The Walking Dead

LeRoy Koopman

READ : Ephesians 2:1-3   Some people are dead and don’t know it. Oh, yes, they get out of bed in the morning, go to work or school, take care of the children, go shopping, read the newspaper, and watch a video before retiring. But they are still dead. How can a person tell if he or she is dead …

Hope Keeps Us Going

LeRoy Koopman

READ : Ephesians 1:17-23   Hope. That’s what keeps us going. In the face of all odds and impossible situations, hope conquers all. Hope is what keeps a marriage alive, no matter how troubled. Hope is what enables us to cope with death, no matter how painful. Hope is what keeps us walking in the wilderness, no matter how lost. …

“I’ve heard about you”

LeRoy Koopman

READ : Ephesians 1:15-16   “I’ve heard about you,” said Paul (v. 15a). How had Paul heard? Perhaps from Christian merchants or local Christians who had relatives in Ephesus. And Paul heard positive things! The Christian grapevine was carrying good stories about how the Christians in Ephesus were treating others (v. 15b). Paul apparently had heard no news of power …

Christocentric

LeRoy Koopman

READ : Ephesians 1:7-14   Today we’re going to concentrate on a really impressive theological word: “Christocentric.” It comes from the Greek words for “Christ” and “center.” It means, of course, that everything about our faith is centered around Jesus Christ. Everything good that happens to us spiritually is because of Him. In Christ we have been blessed (v. 3), …

Waves and Particles

LeRoy Koopman

READ : Ephesians 1:3-6   We learned in school that light sometimes acts like particles and sometimes like waves. We know that eventually we will discover how these seemingly contradictory facts fit together, but until then we say that light is both/and instead of either/or. We face the same kind of dilemma when it comes to predestination versus human responsibility. …