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    How to Establish the Truth

    HOW can we ESTABLISH the TRUTH? 

    God has not left us to guess whether certain things are right or wrong.

    Three connected parts are necessary to establish the truth.

    1. OBJECTIVE – separate from any personal feelings, situations, or opinions
                 (Deuteronomy 32:4, Psalms 18:30-31)
    2. UNIVERSAL – applies to all people in all places
                 (Psalms 103:19, Psalms 97:5)
    3. CONSTANT - does not change with time…
                (Isaiah 40:28, Ecclesiastes 3:14)

    The Source of Truth can be found in only in God!

    John 14:6

    There are basic elements of truth that can always be counted on no matter what I feel, no matter where I am, and no matter what my age!

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    Put down your phone


    Interesting chapter titles says it all...  What do you think?

    1 We Are Addicted to Distraction  . . . . . . 41

    2 We Ignore Our Flesh and Blood . . . . . . 55

    3 We Crave Immediate Approval . . . . . . .65

    4 We Lose Our Literacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79

    5 We Feed on the Produced . . . . . . . . . . 91

    6 We Become Like What We “Like” . . . . .109

    7 We Get Lonely . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . 119

    8 We Get Comfortable in Secret Vices . . .131

    9 We Lose Meaning . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . .145

    10 We Fear Missing Out . . . . . . . . . . . . .153

    11 We Become Harsh to One Another  . . . .163

    12 We Lose Our Place in Time . . . . . . . . . .177

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    Lent - Mardi Gras Tuesday - Ash Wednesday - Self Denial - Fish - Easter - Gospel Story

    LENT(Old English for Spring) is a 40-day period (before Easter, excluding Sundays) of fasting and repentance culminating in the celebration of Holy Week. LENT began by early Christians in an effort to identify with biblical 40 day periods of trial and fasting(Genesis 7:12, Exodus 34:28, Numbers 13:25, Numbers 14:34, 1 Samuel 17:16, 1 Kings 19:8, Luke 4:2, Acts 1:3)leading up to Easter. The Lenten season beacons us to deepen our understanding and appreciation for the abundant grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ's saving work on the cross.

    MARDI GRAS Pre-Lenten celebrations (Carnival, Festival)culminate with FAT TUESDAY(Mardi Gras in French or Shrove Tuesday)the day before Ash Wednesday. Since Christians have often chosen or been taught to fast from all sweet food during Lent, including milk, eggs, and meat, the traditional dinner on this night is pancakes to use up their milk and eggs and syrup so there won't be any of the tempting stuff around during Lent. Many have mutated this season as an excuse for indulgence before the fast. It is often looked on as one last “binge” before having to give something up for 40 days. These celebrations foster the unscriptural notion that you can do whatever you want on Fat Tuesday, as long as you show up in church on Ash Wednesday.

    ASH WEDNESDAYbegins the Lenten season and is six and a half weeks before Easter every year. Ash Wednesday isthe tradition (not a requirement)of putting ashes on the forehead in the form of a cross as a sign of humility and recognition of our own sin (the ashes usually come from the dried and burned palms from Palm Sunday the year before). "From dust you came, and to dust you shall return. Turn from your sin and receive the good news." By reminding ourselves of our need and willfully submitting to Christ's authority, we prepare our heart to celebrate Easter with a renewed sense of joy and amazement!

    Many equate LENT with SELF DENIALand give up something enjoyable (like meat or chocolate or movies)for the 40 days as a way of focusing more intently on the meaning of the season. While there is certainly nothing wrong with preparing for Easter through some form of self-denial or intentional good works, it is important to realize that these will not win us God's favor, earn special blessing, or increase His love for us. God’s love for us could not be any greater than it already is! If you plan to give up something, please make sure to use the margin created to grow in love and appreciation with Christ. Remember the Lenten season is about preparing the heart; so, if you plan to give up something, then make plans to REPLACE it with something that would turn your heart more toward Christ! Maybe take the challenge to read the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), memorize certain scriptures, or read the Purpose Driven Life daily devotional book during Lent. (free YouVersion Bible App for reading plans & FighterVerse App for scripture memory)

    FISH Catholic traditions often practice various acts of penitence and spiritual self-discipline during Lent. One of those disciplines is a fast that requires Catholics to abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent. The rule is based on the authority of the Church, not on the authority of Scripture. The stated reason for Catholics not being allowed to eat meat on Fridays during Lent is to remind the faithful that Jesus died on a Friday. Jesus gave up His body (His flesh), and Catholics, in an effort to attain greater communion with Christ, refrain from consuming flesh.

