A Study in Ephesians 1: 15-21 – Part 6

What Are the Benefits of Believing? How do you know God?  Some people say they encounter God in nature, some through meditation.  Others say they know God through the teachings of a pastor or a Bible study teacher.  Yet others say they know God from what their parents taught them or from a class inContinue reading “A Study in Ephesians 1: 15-21 – Part 6”

God: Wow! Do I Have a Plan for YOU!

Ephesians 1: 3-14 Study of Ephesians – Part 5 Your life has a story.  It is your story and no one else’s.  Your story is special only to you, as painful or as wonderful as that may be.  God also has a story – and you are a part of it.  If you’ll recall fromContinue reading “God: Wow! Do I Have a Plan for YOU!”

It’s Greek to Me!

Ephesians 1: 3-14 Study of Ephesians – Part 4 Greek was the language of commerce in the Roman Empire at the time of the writings of the New Testament, much like English is in much of the world today.  As an overview, King Philip II of Macedon (382-336 BC) started conquering the surrounding territory andContinue reading “It’s Greek to Me!”

I’m Paul. I Have Some Things to Say.

Ephesians 1: 1-2 – Part 3 It is not my intent to go through the book of Ephesians verse-by-verse.  However, how often do we skip over the salutations at the very beginning of a New Testament book thinking it is so much blah-blah empty words and just a formality?  However, in this study in EphesiansContinue reading “I’m Paul. I Have Some Things to Say.”

A Study in Ephesians – Part 2

The Great Mystery of the Ages When one begins to get into a study of the messages in Ephesians, one runs smack-dab (US English for “right in the middle of”) the question of predestination.  I tried to avoid it, but the first chapter just slaps one in the face with words such as “predestined,” “chose,”Continue reading “A Study in Ephesians – Part 2”

A Study in Ephesians – Part 1

The Church, of Which Christ Is the Head There are so many churches in the world, yet they generally call themselves “Christian” in some way or another.  To be Christian means to be Christ-followers or Christ-like.  I can’t say they all act like it all the time, but perhaps this thought of Christ being theContinue reading “A Study in Ephesians – Part 1”