safeguard our prayers by adding ‘your will, not mine be done’, what are we doing? We are saying, Don’t give me what I am asking, give me what you know to be perfect. To say ‘your will, not mine’ does not bring our prayers down from the heights of what we would generously give ourselves; it lifts our prayers up to the heights of the best and most generous and totally perfect thing our heavenly Father has at his disposal. It removes all limitation from our praying, the limits of our wisdom, our feebleness in asking (Rom. 8:26), our sheer boneheaded blindness. It lifts our prayers up to heaven and asks for heaven on earth. ~ Alec Motyer

This is the truth of the matter: if we are in the soup it is he who has decided what sort of soup it is, and at what temperature, and how long, and why! He is God. Jesus has assured us that we cannot be plucked out of his and the Father’s hand (John 10:28–29). Where were we when the trouble came? Why, where we always are – in his hand! Did the trial ‘get in’ because he let go of us?
Certainly not; the trial only means that he grips us more tightly!
Alec Motyer - Psalms by the Day

Blessings Dear Friends,
Linnie :dove:


Dear Linnie
I miss your “hullo”! It’s so good to hear from you.

Have you been cruisin’! You are already through Colossians. Keep up the great work. I really agree with what you say about memorizing. It does more than I ever realized that it would. I do run at a slower pace than you. I must say that he benefits to memorizing are so vast and varied. I wish I had done this all of my Christian life!

I’ve appreciated Colossians so very much.



This morning, while going through my routine, I realized something and thought I would throw it out there for any suggestions.

When I learn a chapter, I don’t memorize the verse numbers but I do memorize the words verbatim because each word is a springboard to continuing on. In other words, if I inadvertently use a different word than what I learned, it can throw a wrench into everything because it doesn’t sound right and so a grapple to continue on. Does that make sense to anyone?

If I haven’t lost you, here’s my question. Because I learn the chapter from the top and can usually fluently repeat it, often, when I am conversing with someone and I need verse within the chapter, I find that I have to go back somewhere before the verse so I can get on track to repeat it correctly. Seldom am I able to just pull the verse out of the chapter. I know what it is saying and I can roughly say it but to convey it accurately, I have to find a common ground in which it sets me on track. Does that make sense? And if it does, does anyone have suggestions of how they pull some verses from the middle of the chapter?

Hi Tim. I don’t memorize the verses either, but I do memorize the chapter. I might have to dig through the chapter, but I know which one to go to.

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I am reading a book called “Ancient Paths” by Cory Russell (page 70) and thought the following very appropriate for this group. I found it so encouraging to really keep going . . .

"When we begin to understand that the Bible was given to us for the sake of encountering a Person, it transforms the essential way we approach the Word of God. We are no longer interested in reading for information alone; instead, we are awakened to the longing for relationship and dialogue with God. The Father sent His Son to begin a conversation with us and to show us the way back to Himself. Jesus is the ladder, the door, the communication line between heaven and earth. When we encounter this Word, He escorts us into the heart of God.

Shazam! Wow! Woot Woot! I love that last line!!! “When we encounter this Word, He escorts us into the heart of God.” And we are hiding this very Word in our hearts!

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