But God…

Last Sunday in the study of Ephesians, the pastor discussed the “but God” moments of life—those times when God intervenes through circumstances or people to save us and grow us in our walk with Christ. In his commentary on Ephesians, James Montgomery Boice remarks, “Those two words, in and of themselves, in a sense contain the whole of…

Growing in Knowledge

In Ephesians 1:17, Paul talks about growing in the knowledge of God … “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him”… (NKJV). The New Living Translation paraphrases the verse as “to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so…

Theology Trumps Biology

 “Theology trumps biology.”  This was one of the points made our pastor, Beau Eckart, during Sunday’s sermon on Ephesians 1: 1-14. Our theology must be based on truth rather than how we are feeling on a particular day. The letter to the Ephesians begins with a listing of our spiritual blessings in Christ. In verse…

Accepted in the Beloved

The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians begins with a list of our spiritual blessings in Christ. As I was reading them, I was struck by verse 6 in Chapter 1 where he says, “to the praise and glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved (NKJV).”  To be “accepted…