We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
for we have heard that you trust in Christ Jesus and that you love all of God's people.
You do this because you are looking forward to the joys of heaven -- as you have been ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News.
This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is changing lives everywhere, just as it changed yours that very first day you heard and understood the truth about God's great kindness to sinners.
Epaphras, our much loved co-worker, was the one who brought you the Good News. He is Christ's faithful servant, and he is helping us in your place. a8
He is the one who told us about the great love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)