July 19, 2015 – Be Strong in the Lord

Preached by Rod Benner (00:35).

 

In all we do and within any relationship we must remember that the love and truth of God is to be our motivation for all thought and action.  Within the family, God instructs children to honor their parents. As importantly, fathers are to act towards their children with godly love and wisdom.  Within our community, country and world we must respond with godly love and even godly sorrow and anger when it is appropriate.  A godly love for all that is good and for every one of our neighbors no matter how they are similar or different from us.  A godly sorrow and anger for anything and anyone that calls evil good.  Living the life of Jesus is our calling; to be “little Christs”, “Christ like”, to be Christian.  Living that life is hard and it we must remember we don’t “war against flesh and blood”.

Scripture references: Ephesians 6:1-4; 10-18
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July 12, 2015 – Demonstrate Jesus’ Love to Your Spouse

Preached by Rod Benner (00:43).

Rod continues a study of Ephesians.  The love of Jesus for the world should be so clearly seen through the family relationships of Christians.  When family relationships lack the love of God the relationships get messed up and the way people see the gospel of Jesus is skewed.  God holds the marriage relationship in such high regard that he compares the love of a husband and wife to the way Jesus loves the Church.  The Father, Son and Spirit cooperate in loving submission and they don’t fight for who is going to be on top.  The Father doesn’t pridefully force his authority on the Son or Spirit and the Son and Spirit don’t pridefully fight for the recognition they know is due to them.  They lovingly work for the glory of each other and the love for mankind.

If you haven’t said it before, today is the day to declare, “Lord, I need help!  Help me love my spouse and let my family relationships show the good news and great love of Jesus.”

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Scripture references: Ephesians 5:15-33
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May 24, 2015 – Power Under Control

Preached by Rod Benner (00:36).

 

The Church is a family and family relationships are messy.  This makes unity and peace among each other so important.  As we grow together in Christ we will make mistakes, hurt each others’ feelings, and get mad with one another.  This is normal, but what do we do about it?  With patience and long suffering we strive towards unity and seek the restoring power of forgiveness.

Scripture references: Ephesians 4:2-3
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