Contributed on Apr 30, 2009
As Paul greets the Ephesians believers, he speaks of the connection that being molded by God’s will has to fulfilling our God-given mission.
The book of Ephesians - carefully, reverently, and prayerfully considered - will change our lives. Perhaps no other book in the New Testament elaborates on the victory we have in Jesus so eloquently as does the book of Ephesians. It is not so much a question of what we will do with this book as we ...read more
Contributed on May 7, 2009
Paul shares about all the wonderful blessings that are ours because of the salvation we have in Christ.
John W. Peterson, who wrote both the words and music for the hymn, “Heaven Came Down” says that he wrote it in the summer of 1961, when he was directing the singing one week at the Montrose Bible Conference in Montrose, Pennsylvania. During one of the sessions, an opportunity for personal testimony ...read more
Contributed on May 19, 2009
Paul prays for the Ephesian believers, and through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, for all believers, that they might see themselves as God sees them.
Open my eyes, that I may see glimpses of truth Thou hast for me; Place in my hands the wonderful key that shall unclasp and set me free. Silently now I wait for Thee, ready my God, Thy will to see, Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine! Open the eyes of my heart, Lord, open the eyes of my ...read more
Contributed on May 20, 2009
Paul describes how the choice to choose Christ as Savior is the difference between life and death.
Mount Whitney in California is the highest spot in the continental United States (14,495 feet). As you gaze from what can seem to be the top of the world, only eighty miles to the southeast is Death Valley, the lowest spot in the United States at 280 feet below sea level and the hottest place in ...read more
Contributed on May 27, 2009
Paul shares two ingredients that make life worth living.
(Show video—Life is Temporary) I would imagine that it would be safe to say that a majority of us who are present today desire a life that is fulfilling, meaningful, joy filled, and purposeful - a life worth living. Now, I guess there may be a few of you who take exception to that - you ...read more
Contributed on Jun 4, 2009
When we come to Christ, we are born again into God’s family, through which we find help and hope.
(Show video - The Church) In our passage for today, Paul tells of a love relationship that makes an eternal difference. It is a love relationship with the God of the universe, Jesus Christ. Let’s consider what Paul tells us here about the difference Jesus makes. Verse 13 is the pivotal verse ...read more
Contributed on Jun 16, 2009
Paul explains how the church is a really "big deal" in the plan of God and how it should, therefore be a "big deal" to us.
A word that Paul uses in our passage for today is one that he also uses elsewhere in this book. That word is “mystery. The word “mystery,” is used by Paul in verses 3, 4, 6, & 9. What is Paul referring to when he uses this word? The word, “mystery” might make us think of Agatha Christie, ...read more
Contributed on Jun 21, 2009
Paul prays that we might experience the power of God to enable us to grow in Christ.
Have you ever experienced the problem of your mind wandering as you have sought to spend time in prayer? I think we all have. As you pray for your family, you think of your home. As you think of your home, you think of your living room. As you think of your living room, you think of your T.V. As ...read more