Today's Word for Pastors...
Who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
Today's Preaching Insight...
A Prisoner of Jesus Christ
>Ephesians 3:1-13 constitutes a great parenthesis in the argument of the book, which skips from 2:22 to 3:14, where it continues the topic of the growth of the Church. What could have been important enough to make a logical and systematic mind like Paul's lose its train of thought? The Stewardship of God's Grace, i.e., the ministry of the Gospel and the privilege of having a part in it. How great is that privilege? It is great enough to transform your view of your circumstances, to turn a prison into a place of praise and bonds of iron into a badge of honor, when one is a prisoner of Jesus Christ.
(To read the entire article "Prisoner of Jesus Christ" by Donald T. Williams at Preaching.com, click here)
Honesty / Dishonesty
Did you hear the story of the boy who brought home a very low grade on a test? His mother asked, "Why did you get such a low mark on that test?" His reply was, "Because of absence." The mother inquired, "You mean you were absent when they discussed the material?" The student said, "No, the kid who sits next to me was absent the day of the test."
J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.
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