Be Strong in the Lord

This week we finished our Bible study of Joshua and Ephesians, Living the Promises. Our final lesson covered a passage that for me, as for many, has been shrouded in layers of shallow misunderstanding and misapplication. As a recovered Charismatic, I have been both hesitant and eager to dig into the “Armor of God.” Allowing... Continue Reading →

In Relationship

In this week’s lesson, we looked at two more categories of relationships which believers are to bring under the gospel as we walk out our calling in Christ. To set the context, we are asked to look back at some of the high points we have covered thus far in our study of Ephesians. What... Continue Reading →

Living Together in Christ

We began this week’s study with Ephesians 5:15-21. The theme of this passage appears to be wise living. We therefore began with Job 28:28, and seeking the essence of wisdom. “And he said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.’” Clearly, according to... Continue Reading →

Have Thine Own Way, Lord!

Monday Memories Originally posted March 2, 2016, This came to mind as we revisited this subject in our Sunday school class again yesterday morning. I have a hymn winging through my heart as I go about my several quiet tasks at home. Of course, I can't remember all the words, but the refrain and the... Continue Reading →

Living as Children of Light

As we move into chapter 5, we find that Paul is continuing his discourse on Christian holiness as a reflection and product of God’s saving work in our lives. We must no longer live as we did before we were saved. We must live in a way that is visibly different from the world, shining... Continue Reading →

Words, Words, Words…

Monday Memories Originally published August 17, 2010, and still holding true today. My love for words keeps me reading, fuels my writing, and has led to my owning more books than I can possibly read—but I can hope, can't I? My love for the Word of God also continues to grow, and has found rich rewards... Continue Reading →

Off With the Old, On With the New

Our lesson this week begins in Ephesians 4:17-19 with Paul’s admonition to the Ephesian believers that they must no longer walk as “the Gentiles” do. I find this to be an interesting change in the way he has been addressing them, since up to this point he has been referring to them as “you Gentiles”... Continue Reading →

We’re Not from Around Here

Monday Memories Originally posted April 20, 2011, we have moved again, after seven years in our Pennsylvania home, to Texas! I have felt again the sentiments expressed in this post, as milestones have continued in the lives of those friends we left behind, the lives of our new friends, and our own. We now have... Continue Reading →

Unity in the Body of Christ

We find ourselves now at the hinge of the book of Ephesians. For the first three chapters, Paul has been filling our minds and hearts with the wonders of God’s glorious grace in our salvation, this grace which was lavished on us with mercy and love—even when we were dead in our trespasses—and by which... Continue Reading →

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