APR
05
2012

Ephesians 6:10-24 ~ Week 12

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Good morning everyone! I hope you are all having a blessed week. We have just finished our final week in our Ephesians Study! Wow, that went really fast and I can’t believe it’s over! I wanted to say that I am so blessed that so many of you showed up for our group! We had 648 ladies join our group, that is so cool! I really hope this study blessed you all as much as it did me. I enjoyed seeing everyone’s comments in the discussion group, and hope to be able to do this again sometime! So thank you all for participating, and I hope you enjoyed the study! Ephesians 6:10-24 – “The Armor of God” Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of … [Read more...]

MAR
30
2012

Ephesians 6:1-9 ~ Week 11

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Good morning everyone! I hope you are all having a blessed week. We have just finished our 11th week in our Ephesians Study! Ephesians 6:1-9 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”[a] 4 Fathers,[b] do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. 5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. 6 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. 7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, 8 because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free. 9 And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten … [Read more...]

MAR
23
2012

Ephesians 5:21-33 ~ Week 10

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Good morning everyone! I hope you are all having a blessed week. We have just finished our 10th week in our Ephesians Study!   Ephesians 5:21-33 Instructions for Christian Households 21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[a] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their … [Read more...]

MAR
15
2012

Ephesians 5:1-20 ~ Week 9

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Good morning everyone! I hope you are all having a blessed week. We have just finished our 9th week in our Ephesians Study! Ephesians 5:1-20 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them. 8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live … [Read more...]

MAR
08
2012

Ephesians 4:17-32 ~ Week 8

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Good morning everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful week. We have just finished our 8th week in our Ephesians Study!   Instruction for Christian Living 17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. 20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, … [Read more...]

MAR
01
2012

Ephesians 4:1-16 ~ Week 7

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Good morning everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful week. We have just finished our 7th week in our Ephesians Study! Ephesians 4:1-16 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Spiritual Gifts 7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.” 9 (Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is also the One who … [Read more...]

FEB
23
2012

Ephesians 3:14-21 ~ Week 6

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Welcome to week 6 of our Ephesians Study! I hope you are all persevering in your study and taking some time each day to soak in God’s Word and see what He has for you! No matter how many times I read Ephesians I always walk away blessed and encouraged and that is my prayer for you all as well!   In our reading this week Paul prayer for us as believers is so powerful! Paul is humbly asking of God spiritual blessings for his brothers and sisters in Christ, the Ephesians. These blessings are something that can be prayed for by everyone of us, both for ourselves, and for others around us. We too can seek to be rooted and grounded in His love, and ask for strength from the Spirit of God in our inner most parts, strength of the soul, strength of faith, strength to serve and persevere through our calling as Christians, husbands/wives, fathers/mothers, sons/daughters, and friends. Having Christ dwell in our hearts drastically changes our outlook, our priorities, and places our focus … [Read more...]

FEB
18
2012

Ephesians 3:1-13 ~ Week 5

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Hi everyone! I hope you are all doing well and being blessed by our Ephesians study! I just wanted to encourage you all to keep up the good work! I can't believe we're already done with week 5! Time flies! But it’s been a huge blessing to me to spend this time in the Word and with all of you in the Facebook Discussion Group! In thinking about this week, I can’t help but notice how humble Paul was. He refers to himself as the “least of all the saints”. I mean just think about where he’s come from. All the way from getting saved on that road on his way to persecute Christians, to imprisonment for his fervent faith. What a turn around, and what a great example for our lives as well. I’m sure many of you have great testimonies of what God has done in your lives! I've been so abundantly blessed by all that God has done in my life, but yet somehow it's easy to forget and get discouraged in the daily grind. I think about where Paul came from, and what he's endured for his faith and my … [Read more...]

FEB
16
2012

Ephesians 2:11-22 ~ Week 4

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Hi everyone wow, can you believe we’re already through 4 weeks of our GMG Ephesians study! You know, I had a crazy week over here! Between a massive snow storm and some very sick kiddos and 1 sick husband, I fell a little behind in my reading. I kept thinking to myself “why am I feeling so crazy? Everything is total chaos, what is going on!” Finally it dawned on me that between taking care of everyone, making sure we had enough supplies if we got snowed in, getting people to doctors, giving medicine on time, yada yada, that I didn’t do my daily reading for a couple days! I decided that even in the midst the chaos I needed to make time for God even if I didn’t feel like I had any to give. And you know what happened? Ephesians 2:13-15 ~ But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Christ Our Peace for He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the … [Read more...]

FEB
03
2012

Ephesians 2:1-10 ~ Week 3

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"And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ" ~ Ephesians 2:1-5 I love these verses, not because I like to dwell on the past, but because i think it's good for us to remember where we were before we accepted Christ. I was so lost, not in a good place, and my marriage was in trouble. My husband and I are literally living testimonies to His grace and mercy! He literally lifted us out of the mirey clay and put our feet on solid rock. Had He not been there … [Read more...]