For Lord’s Day, March 12, 2011

Tomorrow I will be continuing my sermon series on Ephesians. The text for tomorrow’s sermon is:

For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,  having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

That’s taken from Ephesians 1:15-23.  I had a ball studying this passage.

Think of it: The very power that brought about the resurrection of Christ from the dead is at work in every believer, that we may grow in the “spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him (Christ). Shivers!

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Fred Butler, in his blog, had this to say in his latest entry: “It is times like this (the earthquake in Japan), however, that cause me to reflect upon the meaning of life. Over the next few weeks, philosophical pundits, religious gurus, humanitarians, and a whole host of bloggers, will offer up their feelings and opinions as to what they think we should ‘feel’ about the untold loss of life and property destruction. If Larry King was still doing a show, he’d have Deeppocks [sic] Chopra, some lesbian nun, Max Lucado, a rabbi, an iman, and Tommy Lee of Motley Crue, all come on and talk about where God was during the Japanese earthquake.”

Which is why I’ll just keep quiet about the earthquake. Rather, I’ll do what counts most–prayer for the Japanese would be a good start, that God would use this tragedy to bring about repentance in Japan. Any other thing I’ll say, in light of what greater minds have already put forth, might only trivialize a terrible tragedy.

 

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