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June 5, 2007

Ephesians 5:1-7 “Not even a hint?”

We don’t pass this test.
Our churches look good. The Christian church in our country is full of people who listen to Christian music, read Christian magazines, even wear "Christian clothing." But we are… Well, let me use the word my mom lik…

May 30, 2007

Ephesians 4:1-6 “The Unicorn Church”

You’ll see green alligators and long-necked geese
Some humpty backed camels and some chimpanzees
Some cats and rats and elephants, but sure as you’re born
You’re never gonna see no unicorns
Remember that song? (written by Shel Silverstein and sung b…

May 29, 2007

Ephesians 3:14-21 “The Right Reason”

Paul starts verse 14 with , "For this reason…" But he is not referring to the words he just wrote about his special ministry to the Gentiles. Remember, he interrupted himself. Now he is picking up the dropped thread of his train of thought….

May 29, 2007

Ephesians 3:1-13 “Specialized Ministry”

Monday’s reading is a parenthetical remark, a quick explanation. I have often been put off by "specialized ministries." It has always seemed to me like a Balkanization of the Church for us to have special ministries to this group and that gro…

May 24, 2007

Ephesians 2:1-10 “Dead but…”

Does your brain turn off when you’re reading familiar words? Mine does. Every morning when I’m driving my son to his high school carpool I listen to the news, hoping to catch the weather. It always comes right after the traffic report. But somehow the …

May 23, 2007

Ephesians 1:15-23 “Someone Else’s Faith”

(Experimenting with different type sizes. Let me know which works and looks best for you.)
I pray for more faith for myself, wanting to be better equipped to help someone else or to do what God wants me to do. I pray for more faith for my family becaus…

May 22, 2007

Ephesians 1:3-14 “Verbs to You”

In order to focus in on what Paul is saying to the believers in Ephesus and to us, just look at the verbs he uses in this opening section.
God "has blessed us" – "he chose us" – "he predestined us" – "adopted" us…

May 22, 2007

Ephesians 1:1-2 “Hello”

I’m still fascinated by the greetings among God’s people in the Bible. I know I’ve written and preached on this before. More than once. But I find it simultaneously comforting and challenging.
We often pass over the "standard paragraph" at th…

May 18, 2007

Luke 24:50-53 “The End?”

It’s late in the workday. In the hours of this one day I have encountered people who are happy to serve – people who are seeking God’s help – and people who are upset and angry with the church. My heart is pounding right now after reading an …

May 15, 2007

Luke 24:1-12 Little People

Sometimes it seems like practically everyone mentioned in the New Testament has been designated a saint. (Of course, the Bible describes all who believe in Jesus as saints because they have been sanctified by the Holy Spirit, but I’m referring here to …

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