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July 17, 2016
When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father,[e] the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.[f] I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.
(Above passage is quoted from the Holy Bible Ephesians 3:14-21 NLT) (Footnotes: e. 3:14 Some manuscripts read the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. f. 3:15 Or from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name.)
Colossians 1:18-20 (NLT) Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead.[a] So he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. Footnotes: a. 1:18 Or the firstborn from the dead.
Colossians 2:8-10 (NLT) Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers[a] of this world, rather than from Christ. For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.[b] So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.
Footnotes: a. 2:8 Or the spiritual principles; also in 2:20. b. 2:9 Or in him dwells all the completeness of the Godhead bodily.