Righteousness from God – strain forward

This is the fifth week of a series we are calling, “righteousness from God.” By righteous we mean we are in right relationship with God. It is a human quality but it takes on a divine presence when we allow God to make us righteous. We commonly think of it as being moral, being right in all that constitutes a moral persona. To be righteous we are right, we have right conduct which is pleasing…

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Ephesians 2:10 – March 4, 2019

For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them. Ephesians 2:10 NABRE      Paul in writing to the community at Ephesus is teaching them what God has done for them through Jesus. In chapter two of the letter Paul opens by telling the community that they were dead, they followed the desires of their flesh, basically their human nature, doing…

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Ephesians 6:11 – March 1, 2019

Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. Ephesians 6:11 NABRE      Paul writing to the community in Ephesus is reiterating God’s plan of salvation in Christ. He wants the community to build up the church and to build up each member. He uses the language “in Christ” often through the letter, indicating we are growing up into Christ, we have a special…

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