Monthly Archives: September 2019

making the dark deeds visible

 making the dark deeds visible  Ephesians 5:11-14 (JDV)  Ephesians 5:11 Don’t participate in the fruitless achievements of darkness, but instead expose them Ephesians 5:12 because it is shameful even to mention what is done by them in secret. Ephesians 5:13 … Continue reading

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decision training

Ephesians 5:9-10 (JDV) Ephesians 5:9 because the fruit of the light consists of all goodness, righteousness, and truth – Ephesians 5:10 evaluating1 what is pleasing to the Lord. decision training We are used to evaluating our life options based on … Continue reading

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don’t partner with darkness

Ephesians 5:6-8 (JDV) Ephesians 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, because God’s wrath is coming on the disobedient because of these things. Ephesians 5:7 Do not become their partners, then. Ephesians 5:8 You see, you were once … Continue reading

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limiting close relationships

Ephesians 5:1-5 (JDV) Ephesians 5:1 Be imitators of God, then, as dearly cared about children, Ephesians 5:2 and walk in care, like Christ also cared about us and gave himself in behalf of us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to … Continue reading

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more on the guidelines

Ephesians 4:29-32 (JDV) Ephesians 4:29 No vulgar language should come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives favor to those who hear. Ephesians 4:30 And don’t grieve God’s Sacred … Continue reading

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guidelines for growing together

Ephesians 4:25-28 (JDV) Ephesians 4:25 For this reason, putting away lying, speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, because we are members of one another. Ephesians 4:26 Be angry and do not sin. Don’t let the sun go down … Continue reading

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the unsurrendered life

Ephesians 4:20-24 (JDV) Ephesians 4:20 But you did not learn Christ in this way,1 Ephesians 4:21 assuming you heard about him and were taught by him, like the truth is in Jesus, Ephesians 4:22 to take off your former way … Continue reading

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learning how to unsurrender

Ephesians 4:17-19 (JDV) Ephesians 4:17 Then I say this and testify in the Lord: You should no longer live like the Gentiles live, in the futility of their thoughts. Ephesians 4:18 They are darkened in their understanding, excluded from the … Continue reading

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maturity builders

Ephesians 4:14-16 (JDV) Ephesians 4:14 Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit. Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the … Continue reading

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the ministry cycle

Ephesians 4:11-13 (JDV) Ephesians 4:11 And he himself gave some missionaries, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, Ephesians 4:12 so the devotees could be equipped for achieving ministry, to build up the body of Christ, Ephesians 4:13 until … Continue reading

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