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Taking A Break

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As of this writing, Father-in-law is still with us. Poor man is really fading though. However, some happiness has come from this. After years of prayers and tears, long standing estrangements are being replaced with tentative reconciliations. The LORD is blessing Hubby’s family with a lot of joy lately. I am so grateful.

For some reason, I feel emotionally tired, not upset, just tired. Possibly it’s more the election cycle than family matters but I want to take a short break from blogging and commenting. Hope I don’t lose anyone in the process.🙂 If anything happens or changes concerning FIL or anything else important, I’ll share as soon as possible. Thank you for caring about our lives.

And wasn’t it sad that Gene Wilder passed today? I’ll always remember his zany antics in Young Frankenstein, Silver Streak, and other movies fondly. He really knew how to entertain. Losing all the thespians I ‘grew up’ with is becoming all too common.

Also, our Church, and possibly others, is requesting if all believers will please pray twice a day (they suggested 8 AM and 8PM by any time is fine, of course) for the Election, our Country, Firefighters, Doctors, Police, etc. I know y’all are already praying diligently, but it’s kinda nice to know that when I’m kneeling in prayer that my Brothers and Sisters in Christ are doing the same thing at the same time with one heart. I know first hand, God answers prayer! Thank you.

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” [2 Chronicles 7:14]

I’ll catch ya on the flip flop my friends.

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Reflections On Ephesians

Reflections on Ephesians

by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam
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There is no epistle in which we find more about the grace of God than that great and wonderful epistle of Paul to the Ephesians! It is one of his prison epistles and, interestingly enough, he was actually and literally in jail for telling a secret, the secret of the mystery (Eph. 6:19,20). Evidently he had a great deal of opposition in trying to make this secret known. That’s rather unusual, isn’t it?

The Ephesian epistle was probably written about 64 A.D., and was evidently sent by the hand of a man named Tychicus (6:21,22), along with two other letters, one to the Colossians (Col. 4:7-9), and that to Philemon (Col. 4:7-9 cf. Phile. 10-12). Never, never were more valuable documents entrusted to human hands!

Now, in the earlier epistles of Paul, we learn a great deal about dispensational change and development, but in Ephesians we have arrived, and find ourselves on the highest, broadest spiritual ground. Here the Holy Spirit reveals to us, in all their fullness, those blessed truths which distinguish this dispensation from others.

For example, the mystery or the sacred secret is here revealed in all its fullness. He says that this secret is now made known (1:9) through him (3:1-3), but it is for all to see (3:9), for it concerns our close relationship to Christ (5:30,32). And since Satan will oppose the proclamation of this secret, boldness is needed to proclaim it (6:19,20).

In this epistle, the one Body of Christ, the Church of this dispensation, is emphasized throughout. The whole body, he says, is the fulness, thecomplement, the fulness of Christ (1:23). He says God is making one new man today (2:15), reconciling Jews and Gentiles to Himself in one body (2:16), a jointbody (3:6), in which we are to keep the unity of the Spirit (4:3,4). The Body, he says, must grow up, and it must build itself up in love (4:11-16). Christ is the Head of the Body, and its Savior (5:23), and we are the members (5:30). Howclose that brings all believers to each other! How close it brings us to Christ!

Our position in the heavenlies is prominently brought out in this epistle. We read that, immediately upon conversion, we are blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies (1:3). We’re told that God’s power in raising Christ from the dead and exalting Him far above all is now extended to us-ward who believe (1:19-21). Positionally, he says, we’ve already been raised from the dead and seated in the heavenlies (2:6). Now, he says, it is ours to occupy this position by faith, as a witness to the principalities and powers in the heavenlies (3:10). Hence we must wrestle with the rulers of the darkness of this age, wicked spirits in the heavenlies (6:12). And for this, he says, we’re going to need the whole armor of God (6:10,11).

In this epistle, all is grace. Read Ephesians and see how it is permeated with grace. Even the salutation speaks of grace and peace (1:2). Compare that with what we read about the second coming of Christ to this earth, where He will come to judge and make war (Rev. 19:11). Grace and peace is the exactopposite of judgment and war! Thank God He hasn’t declared war yet. He hasn’t visited this world in judgment yet. He still offers to sinners everywhere, and to saints, of course, in greater measure, grace and peace.

