Ephesians: Chosen Sinner

Hi Friends, “Every so often, one needs to be Ephesian-ed.” I heard this from a speaker at a biblical conference I recently attended. I admit a mild gasp escaped my lips. Just the week before, I’d decided to study Ephesians this summer. Already delighting in the prospect of reaping this Pauline epistle’s rich blessings, the idea 

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Have a Tender Christmas

Not everyone’s as sensitive as I am. I know this. Not everyone deeply longs for a kind look, a friendly face, compassionate eyes. Some are content roaming through the world, minding their own business in a businesslike fashion. God made us all different. He made me tender. I admit, sometimes it’s hard to find these things 

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My Son’s Question about His Tomorrows

​”Mom, will they ever find a cure for diabetes?” My ten-year-old boy’s voice trembles like he’s never asked a more important question. “And if they do, will it happen before I grow up?” This disease has “ruined his life,” he tells me. And he wants to know–needs to know–if it will really last all his tomorrows. I 

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Emmanuel’s Story: Simeon’s Light

It’s been so long, Lord. You made a promise from before the beginning of time, and your people have waited. We need Messiah. We were cast out of the garden. Our fathers failed to obey. We continue to turn away from you. Your law only proved how wicked our hearts truly were. We can’t save 

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Emmanuel’s Story: Daniel and the Magi

We’ve come a long way in biblical history, and now because they broke the covenant, both Israel and Judah have been cast out of the Promised Land. Sad. It seemed like the end of the nation, the end of God’s blessing to his people, and the end of the promise. Ah, but even in exile, 

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Emmanuel’s Story: We Approach the Throne

I’ve always loved the story of Cinderella. A poor, abused, orphan girl–completely separated from the prince because of her state as a peasant–is welcomed into the royal family. The wall of position is broken down. She is free to approach the prince, love him, and be loved by him without fear. It reminds me of 

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Emmanuel’s Story: Changed by a Baby From Bitter to Pleasant

Did you realize there were so many babies in the Old Testament? I never really thought about it until I started doing this study! Now we come to another one—or another lack of one. The book of Ruth opens with the land of Israel languishing in a hot mess they’ve created for themselves. They have no 

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