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Archive for January 2016

Ephesians 6:13-18a

Since we are being attacked by spiritual powers on a fairly regular basis, we need to put on the armor of God. What has God given us that we are to wear and use in this daily battle? Truth.  As we live in the truth, as God has defined and instituted truth, we will be…

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Ephesians 6:10-12

A lot of people wonder if and why it is really so necessary to embrace Christian growth.  Can’t a person just believe in Jesus and leave it at that?  Do I really need to pray?  Do I really need to become familiar with the Bible?  Do I really need to invite God into every part…

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Ephesians 6:5-9

What do you say to a slave?  Down through the centuries Christians have been slave holders and we have fought to free the slaves.  When the Apostle Paul spoke to people who were slaves he did not advocate for their release, though if you look at the book of Philemon, he does move somewhat in…

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Ephesians 6:1-4

After teaching crucial truths about marriage, Paul turns to the parent-child relationship.  Kids are called to do two things, similar, though each being important in it’s own right.  First, children are to obey their parents.  This is basic, but always a challenge, back then as well as today.  Obedience is essential, since children are severely…

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Ephesians 5:25-33

Having called upon the wives to submit to their husbands, in vv.22-24, one would expect Paul to use the language of leadership in the next verse.  “Let husband lead their wives.”  But he doesn’t.  Instead, he uses the language of love.  “Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the Church.”  This is a remarkable statement,…

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Ephesians 5:22-24

Well, now we are getting into the fun stuff, aren’t we?  Wives and husbands and marriage and Jesus and the Church, all connected and intertwined in the business of everyday life.  Paul, having talked about living the holy life as part of the Church of Jesus Christ, now turns to marriage, and he begins with…

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Ephesians 5:15-21

What is it that controls your life?  Now we might be tempted to say that nobody controls my life.  I do what I want!  But of course that isn’t completely true.  The Bible says that the lost are slaves to their own sin.  Our sinful self fills us with urges that we must obey.  So…

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Ephesians 5:7-14

What does it mean to be a partner with someone?  A dictionary definition goes like this. “A partner is a person who takes part in an undertaking with another or others, especially in a business or company with shared risks and profits.” In our reading today, Paul calls upon believers to not become partners with…

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