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How Do You Like Your Body?

Posted May 27th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

  This is not a post about your physical body or an advertisement for a weight loss or exercise program. Rather, in Ephesians 4 Paul writes about the condition and function of a spiritual body. Here is a part of what he writes: 11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a… (View Full Entry)

How’s Your Walk?

Posted May 26th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

There are a few things I’d like to comment on in Ephesians 4. In the beginning of the chapter Paul talks about the word “walk”. When you read the word “walk” in the New Testament the word is not typically talking about putting one foot in front of the other. Rather, the word “walk” usually refers to how one lives life. Often you can substitute the word “live” for the word “walk”. Here is how Paul begins this section of his letter: I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you… (View Full Entry)

The Perfect Gift for the Person Who Has Everything…or Anyone Else for That Matter

Posted May 25th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

  In Ephesians 3 Paul gives us an idea for the perfect gift. You probably have someone that you struggle with knowing what to give as a gift each Christmas. Perhaps your gift list is bigger than your budget? May I suggest that you give a “prayer” as a gift this year? Prayers have several advantages over many gifts….Prayers don’t cost any money. Prayers don’t shrink in the dryer. Prayers won’t lead to standing in long return lines after the holidays. Paul even gives you a model prayer to use to give to someone. Let’s read it here: 14 For this… (View Full Entry)

You’re a Masterpiece!

Posted May 24th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

I don’t know if anyone has told you that or not lately but in Christ you are a masterpiece. In Ephesians 2 we have some amazing teaching about who we are in Jesus Christ and what Jesus has done for us. I know I said yesterday that the paragraph in Ephesians 1 was special and it is; but there is another very special section in Ephesians 2. After reminding us that we are saved by our faith in this amazing God, we read this in verse 10: 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which… (View Full Entry)

If You Only Had One Paragraph of the Bible…

Posted May 23rd, 2017 by Pastor Eric

  Imagine if you were forced to choose just one paragraph of the Bible to have…that’s all you could have. Everything else would be taken away…what paragraph would you want? I’m sure there are a lot of options and good paragraphs to suggest; though I doubt any of them would come from Leviticus! Anyway, as we begin our time in Ephesians today, may I suggest the opening paragraph in Ephesians 1. Here it is: 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just… (View Full Entry)

Christian “Karma”

Posted May 22nd, 2017 by Pastor Eric

Another day in Galatians 6. Today I want to focus on a set of verses that many people have heard, even if they are not familiar with the Bible. Let’s read it: 7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore,… (View Full Entry)

Restoration or Condemnation?

Posted May 21st, 2017 by Pastor Eric

Paul shares a lot of good counsel in Galatians 6. He begins with a gem in verse 1: Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. In this verse Paul reminds the followers of Jesus about the right attitude regarding the sin of others. The first response should be to seek restoration, not condemnation. The first response is not to isolate but to reach out in restoration, in what Paul calls “a spirit of gentleness”. This is not an… (View Full Entry)

Good Fruit or Bad Works?

Posted May 20th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

In Galatians 5 the apostle Paul writes about a pretty striking contrast near the end of the chapter. Paul contrasts the “works of the flesh” with the “fruit of the Spirit”. The works of the flesh are those produced by those who do not know Christ. Here are those works: 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those… (View Full Entry)

The Law or the Lord? You Decide

Posted May 19th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

In Galatians 4 Paul continues with his contrast of the grace of Jesus and the law. There must have been some people in Paul’s audience that were turning away from grace and turning toward the law. Paul reminds the Galatians that they are either going to be under the law or under the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. The metaphor that Paul uses is the difference between a slave and a son. Paul says that when a slave and a son are children there is little difference in their lives, at least as they relate to authority. The son… (View Full Entry)

Who’s Your Daddy?

Posted May 18th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

One of the most compelling things about God in my opinion is that He reveals Himself to be “Father”.   God could have revealed Himself to us in any way He desired, but He chose “Father”. But is God “Father” to everyone? It seems common in our world to speak of everyone as “God’s children” but is that true? I don’t think so. In Galatians 3 we are given an opportunity to understand how God becomes our Father. This is what Paul writes in verses 26-29: 26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many… (View Full Entry)