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Ephesians 4

God had a plan that the church was to be the place where His people would “grow up into Christ.” Paul notes that a mature Christian, is one who is not “tossed back and forth” by every wind of doctrine. They are Christians that know the truth and are able to defend that truth. They

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Reflections

Today is a day to review and meditate on our readings this week. For me Ephesians 2 is a rich text to ponder and meditate on. God’s grace is truly an amazing gift!!! May you grow in understanding as you meditate on God’s word today.

Reflections to consider

In 2 Corinthians 11, Paul reveals exactly how the master counterfeiter works. First, he offers a counterfeit savior: “For even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11: 14). So while there are cults that preach Jesus, it is not the Christ of Christianity that they preach. Satan also offers counterfeit servants:

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Ephesians 3

The mystery that has now unfolded is explained by Paul – that the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel in the kingdom! The Law was abolished when Jesus died on the cross and thus the two (Jew and Gentile) became one! This mystery was alluded too all through scripture, all the way back to Abraham

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Ephesians 2

Paul in this text establishes two great and wonderful truths! The first truth that he established is that we are saved by grace! There is nothing we can do to earn our salvation – no matter how hard we try our performance will fall short. Yet I don’t have to worry because it is by

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Ephesians 1

Paul reminds us in our reading that as Christians we have been given God’s great power! God’s great power, that very power that raised Jesus from the dead and lifted Him by ascension back to glory to take His seat at God’s right hand, is given to every one who has obeyed the gospel. Paul

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Romans 16

Paul in our reading gives a very strong warning about those would teach false doctrine and divide God’s people. What Paul says here is directly opposed to the ‘peace at any price’ approach to Christian unity, which often maligns all emphasis on sound doctrine as being divisive. But Paul is very clear. It is not

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Romans 15

Our reading opens with this line: “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.” Paul in this letter has been laying out a road map to help these two cultures (Jews

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect over our readings this week. The book of Romans has not been an easy read. One of my favorite passages is Romans 12 that we read this week. What strikes me about that text is in it we come to understand that our corporate life together in the body

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A reflection to consider

What we have read this week in Romans reminds me a devotional I came across of story that Jesus told of two men praying in the temple, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector (Luke 18:9-14). “These two men could not be more different. A Pharisee was regarded as being as different from

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Romans 14

In our reading Paul talks of not judging our brethren. Yet, in 1 Cor. 5:12 – we are told to judge our brethren … what is the difference? Well the matters that Paul addressed in 1 Cor. 5 – were sins that if continued would cost one their salvation. Paul makes it clear in our

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Romans 13

I love reading God’s word because something new will often jump out and get your attention! For me this time it was the close of this chapter. For Paul told them that it was time to wake up from their slumber because their salvation was closer now than when they first believed. The salvation that

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Romans 12

This is one of those chapters that I review often. After Paul has taken the time to show that both Jews and Gentiles were all lost and the only hope for salvation was through Jesus, he now helps them see how they respond to this amazing gift! So what do we in view of God’s

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Romans 11

So after you have read this chapter you are staring off into space confused … it’s ok! This is to me one of the most difficult texts to unpack in scripture. Let give you the short answer to what this text is talking about. All will be saved, Jew and Gentile, by faith! God did

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Romans 10

The issue Paul has been dealing with is the Jews and their salvation. The reason that so many of Paul’s countrymen are lost is because of their refusal to accept Jesus as Lord! So Paul tells them that their path to salvation will only take place when they accept Jesus as Lord and are willing

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Reflections

We are now in the middle of Romans as we pause to reflect. As someone said recently – this is a hard book to understand. Of course Peter did note that Paul wrote things that were difficult to understand. Don’t get lost in the things that confuse you and the things people misuse. Let me

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A reflection to consider

If you’re a parent, you have had or will have the experience of losing track of your child. (Kids are like ninjas—they disappear right before your eyes!) When you do, catch your breath and know that, in a way you never would have chosen, you have encountered the heart and mind of God. I recently

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Romans 9

This chapter is not an easy chapter to sort through! If you are lost on what Paul is trying to get across – don’t worry about it, I will summarize a few points. One of the main focuses of Paul over the last 8 chapters has been that the Jews could no longer claim a

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Romans 8

Our reading opens with an announcement that Paul makes that just explodes off the page! In Romans 7 Paul shows us a man who’s performance does not match his desires. A man who is just frustrated because as hard as he works, he just keeps falling short in the perfection of his performance – a

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Romans 7

Paul declares in our reading that the Law was no longer the standard for our relationship with God. It was not that the Law was unspiritual – it was the fact that our relationship with God was based on our performance and we always fell short! Paul in our text does an amazing job of

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