A Deeper Sort of Devotional
Words are powerful. They contain ideas and shape the way we see God, ourselves and all of reality. We're transformed, in particular, by God's Word, and by "the Word," the LogosJesus himselfas described by John in the first chapter of his Gospel.
Memorizing and studying a passage in depth can offer a deeper sense of the meaning of each word. In this unique introduction to the hidden life in Christ, James Bryan Smith walks readers through a thirty-day immersion in Colossians 3:1-17. Each of the thirty short chapters of this book bring out the main truth of just one word or phrase of this rich passage. You'll also find a very simple daily practice to take up, reflection questions and a guide for five weeks of group discussion.
The chapters are short in length, making this book an ideal daily devotional. Since there are thirty chapters, it could be used for a one-month introduction to the hidden life in Christ. Though brief in terms of length, each chapter tries to unearth some very deep truths. For those who have read and practiced the exercises in the Apprentice series, this book will be a helpful refresher as you continue your sacred journey.
Each chapter also contains an exercise or practice ("Living into the Truth"), as well as an affirmation that summarizes the main point of the chapter and a written prayer designed to move you deeper into the truths of the Word. In addition, each chapter concludes with a few reflection questions that can be used either by individuals or in a group discussion.
The only way to tell a story is to use words. May the words of Colossians 3 become a companion to you as God continues to write your story.
About the Author
A founding member of Richard J. Foster's spiritual renewal ministry, Renovare, Smith is an ordained United Methodist Church minister and has served in various capacities in local churches. Smith is also the author of The Apprentice Series:
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The Good and Beautiful GodThe Good and Beautiful LifeThe Good and Beautiful Community
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Anything written by this man is exceptional. If you are looking for help, grace and inspiration for your spiritual journey and walk with Christ, look no further. He and fellow authors Richard Foster and Dallas Willard, to name two of many, are gifts of God to the body of Christ in this generation.