Exercising Gratitude

Gratitude Photo

We are going to exercise this morning. We’re going to exercise a muscle group that often gets neglected. For the typical person, this muscle group is weak because it is rarely used; it’s not often stretched and exercised. I’m talking about exercising gratitude. Expressing thanks and praise and appreciation. Writer Jim Glassman points out “a…

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How to Follow Jesus Today

Today’s Scripture Reference: Ephesians 5:1-17 “Like father, like son.” You’ve probably heard the expression. Whether that’s a young boy wanting to shave like Dad, or the imitation steering wheel my car seat had way back when to steer just like Dad, it is normal for boys to want to grow up to be just like…

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Falling Madly in Love with God

Ephesians 3:14-21 Erin picked up a bottle from the grocery store shelf and read, “Blueberry Pomegranate, 100 percent juice, all natural.” The label displayed the image of a ripe pomegranate spilling its glistening seeds onto mounds of plump, perfect blueberries. Then she turned to the ingredients list. By law, food ingredients are listed in descending…

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Our Unique Privilege

Welcome to our study of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Before we jump into this week’s passage, let’s take a step back to consider why we take the time to revisit these ancient documents, to unpack them and apply them to ourselves today. We’ll get there by way of a scene written by Oxford math…

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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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