Posts with the tag “august”
by Audrey Rogers on August 31st, 2020
Ephesians 6:4Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Do you see the balance there? This verse calls for discipling your children without angering your children. Remember, children can get angry. So, we as parents, and especially as fathers, need to be careful of belaboring a point, getting riled up in the moment, or resorting...
by Audrey Rogers on August 28th, 2020
Ephesians 5:3Sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Nine times Ephesians calls the church saints, which means the holy ones of God. Being Holy doesn’t just mean having elevated morality. The idea of being holy is that you’re different. That means special and set apart. It’s like your birthday. It’s a special day. Unlike any o...
by Audrey Rogers on August 27th, 2020
Ephesians 4:15-16We are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. One body, many different parts. One church, many different people. Do you know we can be one and still be different? That’s the...
by Audrey Rogers on August 26th, 2020
Ephesians 3:17-18That you may comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge. Check out the dimensions of Jesus’ love for you! It has breadth, which means it encompasses everybody. It has length, which means it never runs out. It has height, which means it’s there on the mountaintop. And it also has depth,...
by Audrey Rogers on August 25th, 2020
Ephesians 2:14For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility. There was a thick-slab wall that stood in the temple. It read: “Foreigners must not enter… Whoever is caught will have himself to blame for his ensuing death.” This was called the Thanatos Inscription. Thanatos is a Greek word that means death. So, you can call it th...
by Audrey Rogers on August 24th, 2020
Ephesians 1:3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. One of the most repeated words in this first chapter is the small little word “in.” But what a huge concept! We hear the phrase, “Are you in?” “Oh yeah, I’m in!” Leading out of the Seattle Seahawks’ locker room is a sign that reads, “I’m in!” It’s ...
by Audrey Rogers on August 21st, 2020
Galatians 6:1Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness.I think we can infer from this verse that anybody can be harsh. It doesn’t take much thought. It’s our default setting. We get angry and fly off the handle. We think if we clobber somebody, they’ll get the point. But this tendency typically only aggravates the situati...
by Audrey Rogers on August 20th, 2020
Galatians 5:1For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.Putting your confidence in your own performance is like slipping your hand into a ponderous chain. Submitting to this way of life requires incredible stamina because you, no matter how well you perform, will never run far enough, jump high enough, or dig deep enough. There’s always s...
by Audrey Rogers on August 19th, 2020
Galatians 4:30What does the scripture say? “Cast out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman shall not inherit with the son of the free woman.” When we try to mix grace and works, we, like Abraham, bring a second wife into the marriage. We would be better off simply living with the one God provided for us: Grace. She treats us well. She shows us how to have a relationship with ...
by Audrey Rogers on August 18th, 2020
Galatians 3:24So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. Paul uses an interesting metaphor to describe the role of the law. Back in the day, a guardian was an esteemed servant who attended the child from home to school and then back home again. He wasn't the teacher, but he conducted safe passage for his student. He had general charge over hi...
by Audrey Rogers on August 17th, 2020
Galatians 2:20I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. This world has no more hold on me than it does on Christ. Once a man is dead, there is nothing the world can do to him. And, verse 20 says, that because of my faith in Christ, I am just ...
by Audrey Rogers on August 14th, 2020
Galatians 1:10Am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. These are questions we all need to ask from time to time. Our default setting seems to be set on what others think of us. However, we need to consciously shift our focus back to God. Always back to God. This is a daily choice. What d...
2 Corinthians 13
by Audrey Rogers on August 13th, 2020
2 Corinthians 13:14The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Think of it. The grace of Jesus is with you. His favor and unmerited kindness belong to you. The love of God is with you. His affection rests firmly on you and gives you eternal worth. And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit is open to you at any hour of the day. Can it ge...
2 Corinthians 12
by Audrey Rogers on August 12th, 2020
2 Corinthians 12:10 When I am weak, then I am strong. Paradoxes are interesting. They’re these absurd statements that seem to contradict themselves. They lead to a conclusion that is senseless and implausible because they contain two concepts that cancel each other out. For example, “working vacation” and “instant classic.” When I am weak, then I am strong? Implausible! However, weakness is God’s ...
2 Corinthians 11
by Audrey Rogers on August 11th, 2020
2 Corinthians 11:30If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weaknesses. Famed theologian Karl Barth used to say, “When we speak of our virtues, we are competitors, but when we confess our sins, we become brothers.” There is something disarming when we disclose our weaknesses. However, weaknesses are something we typically don’t like to put on display. We’d rather people to see our ...
2 Corinthians 9
by Audrey Rogers on August 7th, 2020
2 Corinthians 9:10He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. When Farmer Bob holds his seed, he sees bread, and thinks “it’s going to be a long winter.” Farmer Bob is primarily concerned about today. But when Farmer Joe holds his seed, he sees seed, and thinks, “I got to be ready for the summer...
2 Corinthians 8
by Audrey Rogers on August 6th, 2020
2 Corinthians 8:2Their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity. Did you catch that? Let me put it into an equation—Abundant joy + Extreme poverty = A wealth of generosity. Now how does that work? Shouldn’t that be extreme “riches”? No, it says extreme “poverty.” When you take joy and add it to poverty you have a wealth of generosity. Joy seems to be the...
2 Corinthians 7
by Audrey Rogers on August 5th, 2020
2 Corinthians 7:10For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. Do you know grief can be either be godly or worldly? This is a very important distinction. Godly grief will produce life change. Some people call it conviction. It helps you move in the right direction. Worldly grief, however, stymies any sense of direction. Some pe...
2 Corinthians 6
by Audrey Rogers on August 4th, 2020
2 Corinthians 6:2Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. Carpe Diem is a Latin phrase that means 'seize the day'. More literally it means pluck the day. Yes! Pluck the day for it is ripe. You can’t pluck yesterday for it’s beyond ripe. You can’t pluck tomorrow 'cause it’s not quite ripe. But you can pluck today because there’s fruit that hangs from the tree. There’s...
2 Corinthians 5
by Audrey Rogers on August 3rd, 2020
2 Corinthians 5:15He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. He died for all, yes. But take a moment to personalize that. He died for you. YOU! And he did so, so that you wouldn’t live for yourself but for him. When we let that reality sink in it really changes everything. Imagine a person saving you from drowning or...
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