Hello, Ephesian Believers!

HELLO, EPHESIAN BELIEVERS! Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (Eph. 1: 1-2). I wonder if we will even appreciate the significance of these words of greeting or even the letter …Continue reading →

Grace And Peace

GRACE AND PEACE “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.” Colossians 1:1, 2. Quite a mouthful in the opening sentence! Unlike our modern communication, ancient letters said it all in …Continue reading →

A Church Is Born

A CHURCH IS BORN “Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all God’s people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”  Philippians 1:1. Today we embark on a journey through another of Paul’s letters, this time one with a completely different …Continue reading →

From God’s Perspective

FROM GOD’S PERSPECTIVE “Through Him we received grace and apostleship to call all Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for His name’s sake. And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. “To all at Rome who are loved by God and called to be His holy people: Grace and peace to …Continue reading →

Caesar Or No Caesar!

CAESAR OR NO CAESAR! “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God — the gospel He promised beforehand through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding His Son who, as to His earthly life, was a descendant of David and who, through the Spirit of holiness, was appointed the …Continue reading →

The World’s Most Heinous Crime!

THE WORLD’S MOST HEINOUS CRIME! “‘I admit that I didn’t always hold to this position. For a time I thought it was my duty to oppose this Jesus of Nazareth with all my might. Backed with the full authority of the high priests, I threw the believers — I had no idea they were God’s people — into the Jerusalem …Continue reading →

He Is Still Speaking

HE IS STILL SPEAKING! “‘Go to this people and tell them this: You’re going to listen with your ears, but you won’t hear a word; You’re going to stare with your eyes, but you won’t see a thing. These people are blockheads! They stick their fingers in their ears so they won’t have to listen; They screw their eyes shut …Continue reading →

Come, Follow Me

COME FOLLOW ME “They said, ‘Nobody wrote warning us about you. And no one has shown up saying anything bad about you. But we would like very much to hear more. The only thing we know about this Christian sect is that nobody seems to have anything good to say about it.’ “They agreed on a time. When the day …Continue reading →

A Hostage For Hope

A HOSTAGE FOR HOPE “Three days later Paul called the Jewish leaders together for a meeting at his house and said, ‘The Jews in Jerusalem arrested me on a trumped-up charge, and I was taken into custody by the Romans. I assure you that I did absolutely nothing against Jewish laws or Jewish customs. After the Romans investigated the charges …Continue reading →

The Eternal City At Last!

THE ETERNAL CITY AT LAST! “Then we came to Rome. Friends in Rome heard we were on the way and came out to meet us. One group got as far as Appian Court; another group met us at Three Taverns — emotion-packed meetings, as you can well imagine. Paul, brimming over with praise, led us in prayers of thanksgiving. When …Continue reading →

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Verse of the day

You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the Lord, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by chasing after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes.