Posts Tagged ‘God’s amazing love’

Ephesians 2:1-10 God Don’t Make No Junk!

“I knew you before you were even born and, YES, I loved you even then” Your Heavenly Father

We heard Paul’s “pep rally” last time we were together. He spoke of how GREAT our God is. Now he is going to share with his readers how special they are to God. Precious and worth every moment of His attention.

Paul begins by reminding us where we came from. EVERY one of us came from a sinful place. Some were deeper into the muck and mud than others but we were all there. Doing as we pleased for our own pleasures. We deserved nothing from God but His anger and judgement.

“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience- among whom we all once lived” (verses 1-3a). Notice the “we all” in this passage. There are no exceptions to this statement. Read more »

Luke 4:14-15 Fresh Out of the Gate

Now that's love!

Now that’s love!

Jesus returns from the wilderness in our story today. Luke gives a general broad statement as to how the beginning of His ministry went.

First thing that Luke tells us is that “Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit” (verse 14). We know from the other gospel writers that Jesus didn’t begin doing miracles for a while. His first one was at a wedding in Cana after He began calling His disciples. Jesus didn’t demonstrate the miracle working power of the Holy Spirit until that point.

So how was it that the Spirit was working through Jesus? I believe it was through His teaching. I would not be surprised though to learn that He was teaching in the synagogues as soon as He emerged from His wilderness excursion. His message hit home with the Read more »