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READY or NOT? – Intro Lesson 6 – July 30 – August 6

If only we knew when the earthquake was coming, the burglar would arrive, the accident would happen, the financial crisis would begin, or the heart attack would strike, we could be so much better prepared.  We could gather in our supplies, buy the right kind of insurance, avoid going to certain places, keep our money under the mattress, or eat more wisely and exercise more.  However, that is simply not the way life works, is it?  In the physical and material realm of life, we never know what a day will bring and so we do our best to be wise and to be prepared for emergencies, knowing that there is a balance between caution and passivity, imagination and reality.   We can work at “staying calm and carrying on.”

In the arena of spiritual battles, it is a very different story.  We know that the devil and his spiritual cohorts are eager to find ways to make life difficult, to discourage, or to bring disaster on those who follow the Lord.  From Genesis to Revelation God helps us to understand the reality of the “enemy” as well as some of his varied tactics and unpredictable ways of attacking God’s people. Perhaps that is why Paul, at the end of his letter to the Ephesians, once again reminded his dear friends that there was a way to stay strong, to keep on winning the skirmishes as well as the battles that were bound to come to each of them in unpredictable ways throughout life.  There is a way to be prepared to meet temptation and to even help our friends be successful in their battles. 

It might be a very good idea for you to check your “armor” right now!  Is it readily available?  Is there a piece that is missing or broken?  And finally, are you really alert and listening to your “commander”?

HOW RICH ARE YOU? – Intro Lesson 1

What is it that makes someone feel that he or she is rich?  Is it the size of their bank account or their investments?  Is it their possessions or their positions or their sense of entitlement?  Or could it be that it is simply how they view life?  One research center claims that 54% of…Continue Reading

EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!

The news that a very interesting and encouraging letter had just arrived from their dear friend and teacher, Paul, would have spread very quickly throughout the region around Ephesus. They no doubt had heard about his imprisonment in Rome and would have been very concerned about his safety and well-being.  Can you imagine what it…Continue Reading

VIEWING A MASTERPIECE

It’s a breath-taking experience to view the Taj Mahal, to see the Mona Lisa, or to read one of the great pieces of literature or poetry that has been treasured for decades, isn’t it?  A masterpiece is defined as a “work of outstanding artistry, skill or workmanship.”  Whether the venue is music, literature, art, architecture…Continue Reading

BETTER NUTRITION and FLAVOR

These days many people want their physical food precooked, prepared, processed, and packaged. Quick, easy and convenient is a priority. Nutritious and delicious is a bonus. Has it ever occurred to you that we have similar preferences when it comes to our spiritual diet? We are busy people so it is easiest to turn to…Continue Reading

Announcing . . .

The arrival of our newest Bible study –            “Because of HIS Great Love” An opportunity to focus on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Lessons will be available the first week of June and the introductions to each lesson will be published week by week this summer, beginning Friday, June 18.Continue Reading