Now the doxology—oh, what a doxology of grace! The doxology in the Ephesian epistle is the longest of all of Paul’s doxologies, and in the original it is his longest sentence. We’re blessed because we are chosen by God the Father to the praise of His glory (1:4-6). We’re made accepted in the Son to the praise of His glory. We’re sealed by the Spirit to the praise of His glory. Glory to the triune God! Glory for His grace!

We read individual things, too, about the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All throughout this epistle, everything emanates from the Father. The Father is always the source. The Father has chosen us (1:3,4) according to the good pleasure of His will (v. 5), according to the riches of His grace (vv. 6,7), according to His good pleasure (v. 9), according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will (v. 11), according to the working of His mighty power (v. 19), and according to His eternal purpose (3:11). There’s more about that in the epistle, showing that everything finds its source in the will of God.

Then we see how our salvation centers in the Son. He’s always the second person in the Trinity. His place is always in the midst. We read, for example, that we’re blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ (1:3), and have redemption through His blood (v. 7), in whom we are greatly enriched (v. 11), in whom also we are saved (v. 13), and sealed (v. 13). Think of that! We are in Christ, and because of His finished work, the believer is sealed until the day of redemption.

Then we come to the Spirit. It all comes down to us through, or by the operation of, the Spirit. We’re sealed by the Spirit (1:13), and we have access to God the Father by the Spirit (2:18). We are an habitation of God through the Spirit (2:22), and we’re strengthened by the Spirit (3:16). We must not grieve the Spirit (4:30), but rather bear the fruit of the Spirit (5:9). We must be filled with the Spirit (5:18), use the sword of the Spirit (6:17), and we must pray in the Spirit (6:18).

What a tremendous, tremendous epistle!


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Mental Mish Mash

No funny pictures this Friday. Just not in a funny-ha-ha mood. However, last night I found a quirky article that I thought all my readers may enjoy: 10 Everday Activities That Were Once Absolutely Terrifying.

Aren’t they a hoot? Makes one appreciate modern times a little more. Child birth is a lot safer, that’s for certain. Being an amateur historian, especially concerning medieval history, I know that at least nine of the terrifying activities are true. I’m not sure about the Number 1 Taking A Stroll Around Town. I know one did not go for a casual stroll, especially a lady, without an escort and being well armed but I’m not sure about the streaking. There was a lot of drug addiction, like today. It’s kinda like Deja vu all over again, isn’t it?

My husband is en-route to South Florida as I pen these words to administer to his seriously ailing elderly father. More than likely, Father-In-Law will not survive. FIL has been bleeding internally from a mysterious location for many years. It’s suddenly become very severe and it’s not looking good. It’s making him weak and lethargic. All our World War II veterans are slowly passing away.

This was a friendly reminder of the election season on Final Jeopardy last night:  The public appears disposed to be amused even when they are conscious of being deceived.” P. T. Barnum

Ain’t it true that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

And it’s Bike Night at the Church, so, I’ll catchya on the flip flop.

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Posted in Throwback Thursday

I Remember The 70s

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I do remember all these things since I graduated from High School in 1974. My first radio was a ‘portable’ (i.e. no Mack truck necessary for transporting) transistor. And it seems like every guy I knew had that famous poster of Farrah Fawcett in her red swimsuit on his wall. Now how could a ganky, pimple faced young girl compete with that!? *sigh*

Pamela D. Ackman (June 1974)

Yeah, that’s me, grinning like a mule eating briers. The nice gentleman handing out the sheep skin’s was our Principal Abraham Lincoln “Abe” Collinsworth (now deceased). I think my step mom snapped this little memento for which I am very grateful. Dad never took an interest in anything I did. And if I’d known that my parents where gonna throw me out of the house shortly afterwards, I probably would have looked more worried. Everything turned out OK, though. It was just a lot of ‘anx ‘over nothing.

The temperature’s are beginning to moderate here in SE Georgia. The severe summer heat is waning. We are drawing ever nearer to what I consider ideal riding weather. Can’t wait!

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