Contributed on Jun 22, 2004
Have we lost our spiritual authority and if so, how can we regain it? This begins a study of Ephesians.
What has become of the days of Charles Finney, Smith Wigglesworth, and Jonathan Edwards? Where are the days of the Welsh Revival, the Great Awakening, the Azusa Street Revival? Why do we have history but no present day application in the Pacific Northwest? Am I the only one asking these kinds ...read more
Contributed on Jul 2, 2004
Continuing in our series on understanding the authority of a believer
Last week we began to look at the authority of believers Paul spoke of in the book of Ephesians. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you have untapped potential, untapped because most Christians are not aware of what they possess and they go through life limping along as a result. We ...read more
Contributed on Sep 9, 2005
We oftentimes forget what a powerful position Christ has placed Believers in and so we live spiritually poor.
The Position of Believers Ephesians 1:1-10 Hetty Green was once known as America’s greatest miser. She ate cold oatmeal to save the cost of heating water. When her son injured his leg, Hetty took so long looking for a clinic to treat him for free that his leg had to be amputated because ...read more
Contributed on Sep 11, 2005
We have a great inheritance in Christ
The Gift to Believers Ephesians 1:11-14 After weeks of getting the cold shoulder from his wife, an unhappy husband finally confronted her. "Admit it, Linda," he said, "The only reason you married me is because my grandfather left me $10 million." "Don’t be ridiculous!" she shot ...read more
Contributed on Sep 28, 2005
Do we truly understand what God has given to us, Paul prays we will.
A crowded United flight was canceled. A single agent was rebooking a long line of inconvenienced travelers. Suddenly an angry passenger pushed his way to the desk. He slapped his ticket down on the counter and said, "I HAVE to be on this flight and it has to be FIRST CLASS." The ...read more
Contributed on Oct 8, 2005
We need to be reminded of our past so we can live out our present and future. Here Paul paints a picture of our pre and present condition
We begin the second chapter of our study in Ephesians with a description of our lives, for those who are believers in Jesus Christ, prior to our acknowledging Him in our lives. I have two main points and several sub-points for us. We begin… 1. Without Christ. Because of the ill fated ...read more
Contributed on Oct 13, 2005
Paul looks at life without Christ and life with Christ in uniting people
The July issue of Christianity today had an article written by Timothy George, Is the Church Divided? He makes the statement, “Our visible disunity causes many unbelievers to stumble. The problem is not only division, but divisiveness, within congregations as well as between (and within) ...read more
Contributed on Oct 18, 2005
God had a mystery He has revealed through Paul to the church
A mystery-lover takes his place in the theater for opening night, but his seat is way back in the theater, far from the stage. The man calls an usher over and whispers, ’’I just love a good mystery, and I have been anxiously anticipating the opening of this play. However, in order to carefully ...read more
Contributed on Oct 25, 2005
Paul prays God will unleash a greater depth into the life of Believers
There once was a rich man who was near death. He was very grieved because he had worked so hard for his money and wanted to be able to take it with him to heaven. So he began to pray that he might be able to take some of his wealth with him. An angel heard his plea and appeared to him. ...read more
Contributed on Nov 8, 2005
What is the basis for unity?
The Call of Believers New Hope Community Pastor Bob Briggs Ephesians 4:1-6 As Believers in Jesus Christ we have a call upon our life, a call to walk in unity. Lets read these six verses as we look at the main point of this message… I. The Call to walk worthy. The Apostle Paul ...read more
Contributed on Nov 15, 2005
we are the same in Christ, different in our gifting
We live in a world of diversity, one of choice. Looking around the room we see people of difference, men and women, different ethnic backgrounds, differences in appearance and in personality. When God finished creating man and woman he said, it was good. We can be thankful we are not all the ...read more
Contributed on Nov 20, 2005
What is one of the hardest things for believers today?
What is one of the hardest parts of being a Christian? For most people, I would have to say, walking out their faith amidst an unchristian world. With all the distraction and attractions which pull at our lives, the walk of a believer is tested on a daily basis, sometimes hourly, it seems. ...read more
Contributed on Nov 27, 2005
the do’s and don’t of a believers love
Christianity is different from the way non-believers live. Instead of revenge, anger, hatred, the believer takes the higher road, the road of love. Why do we love? Because Christ loves us. Amy Carmichael wrote, “If I belittle those whom I am called to serve, talk of their weak points in ...read more
Contributed on Nov 28, 2005
We need to remember where we came from so we don’t go back again
The older we get, the more we seem to reminisce about the “good old days.” The Beatles had a song called “Yesterday” where they sang of bygone days where all their troubles seemed so far away yet, the reality is, there is usually sometime in everyone’s past that was not so good, something ...read more
Contributed on Dec 1, 2005
believers are to walk in wisdom
We are going to talk about wisdom today. I thought I would contrast the wisdom of Scripture with the wisdom of the world. Here are a few gems of wisdom I found concerning the wisdom of the world; in a minute I will explain the wisdom of a believer. From the world someone said… Accept that ...read more
Contributed on Dec 7, 2005
What does it take to live a spirit filled life?
In Acts 2, the promise of the Holy Spirit was fulfilled, when gathered in the upper room we read, starting at verse 1, “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they ...read more
Contributed on Dec 29, 2005
Helping husbands and wives to see the light of Christ design for their marriage
In a survey done last year by the Barna Group they found the likelihood of born again Christians getting divorced equal to those who are not born again. In their interviews, they found 35% of born again believers have been divorced along with 35% of non born again Christians. George Barna ...read more
Contributed on Jan 10, 2006
What does God’s Word say about family life in Ephesians?
As we continue in Ephesians, today we look at the family life of Believers. I begin with a simple test to see how stressed family is for you. The top 1o signs of family stress: 10. "Family get togethers" are sometimes called "group therapy sessions" and involve seeing a psychiatrist. 9. ...read more
Contributed on Feb 4, 2006
We need to put on the whole armor of God
How many of you have someone in your life you would consider a thorn? Stop looking at the person next to you. Most, if not all of us, have someone we could identify as a person who it seems has been sent to cause chaos in our life, who seems to surface when we are going through the still water ...read more
Contributed on Feb 4, 2006
We have an enemy to which we need be aware.
Dating back to the Garden of Eden, mankind has experienced the power of the supernatural warfare which exists on this earth. The devil, disguised as a serpent, entertained and then deceived Eve who then under the influence of darkness continued the deception with Adam and together they worked ...read more