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
RELATIONSHIPS IN EPHESIANS 5 & 6
Paul was sending a slave back to his master, and he was concerned that Philemon's gracious treatment and this slave's escape and rebellion not be seen by other slaves as an opportunity to copy Onesimus' earlier, rebellious example. These other ideas are not big
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 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 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
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
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
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 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 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.
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 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 28, 2008
Charles Spurgeon said:
"What riches of grace does free forgiveness exhibit! To forgive at all, to forgive fully, to forgive freely, to forgive ever! Here is a constellation of wonders, and when I think of how great my sins were, how dear were the precious drops which cleansed me from them, I am
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 11, 2009
The late great writer, Bede Jarrett (1881 - 1937), once wrote: "The world needs anger. The world often continues to allow evil because it isn’t angry enough."
The late great Indian political and spiritual leader, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869 - 1948), once said, "Man should
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 12, 2009
THE PREDESTINATION TALKS
Ligon Duncan, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MS, tells the following story:
I well remember as a fifteen year-old boy at my grandparents’ house, reading through Ephesians 1 with grandmother and granddad and my aunt and the family for our morning
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 13, 2009
Nearly 5% of the adult population consists of Protestants who attend non-denominational churches. 13% of all members of U.S. evangelical churches belong to non-denominational congregations. The United Methodist Church
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 13, 2009
GMA DOVE AWARDS
The 39th annual GMA Dove Awards were awarded 1/25/08 and televised live on the Gospel Music Channel. The Dove Awards in the overall categories went to:
Artist of the Year: Toby Mac
Female Vocalist of the Year: Natalie Grant
Male Vocalist of the Year: Chris Tomlin
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 16, 2009
NO TALKING HIM INTO IT
One lady said: Rushing to work, I was driving too fast and as a result was pulled over by the highway patrol. The state trooper noticed that my shirt had the name of a local high school on it. "I teach math there," I explained.
The trooper smiled, and said, "Okay,