Praising God, using Paul’s words in these verses, changed my outlook from tired and pushing through to the end of the day to one of awe and peace. 20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.… Read More
Paul began this front part of his letter with a praise poem, and he closed the section with praise as well. Why did he do this? To focus all of his attention, and that of the Ephesians’ and us, on the Almighty God who loves us. This gives us a model for the beginning and ending… Read More
At this time of the year, I am always reminded of how easy it is to block the flow of oxygen. I have 8 weeks of spring allergies that fill my sinuses, bronchioles, and lungs with unwanted blockages, and it can be hard to breathe. We all have experienced times in our lives when we… Read More
One of the ways I love to praise God at night as I am preparing to sleep is to open my Bible to the Psalms, pick a tune I know (old hyms. secular tunes, any melody works), and sing a Psalm. Sometimes I get to the end of a paragraph with one more line in… 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
What is more important to God: appearance or heart?