EZRA‬ ‭9‬:‭13‬-‭15‬ ‭‬‬

““Now we are being punished because of our wickedness and our great guilt. But we have actually been punished far less than we deserve, for you, our God, have allowed some of us to survive as a remnant. But even so, we are again breaking your commands and intermarrying with people who do these detestableContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭9‬:‭13‬-‭15‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭4‬:‭1‬-‭3‬ ‭‬‬

“The enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the exiles were rebuilding a Temple to the Lord, the God of Israel. So they approached Zerubbabel and the other leaders and said, “Let us build with you, for we worship your God just as you do. We have sacrificed to him ever since King Esarhaddon ofContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭4‬:‭1‬-‭3‬ ‭‬‬”

2 PETER‬ ‭3:17-18‬ ‭‬‬

“You already know these things, dear friends. So be on guard; then you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing. Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to him, both now and forever!Continue reading “2 PETER‬ ‭3:17-18‬ ‭‬‬”

2 TIMOTHY‬ ‭2:1-2‬ ‭‬‬

“Timothy, my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus. You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.”‭‭ 2 Timothy‬ ‭2:1-2‬ ‭NLT‬‬ In times ofContinue reading “2 TIMOTHY‬ ‭2:1-2‬ ‭‬‬”

GALATIANS 6:18

‘Dear brothers and sisters, may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.’ Galatians 6:18 NLT Paul ends his treatise on grace in the life of the believer with a small succinct statement. “May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your Spirit.” Though simple, this statement packs aContinue reading “GALATIANS 6:18”

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”

GALATIANS‬ ‭1:1-5‬ ‭‬‬

“This letter is from Paul, an apostle. I was not appointed by any group of people or any human authority, but by Jesus Christ himself and by God the Father, who raised Jesus from the dead. All the brothers and sisters here join me in sending this letter to the churches of Galatia. May GodContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭1:1-5‬ ‭‬‬”

EPHESIANS 3:1-13

“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 3:1-13”

EPHESIANS 1:3-5

“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 1:3-5”

EPHESIANS 1:1-2

“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.”‭‬‬ Ephesians‬ ‭1:1-2‬ ‭NLT Paul, writing to theContinue reading “EPHESIANS 1:1-2”

1 CORINTHIANS 9:15-23

Paul understands that ministry is multifaceted. On the one hand, he is due compensation on the merit of his efforts. They are true, respectable and bear fruit. On the other hand, his efforts are only made possible through the free gift of God’s grace in his life. Without this, all of his efforts amount toContinue reading “1 CORINTHIANS 9:15-23”