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Epilogue: Abandoned Love | Revelation 2:1-7

“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands. “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call …

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Shoes of Readiness | Ephesians 6:15

I did not preach yesterday, so I am posting the completed sermon notes for a portion of the armor of God that I did not preach over.   and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. Ephesians 6:15 ESV With this third piece of the armor of …

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Background on Ephesians

I typically compile some snapshot background information at the beginning of whichever book I am studying, not the end. Yet between a prologue sermon and another spent entirely on the first two verses, I never made such a post for Paul's letter to the Ephesians, until now (better late than never, right?). Much of this …

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Peace & Love | Ephesians 6:21-24

So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts. Peace be to …

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Remembering Our Place in God’s Cosmic Epic | Notebook Scribbles (iv)

There is something inherently intriguing about an epic story. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit books (and films) are grand and sweeping narratives of which we simply cannot have enough. The highly popular Marvel Cinematic Universe is a collection of individual stories that connect and interplay over different periods, locations, and even mediums. …

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Bondservants & Masters | Ephesians 6:5-9

Since I did not preach yesterday, I am posting my finally completed notes from an earlier portion of Ephesians from back in Kingdom Life that I also did not preach. Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, …

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Sword of the Spirit | Ephesians 6:17

 and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, Ephesians 6:17 ESV As we rapidly approach the conclusion of Ephesians as a whole and of Kingdom War particularly, we conclude our study of the individual pieces of the armor of God with the only weapon of offense in the set. Gurnall comments …

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Helmet of Salvation | Ephesians 6:17

and take the helmet of salvation, Ephesians 6:17 ESV We come now to the fifth component of the armor of God, the helmet of salvation. With truth as our belt, righteousness as a breastplate, readiness of the gospel as shoes, and faith as a shield, the protection of a helmet for our head must now …

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Shield of Faith | Ephesians 6:16

 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; Ephesians 6:16 ESV Now that we are halfway through the armor of God, we have studied the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, and the shoes of readiness. Still before us is …

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Breastplate of Righteousness | Ephesians 6:14

and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, Ephesians 6:14 With the overall nature of spiritual warfare established (the nature and methods of our enemy and our position, disposition, and call to be armed), we have proceeded into our piece by piece description of the armor of God, which began with calling us to gird …

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