Armor of God | The Life Project

Armor of God Posted by Don Merritt on November 16, 2016 Ephesians 6:10-20 Ah yes, the famous passage on the armor of God, a passage many know by heart, a favorite sermon passage and a favorite devotional passage rich with metaphor and meaning; a wonderful passage. Since I have blogged on this passage more than [...]

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Be Filled with the Spirit to Master and Servant | The Life Project Quote | Posted on November 16, 2016 by brcelano Be Filled with the Spirit Posted by Don Merritt on November 14, 2016 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do [...]

Catching up with Ephesians- onwards from Unity! | The Life Project | franciscansonthemountains

Catching up with Ephesians- onwards from Unity! | The Life Project Quote | Posted on November 13, 2016 by brcelano Unity! Posted by Don Merritt on November 9, 2016 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in [...]

The Power of Prayer | The Life Project

The Power of Prayer Posted by Don Merritt on November 8, 2016 Ephesians 3:14-21 This text is a prayer that Paul gave for the Ephesians, a prayer of power and of selfless love for the saints, a prayer that deserves our review and emulation. Notice that as he begins this prayer, Paul points out that it [...]

God Has a Plan | The Life Project

God Has a Plan Posted by Don Merritt on November 8, 2016 Ephesians 3:1-13 Isn’t this an interesting little chunk? Paul mentions “mysteries” several times here, and likens these “mysteries” to the “administration of God’s grace”; what could he be referring to? He mentions a mystery that was made known to him by revelation, and calls [...]

Reconciliation in Christ | The Life Project

Reconciliation in Christ Posted by Don Merritt on November 7, 2016 Ephesians 2:11-22 Paul, in these verses, completes the picture he began in the first 10 verses of this chapter that we covered earlier by tying together the picture of God’s redemption and reconciliation of all people. It is important to bear in mind that he [...]

Alive!

Alive! Posted by Don Merritt on November 7, 2016 Ephesians 2:1-10 Beginning here in chapter two, Paul reminds us of how we have been made alive in Christ. It’s a funny thing, but I nearly added the word “again” to that sentence, but Paul’s point is not that we are now “alive again,”  rather he [...]

Prayer, Power and Potential

Prayer, Power and Potential Posted by Don Merritt on November 6, 2016 Ephesians 1:15-23 Paul continues his opening of this letter by moving on from the glorious things he has been saying about our redemption into giving thanks for it. Yet as we continue reading this section, I’m sure that you, like me can’t help but [...]

A Guarantee

A Guarantee Posted by Don Merritt on November 5, 2016 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And [...]

Off to a Fast Start

Off to a Fast Start Posted by Don Merritt on November 4, 2016 To a large degree, chapter one is an introduction to the letter. In the first two verses, Paul identifies himself and addresses his recipients in his usual style, and then he jumps into his introduction beginning in verse 3. These verses can be [...]