'Ephesus' Tagged Posts

'Ephesus' Tagged Posts

SPIRITUAL TUCK-POINTING

A fair number of years ago we tuck-pointed our church building.  Expansion and contraction over the years amid the changing seasons had taken their toll, weakening the mortar between the bricks.  Without a total restoration of the mortar, things would have crumbled.  Bricks would have fallen out.  The building would have fallen apart. The same sort of thing can happen…

GOOD HABITS

Luke tells us that Jesus “went to Nazareth where He had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day He went into the synagogue, as was His custom…” We find similar statements throughout the four Gospels.  Each worship day, Jesus could be found in some synagogue or at the temple in Jerusalem.   Christ did not stand aloof from the family of believers, gathering only with the…

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE

Sometimes humor conveys heavy truths in a gentle way.  Consider this tongue-in-cheek example of a letter from a modern mission board to St. Paul: Dear Sir: We recently considered a recommendation that you serve under our mission board.  We have completed an extensive background check on your ministry.  You will find it enclosed in the spiral binding. To be frank, we…

LIFE’S LOOSE ENDS

Alexander the Great conquered Persia, but broke down and wept because his troops were too tired to push on to India. Hugo Grotius, the father of international law, said at the end of his life:  “I have accomplished nothing worthwhile in my life.” John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States, wrote in his diary:  “My life has been spent in vain and idle…

AN INTERESTING AND CHALLENGING PASSAGE

A scribe once asked Jesus:  “Which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”   Jesus replied:  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…” (Matthew 22:37)   Sometimes we run across passages in God’s book which require us to wrestle a bit.  A case in point is the opening portion of today’s text from Acts 19.  So here goes:   …
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