EPHESIANS‬ ‭4:17-24‬‬‬

“With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustfulContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭4:17-24‬‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭4:11-15‬ ‭‬‬

“Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith andContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭4:11-15‬ ‭‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭4:7-16‬‬‬

“However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ. That is why the Scriptures say, “When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to his people.” Notice that it says “he ascended.” This clearly means that Christ also descended to ourContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭4:7-16‬‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭4:1-6‬‬‬

“Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit,Continue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭4:1-6‬‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭3:19‬‬‬

“May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”‭‭ Ephesians‬ ‭3:19‬ ‭NLT‬‬ A difficult truth of modern westernized Christianity is that it is largely emotionless. Though it is true that thisContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭3:19‬‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭3:20-21‬ ‬‬

“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. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.”‭‭ Ephesians‬ ‭3:20-21‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Christians need to think big. Our understanding of theContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭3:20-21‬ ‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭3:14-21‬‬‬

“When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trustContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭3:14-21‬‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭3:7-13‬‬‬

“By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News. Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ. I was chosen to explain toContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭3:7-13‬‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭3:1-6‬ ‬‬

“When I think of all this, I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus for the benefit of you Gentiles… assuming, by the way, that you know God gave me the special responsibility of extending his grace to you Gentiles. As I briefly wrote earlier, God himself revealed his mysterious plan to me. As you readContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭3:1-6‬ ‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭2:19-22‬‬‬

“So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him,Continue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭2:19-22‬‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭2:13-18‬‬‬

“But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ. For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, heContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭2:13-18‬‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭2:11-13‬‬‬

“Don’t forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders. You were called “uncircumcised heathens” by the Jews, who were proud of their circumcision, even though it affected only their bodies and not their hearts. In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and youContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭2:11-13‬‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭2:1-7‬ ‭‬‬

“Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of usContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭2:1-7‬ ‭‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭2:1-10‬‬‬

“Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of usContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭2:1-10‬‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭1:18-23‬‬‬

“I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is theContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭1:18-23‬‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭1:15-17‬ ‭‬‬

“Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might growContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭1:15-17‬ ‭‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭1:13-14‬ ‭‬‬

“And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and thatContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭1:13-14‬ ‭‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭1:7-14‬‬‬

“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan. AndContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭1:7-14‬‬‬”

EPHESIANS 1:3-14

‘All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided inContinue reading “EPHESIANS 1:3-14”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭1:1-14‬‬‬

“This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. I am writing to God’s holy people in Ephesus, who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. All praise to God, the Father ofContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭1:1-14‬‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭6:14-17‬‬‬

“As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have beenContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭6:14-17‬‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭6:11-13‬‬‬

“Notice what large letters I use as I write these closing words in my own handwriting. Those who are trying to force you to be circumcised want to look good to others. They don’t want to be persecuted for teaching that the cross of Christ alone can save. And even those who advocate circumcision don’tContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭6:11-13‬‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭6:9-10‬ ‭‬‬

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.”‭‭ Galatians‬ ‭6:9-10‬ ‭NLT‬‬ As Paul has illustrated throughout hisContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭6:9-10‬ ‭‬‬”

GALATIANS 5:16-‬‭6:8 NLT‬‬

“So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These twoContinue reading “GALATIANS 5:16-‬‭6:8 NLT‬‬”