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Outline of Ephesians 3

October 31, 2010 Leave a comment
  1. Paul reminds his readers that it is new good news that Gentiles can be accepted into God’s family
  2. Paul’s mission is to bring this good news to Gentiles, even though he’s still in prison
  3. Paul prays an inspiring prayer
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Everyone Is Invited

October 30, 2010 Leave a comment

In the second half of Ephesians 2, we learn that everyone is invited.

This was a surprising perspective in the 1st century.

It’s a surprising perspective today, too, very countercultural.

Categories: Ephesians

Grace

October 29, 2010 Leave a comment

When I hear the word “grace,” I think of saying a blessing over a special meal:

However, in Ephesians 2:8-10, grace is a description of God’s gift to us.

Even better, we learn in these verses that God prepared special tasks just for us to accomplish.

That sounds like an amazing promise to me.

VIP Seating

October 28, 2010 Leave a comment

We receive an all-access pass because God loves us (vv. 4-7).

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Rough Beginning

October 27, 2010 Leave a comment

According to verses 1-3, everyone starts off in a bad spiritual state.

This is a difficult message for most people to accept.

However, I believe that experience supports this view of human nature.

It’s not that everyone is all bad all the time.  That’s obviously not true.  But the claim here is that everyone naturally follows their inner voice even when that voice suggests poor behavior.

And we all know that we sometimes follow that inner voice even when we know it’s wrong.

Categories: Ephesians

Outline of Ephesians 2

October 26, 2010 Leave a comment
  1. Everyone is a mess
  2. God helps us
  3. Now we’re a family
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Life Verses

October 25, 2010 Leave a comment

I’m excited to be returning full-time to 9-Year Bible blogging.  We are still continuing our Bible2010 experience at church, but I’ve finished the blog posts through January 2011.

We finished looking at Ephesians 1 in April.  Our next stop is Ephesians 2.

This is an especially meaningful passage for me because I memorized verses 8-10 for my baptism way back when I was 8 years old.  They are my life verses.

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Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World: What on Earth Should We Do? by Dr. David Jeremiah

October 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Dr. David Jeremiah reminds Christians of the importance of being grounding in a thorough knowledge and application of the Bible.

This quick-paced book is divided into the following ten chapters:

  1. Stay Calm
  2. Stay Compassionate
  3. Stay Constructive
  4. Stay Challenged
  5. Stay Connected
  6. Stay Centered
  7. Stay Confident
  8. Stay Consistent
  9. Stay Committed
  10. Stay Convinced

If you follow Dr. Jeremiah’s other ministries regularly, this book will not add a great deal of new insight.  However, it is a concise summary of some of his latest thinking.

Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

Categories: book review, BookSneeze
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