Posts made in October, 2018

striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace

. . . striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.  Like many of the early churches, the Ephesian church was diverse.   It included Jews and non-Jews, along with a mixture of slaves and free people (Ephesians 6:8).   The Jews would have probably wanted the non-Jews to live according to the Law of Moses.   At the same time, the non-Jews would have likely seen themselves as superior in education and social status to the...

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I kneel before the Father

I kneel before the Father.  In the church of first-century Ephesus, a community of Jews and Greeks, prayer was part of the rhythm of life.   But for both the groups, praying to God as “Father” would have been a new thing.   Greeks would have thought of their gods as powerful but aloof.   And Jews related to God in respectful awe as the almighty Creator.   So when Paul, a Jew, referred to God using the Greek word pater, it must have been...

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Quote of the Week – October 29, 2018

“Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.” -Stephen Covey

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I am confident and unafraid

I am confident and unafraid.  Confidence.  It’s something we all want and need.   But what’s the source of our confidence?   The world says it’s because of who we are and what we are capable of doing.   But as Christians, we believe it’s because of who God is and what he has already done for us. In Scripture (Isaiah 12:2),   Isaiah declares that he is confident because his “strength” and “courage is the Lord”.   And in the Scripture (Ephesians...

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ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks

. . . ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.  Are you ready? The question arises at every important transition.    Are you ready to go to college?   To start a new job?   To welcome a baby?   To retire?   Facing this question, we may list all the preparations we’ve made in the hope that we’ll be able to handle the future that lies before us. But there are always surprises, both pleasant and unpleasant.   Nothing can prepare...

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