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“Because of HIS Great Love”

A Bible Study focused on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians

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Do you have a box of treasured letters in the attic or in a special drawer somewhere in your house? Perhaps you have saved them because they are part of your family history or your own romantic story or they may be the letters that you wrote to your parents during your adventures some years ago. For centuries these kinds of letters have formed the basis for many of our best historical books as well as biographies. While the greatest percentage of our personal communication now is done by phone or electronically, would you agree that there is still something very special about receiving a letter, words and ideas that you can read and savor again and again?

We can only imagine what it must have been like for the people in Ephesus to welcome Tychicus back from his visit to Paul in Rome. They, no doubt, eagerly came together to hear what Paul had to say in the letter that he sent to them. How many times did someone re-read it to them so that could begin to talk about the things that were important to Paul? Did they make handwritten copies of it so that they could share it with neighboring churches? Did they grasp the grandeur of his presentation of what it means to be “in Christ” and what it looks like to “live life as God’s dearly loved children”? While we don’t know the answers to questions like this, we do know that from those early beginnings of the church, God has continued to accomplish His purposes through those who belong to Him.

So, today, through the amazing vision of God’s people, we have this letter preserved in our Bibles, so that we can read it, study it, and understand in much clearer ways what it means to be “blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ”. We can, like the first century believers, “be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and become mature”. Want to learn more about these amazing truths? You are invited to join our 7 week study of this important letter written to the Ephesians and to us! You will be richly blessed and inspired.

IF You Can. . . – An Insight for Lesson 7

It’s one of those polite phrases that we can almost say without thinking.  We use it when asking someone to do a favor for us. We say it when we doubt either someone’s availability or ability.   In an effort to be considerate of the strength or the schedule of another person, we easily tack it…Continue Reading

As You Look Ahead – An Insight for Lesson 5

Who knows what the future holds no matter who wins the election?  Who can be sure that certain legislation will really make that big a difference in our economy or my security? The fact is that unless I choose to do what Abraham and the other patriarchs did so long ago, I am setting myself…Continue Reading