Contributed on Jul 15, 2018
The first chapter of Ephesians is one long sentence in the Greek, packed with numerous blessings from above. God chose us, God forgives us, God seals us. We are his...forever.
Blessings from Above Ephesians 1:3-14 Today we launch a new series through a tiny book of the Bible called “Ephesians.” The Apostle Paul wrote this six-chapter letter to the church in Ephesus while he was imprisoned in Rome. Most scholars believe it was meant to be a form letter, something that ...read more
Contributed on Jul 22, 2018
Jesus brings down the dividing walls of prejudice. As believers brought into the family of God, what unites us is greater than what divides us. We belong to something much greater than ourselves. And we glorify God through our unity.
God’s Construction Plan Ephesians 2:11-22 The September 29, 2006 edition of “Our Daily Bread” documents Julius Caesar’s invasion of the south coast of Britain in 55 BC. He met resistance from warring Celtic tribes, but a century later, Roman control had extended all the way north into what is ...read more
Contributed on Jul 29, 2018
Maybe the reason we love our sin more than we love our God is that we don’t really understand how much our God loves us! Paul describes God's love as wide, long, high, and deep. Each of these words will help us grasp more of God's love for us.
Getting Your Hands Around God’s Love Ephesians 3:14-21 Ever wonder why it’s so hard to live the way you know God wants you to? You have that one little temptation that keeps getting you, no matter how hard you try? You feel like you could have written Romans 7, where Paul says, “I don’t do what ...read more
Contributed on Aug 12, 2018
The Lord through Paul calls us to get along, even when it's hard. He says to be humble, gentle, patient, and forbearing with our fellow believers. And through our efforts to do so, God will be glorified in the world. We pursue unity because God is one.
Living Out Our Calling Ephesians 4:1-6 Some people are really hard to get along with. (Can I get an amen?) I remember several times in our past Becky and I have had the thought, “Why does it seem that most of the time, when we have relational conflict, it’s with Christians!?! With fellow ...read more
Contributed on Aug 19, 2018
Can a Christian be angry? Is anger a sin? God through Paul answers these questions, and tells us to use our anger for good, to deal with it quickly, and to learn to let some things go.
Putting the Brakes on Your Anger Ephesians 4:25-32 Anger is something every one of us deals with, and we all deal with it in different ways. Some are screamers. Some keep a stoic face and only yell on the inside. Some get in your face. Some give you the silent treatment. But everyone gets ...read more
Contributed on Sep 16, 2018
God wants us to live deliberately and to yield all control to God. Anything else is a cheap substitute. Nothing else fulfills us. When we are "high on God" (filled with the Spirit), all kinds of special things happen.
High on God Ephesians 5:15-20 We just came from a state that has legalized marijuana use. And you see it everywhere, particularly on the only road to the beach where we used to live. Cannabis Center. The Weed Shack. It’s there for the buying. (Sorry, I didn’t bring home any souvenirs!) Why do ...read more
Contributed on Sep 9, 2018
All Christian believers are to submit to one another. When wives voluntarily submit and husbands lovingly and sacrificially lead, we are reminded of Christ's special relationship with his church.
The Power of Submission Ephesians 5:21-33 I heard once that “marriage is when a man and woman become as one. The trouble starts when they try to decide which one.” A fellow wrote Readers Digest, “I was standing in front of the bathroom mirror one evening admiring my reflection, when I posed this ...read more
Contributed on Sep 16, 2018
The spiritual world is real. Evil battles good. We need to go into battle only in God's power. And Paul uses armor to describe entering into fervent prayer.
Going into Battle Ephesians 6:10-18 Sometimes Veterans will ask me, “If there is a God, how could he allow such evil to happen in the world? Why doesn’t he do something about it? Does he not care? Is he not strong enough?” I assure them that God does care and that he is strong enough. And that he ...read more