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Summary: What’s the calling Paul talks about in Ephesians 4:1? Is it God calling you to surrender yourself to Him! Then you responding to God’s personal call on your life and saying “Yes, Lord! Not my will but your will be done!”

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Why Answer?

On the Lighter side:

These are all apparently true statements made by important people...

"I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president." -Hillary Clinton commenting on the release of subpoenaed documents

"The president has kept all of the promises he intended to keep." -Clinton aide George Stephanopolous speaking on Larry King Live

"We are ready for an unforeseen event that may or may not occur." -Former U.S. Vice-President Dan Quayle

"It is wonderful to be here in the Great State of Chicago." -Former U.S. Vice-President Dan Quayle

"I was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret I have was that I didn't study Latin harder in school so I could converse with those people." -Former U.S. Vice-President Dan Quayle

"The loss of life will be irreplaceable." -Former U.S. Vice-President Dan Quayle on the San Francisco earthquake

"When I have been asked during these last weeks who caused the riots and the killing in L.A., my answer has been direct and simple: who is to blame for the riots? The rioters are to blame. Who is to blame for the killings? The killers are to blame."

-Former U.S. Vice-President Dan Quayle on the complex social issues behind the Los Angeles Riots

"Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child. -Former U.S. Vice-President Dan Quayle on Republican family values

"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it." -Former U.S. Vice-President Dan Quayle

"What a waste it is to lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is." -Former U.S. Vice-President Dan Quayle at a fundraising event for the United Negro College Fund. He was attempting to quote the line ."A mind is a terrible thing to waste."

"I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix." -Former U.S. Vice-President Dan Quayle

"When more and more people are thrown out of work, unemployment results." -Former U.S. President Calvin Coolidge

"I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves." -John Wayne

"Half this game is ninety percent mental." - Philadelphia Phillies manager Danny Ozark

"Things are more like they are now than they ever were before." -Former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower

"A billion here, a billion there, sooner or later it adds up to real money." -Everett Dirksen

"A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on." -Samuel Goldwyn

"The streets are safe in Philadelphia, it's only the people that make them unsafe." -Former Philadelphia Mayor and Police Chief Frank Rizzo

"The internet is a great way to get on the net." -Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole

"The police are not here to create disorder, they're here to preserve disorder." -Former Chicago mayor Daley during the infamous 1968 convention

"If you've seen one redwood tree, you've seen them all." -Forestry expert Ronald Reagan

"Traditionally, most of Australia's imports come from overseas." -Former Australian cabinet minister Keppel Enderbery

"They're multipurpose. Not only do they put the clips on, but they take them off." -Pratt & Whitney spokesperson explaining why the company charged the Air Force nearly $1000 for an ordinary pair of pliers.

"We're going to turn this team around 360 degrees." -Jason Kidd, upon his drafting to the Dallas Mavericks

Illustration: Phone Rings (you stop and make a comment like “Go ahead answer it and I will wait…wait …more phones ring…people start answering.

Today we are honoring Pastor Frank and ordaining him into the Ministry. He has received a call from the Lord to move on toward a new ministry opportunity. So we are going to be talking about “Answering the Call of God on our lives.”

Scripture Text:

Ephesians 4

Unity in the Body of Christ

1As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

2Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

3Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

4There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called—

5one Lord, one faith, one baptism;

6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

7But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.

8This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.”

9(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions?

10He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)

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