1. Grace vs. Besetting Sin
    09 Oct, 2018
    Grace vs. Besetting Sin
    For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9  In yesterday's pondering I mentioned how there is a certain sense in which sin in general is besetting.  It's not merely those particular sins we seem to struggle with on a consistent basis.  Sin itself persists in our lives.  We will continue to struggle with sin as long as we live in this present age. I have to admit, when I
  2. Every Spiritual Blessing
    11 Jun, 2018
    Every Spiritual Blessing
    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places . . . Ephesians 1:3 This verse has become something of a "go to" passage for me recently.  I've been captivated by it. The fact that God the Father has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing is staggering. Every. Spiritual. Blessing. Every. Single.  One. Nothing withheld. Nothing denied. Whatever spiritual blessing the Father has, it is
  3. Light and Darkness
    08 Jun, 2018
    Light and Darkness
    Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.  Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Ephesians 5:6-10 The contrast between light and darkness is all over the place.   Literature.  Art.  Music.
  4. Be Strong in the Lord
    19 Mar, 2018
    Be Strong in the Lord
    Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.  Ephesians 6:10  I've been thinking about this passage quite a bit recently.  I actually spoke about it yesterday in our Sunday School class. The question I raised in that class was this . . . what does it mean to be strong in the Lord? The most important point I would make in answering that question is that being strong in the Lord means recognizing our own weakness. To be strong in the Lord is not being strong in and of
  5. Marriage
    26 Feb, 2018
    Marriage
    "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."  This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:31-32 Today is the 18th anniversary of the day I married the love of my life.  On February 26th of 2000, I watched Donna walk down the aisle of a church building in Greensboro, NC as my bride.  The wedding ceremony that followed changed our lives in more ways than we could ever have
  6. Must Not Even Be Named Among Us
    17 Oct, 2017
    Must Not Even Be Named Among Us
    But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.  Ephesians 5:3 As a response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal in which many women have accused him of sexual misconduct, actress Alyssa Milano tweeted, "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet." Since then social media has been flooded with "me too" messages. I have been overwhelmed with the sheer number of these confessions of