The Purpose of Work

Did you ever consider that God created work and labor for a specific purpose?   As the Apostle Paul laid out godly counsel to the Ephesian believers about how to rightly live as the body of Christ, he included the following admonition: He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with […]

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Godly Anger

Last week we saw how imperative it is for believers to be truthful (Eph 4:25).  We are to speak truth to one another so that we remain unified in the body of Christ.  And immediately following this appeal, the Apostle Paul provides believers with a warning about anger toward others. Be angry and yet do […]

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Speak Truth

Telling the truth seems to be one of the most important characteristics a Christian can exhibit.  It may be one of the hardest ones at times, and from the time we’re toddlers to the time we die it is a constant battle to always be truthful.  The desire to lie or tell half-truths is deeply […]

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Put On The New Self

Earlier in our study of Ephesians we saw how Christians are called to be different from the world.  Our actions prove our faith, and once again the Apostle Paul repeats the truth that, as believers, we are to walk the walk we talk. So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you […]

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Unified in the Body of Christ

The Bible is intriguing in that it often explains the most mysterious heavenly truths in such simple ways they can be easy to miss.  From the way Jesus told of the workings of the Kingdom of God through parables, to the way Paul draws us a mental picture of the Church as a human body, […]

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Love

We are called to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and our neighbor as ourselves.  So, in that spirit, let’s allow God’s Word alone to tell us a little more about love. 1 Corinthians 13: If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, […]

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Unified in Truth

In today’s world, truth is treated as subjective.  The world believes truth is what one makes it and how it applies to oneself.  They believe there is no singular truth, and it is relative to the situation.  Scripture teaches the exact opposite.  Truth is foundational, it is fixed, it is unyielding, and it was set […]

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Christ’s Gift of Those Who Serve

God is a loving God who blesses His children richly with heavenly gifts (cf: Luke 11:13).  This doesn’t necessarily translate to material blessings, as we’ve seen previously, but God’s gifts are meant to build us up spiritually and draw us into a deeper relationship with Himself. The gifts God gave us are many, including grace, […]

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The Humility of Christ’s Descension

Ephesians 4 provides believers with a solid framework for walking the walk we talk.  In the first few verses of this beautiful chapter, the Apostle Paul tells believers we are to walk in a manner worthy of our calling by Christ, which is to be inwardly and outwardly gentle, humble, kind, and patient.  These attributes […]

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The Shepherds and the Lamb

Just about everyone has heard the account of Christ’s birth, even those who don’t believe or acknowledge Him as Savior.  It is a piece of history that has been well-preserved for over 2,000 years thanks to its details being dutifully recorded in Scripture and other texts.  As we approach Christmas this week, I’d like to […]

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