Grace To You

Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Philippians 1:1-2 After affirming his place as a bondservant (or slave) of Christ, which we learned is closely […]

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Bondservants of Christ

Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Philippians 1:1-2 Opening chapter one of Philippians, we are blessed with a very familiar greeting from the Apostle […]

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Serving With A Sincere Heart

For a good portion of human history slavery was very common, and in some areas where the early Christians lived there were more slaves than free.  Thankfully, in America we are so blessed that it is hard to truly visualize slavery, which can make certain biblical passages difficult to understand or relate to.  So as […]

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Imitators of God

Heading into Ephesians chapter 5, we find ourselves in the middle of a lengthy discourse from the Apostle Paul on the Christian’s obligation to live rightly.  In fact, this theme continues through the end of his epistle, so we should prepare ourselves for quite a bit more godly advice from Paul as we continue unpacking […]

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Firstborn From The Dead

Coming out of Passion Week and our celebration of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection from the grave, I thought it would be fitting to explore a truth about our Lord that can be a little confusing at first glance, but provides us with a great promise about our future. In Scripture we […]

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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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One in Christ

Following his instruction to believers to live their lives in a manner worthy of our calling, the Apostle Paul then expounded on how this calling can be practically viewed as we interact with one another.  There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one […]

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With God All Things Are Possible

We’ve all heard the story of the Rich Young Man (or ruler) in Mark 10 and Matthew 19.  And we’ve all heard and probably quoted the verse “with God all things are possible”.  Most of us don’t think of these two stories being linked, but Jesus said this famous line at the closing of the […]

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The Power At Work Within Us

As the Apostle Paul rounds out what we know as chapter 3 of Ephesians (fun fact: the first Bible to be versified was the Geneva translation in 1560), he continues his encouragement to the church with the pinnacle of his exhortation in this passage.  He writes: Now to Him who is able to do far […]

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Comprehending Christ’s Love For Us

Last week we looked at how we, being members of God’s family, are strengthened by the Holy Spirit to do the will of God and hold firmly to our faith in Christ, and that this God-given strength is not for our own gain, but for God’s glory. Building on this, the Apostle Paul continues further […]

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