No Partiality With God

(Ephesians 6:9)

Partiality is an awful thing. Whether you call it favouritism or the darker descriptions of prejudice, discrimination, bias or inequity, it is an awful thing.

There is no partiality with God
There is no partiality with God

In this world though it is rampant and has been for many years. We saw it in the civil rights movements in the sixties in the USA and more recently in the apartheid movements of South Africa.

These were well documented, but partiality underlies many other afflictions of modern society that are a blight on human existence.

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Episode 38 – Reconciled to God

There are a number of reasons for why Jesus was sacrificed for us and His death had many effects and purposes. But the primary purpose was to reconcile man to God.

Reconciled to God
Reconciled to God

Jesus came so that man could be brought back to God and to the place of perfection as God originally made man when He created Adam & Eve. In Jesus Christ, God made reconciliation possible and provided man the way by which he could come back to God and be perfected once more.

When God created Adam & Eve they started out perfect. But now God has allowed man to exercise his own free will and choose to seek God’s perfection through the process of reconciliation in Jesus Christ. It is now our choice, and it is the hope of God that we will choose His path.

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Respectful Relationships

(Ephesians 6:5-8)

Part of the call to Jesus Christ is to learn to respect others. It is part of the process of change going on in all those who are truly seeking the ways of God to learn respect.

Respectful Relationships
Respectful Relationships

As we grow in maturity in Jesus Christ we grow into the image of Christ, which is the image of God the Father. And as we know God is love. If we are to learn to love as Christ first loved us, then we need to also learn respect. Respect for God, respect for Christ and respect for those around us.

These few verses in Ephesians 6 teach us the ways of respect. Although it speaks about slaves, it is equally applicable to working relationships and all situations where we come into contact with others.

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Episode 37 – Jesus Sacrifice for Us

One of the things it is important to understand is that Jesus came for the express purpose of dying so that we may be saved. His sacrifice for us was complete & total and in accord with the will of God. It was no accident but the definite plan & foreknowledge of God the Father that Jesus would be sacrificed so that we could have the chance at life.

Jesus' sacrifice for us
Jesus’ sacrifice for us

Here we will look at what Jesus sacrificed to do this for us, why He made this sacrifice and how this sacrifice works for us so that we can take advantage of His great sacrifice.

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You are a Child of God

(Ephesians 6:1-4)

These first four verses of Ephesians chapter 6 are a teaching to those of us who are children, and since we have all been children, it’s a message to all of us.

You are a child of God
You are a child of God

There is both a physical teaching in these words and a spiritual teaching. The same message applies to us as physical children of parents or as parents of children, and as the children of God in Jesus Christ.

Examination of these words is beneficial to help us better understand what God wants for us as His children, and what we as children need to do.

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Episode 36 – Trust in God

Trust is inextricably linked into faith. One does not exist without the other.

Trust in God
Trust in God

Trust is based upon knowing that another is trustworthy and this is learned by evidence, either personally or from others who we know can be trusted.

Jesus Christ is trustworthy and has proven He can be trusted. The word of God is trustworthy and we can learn trust from His words. Listen now to learn more about the need to trust in the Lord at all times.

Husbands and Wives in Christ

(Ephesians 5:21-33)

One of the things that never ceases to amaze me is how some Christians seem to have taken this section of scripture completely out of context. They ascribe roles to the husband and wife in a marriage that are completely out of sync with what these verses are saying.

Husbands and Wives in Christ
Husbands and Wives in Christ

These scriptures need to be taken into context with many of the other verses about marriage, and especially the relationship between Christ and the church.

Part of the issue with these verses is that there is one scripture that is completely missed out that gives the best explanation of how the roles of a husband and wife in a marriage should work.

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Episode 35 – Learning Humility

If we are to come into the presence of God, we must learn humility.

Learning humility
Learning humility

The scripture tells us that God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. It is only the humble who will enter the kingdom of God.

This episode looks at the need for learning humility and how it contrasts with pride, and there is much to learn. Click to listen now.

Be filled with the Spirit

(Ephesians 5:18-20)

It never ceases to amaze me how some scriptures have been taken out of context or have been abused to uphold some position that they are not really supporting or even suggesting. This scripture today is one of those.

Be filled with the Spirit
Be filled with the Spirit

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father. (Ephesians 5:18-20)

Let’s have a quick look at this and then see what is the really important point in this section of scripture.

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Episode 34 – The Mercy of God

God is a God of mercy. He has shown great mercy to all who come to Him, and in the same way we are expected to be merciful to other.

The Mercy of God
The Mercy of God

Mercy is a powerful thing. We see in the scriptures that mercy triumphs over judgement and mercy overlooks many of the faults and failings in ourselves and others. We cannot be children of God without mercy being part of who we are. We receive mercy and we must be merciful for this is the nature of God.

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