EPHESIANS‬ ‭4:25-32‬‬‬

“So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil. If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead,Continue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭4:25-32‬‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭4:18-24‬‬‬

“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 lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity. But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. Since you haveContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭4:18-24‬‬‬”

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”

GALATIANS 6:6-8

‘Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them. Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. ButContinue reading “GALATIANS 6:6-8”

GALATIANS‬ ‭6:1-5‬‬‬

“Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you thinkContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭6:1-5‬‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭5:16-18‬‬‬, 22-26

“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 ‭5:16-18‬‬‬, 22-26”

GALATIANS‬ ‭5:16-21‬‬‬

“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 ‭5:16-21‬‬‬”

GALATIANS 5:16-18

‘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 5:16-18”

GALATIANS‬ ‭5:13-15‬‬‬

“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you are alwaysContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭5:13-15‬‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭5:7-12‬ ‭‬‬

“You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom. This false teaching is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough! I am trusting the Lord to keep you fromContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭5:7-12‬ ‭‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭5:7-12‬‬‬

“You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom. This false teaching is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough! I am trusting the Lord to keep you fromContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭5:7-12‬‬‬”

JEREMIAH‬ ‭31:31-34‬‬‬

““The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, thoughContinue reading “JEREMIAH‬ ‭31:31-34‬‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭5:5-6‬‬‬

“But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive by faith the righteousness God has promised to us. For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love.”‭‭ Galatians‬ ‭5:5-6‬ ‭NLT‬‬ The hardest part ofContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭5:5-6‬‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭5:1-4‬‬‬

“So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law. Listen! I, Paul, tell you this: If you are counting on circumcision to make you right with God, then Christ will be of no benefit to you. I’ll say itContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭5:1-4‬‬‬”

GALATIANS 5:1

‘So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law. ‘ Galatians 5:1 NLT In Christ, there is freedom. Freedom is not a lack of structure. In fact, it is all about structure. Specifically, freedom is the ability to defineContinue reading “GALATIANS 5:1”

GALATIANS‬ ‭4:21-31‬‬‬

“Tell me, you who want to live under the law, do you know what the law actually says? The Scriptures say that Abraham had two sons, one from his slave wife and one from his freeborn wife. The son of the slave wife was born in a human attempt to bring about the fulfillment ofContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭4:21-31‬‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭4:12-20‬‬‬

“Dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to live as I do in freedom from these things, for I have become like you Gentiles—free from those laws. You did not mistreat me when I first preached to you. Surely you remember that I was sick when I first brought you the Good News. ButContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭4:12-20‬‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭4:8-11‬ ‬‬

“Before you Gentiles knew God, you were slaves to so-called gods that do not even exist. So now that you know God (or should I say, now that God knows you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual principles of this world? YouContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭4:8-11‬ ‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭4:1-7‬‬‬

“Think of it this way. If a father dies and leaves an inheritance for his young children, those children are not much better off than slaves until they grow up, even though they actually own everything their father had. They have to obey their guardians until they reach whatever age their father set. And that’sContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭4:1-7‬‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭4:1-7‬‬‬

“Think of it this way. If a father dies and leaves an inheritance for his young children, those children are not much better off than slaves until they grow up, even though they actually own everything their father had. They have to obey their guardians until they reach whatever age their father set. And that’sContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭4:1-7‬‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭3:23-29‬ ‭‬‬

“Before the way of faith in Christ was available to us, we were placed under guard by the law. We were kept in protective custody, so to speak, until the way of faith was revealed. Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we couldContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭3:23-29‬ ‭‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭3:19-22‬‬‬

“Why, then, was the law given? It was given alongside the promise to show people their sins. But the law was designed to last only until the coming of the child who was promised. God gave his law through angels to Moses, who was the mediator between God and the people. Now a mediator isContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭3:19-22‬‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭3:15-18‬ ‬‬

“Dear brothers and sisters, here’s an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or amend an irrevocable agreement, so it is in this case. God gave the promises to Abraham and his child. And notice that the Scripture doesn’t say “to his children,” as if it meant many descendants. Rather, itContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭3:15-18‬ ‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭3:10-14‬‬‬

“But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse, for the Scriptures say, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God’s Book of the Law.” So it is clear that no one can be made right with GodContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭3:10-14‬‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭3:6-9‬‬‬

“In the same way, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” The real children of Abraham, then, are those who put their faith in God. What’s more, the Scriptures looked forward to this time when God would make the Gentiles right in his sight because of their faith. GodContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭3:6-9‬‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭3:1-6‬ ‬‬

“Oh, foolish Galatians! Who has cast an evil spell on you? For the meaning of Jesus Christ’s death was made as clear to you as if you had seen a picture of his death on the cross. Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law ofContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭3:1-6‬ ‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭2:15-21‬ ‭‬‬

““You and I are Jews by birth, not ‘sinners’ like the Gentiles. Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ,Continue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭2:15-21‬ ‭‬‬”