A human being lives, but he is given life.
Before we start today let me just say thank you to everyone for coming to my blog. I would like to reinforce a couple of guidelines when posting; please understand this is a Bible Study blog only, so please stay on topic, this form is not for bashing politicians that you believe are lying (even if you can tie it into the topic), next if you put external links in your post especially advertisements, I will delete the link before I allow the post, and lastly keep it clean.
Also, today is our last day on Ephesians and we will move to Philippians for about 10 days or so then finish the last of the 40 days on Colossians.
New King James Version (NKJV)
A Gracious Greeting
21 But that you also may know my affairs and how I am doing, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make all things known to you; 22 whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that you may know our affairs, and that he may comfort your hearts.
23 Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.
Thought of the Day
“Keep the faith, but not to yourself.”
Scottish missionary Frederick Arnot spoke well of God’s Son in central Africa. Indeed, he spoke so well of Him that thousands of people in the area became Christians. But Arnot had made it his practice to speak well of God’s Son long before leaving to serve his Lord in that unevangelized field.
When he was still young, Arnot and a friend tried to hold a street meeting in Glasgow’s tavern district. As long as they sang hymns, the rough crowd tolerated them, but when they began to preach, their drunken audience drowned out their voices with hoots and profane howling.
Moved to tears, Arnot and his companion prepared to leave. But a tall, elderly Christian who had been listening urged, “Keep at it, laddie. God loves to hear men speak well of His Son.” Encouraged by that admonition, he and his friend doggedly continued their witness and gained a more attentive audience. All through his years of ministry, Arnot’s highest goal was to speak well of God’s Son.
Is that our motive too? When opportunity presents itself, do we speak out boldly, telling who Jesus is and what He has done for us? How about speaking well of God’s Son today? — Vernon C. Grounds
Take control of my words today,
May they tell of Your great love;
And may the story of Your grace
Turn some heart to You above. — Sees
Personal Reflection and Discussion
I have enjoyed the study of Ephesians. I have read it before and knew it but I got a lot more from this book this time around. Thanks Bobby. I will be ready for Phillipians tomorrow.
I love how Paul so often mentions grace. The definition of grace: free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. Though we do not deserve it, it is there for us.
I like that even though Paul is in jail and not able take the message to them personally he is given a helper and friend to carry on for him where he can’t. Not only does God equip us for the battles, he equips while we’re down. It’s like that saying as long as there is a will, God makes a way. Paul is so mindful of his church and desires to lift his spirits by telling them how he’s doing in jail. What a weird thing to do how well could he be in a jail especially in that time?! His idea of encouragement most be in their witness work even while there. How many of us could be that encouraged and on fire even in such circumstances. He definetly had the real thing! What an encouragement!