Ephesians 4:1-16 - Part 3 - Ephesians 4:1-16
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Will you say NO to busyness and pause to pray today? God is love... and He prayed for us. Jesus did, "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world." John 17:20-24
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Saturday, August 25, 2018
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
A: Reread through the “love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13, cuz Paul here talks about four specific attributes of love that are “always” put into action. The first of these is that love “always protects” (NIV) or “love bears all things” (ESV and NKJV).
The Greek word for “protects” is stegei, which literally means “to cover” and includes the idea of protecting and preserving lives. The word “Protects” shares something with the other three actions of love in verse 7 too (trusts, hopes, and perseveres): in the original language, all four words pretty much end with the same sound, creating a poetic rhythm -- a pleasing phonetic iteration.
Also notice this -- the four “always” statements in verse 7 use the Greek word panta, which corresponds to another four uses of the same term (translated “all”) in verses 2-3. First, Paul mentions four spiritual gifts used to their utmost:
If I can solve mysteries . . .If I have knowledge . . .If I have faith . . .If I give away I possess . . .. . . but, he says, if I employ these gifts without love, “I am nothing” (verse 2) and no one benefits.
Then, Paul provides the missing ingredient, love. Verse 7 is the counterpoint to verses 2-3, connected by the repetition of panta.
Love . . . . . . always protects. . . always trusts. . . always hopes. . . always perseveres
God’s type of love protects. That is, it watches out for others. It withstands difficulty. And, if there is a shortcoming or fault in the loved one, love has the ability to cover it (see Proverbs 10:12). Love is not based on selfish desire or even mutual benefit; rather, it seeks the benefit of the other person. Love aims to give rather than receive.
In the Old Testament, God’s protection of Israel was a sign of His love. “Though we are slaves, our God has not deserted us in our bondage. . . . He has granted us new life to rebuild the house of our God and repair its ruins, and he has given us a wall of protection” (Ezra 9:9).
The Psalms also highlight the connection between God’s love and His protection. Psalm 68:5 declares God to be a “father to the fatherless, a defender of widows.” Psalm 91:14 also promises God’s protection of those who love and trust Him.
We find a wonderful example of love’s protective nature in the story of Christ’s birth. When Joseph learned of Mary’s pregnancy, he was faced with a choice: “expose her to public disgrace” or “divorce her quietly” (Matthew 1:19). Joseph, being a righteous man, was planning to keep the matter quiet. In other words, he was covering over what he saw as a fault in Mary, and he protected her from public shame. This is love.
One of the marks of love is that it always seeks to protect the loved one. This doesn’t mean that we excuse wrongdoing or seek to evade the natural consequences of sin; it means that we strengthen what is weak, shield what is vulnerable, and forgive what is provoking. Protect from what though?
A top Polish Leader says he’s happy Poland didn’t receive a single Muslim migrant: “It’s a war of civilizations!” He should be.
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Saturday, August 18, 2018
Friday, August 17, 2018
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Now is good, today is the day! What would prevent you.. anything?.. from getting right in the light so you don’t get left in the dark? You can hear and go away sad, go away mad, or go away GLAD! Come home to Christ!
You are loved today! Turn and trust. And go get a friend to hear the Message as well.
The reckless love of the Father and of the Son.. seeks out. Yep, this great love compels God to leave the 99 in order to go find the one. It can bring you back Home. So grateful for the Living Word (Jesus) and the written word of God. His Gospel still has power to save. The Bible says, "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." ~ Luke19:10 #standwiththeBible! From my home state -- #socal.harvest.org..at / from Angel Stadium to you on August 17–19, 2018.
"I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicate to us through this Book." ~ Abe Lincoln www.knowGod.org
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Monday, August 13, 2018
I saw some of this type of wailing going on in a couple malls yesterday. Good idea: #RemainNotJackedUpAmerica
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It is time, today, to set aside our personal agendas, our brands, our personal platforms for horizontal voicing stuff and join our hearts and hands once again. It's time for fasting and believing prayer to see the healing of our Land.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Who should share their faith. Us -- all Christians. Yes, you and me with everyone wherever we go. All need to hear the #Gospel. Go into your world and tactfully do that. Now is good. Everybody needs Jesus cuz people are feeling empty, lonely, hurting, guilty, and afraid of their mother in law.. Nope, people are really afraid to die. Top two topics people google late at night? This.. ‘Porn’ And ‘Lonely.’ Pretty sad huh!
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Tuesday, August 7, 2018
The best problem solvers on the planet could have chosen to work alone, but they don’t work alone …and that’s why they’re the best. It's just practical to pray and work together, Christian. With the Bible we can have the mind of Christ!
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Why not go straight through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. No need to rush, take your sweet time. Relax and smell the flowers along the way.
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Monday, August 6, 2018
Is there no balm in Gilead? Is no physician there? Why then has the health of the daughter of my people not been restored? ~ Jeremiah 8:22
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Sunday, August 5, 2018
How will they know to worship.. or Who to.. if we worshipers get too busy to worship or to go and share the Gospel? "From the ends of the Earth we hear singing: 'Glory to the Righteous One.'" ~ Isaiah 24:16.
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