Have you ever made a promise you didn’t keep? Have you ever rushed to judgment? Have you ever felt like walking with God has become harder and harder? How do you stand strong in your faith over the long haul? Ray was shocked at how quickly he crumbled. He suffered unending criticism from the retired clergymen in his congregation when he pastored his first church. After...
Author: Jan Shrader
Scripture: Ephesians 6:10 - 10:18, John 10:10-10, Ephesians 3:14-19
An old Chinese proverb says, "One generation plants the trees, and another gets the shade." You and I are still benefiting from the shade provided by trees planted by our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. We are shaded, to some degree, by their moral standards and spiritual commitment. Now the spade is in our hands and the question facing us is, "What kind of...
Author: John MacArthur
Scripture: Ephesians 6:1-4, Deuteronomy 6:7-7, Colossians 3:20-21
“Every one should get what they deserve.” If a teen studies, works hard, and succeeds in high school, then that teen should be allowed to go to college. If a woman goes to work everyday, gives her best effort, and accomplishes the requirements of her job, then she should be able to provide for her family. If a man doesn’t steal, doesn’t kill, and works to keep the law,...
Author: Jeff Elkins
Scripture: Ephesians 2:8-9, Acts 9:1-18
I’m not sure if this is in a book somewhere, but it’s widely known that the easiest way to get out of a Christian dating relationship is to throw the God Card. I think there are probably times when this is a legitimate reason to break up, when God says, “Don’t date Mark.” But sometimes we throw God under the bus when we do this. Instead of saying “I would like to date people...
Author: Jon Acuff
Scripture: Proverbs 24:27-27, 1 John 5:21-21, Ephesians 4:31-31, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-3, Proverbs 18:22-22, Matthew 5:48-48, Genesis
Was the fall of Lucifer really discussed in Isaiah 14? What can we learn about Lucifer from this passage? This passage in Isaiah contains a prophecy against Sennacherib who proclaimed himself king after conquering Babylon. (Isaiah 14:4). Though he is mighty now and able to inflict suffering and turmoil on his subjects (vs. 3), he shall be brought down to the grave and mocked...
Author: Neil Anderson
Scripture: Isaiah 14:4-11, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:12-12
Christian character has always been important, but it seems like it’s never been as important as it is now. Ephesians 5:1-4 states: " Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 3 But...
Author: Carey Nieuwhof
Scripture: Ephesians 5:1-4
My youngest son, Miles, and I have a unique mother/son relationship. We most definitely relate on a familial level, but also he appreciates my counsel. As a minister, much of what I do for women is counsel, but rarely does a parent experience that sort of relationship with her child. Miles, on the other hand, seeks my counsel. And understand, I do not mean simply my advice....
Author: Deb Waterbury
Scripture: Ephesians 1:3-4
The right tools are key… to any job. And when the job is one with an eternal impact, the tools are that much more significant. Praying for my grandchildren IS my spiritual work. And for many years, I must confess, I went about this weighty work with no plan, no tools. I did the job, but not well. My prayers were often inconsistent and vague. I grappled with a busy...
Author: Deborah Haddix
Scripture: Ephesians 1:15-23