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Archive for the ‘The Letter to the Ephesians’ Category

WHAT TEMPTS US?

July 12, 2012

by Stephen L Dunn What tempts us? The answer can be and is … almost anything. Things outside us such as something “irresistible” in the showroom or on The Shopping Channel.  Pornography and “get rich quick” lotteries catch a lot of Americans. Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies are particularly tempting even to diabetics.  There things […]

THE MYSTERY OF THE GOSPEL

June 13, 2011

19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel …” 1. In our previous post we noted an intriguing phrase in Paul’s closing prayer requests to the Ephesians.  “The mystery of the gospel.”  What do you think of […]

PRAYER REQUIRED

June 12, 2011

We are almost finished with Ephesians. Chapter six to this point has given us an in depth look at the challenges and needs in spiritual warfare.  Paul concludes this section with a summary comment about prayer and a person note about prayer for himself. “18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all […]

FULL BODY ARMOR

June 5, 2011

In our last post we looked at the command to put on the full armor of God–full body armor, if you will. Read verses 11-17.  1. Why are we to put on the full armor of God (verse 13)? 2. This is a troubling verse for the comfortable Christians of the 21st century.  We often […]

A NEW LOOK AT THE ARMOR OF GOD (GUEST POST)

May 28, 2011

I am still on vacation, but I came across this post  by Amy Litzelman on “A New Look at the Armor of God.”  I thought you’d find it helpful.  Feel free to post any comments. A New Look at the Armor of God By Amy Layne Litzelman “A final word: Be strong with the Lord’s […]

ON VACATION

May 25, 2011

I am on vacation for the next eleven days, my first in five  months.  My intention, with the encouragement of my elders, is to do ministry work until this sabbath is over. So unless I get inspired or bored, look for the next post about Ephesians 6 on Sunday, June 5th.  Thanks for your understanding.

BODY ARMOR

May 22, 2011

Even in today’s sophisticated, high tech warfare, troops in battle need reliable body armor. That body armor is not insurance that a warrior will survive all the possibilities in battle, but without armor a soldier will be wounded or killed–in either case, taken out of the battle.  Warfare is a tragic fact of life in […]

PARENTS AND CHILDREN — MASTERS AND SLAVES

May 18, 2011

We now enter the final chapter of Ephesians.  Paul opens this chapter by continuing his instruction on relationships. Read verses 1-4. The first words are directed at children.  In the voice:Readers New Testament verse 1 reads: “Now to you, children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right in God’s eyes”. The direction […]

PRACTICAL SUBMISSION #2-HUSBANDS LOVE YOUR WIVES

May 17, 2011

Note from Steve:  I knew I was behind on these postings but it wasn’t until I started to work on this today that I discovered I’ve let 10 days slip by.  Sorry, troops.  We’ll try to get back up to speed.  For all you women in the group who have been waiting for the husband’s […]

PRACTICAL SUBMISSION, PART 1

May 4, 2011

Out of the pivotal verse of Ephesians 5:21, Paul launches into practical explanations of the concept of mutual submission out of reverence for Christ in a variety of relational situations. Read Ephesians 5:21-33. This passage speaks of the relationships of a Christian household beginning with a husband and a wife. 21Submit to one another out […]