The Ephesians society was a centrally powered society. And the power was given to men. Years ago when I was in Africa, my host told me “it is good to be a man in Africa”. It was good to be a man in Ephesus too. One commentator wrote, “Husbands were the
Contributed by Dana Chau on Jun 9, 2002
Warren Wiersbe, in his commentary on Ephesians, tells about Hetty Green, who left an estate valued over $100 million dollars. That’s not unusual, except she died in 1916, and she lived like a pauper. She ate cold oatmeal in order to save on heating cost. She would not take her son to get medical
Contributed by Clark Tanner on Aug 31, 2002
But Paul prayed a third thing for the Ephesians. He prayed that their hearts would be enlightened to know
WHAT IS THE SURPASSING GREATNESS OF HIS POWER TOWARD US WHO BELIEVE.
I looked up this word, “surpassing”. It means to throw over, or to run beyond.
After reading that definition I
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Oct 6, 2004
“Do It For Them!” Ephesians 4: 25-32 Key verse(s): 29: “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”
Motivation to do or not do something is a curious thing. There are many factors that influence motivation. We can be motivated by the fear of injury
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Nov 24, 2004
“Not for Words Alone!” Ephesians 2: 8-10 Key verse(s): 8a: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God . . . ”
Did you ever receive a gift, a gift so unexpected and so exciting that you just couldn’t contain the level of your
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Oct 14, 2004
“The Hidden Mud and Leaves!” Ephesians 6:10-17 Key verse(s): 10: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”
We moved to Beech Springs valley some sixteen summers ago now. We had been looking for a place that could afford us peace, quiet and some room for our growing family to
Contributed by Aubrey Vaughan on Oct 3, 2006
J. Calvin said in a sermon on Ephesians May 1558
“Although we cannot conceive either by argument or reason how God has elected us before the foundation of the world yet we know it by His declaring it to us; and experience itself
Contributed by Jose Imperial on Jan 7, 2008
Ephesians 6:10-16.The helmet ,breastplate,shield, the belt, shoes and the sword cannot be carried by a child. It can
Contributed by Gerald Albers on Nov 9, 2007
When I think of the book of Ephesians, I think of the story of the woman who woke up one morning and as she saw her husband getting ready to leave for work she said, with a big smile on her face, “Honey, I’ll bet you don’t know what day this is.” Her husband had a hard time remembering birthdays
In Ephesians we are told to imitate Christ. What does this mean in today’s world? Have we forgotten what Christ did for each of us? Has the world pulled us so far away with all of the luxuries and niceties that we have forgotten that Jesus died for us to take away our sin? And that we were told
In Ephesians 6 God directs us to take up our weapons and the full armor of God to fight the enemy. The first weapon we are directed to pick up is a shield of faith.
There are two Greek names for shields used by soldiers at that time. One is a small round shield called an “aspis.” The second
Contributed by Tim Adams on Dec 1, 2009
Ephesians 4:14-17. Have you ever had a child that every instruction you gave them they said back to you “what for?” When I was growing up you might have had the luxury of asking one time if you were brave, never twice “what for.” We just didn’t question the wisdom and authority of our parents.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
Ephesians 5:15-16, “Be very careful, then, how you live— not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Jesus calls us to “make the most of every opportunity to fulfill His mission and ours.
“D. L. Moody said that his ‘greatest mistake’ occurred
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 23, 2002
GETTING PAST YOUR PAST
Consider Charles Colson, the aide to Richard Nixon who was sent to jail for Watergate. As as a result of his experience as a convicted felon, Colson founded Prison Fellowship, now the world’s largest Christian outreach to prisoners and their families. Prison Fellowship has
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 24, 2003
AN INSTRUMENT OF PEACE
"Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
Contributed by Bruce Emmert on May 29, 2001
One of the most touching moment in the Sydney Olympics was when Eric "The Swimmer" Moussambani of Equatorial Guinea swam in the 100-meter free style qualifying heat. The 22-year-old African had only learned to swim last January, had only practiced in a 20-meter pool without lane markers, and had
Kind of like the little kid who was told this same story in his Sunday morning Bible class. After church on way home mom asks him what they talked about in Bible class, little boy tells her that they talked about the creation story and how God had taken a rib from mans side and made a wife for
Contributed by Bruce Howell on Jul 9, 2001
Illus.: “Billy Finds a Home”
It happened many years ago, in a small town in one of our southern states. One evening, during an electrical storm, a bolt of lightning struck a house, setting it on fire. The fire spread quickly and burned the house to the ground. A man and his wife perished but
Contributed by Don Hawks on Feb 28, 2002
THE HOPE IN A ROCKET
October Sky is a great movie. It is based on the autobiography of former NASA science engineer Homer Hickam, Jr. It is about four boys who embody the hope of a community.
It’s 1957 in Coalwood, West Virginia where all the boys grow up to be coal miners. Homer
Contributed by Rick Stacy on Mar 11, 2002
The mysterious formula for Coca-Cola
In 1925, the only written copy of its formula Coca-Cola admits to having was retrieved from a New York bank (where it had been held as collateral on a sugar loan) and reverently laid in safe deposit box in Woodruff’s Atlanta bank, the Trust Company of Georgia