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10 Life-Changing Truths

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During our Sunday morning worship through the Word, at the GCC@B, we are preparing to pick back up where we left off in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. We’ll be starting chapter 5 next week, so with our time together this past Lord’s Day, we were reminded of 10 of the life-changing truths, we’ve discovered thus far, in our exposition from Ephesians, Chapters 1-4. So without further ado, here they are:

 

1. All true believers are saints of God! (Ephesians 1:1-2)

 

2. This blessed God, who deserves all praise, honor, and glory, has blessed us, the undeserving, with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ! (Ephesians 1:3-14)

 

3. The power to live the Christian life does not come from us. (Ephesians 1:15-20)

 

4. Apart from Christ we were spiritually dead in our trespasses and sins. (Ephesians 2:1)

 

5. In glory, God will point to us as a demonstration of His grace, mercy, love, and kindness! (Ephesians 2:7-10)

 

6. All true believers have now been reconciled to God and to one another, resulting in peace, and we therefore have access to God, because of the work of Jesus Christ on the cross! (Ephesians 2:11-22)

 

7. The church will be used to reflect the multi-faceted wisdom of God! (Ephesians 3:1-13)

 

8. God has the power and ability to do a far more abundant work in us that anything we can possibly ask or think! (Ephesians 3:14-21)

 

9. God has equipped the church with the tools necessary, as well as the grace needed, to accomplish its mission! (Ephesians 4:1-16)

 

10. As believers, because God’s Spirit dwells within us, we have the power to change for God’s glory. And because we have experienced real forgiveness through Christ, we have the ability to forgive one another! (Ephesians 4:17-32)

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I am NOT the Light!

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“He (John the Baptist) was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.” (John 1:8)

I was reading in the book of John this morning and was reminded afresh of my great need to redirect my focus from self to Christ. It is so easy, especially in the context of ministry work, to depend on the power of your own hands. It’s so easy to point others to yourself, to your supposed successes, strengths and abilities. We work so hard to impress others with our vocabulary, our attempt to have all the right answers, our superman efforts to take on more than we can handle. So much time is wasted, so much “kingdom work” is neglected, simply because we live so others will see “our” value.

May we be reminded of His splendid beauty and worth, today. Only then will we rightly see who we are and what we really have to offer others.  My prayer is that same could be said of us that was said of John “He (Gary) was not (nor did he function as if he was) the Light, but he came to testify about the Light”.

-Pastor Gary

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The Lord is my Shepherd

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As we consider Christ as our Good Shepherd (John 10), it’s helpful to turn our attention to the text of Psalm 23. There we find a Psalm of David, and it begins with the words, “The Lord is my shepherd.” In all likelihood, we’ve all heard that Psalm used in a variety of formats, and quite possibly, even have it memorized. But, if we really stop and take the time to meditate on God’s Words, we’ll discover a rich text filled with a description of God’s immense love and care for His people.

 

The Lord is my shepherd;

That’s Relationship.

 

I shall not want.

That’s Provision.

 

He makes me lie down in green pastures.

That’s Rest.

 

He leads me beside still waters.

That’s Refreshment.

 

He restores my soul.

That’s Healing.

 

He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

That’s Purpose.

 

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,  I will fear no evil,

That’s Protection

 

For you are with me;

That’s Faithfulness

 

Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

That’s Comfort.

 

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

That’s Hope.

 

You anoint my head with oil;

That’s Consecration.

 

My cup overflows.

That’s Abundance.

 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,

That’s Blessings.

 

And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord,

That’s Security.

 

Forever.

That’s Eternity.

 

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