    EASTER  Christians celebrate Easter as the resurrection of Christ on the third day after His crucifixion. It is the oldest Christian holiday and the most important day of the church year because of the significance of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the events upon which Christianity is based(1 Corinthians 15:3-4,14). The four Gospels make it clear that Jesus was crucified in conjunction with the Jewish Passover (Matthew 26:17-19; Mark 14:12-16; Luke 22:7-15; John 18:28,39; 19:14). The four Gospels also make it clear that Jesus was raised from the dead three days later, on the first day of the week (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2,9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1,19). Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. Whether we call it “Easter” or “Resurrection Sunday,” what is important is the reason for our celebration, which is that Christ is alive, making it possible for us to have eternal life (Romans 6:4)!

    GOSPEL STORY[BAD NEWS]Since SIN is any thought, attitude, word, or action that falls short of God’s perfect, holy standard and deserves punishment, we are separated from the Source of LIFE and we ALL desperately need RESCUED! [GOOD NEWS]Love motivated Jesus Christ to step out of heaven and sacrificially give His innocent life on a bloody cross for the just punishment of our sin and also conquer sin’s penalty (death) by victoriously rising from the grave! [Romans 10:9-10][Ephesians 2:8-9]To reject this Gospel story is to condemn your self to death. To receive this Gospel story for your own is embracing LIFE!

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    Love and Respect

    Ephesians 5:33
    Let each one of you LOVE his wife as himself,
    and let the wife see that she RESPECTS her husband.

    The Language of Love & Respect
    Cracking the Communication Code with Your Mate
    Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

    MEN: How to Spell LOVE to Your Wife? COUPLE

    Closeness: She wants you to be close.

    Openness: She wants you to open up to her.

    Understanding: Don’t try to fix her; just listen.

    Peacemaking: She wants you to say, “I’m sorry.”

    Loyalty: She needs to know you’re committed.

    Esteem: She wants you to honor and cherish her.

    MEN:  You don’t motivate your wife to become more respectful by acting in unloving ways.  [Tony Evans] The less a woman feels appreciated, needed, and valued as an equal with you, the less responsive she will be following your functional lead as head in your house. 

    LADIES: How to Spell RESPECT to Your Husband? CHAIRS

    Conquest: Appreciate his desire to work and achieve.

    Hierarchy: Appreciate his desire to protect and provide.

    Authority: Appreciate his desire to serve and to lead.

    Insight: Appreciate his desire to analyze and counsel.

    Relationship: Appreciate his desire for shoulder-to-shoulder friendship.

    Sexuality: Appreciate his desire for sexual intimacy.

    LADIES: You don’t motivate your husband to become more loving by complaining and criticizing to get what you want.  The less a man feels respected, the less motivated he will be to want to treat you well, love you, and be good to you.

    [got ?'s quote] God’s commands for husbands and wives are not conditional. Submission is not contingent upon love, and love is not contingent upon respect. Taking the first step in obedience, regardless of the actions of the other, goes a long way to breaking down the conflict and establishing new patterns of behavior.

    LADIES: What would you think of a man that is consumed with CHRIST and empowered to LOVE you and your family with the self-sacrificial love of Christ?

    MEN:  What would you think of a lady that is consumed with CHRIST and honors your position as husband with endless respect?

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Chapter of Ephesians a Day

Let's read through Ephesians together... chapter a day beginning Easter Sunday.  Simply pray and ask for the Spirit of God to help you understand and apply the message.  Then encourage others by posting a key verse or quick thought from your time in the Word.

