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), chosen (v. 4), destined for adoption (v. 5), redeemed (v. 7a), forgiven (v. 7b), enlightened (v. 9), given an inheritance …

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. Some passages strongly urge the importance of the human will. John 3:16 promises that those who believe in Jesus will …

Let’s Turn To Ephesians

LeRoy Koopman

READ : Ephesians 1:1-2   During the month of August we’ll be reading from Ephesians, one of my favorite books of the Bible. We will be reading a letter (3:1; 4:1; 6:20) which Paul wrote from prison (probably during his two-year incarceration in Rome) to a church with whom he had lived for two years during his third missionary journey (see Acts 19:1-20). The ancient city of Ephesus (it’s no longer there) was on the west coast of what is …

Praise God for Promised Eternity

Karen Hoffman

READ : 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Revelation 21:1-8   After spending a month praising God for His blessings, let’s think about heaven. God loves us so much He wants to spend eternity with us. None of us knows when Christ will return or if we must first pass through death; but if we are trusting Jesus for salvation, we will spend eternity with the Lord. What do you think about when you think of heaven? I’m not good at imagining golden …

Praise God for Present Security

Karen Hoffman

READ : Psalm 91:1-16, Romans 8:38-39   If I’d arrived at that intersection two seconds earlier, I’d have been killed! If that baseball had hit an inch to the right, it would have hit his eye! How many times have we heard similar statements? Sometimes we then hear, “That sure was luck.” Hopefully, though, if Christians are speaking, they will acknowledge it was not luck, but the providence of God. The Psalm we read lists many promises that God will …