by Sharman J. Monroe
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10 (NJKV)
Have you ever made something from scratch? A cake, a piece of clothing, or a piece of jewelry? Maybe it was a story, a computer app, a plan, or a business? It was awesome, wasn’t it? You loved it and wholeheartedly accepted the compliments related to it. Well, that’s how I feel about you! I created everything about you from the hairs on your head to the toenails on your feet. Even the nose you don’t like. I gave you your personality and all the talents you have. From time to time, Continue reading
by Latricia C. Bailey
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.”
Ephesians 1:18 NIV
Have you ever just closed your eyes and meditated? With all the hustle and bustle of the activities of the day, it can be difficult to just silence the noises around us. There’s a saying that the eyes are the windows to your soul. The soul is where your mind, will, and emotions are. Our thoughts and our decisions and feelings dictate what we do in life. For the unsaved person, there is no real direction or purpose to fulfill. For the saved person who has decided to commit his or her soul to the Lord, there is a hope and purpose predetermined by God already. Sometimes we look to others to explain the mysteries of life and reasons why we are here. The book of Ephesians explains and encourages us as believers to understand that we have an inheritance from the Lord and are entitled to wealth and riches in heaven.
You may be wondering how to have access to this inheritance. Continue reading
by Sharman J. Monroe
Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.
Galatians 6:4 (NLT)
No two people are exactly alike; not even twins. God gave each of us different gifts, talents and skills to use for His glory during our time here on earth. Some of us are gifted to be pastors or teachers, others singers, songwriters, painters, or writers. Still others are gifted to be administrators, leaders, speakers, organizers, givers, problem-solvers, or math and computer whizzes just to name a few. And in those gifts we excel. We are melodious, creative, quick; we are at ease. That is how it should be. A gift you have doesn’t devalue or diminish another person. God values us all equally and wants us to do the same.
However, we live in a world where comparison and competition are the norm and expected. It happens among siblings and in marriages. Comparisons and competition cause envy, jealousy, anger, hatred. They cause us to waste our time Continue reading
by Tammy Phillips
“Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.”
Galatians 1:10 (NLT)
A husband and wife told me that they were notorious for ruining family gatherings because they took turns falling out in the floor drunk. But once they had an encounter with Jesus, they slowly but surely stopped drinking. However, some family and friends, for years, expected this couple’s past behavior to continue. The couple had to continuously walk straight and at times, speak up for themselves. They were no longer the people they had been.
Paul would have understood their dilemma. He was a New Testament mass murderer, zealously pursuing Jesus’ disciples. But he met Jesus on the Damascus Road, experienced intense discipleship and moved on in the ministry God had prepared before he was born (vs. 15). He was aware that his reputation was before him. But in verses 23-24, Paul stated, Continue reading