22 comments (Add your own)

1 Pastor - Sun, April 24, 2011 @ 7:54 PM

He adopts us and gives us the inheritance of an heir. So thankful for "the redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the (abundant) riches of God's grace." He has deposited His Spirit within me as a guarantee of my inheritance. I pray verse 17 for Northshore Family... "may He give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that we may know Him better."
2 melissa reynolds - Sun, April 24, 2011 @ 9:08 PM

Ephesians 1
I have been SIGNED, SEALED and DELIVERED!!! Even before i knew who Christ was He had a plan for my life.... incredible!
Paul prayed for each of us and I am praying for myself as well, that my eyes are OPEN to God's will/calling in my life
3 Rebecca Abel - Sun, April 24, 2011 @ 9:09 PM

"I ask that your minds may be opened to see his light, so that you will know what is the hope to which he has called you, how rich are the wonderful blessings he promises his people, and how very great is his power at work in us who believe. This power working in us is the same as the mighty strength which he used when he raised Christ from death and seated him at his right side in the heavenly world."

Ephesians 1:18-20

Two points:
1) I pray for all of us to have open hearts to see HIS LIGHT, and that our hearts are softened and humbled so that we will. I pray I will not take for granted all the "wonderful blessings" He has given me.

2) God's power surpasses all, BY FAR. So amazing to know that the same power He used to raise Christ up for the grave (because NOTHING could keep Him in that grave!), is the same power He uses in me, which is another way Christ is in me. Wow.
4 Joshua Abel - Sun, April 24, 2011 @ 9:22 PM

"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength"

- Ephesians 1:18-19

Do we even really comprehend what we get in this?

1) the hope to which He called us
2) the riches of his glorious inheritance
3) his incomparably great power...the same as His mighty strength

First we get to saved. We avoid going to an eternal death in hell separated from God. Conquering death? Conquering the sin of the world...personally Himself? That's a lot of power.

Second we get his glorious inheritance. We don't just avoid hell. We are now join heirs with Christ. That's a pretty big "bankroll".

Lastly, and at this current time, we can share in His immeasurable power. What kind of power is that? The same power to conquer death, heal the blind, defeat Satan, make the lame to walk, part the Red Sea, walk on water, feed the 5,000, flood the earth, CREATE something from nothing, etc...

That is a LOT of power. Let us not remain asleep and ignorant to the power which we have in Christ Jesus. Let us humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, so that He will exalt us at the proper time. All for His glory!

"He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.""

- Matthew 17:20

5 Pastor - Mon, April 25, 2011 @ 9:43 AM

Chapter 2... The same Spirit power that raised Christ from the dead is in me... WOW! I must choose to submit to His authority and cooperate with His planned good works. In Him is both adventure and peace.
6 melissa reynolds - Mon, April 25, 2011 @ 10:14 AM

Ephesians 2
Who am I that I deserve to be placed NEXT TO CHRIST himself?? We have been taken from our sinful/unworthy lives and totally forgiven and placed next to the creator himself!
why??? because of His amazung love...
how??? because he died a painful death on the cross
for who??? for ALL of us... past, present, future
what do we have to do to get that??CONFESS & BELIEVE
..... amazing
7 Joshua Abel - Mon, April 25, 2011 @ 8:40 PM

"For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility."

- Ephesians 2:14-16

Amazing how many time Christ SIMPLIFIES! Two races penned against one another...now brought together as part of the body of Christ. What barriers do we personally have? What barriers have we created in our churches? SImplify. In the cross of Jesus, is unity.
8 Stacey - Mon, April 25, 2011 @ 10:24 PM

Ephesians 1:11 - He chose us and He "works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will".

Don't you imagine the disciples thought that everything was lost when Jesus died on the cross? They must have felt so defeated. But God had a purpose in the cross, as they soon found out. The cross wasn't a place of defeat, but part of the road to a great VICTORY!

