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Godly Discipline

  Godly Discipline 1 Timothy 2 Verses 1-8 Paul layers different types of prayers in the first verse. Paul wants Timothy, and by extension us, to pray for all people. There are no exclusions to who is included on our prayer list. We are to lift one another to God...

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Praying for Discernment

All of Paul’s writings are quite dense. This week I have chosen to focus on just three verses from our passage. Paul’s prayer for the Philippian Christians is a model prayer for all of us. We should pray it for ourselves, our family members, our friends, our...

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Moving Toward Maturity

  Ephesians 4 through 6 This is one of those weeks when I feel guilty that I will write only 1500 or so words on these three chapters. That is not nearly enough for any one of the sections to follow, let alone all three chapters. Be that as it may, here are some...

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Saved For Holiness

Ephesians is one of my favorite books of the Bible. The very first full chapter of the Bible that I memorized was Ephesians 5. My hope and prayer is that as we read this week that we will experience the grace, and peace, and power that we all need to lead a life of...

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Christ Formed In You

    After taking a couple of weeks off from blogging prior to Easter, I'm continuing our series based on the Ocoee Oaks Bible reading plan. You can find the plan by clicking here. Galatians 4 Verses 1-7 The imagery here is somewhat convoluted because Paul uses a...

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How To Use Your Spiritual Gifts

This entire reading is on one subject: spiritual gifts. Apparently, there was a dispute (imagine that: a dispute in a church!) about the relative value of certain spiritual gifts. Chapter 12 Verses 1-3. Idolatry causes one to be led astray. When we place anything or...

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Should Pastors Be Paid

Paul covers a variety of topics ranging from pastoral compensation, to how to properly hold the Lord's Supper,  Chapter 9 Verses 1-14. Paul considers himself to be an apostle in the same way that Jesus’ first followers, like Peter, were an apostles. That role in the...

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