"When I am weak, then I am strong" (Seriously? #4)

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"When I am weak, then I am strong" (Seriously? #4)

Every once in a while we meet the kind of people who, even in the midst of great suffering, are able to maintain deep and unrelenting faith. These people often become heroes to many who encounter them, as their faith far outstrips the ho-hum optimism so often mistaken for faith. Paul was one such hero, and in 2 Corinthians 12 he talks about his own suffering.

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"I wish everyone could be single like me" (Seriously? #3)

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"I wish everyone could be single like me" (Seriously? #3)

Understanding God's plan and God's family can radically transform our view of singleness. Instead of it being a time for adventure (fun! 20-something! and single!) or isolation (aren't you ever going to get married?), what if our singleness was a time for complete devotion to building our spiritual family?

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I'm filling up what's lacking in Christ's afflictions (Seriously? #2)

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I'm filling up what's lacking in Christ's afflictions (Seriously? #2)

Paul is joining in the work of Jesus, filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions, and carrying both the life and death of Jesus in his own body everywhere he goes. And beyond Paul's claim that he can help Jesus with His work, he goes on to show throughout the rest of Colossians that we can too.

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I no longer live, but Christ lives in me (Seriously? #1)

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I no longer live, but Christ lives in me (Seriously? #1)

"I no longer live, but Christ lives in me." Um, seriously? How can that even be true?

Some statements from Paul in the New Testament make clear that his experience of faith far outstrips most of ours. But maybe these same statements can help us figure out why that's so.

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