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Category: Faith in the Struggle

Transformation Hurts

. . . And what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead . . . Ephesians 1:19-20 Recently home from college for a few days, my son got out his shop…
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Praying for Others

. . . I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him . . . Ephesians 1:16-17 Back in the disastrous consequences of…
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I’ve Heard About You

For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you . . . Ephesians 1:15-16 My wife and I have slightly different memories of the moment we met, but this is my blog, so here’s…
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God Made Me Do It

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will . . . Ephesians 1:11-12 Whether in jest or not, we’ve all heard the phrase, The devil made me do it. Usually, the saying is understood as an…
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The Burden of Loving the Addicted

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness…
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Disease and Destiny or Choice and Responsibility?

He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will . . . Ephesians 3:4-5 My first addiction counselor told me my addiction was…
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Thankful

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places . . . Ephesians 1:3 I know that I’ve been blessed by God, and I know that I should always be filled with gratitude, but I don’t always feel thankful.…
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We’ve All Got Our Scars

I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. Galatians 6:17 We’ve all got our scars. We’ve all experienced life-trials that have changed us for better and worse. Some of these hardships have been self-inflicted and others have happened through no apparent fault of our own. Either way, we’ve been shaped and molded by these…
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Wokeness and Christian Elitism

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Galatians 6:14 Most of us, unless we’re on the extreme far left on the political spectrum, have probably experienced a sense of condescension coming…
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Politics and Faith

It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that…
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