so we have continued praying for you ever since we first heard about you. we ask god to give you a complete understnding of what he wants to do in your lives, and we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom. then the way you live will always honor and please the lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others. all the while you will learn to know god better and better. we also pray that you will be strengthened with his glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. may you be filled with joy, always thanking the father who has enabled you to share the inheritance that belongs to god's holy people, who live in the light. for he has rescued us from the one who rules the kingdom of darkness, and he has brought us into the kingdom of his dear son. GOD HAS PURCHASED OUR FREEDOM WITH HIS BLOOD AND HAS FORGIVEN ALL OUR SINS.