Read Zephaniah – read and reflect on the three chapters as a whole. This is different from what we’ve done with other books because Zephaniah hit me differently than other books and I am not ready to move on…. and if I’m feeling this way, maybe you are too. I had to confess to the… Continue reading Zephaniah
Read Zephaniah 3 – Rebellion and redemption – Jerusalem is in a pridefully broken place, “No one can tell it anything, it refuses all correction. It does not trust in the LORD or draw near to its God.” :2 That sounds very much like the times we are living in. Things are bad, but look… Continue reading Zephaniah 3
Read Zephaniah 2 – Second chances – Our chapter opens with a second chance to repent. “Gather before judgment begins, before your time of judgment begins, before your time to repent is blown away like chaff. Act now, before the fierce fury of the LORD falls and the terrible day of the LORD’S anger begins.… Continue reading Zephaniah 2
Read Zephaniah 1 and any introduction your bible includes – Zephaniah gets right to the point. He says (he prophesies, or speaks God’s own words for the people), “I will sweep away everything from the face of the earth.” :2 Then he goes on to broaden the listeners’ understanding of what God sees and is… Continue reading Zephaniah
Read Ephesians 6 – Love incorruptible – Those are the last words of Ephesians in the ESV… other versions say ‘undying love’ – ‘love in sincerity’ – and some just plain ‘love’. “Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.” :24 Incorruptible love covers any waves of doubt or fear. … Continue reading Ephesians 6
Read Ephesians 5 – Imitate God, as dearly beloved children. When my children were just toddlers, they would stand in my husband’s warm and worn work boots, imitating him with delight. My heart is so full and happy with that image. Things were so simple then. Life seems much busier and complicated now, yet God… Continue reading Ephesians 5
Read Ephesians 4 – For Christ’s sake – I was raised with that expression; it wasn’t said in reverence to the LORD, much like people say o.m.g. today without thinking about the Lord they are offending. But hear the words as the truth that they are… For Christ’s sake live worthy of your calling. For… Continue reading Ephesians 4
Read Ephesians 3 – Be awed. Be truly and fully AWED by our holy, benevolent, glorious Heavenly Father. As I read I couldn’t help but want more of Jesus. I don’t think I have even scratched the surface of how awesome he is. Paul mentions that “the stewardship of God’s grace” (:2) was given to… Continue reading Ephesians 3
Read Ephesians 2 – There are two teams in the game of life. We’ve been misled to believe there are many paths a person can take, many spiritual paths, or none. Those are just fancy clothes on the same old lie, and Satan is the father of lies. “You used to live in sin, just… Continue reading Ephesians 2
Read Ephesians 1 – It’s a fountain of wonderful! We talked about the importance of remembering and looking back at God’s hand over our life a few days ago, and hear Paul is doing that very thing for the church at Ephesus. Paul reminds them of God’s goodness and power. He reminds them they were… Continue reading Ephesians 1
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