Category: Encouragement

Time for a Giveaway!

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Thanks to all of you who studied Ephesians 6 with me over the past month! I have appreciated your fellowship, and I pray that God has used your time in the Word to change you and to draw you closer to Him. For those who are still working to finish the study (and I know there are many of you, because I always get carried away and make the lessons […]

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“30” Days in Ephesians 6, Day 31: Doing

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.”      James 1:22-24 This lesson is one of the most important ones in our study. […]

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30 Days in Ephesians 6, Day 30: Review

We’ve read Paul’s entire letter to the Ephesian believers. We’ve rejoiced in the wonderful truths that he reviewed in the first half of the letter, and we’ve seen that those truths lead to a way of living that reflects God’s goodness and glory. We’ve seen specifically how that should look in parent-child and master-servant (or employer-employee) relationships. We know how it should look in the husband-wife relationship as well. But […]

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30 Days in Ephesians 6, Day 27: Our Helmet

We’ve covered most of the body as we examine each piece of armor God gives us. It’s time to protect our heads, but first let’s look just a little bit more at our shield. Assignment: Pray, thanking God for His Word and for His Holy Spirit who will make it plain to you as you study. Use the study copy of the text that you are marking and highlight in red […]

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30 Days in Ephesians 6, Day 23: The Breastplate

Today is Do-It-Yourself Day! You’ve been learning how to use a number of different study methods and tools. The goal of these studies is to help you develop skills and confidence to study the Bible on your own. Today you get to decide how to study the last half of Ephesians 6:14! Assignment: Pray for God to give you wisdom and direction in your study of His Word today. Then […]

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30 Days in Ephesians 6, Day 21: Stand Firm

Our enemy is a formidable one, but he and his demons are not as strong or as powerful as God. We’re called to be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. God is the one who strengthens us. He is the one who arms us for victory. Let’s take one more look at our enemy and how God equips us to stand firm against him. Assignment: Pray for the grace […]

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30 Days in Ephesians 5, Day 15: Memorize

Before we move on to the next section  of Ephesians 6, let’s start memorizing this chapter (or a portion of it, if that seems more feasible). The more we study a passage, the easier it is to memorize it. The more we memorize a passage, the more we will understand and internalize what we’re studying. Assignment: Pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and for perseverance as you meditate on and […]

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30 Days in Ephesians 6, Day 14: Servants and Masters

We’ve looked at God’s command to children — obey and honor your parents. We’ve studied His command to parents — don’t provoke those who are supposed to obey and honor you. Don’t make obedience and honor difficult. Now we move to God’s commands to bondservants and masters. Assignment: Pray for understanding and for a soft heart that is ready to hear what God wants to say to you through our passage […]

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30 Days in Ephesians 6, Day 13: Provoking, Part 2

In our last lesson we saw that it is possible to provoke our children both to anger and to discouragement. Today we’re going to look at some commentaries to help us better understand how we might provoke them, and how we can nurture and admonish them instead. Assignment: Pray for the Holy Spirit to help you see how this verse may apply to your life and the way you relate to your children. Open […]

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30 Days in Ephesians 6, Day 12: Provoking, Part 1

Children are commanded to obey their parents. That means their parents need to help them learn to obey. But even while we are seeking to do that, we can say and do things that make it much harder for our children to respect and obey us. Today we’re going to look at Ephesians 6:4 and God’s command to fathers. We’re going to look briefly at several key words in the verse to […]

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