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Colossians 1:3-8 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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3 We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,
4 for we have heard that you trust in Christ Jesus and that you love all of God's people. 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints--
5 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. 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel
6 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. 6 that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God's grace in all its truth.
7 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. 7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf,
8 He is the one who told us about the great love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you. 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.