Philippians and Colossians: Stories of Joy and Identity

By David Murray

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Philippians and Colossians: Stories of Joy and Identity

By David Murray

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A Daily Devotional through the Books of Philippians and Colossians from the StoryChanger Devotional Series

If you want to change your story, you need to know God’s story. This devotional, part of the StoryChanger Devotional series, is a friendly, practical guide to understanding the books of Philippians and Colossians and how they shape your story. 

Philippians and Colossians: Stories of Joy and Identity includes 50 devotionals written by David Murray. This series features daily readings designed to help you learn, love, and live the whole Bible. Murray walks you through the full text of Philippians and Colossians, offering thoughtful comments on each book’s message, reflection questions, and a personal daily prayer. These devotionals can help reorient your mind and transform your life with God’s better story.

  • 50 Daily God-Centered Devotionals: Each day includes an explanation of that day’s reading, reflection questions, and a personal prayer  
  • Great for Families, Individuals, or Small Groups: Accessible for non-Christians and new Christians, this devotional also helps readers learn how to effectively share God’s story
  • Part of the StoryChanger Devotional Series: Inspired by Murray’s book The StoryChanger: How God Rewrites Our Story by Inviting Us into His

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David Murray

David Murray (PhD, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) has pastored four churches in Scotland and the USA. He is also a counselor, a regular speaker at conferences, and the author of several books, including Reset and Exploring the Bible. David has taught Old Testament, counseling, and pastoral theology at various seminaries.

Product Details

Format: Paperback
Page Count: 224
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 11.08 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-8097-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-8097-0
ISBN-UPC: 9781433580970
Case Quantity: 56
Published: April 11, 2023

Table of Contents

Introduction to the StoryChanger Devotionals
Introduction to Philippians and Colossians: Stories of Joy and Identity


1. Love Language (Philippians 1:1–3)
2. Gospel Partnership (Philippians 1:4–5)
3. Gospel Perseverance (Philippians 1:6)
4. I Love You (Philippians 1:7–8)
5. The Secret to Productivity (Philippians 1:9–11)
6. Picking the Pocket of Failure (Philippians 1:12–14)
7. Fallen (or Falling) Preachers (Philippians 1:15–18)
8. Delivered from Death or through Death? (Philippians 1:19–21)
9. A Useful Life or Eternal Life? (Philippians 1:22–26)
10. Fight for Peace (Philippians 1:27)
11. The Surprising Gift of Suffering (Philippians 1:28–30)
12. Church Unity via Christian Humility (Philippians 2:1–4)
13. Our Right to Give Up Our Rights (Philippians 2:5–8)
14. Knees and Tongues, Prayer and Praise (Philippians 2:9–11)
15. A Workout That Works Out (Philippians 2:12–13)
16. The Bad Fight of Faith (Philippians 2:14–16)
17. Satisfaction through Service (Philippians 2:17–30)
18. Safe and Saving Happiness (Philippians 3:1)
19. Back to Basics (Philippians 3:2–8)
20. God Gives Gold for Garbage (Philippians 3:8–11)
21. Plateau, or Press to the Peak? (Philippians 3:12–16)
22. Copycat or Copy-Christ? (Philippians 3:17–21)
23. Christ’s Calming Castle (Philippians 4:1–7)
24. God in, Good Out (Philippians 4:8–9)
25. The School of Contentment (Philippians 4:10–13)
26. The Checkbook of the Bank of Faith (Philippians 4:14–20)


27. Heavenly Hope or Worldly Pessimism? (Colossians 1:1–8)
28. From People-Pleasing to God-Pleasing (Colossians 1:9–14)
29. Restoring the Supremacy of Christ to Our Worldview (Colossians 1:15–20)
30. Gospel Motives for Gospel Perseverance (Colossians 1:21–23)
31. The Danger of Culture-Shaped Gospel Service (Colossians 1:24–29)
32. Two Defenses against Scammers (Colossians 2:1–5)
33. Welcoming and Walking with Jesus (Colossians 2:6–7)
34. Christless Christianity (Colossians 2:8–10)
35. You Died Two Thousand Years Ago (Colossians 2:11–12)
36. Spiritual Resurrection (Colossians 2:13–15)
37. Freedom from Lawyers, Mystics, and Monks (Colossians 2:16–23)
38. Living in Heaven on Earth (Colossians 3:1–4)
39. Designer-Label Christianity (Colossians 3:5–11)
40. Holistic Christianity (Colossians 3:12–17)
41. The Simple Secret to a Happy Marriage (Colossians 3:18–19)
42. Pleasing God by Pleasing Parents (Colossians 3:20)
43. Daddy Deprivation (Colossians 3:21)
44. Daddy Discipleship (Colossians 3:21)
45. I Hate My Work (Colossians 3:22–4:1)
46. Talk to God Better to Talk to Others Better (Colossians 4:2)
47. Gospel Clarity (Colossians 4:3–4)
48. Wise Walk + Wise Talk = Wise Witness (Colossians 4:5–6)
49. Be a Friend to Have a Friend (Colossians 4:7–18)
50. Encouraging and Exhorting (Colossians 4:7–18)


“We are created for stories. We read stories, tell stories, watch stories, and live in stories. Yet we instinctively know and long for our stories to fit into something bigger, more meaningful, and more comprehensive. As we read Scripture, we can see how that longing might be fulfilled, but we don’t always know how to connect our own stories to the great story of redemption that culminates with Christ. This is why I’m so thankful for David Murray’s StoryChanger series. These short devotionals are wonderful guides for connecting our stories with God’s larger story and helping us call others into God’s great story. I gladly recommend their use in personal, family, and group prayer and devotional settings.”
Chris Bruno, President, Oahu Theological Seminary; Global Partner, Training Leaders International

“David Murray’s StoryChanger Devotional series is exactly what Christians are craving right now. These daily devotionals are accessible both in their content and brevity. In just a few minutes each day, readers will find comfort in the truth of the gospel and challenges in following the way of Jesus. Just because the devotionals are short doesn’t mean that they won’t pack a life-changing punch. This series will introduce you to the Bible in the ways that you want and provoke you in the ways that you need.”
Adam Griffin, Lead Pastor, Eastside Community Church, Dallas, Texas; Host, The Family Discipleship Podcast; coauthor, Family Discipleship

“If you struggle to connect the truths of Scripture to your daily life, this book will help you mine Philippians and Colossians for rich theological truth and show you how to put what you’ve learned into action. David Murray’s StoryChanger devotionals are immensely practical and encouraging!”
Glenna Marshall, author, The Promise Is His Presence; Everyday Faithfulness; and Memorizing Scripture