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Asking for Extra Gifts
When we become born again, the Holy Spirit choses which spiritual gifts to give each of us. But I believe we can ask for extra gifts.
Maureen Hall Puccini,
At home with the gospel (Ephesians 5:21-33)
The gospel is good news … if it works. We announce Jesus as the Saviour who ends our hostilities and unifies humanity (Ephesians 2:11-17). How is this working out at your place?
Allen Browne,
Kingdom culture (Ephesians 4:17–24)
Radical inclusivity is the good news of Ephesians. The Jewish writer rejects the use of labels like “uncircumcised” to marginalize people of other nations (2:11). Gentiles are no longer excluded fr…
Allen Browne,
Spiritual formation (Ephesians 4:1–6)
What kind of “spiritual formation” does God desire for us? Read Ephesians 4:1-6. Here’s a confession. I’ve always been drawn to those parts of the Bible that spell out how I should live as a Christian. Ephesians 4–6 is so practical. I grew up in a church that emphasized personal...
Allen Browne,
The truth about lying (Ephesians 4:25)
Lies gain a competitive edge, but truth unifies us. Read Ephesians 4:25. Lying gives me a competitive advantage. With a lie, I manipulate people for the outcomes I want. “I didn’t do it” avoids punishment. “It’s a wonderful old car” rewards the seller. You show an idealized image on social...
Allen Browne,
A church “in God”? What’s that?
One of the earliest references to the church describes it as a people “in God.” What does that mean? And how does it help us understand our identity and mission?
Allen Browne,
Grow in Grace Newsletter: Laboring Together With Jesus, Part 2
By Elizabeth Prata Pastor James Bell is a pastor at Southside Baptist Church in Gallatin TN. He is one of the faithful pastors who labor diligently, outside of social media fame or Big Eva celebrit…
Elizabeth Prata,
Becoming human: life in Christ (Ephesians 4:1-16)
Read Ephesians 4:1-16 It’s easy to spend thousands on books and courses to help you become a better human. We’re preoccupied with how I can reach my potential and have the best life I can. There’s …
Allen Browne,
Becoming human: life in Christ (Ephesians 4:1-16)
Read Ephesians 4:1-16 It’s easy to spend thousands on books and courses to help you become a better human. We’re preoccupied with how I can reach my potential and have the best life I can. There’s …
Allen Browne,

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