Posts from September 2019

Posts from September 2019

Ephesians 4 | Building Up in Love

“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” Ephesians 4:15-16 As human beings, we love to build things. In the construction industry, (I work in construction materials), I see it every…

Ephesians 3 | The Mystery Revealed

We all love a good mystery story!  I remember in elementary school my friends and I were all caught up in the Hardy Boys books (the young ladies enjoyed Nancy Drew). We would read these books and then swap books with each other when we finished. The intriguing part of reading these mystery novels was trying to figure out the mystery. Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, there were many TV shows about detectives solving mysteries. You may remember…

Ephesians 2 | The Walking Alive

I can’t help it. When I read Paul’s words as he opens chapter 2 of Ephesians, my mind is drawn to a most macabre and distasteful reminder of one of this decade’s most-watched TV series – “The Walking Dead”. If you have not seen it, please don’t watch. While it’s based on a comic book series, it is not comical. The gritty drama portrays life in the months and years that follow a zombie apocalypse. The zombies colloquially referred to…

Ephesians 1 | Why We Are Trinitarian

Opponents of the New Testament doctrine of the Trinity point out the word (trinity) is not found anywhere in the Bible. While that is true, the concept is found in almost every book. The term was created to describe a biblical idea: the God of both the Old and New Testament is comprised of three glorious persons, each of who make up the blessed triune Godhead. Christian scholars and teachers argued long and hard over the first three centuries to…

Galatians 6 | Doing Good When I Don’t Want to

“Sometimes, I just get tired of having to be the bigger person and take the high road where I let go of my hurt or expectation. I know that’s wrong and everything, and I’m gonna get over it, it’s just where I’m at, ya know?” That’s a direct quote from myself to my husband….last week. *cringe*  I’m trusting you all not to judge me too harshly here, I’m sure we’ve all felt that way at one point or another, whether…

Galatians 5 | Has Anyone Hindered You?

“You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?” Galatians 5:7 In an NFL football game on Thanksgiving Day, 2013, a strange event happened that would go down as one of the most bizarre plays in NFL history. The Pittsburgh Steelers were playing the Baltimore Ravens in the Thanksgiving Day evening game. It was midway through the third quarter and the Steelers trailed 13-6. Pittsburgh kicked off to the Ravens and the Ravens kickoff return specialist Jacoby Jones fielded…

Galatians 4 | Abba Father

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” Galatians 4:4-7 In this part of the…

Galatians 3 | Saved by Faith, Not Works

Having grown up under legalism, accomplishing works for salvation rather than trusting completely in faith, this chapter is the great chapter of freedom from legalism. Surely enough my former denomination generally steered very clear of this letter from Paul.   While many Christians are willing to say that our Salvation is in Christ alone, it is so easy for legalism, or works, to creep in. This is what happened to the Galatians. This is also what can easily happen to us…

Galatians 2 | Counting the Cost

Written by Kevin Cunningham In a small village located in Colombia’s Pacific coast jungle, we awaited the arrival of a king. Our team’s excitement could not be denied that God had chosen us to preach the gospel for the first time in history to the Epena Pedee tribe. But, the tribe had a king. He sent us a message saying they had enough gods already and we were not welcome. We went anyway. When the king arrived, his countenance revealed…

Galatians 1 | Gospel ADHD

On our recent trip to Europe, we realized something profound about the gospel; it is dangerously easy to get sidetracked from the good news of Jesus and fall into a performance-based, religious mindset that completely subverts the gospel. This is true for countries, for churches, and for individuals. The three countries we visited, Poland, Ukraine, and France, have each been exposed to the gospel of Jesus Christ for well over a thousand years. When you look at a map showing…
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