Do Not Grieve The Holy Spirit

As we study Scripture, we often encounter verses that speak volumes.  In the midst of Paul’s admonition to the believers in Ephesus to live their lives in an upright and holy manner (Eph 4:17-32), he drops this rather simple yet striking sentence: Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed […]

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Words of Grace

As the Apostle Paul nears the close of what we know as Ephesians chapter 4, he wrote several important and powerful statements about how believers must behave.  From the command to speak truth (Eph 4:25), to not sinning in our anger (4:26), to not stealing and instead laboring for the benefit of the Kingdom (4:27), […]

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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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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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Do Not Lose Heart

Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory. Eph 3:13 As we’ve previously seen in our walk through his letter to the church in Ephesus, Paul’s main theme is the supremacy of Christ over all, and his personal testimony regarding the call of Christ […]

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Mystery Hidden in Christ

One of the biggest blessings of carefully studying Scripture is finding little diamonds in the text that really get you thinking.  In today’s passage, we are given some very interesting insight into the spiritual and eternal world that exists just beyond our vision. To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, […]

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