In Grace and Wisdom

In Grace and Wisdom

Devotionals from the Word of God, focused on the gospel of Jesus Christ. Written by Sebastian Winkler. Scripture quotations taken from the NASB (New American Standard Bible) Copyright 1995. by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations from The Authorized (King James) Version. Rights in the Authorized Version in the United Kingdom are vested in the Crown. Reproduced by permission of the Crown’s patentee, Cambridge University Press


September 20, 2022 2 mins
It is in Christ that we are complete, if as men and women we have been created to know and worship our Maker, then it is only in Christ that we can know him.
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For them, as for us today, there was only one way to avoid being victims of those who tried to deceive them with persuasive reasoning, only one way to remain firm in the Truth. And it was (and is) to be grounded, rooted and affirmed in the One who is the Eternal Immovable Rock!
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September 15, 2022 2 mins
The Gospel is so glorious, Christ is so precious, that Paul rejoices at being considered worthy of suffering, if it is for this to be preached.
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September 13, 2022 3 mins
He is God, God bringing Himself close to us, making Himself visible. He is the origin, the cause, and the reason behind EVERYTHING, absolutely everything. He is above all, Eternal, and Majestic.
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September 10, 2022 1 min
Based on the information he received from Epaphras, Paul prays in this way for the Colossians, knowing that they run risks, surrounded by worldviews that are contrary to the true faith.
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September 8, 2022 2 mins
At the beginning of his letter, the apostle Paul mentions three virtues that should adorn the life of believers: Faith, Love, and Hope.
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September 6, 2022 1 min
From prison, Paul sends this letter to the church in a small, but prosperous city in Asia called Colossae.
The person who delivers the letter is one of the leaders of the congregation: Epaphras. The believers in Colossae were surrounded by heresy and gnostic philosophy, as were many other churches during that time.
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August 10, 2022 1 min
Paul mentions the brethren in Caesar’s household, telling us that even in the imperial palace, the light of the Gospel had arrived and there were faithful Christians there.
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August 6, 2022 2 mins
The interesting matter here is how Paul draws attention to the question: who has been blessed by this gesture? Himself, obviously, because he has seen his needs supplied, but those who are even more blessed are those who have given, because this gesture is an agreeable offering to the Lord.
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August 4, 2022 2 mins
Paul, in prison and financial want, receives help from the church in Philippi, and he rejoices for this, but he also takes the opportunity to remind them (and us) that the circumstances are precisely that: circumstances. If our lives depend on the circumstances, we will always be adrift in a sea of instability. But like Paul, we can say that we can do all things because Christ is our strength.
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August 2, 2022 1 min
May our thoughts always be focused upon the greatest glory of God. Let us meditate on Him, His love, His goodness, His mercy. May we allow our minds to be filled with His Word and His Truth, that His light may dispel our darkness.
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July 30, 2022 1 min
What is the source of our joy, of our view of life? Where do we place our confidence and hope? Paul encourages us here to leave all our worries, our fears, our struggles with the One who has already won, in Jesus, the Lamb of God.
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July 28, 2022 2 mins
One of the most evident examples of spiritual maturity is how we handle our relationships, especially the conflicts. The Christian can go before his brother in Christ and recognize his own faults, ask for forgiveness, and be sincere about what he feels. Both people involved can mutually resolve the issue, always remembering that God has forgiven us much, and that it is His Holy Spirit at work in our lives.
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July 14, 2022 2 mins
When Paul says, “look to me and imitate those who live as I do,” he is teaching us to look to Jesus… Our citizenship is from heaven, our mind is heavenly (conformed to God’s Word). We don’t live like those who trust in their own righteousness, like those who boast in completing human rituals and commandments (that point to the outward appearance, not the heart)… Living like that means rejecting the cross.
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July 12, 2022 3 mins
One of the greatest dangers of the Christian faith is falling into “legalism.”

It is very simple to think that Christianity is only a series of rules for how to live; a classification of what pleases God and what does not.
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July 9, 2022 2 mins
How can we be lights? By working out our salvation (understanding here the process of sanctification that God is doing in us) with the greatest seriousness and commitment (fear and trembling)
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July 7, 2022 2 mins
Speaking of putting others above ourselves, Paul offers us one of the most beautiful descriptions of who Jesus is and what He did.

The One who created everything became a servant, a slave to be more exact. He came to serve us, and He left us an example of humility and obedience, an example of wanting to do what pleases the Father.
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July 6, 2022 2 mins
Learning to love each person, remembering how much God has forgiven us, and the mercy He has poured out over our lives.
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July 2, 2022 2 mins
In our circle, occasionally we can be the object of mocking, of contempt, of distancing. May these things, and the persecution, when it happens to us, find us strong and joyful in the opportunity to participate in Christ’s suffering… God bless you!
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June 30, 2022 3 mins
What is the reason that he has not died yet? He has yet to continue preaching and proclaiming the Gospel that completely transformed his life.
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