When I was 10 years old I shared the school bus with a stoutly loud-mouthed bully. He knew just the buttons to push to make me blow: comments about the size of my nose. The other kids on the bus would snicker, mostly because they didn’t want to be his next verbal target. I thought to myself, “Isn’t anyone going to do anything about this … Continue reading walking in forgiveness
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:1-2) The game Simon Says is a game we play as children. But it is a game that we are never too old to play. The idea of following a leader is ingrained in our … Continue reading walking like Christ
INTRO: THE JOURNEY BEGINS 1 – Entering Ephesus [1.1-2] 2 – Blessed [1.3-14] 3 – Prayer and the Power of God [1.15-23] WALKING WITH CHRIST 4 – Rags to Riches Reality [2.1-10] 5 – Reconciliation by the Way of the Cross [2.11-22] 6 – The Mystery of God Revealed [3.1-13] WALKING AS A CHURCH 7 – How to Pray for Your Church [3.14-21] 8 – … Continue reading watch the way you walk [study of Ephesians]
When you write a letter how do you usually end it? What is your customary salutation? I suppose it depends on the kind of letter you are writing. If you are writing a love letter you’ll probably end with something mushy like, “As the sunrises or sunsets you are forever my love.” If you are writing to a friend separated by a long distance you … Continue reading leaving Ephesus (marks of a servant)
Do you go out with your armor on? There are many careers that wear armor, but none more common than the armed forces. It is not uncommon to see a soldier dressed in battle gear on the news. In Jesus day it was not uncommon to see a Roman soldier or centurion. Paul uses this as an illustration to teach followers of Christ a valuable … Continue reading are you ready for warfare?
The Seven Dwarfs vs. The Office Millions of viewers enjoy watching the popular television show The Office. Could it be the show is much like a real life office? How does Dunder Mifflin make any money when so many people are not doing any work? The Office is full of characters that do not take their work Monday through Friday seriously. Sadly, TGIF is the … Continue reading extreme makeover: work edition
Most parents agree that they desire to have a happy house with children who are successful, financially responsible, skillful, educated, athletic and active. These are not wrong desires, but they could also distract you from God’s agenda for your home. What is God’s agenda for the home? God desires for parents to raise their children in such a way that they will lovingly, joyfully, passionately, … Continue reading extreme makeover: home edition