When things in our life our flowing smoothly, we quote this verse with a smile, but then life throws us a curve ball. That’s when we quote this verse in faith, through our tears, and know our real hope for a future. Thanks to the artists and publishers who provide us coloring books where we… Read More
Paul begins and ends these three verses with praise, did you notice that? Paul is evidently very excited about who God is and who we are to him, so enthusiastic that he can’t stop pointing out how amazing God is. We humans are made to praise, not just in our heads, but with our voices.… Read More
You probably already use a variety of versions as your study the Bible. I’ve found that looking at different versions can help me to see and hear things I haven’t noticed before. For that reason, I will include different versions throughout this study. The first four versions I go to are: (NIV) New International Version… Read More
Why do I bother with silly, groan-worthy, nothing blogs on Fridays that focus on things that induce laughter–at least they make me laugh. Because I don’t want to live without it–life needs more than just endurance. I want to look for things that bring a smile, a chuckle, and outright laughter. And it’s always more… Read More
This week we remember the worst of times: Jesus was crucified for our sins. This week we celebrate the best of times: Jesus defeated death once and for all, rose again, and is waiting for us in heaven.
Those of you who studied Romans with me have experienced the directness of Paul. He is not one who carefully talks all around a subject, but one who goes straight to the heart of the matter. That was true in Romans as well as in this letter to the Ephesians. I want to give us… Read More
I’d like to issue an invitation to you to study Paul’s letter to the Ephesians with me. Instead of only reading through the verses, we will chart what they tell us, state the main message that God revealed to us as we read this today, and doodle–take an idea into our heads and relay it… Read More