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Archive for January, 2008

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 “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves.”  – Jesus    NASB

 When are we truly alive?  When our heart beats and our brain functions?  Yes, but animals have that kind of life.  Isn’t there more? 

Are we truly alive when we live our lives, thinking, seeking, laughing, enjoying parties, being entertained, crying, weeping…?

God looks down upon our busyness and what does He see?  We are alive alright, but dead to God.   

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)”    Ephesians 2:4-5a

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Watching the kids by the ocean, ride the waves…no board, just them and a wave. Sometimes the Atlantic is stretching its muscles or something because it is all out dangerous. Sitting on the beach can be so relaxing UNLESS your kids are riding the waves of the Atlantic when she is throwing some serious punches. Yes, its fun to watch. But sometimes it is really scarry. I remember when Noah was taking a big one. It threw him down, then spun him head over feet and threw his face into the sand. What great fun! So he stands up feeling pretty punched out, then another one comes without warning and slams him down… so he is laying there…by this time Beth is screeching: Vince! And pointing while we are both to our feet. So we see him with great stamina push himself up like he is doing a push up… his hair is full of sand…he looks scared… I start slowing joggong for him as I see what is coming…two more in a row… before he is even balanced… bam! BAM! I grab him and run towards land.

God’s power is available to us. We can understand it as much as we can understand the immenseness of the ocean. Still the power is available. Like magnificent powerful crashing waves, Paul lists 5 different words for power in a row in Ephesians 1:19

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The greatest contribution the Church can make today to a troubled and frightened generation is to return to a consistent and relevant preaching of the Word of God! All Christians would agree that what is most needed in the present age is a loosing of the power of God among us, but what is often forgotten is that the proclamation of His word has always been God’s chosen channel of power. “He sent his word and healed them,” the psalmist declares. And it is not so much preaching from the Bible that is needed, as it is preaching the Bible itself—in a word, expository preaching!”                                                                Ray Stedman

I want God’s power loosed in my life…

This week I have been contemplating on Ephesians 1:19

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The orginal publicity piece for our new sermon series on Ephesians may sound dramatic.   I really like it and would  like to share it with you here:

It is not famine that starves our daughters…It’s not weapons of civil war that is shooting our sons in schools and shopping malls…It’s not tyranny’s military dragging away our fathers and mothers… Yet our marriages, our families, our churches and our communities are suffering great loss… they are ever increasingly in conflict. Rapids are dragging us away to unsafe waters, to self-destruction…These rapids are carrying away our youth, our marriages, and our mental stability… 

But there is another, stronger current.

There is an under current moving against self destruction and conflict….

this current gives us life and strength;

undertow-final.jpgGod’s Undertow: A Preaching Series based onthe book of Ephesians

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