Living in faith is a day-to-day journey that goes on for months and years, and we constantly face the temptation to get comfortable instead of faithful. Paul presents an alternate way of living that is only possible because of the gift of God in Christ. The benefits we receive are so clear that we cannot… Read More
Ephesians 3:11-13 He’s carrying me through my troubles.
When my circumstances stink, when I’m up against a wall, when I’m surrounded and the harder I try the deeper I sink, when I feel alone and abandoned, when others hurt me… God says, “Don’t be afraid; trust me. Boldly go out on the mission I laid out for you. I feel your pain–I’ve suffered… Read More
Ephesians 3:9-10 Chosen
Has God chosen you for a specific task? I’m in the grandma stage of my life, so I have a lot of years and choosings to look back at. I realize that God chose me for certain tasks at different stages in my life. It was only about ten years ago that I thought, “Aha.… Read More
Ephesians 3:7-8 What’s your excuse?
What’s stopping you from doing God’s mission for you? When I read through Paul’s list of excuses, I was surprised at the similarity to mine. I had always thought of Paul as an extremely confident, know-it-all kind of guy, and here I was reading a list of his anxieties about himself–lots of excuses giving his… Read More
Ephesians 3:1-3 Obedience landed him in jail
God had a plan and a mission for Paul’s life. Paul followed it, and it landed him in jail. He’s not whining, just stating facts. And he still went forward with God’s mission for him. Can we do the same? Ephesians 3:1-3 (New Living Translation) When I think of all this, I, Paul, a… Read More