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So What?

April 23, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s hard to get too excited about solid theology (like in Ephesians 1) when Christians behave  so poorly that nonbelievers aren’t interested in all Jesus has to offer.

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Jesus “The Body”

April 22, 2010 Leave a comment

We spend lots of time thinking about getting our bodies in shape.

But what kind of shape is the church in these days?

What do you think it would look like?

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Power Prayer

April 21, 2010 Leave a comment

In verses 15-21, Paul writes a powerful prayer for his readers.

Who do you pray for?

Belief

April 20, 2010 Leave a comment

In verses 11-14, Paul discusses the complex interaction between human belief and God’s will.

Predestined

April 19, 2010 Leave a comment

In verses 3-10, Paul emphasizes that Jesus pursues us.  It’s not a one-way street, totally dependent upon our own efforts to become right with God.

Categories: bible, Ephesians

Introduction

April 18, 2010 Leave a comment

In Ephesians 1:1-2, Paul includes his typical greetings.

However, it is noted that not all early manuscripts included the words “in Ephesus,” so it’s likely that this letter was intended for an audience over a wide geographical range that happened to be centered around Ephesus.

Outline of Ephesians 1

April 17, 2010 Leave a comment
  1. Greetings
  2. Spiritual Blessings
  3. Paul’s Prayers

Life Verses

April 16, 2010 Leave a comment

I’m excited to be studying Ephesians in depth for the next few weeks.

My life verses are Ephesians 2:8-10.

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If I Could Ask God Anything: Awesome Bible Answers for Curious Kids by Kathryn Slattery

April 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Every parent can relate.  Out of the blue, your child asks you a spiritual question.

“Who is God?”

Or, “Is it OK to pray for help on a test?”

Or even, “Why do people have to die?”

These are three of the 180 questions that Kathryn Slattery tackles in bite-sized, one-page replies intended for “curious kids.”  This book is a worthwhile read for curious adults as well.

Separated into 11 logical categories–God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, The Bible, Christianity, Prayer, The Church, Christian Seasons & Holidays, Being a Christian Here & Now, Being a Christian Forever & Ever, and Big Questions–kids and adults alike are reminded that “God loves you” (1 John 3:1).

It reminded me a bit of a kids’ version of Josh McDowell’s Evidence That Demands a Verdict.  If you or your child is already a skeptic, there’s nothing in this book to convince you otherwise.

But if you approach life from a perspective of faith, then you’ll find a great deal of encouragement in the simple answers and extensive Bible quotes.

Full disclosure: Thomas Nelson provided me with a free review copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Theme: Unity

April 15, 2010 Leave a comment

According to the Zondervan NIV Bible Commentary, unity was a common and popular theme in the first century.

Paul builds upon this interest and connects the concept of unity to the Church.

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