Remember

Ephesians 2:11-22 We live in a world marked by rivalry. Some of it is fun-spirited: IU versus Purdue. Some of it comes from attempts to manipulate for money: Apple vs. Android. Some of it is rooted in historical animosities: North vs. South. Democrat vs. Republican. Then there are also violent rivalries driven by fear and…

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Oh, to Know You More

Ephesians 1:15-23 Welcome to part 3 of our series through Ephesians, titled God, Identity, and Everything Between. We began with an overview of who this letter was written to (Christians from Jewish and Gentile backgrounds), who it was written by (Saul the persecutor of Christians, who after being confronted by the risen Christ, was powerfully…

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Made for Praise

We were made for praise! Open your Bible with me to Ephesians 1:3-14. In the original Greek, verses 3-14 are one long, complex 202-word sentence that from start to finish roars with praise! This passage—this sentence—is, to put it in one word, epic. It begins on a note of praise, it concludes with praise. The…

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God, Identity, and Everything Between

“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace and peace to you  from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 1:1-2 So begins one of the most sweeping books in the New Testament—one that takes us to the heights of…

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New Year, New Wardrobe

Madonna Del Cardellino Paitning

Central to our understanding of the Christian life is that it involves a profound change of the kind only God can work in a person’s life. To become a Christian is to welcome God changing you at the deepest level. In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he describes the new you in a variety of ways.

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Lost…and Treasured – Unlocking the Secrets of the Kingdom: the Parables of Jesus

Luke 15:1 to 32 Harold and Tina Ehrenberg were cleaning up before family arrived for Thanksgiving dinner this week, when Tina came across some old lottery tickets on a nightstand—one of them a winning ticket worth $1.8 million. Although they didn’t know it at the time, the ticket was due to expire in just two…

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There’s Room at the Table – Unlocking the Secrets of the Kingdom: The Parables of Jesus Pt 5

Luke 14:16-24 CareerBuilder.com sends out an annual ‘sick day survey,’ asking hiring managers the most bizarre excuses they’ve heard for missing work. A few of the actual excuses employees have used to avoid going to work include the following: “Employee woke up in a good mood and didn’t want to ruin it.” “Employee had been…

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