It is so often the same with our lives. Some things just don't turn out like we planned. Tragedies strike, trials weigh us down, and failures loom large in our minds. But, what appears to be a great defeat just may turn out to be God working His wonderful purposes in our lives. If you are His, nothing is happening in your life that is not allowed by Him. Let Him use it for His purpose.

Life WILL have pain. The question is: will you have pain with a purpose or will you just have pain?
9 - Tue, April 26, 2011 @ 9:21 AM

what struck me the most in chapter 1 is that from the beggining God new we would sin against him time and time again, and still sacraficed his only son. i like the part when it says that the bridge has been made. i took that as we no longer have an excuse and that we should know better. And how the Gentiles was viewed back then got my attention too, we should be carefule with that.
10 melissa reynolds - Tue, April 26, 2011 @ 9:48 AM

Ephesians 3

We are ONE in the body of Christ... PERIOD!
The path has been marked out for us - people have suffered to make the path easier for us.... all we have to do is believe!

11 Pastor - Tue, April 26, 2011 @ 9:59 AM

Eph 3... mystery = what was unknown was made known through the Gospel.

PRAISE GOD that we share in the promise of Christ Jesus and through faith we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

We are the only limit to His Mighty power at work within us... may we inentionally "deny self and take up our cross daily to follow Him" (Luke 9:23).

Paul's living and service were carried out in and through the church.

"God give me a heart to know You more today. Strengthen, ground, and fill me through the power of Your Word. May my confidence be completely focused on Your abundant power and not my abilities or fears. May I better comprehend Your love and be filled unto God's fullness (3:16-19). In Jesus Name"
12 Joshua Abel - Tue, April 26, 2011 @ 8:19 PM

"Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ,"

- Ephesians 3:8

Understand that all we have...our possessions, our money, our families, our health, and yes YOUR TALENTS came from, and belong to the Lord. We can do nothing under our own power and might. We must humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, and then, extend the same grace that was given to us, to all those around us! (i.e. the Gentiles)

Acts 15:19
13 Rebecca Abel - Tue, April 26, 2011 @ 10:23 PM

I read Ch. 3-4 today and they were AWESOME!!! I highlighted lots.

Paul reminded me that it is an absolute PRIVILEGE to spread the Good News, for our Savior.

He also wrote that pastors should encourage their people, and I'm so very thankful that my pastor does just that, and challenges us all to read together and lift each other up.

Oh yeah - that was another part. We are ONE body and we don't have to carry our burdens and joys alone. Each part (person) in the body of Christ helps another part out. PTL for my church family who encourage, lift up, challenge, and motivate me. What an awesome gift.
14 Pastor - Wed, April 27, 2011 @ 9:57 AM

Eph 4 Full living overflows from a rooted connection time with the Master. It is not realized through our best efforts, but through humble and quiet submission.

Through His Word, our mind is renewed... our spirit and attitude is renewed... we receive both timely compassion and correction, so that the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23) may be evident in increasing measure in our interaction with others.

We must constantly attend the condition of our heart. The enemy (Devil) is looking for any foothold (vr27) to exploit... especially seeds of anger, pride, loose tongues, busyness, other people or situations that try our patience, anything (good & bad) that diverts our attention from God's Word, guilt, lack of forgivness, worry, fear, lack of compassion, misdirected sensual desires, hard-heartedness, peer presure, "continual lust for more" (vrs19), health, lust for others that we are not or want, doubt, bored, emotional imbalance, playing the comparison game, entertainment, crisis, unrealized dreams, lack of urgency... and anything else that would "grieve the Holy Spirit of God." (vrs30)

We are first to fill our cup through time with the Master. Then, we are to share that love, encourage each other, bear with each others burdens, build each other up, hold each other accountable, promote peace & unity, extend His grace and mercy to those around us who least expect it or deserve it. Pursue holiness.
15 Joshua Abel - Wed, April 27, 2011 @ 10:18 PM

"From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work."

- Ephesians 4:16

We need EVERYBODY. What you do IS important.

Stop worrying about what you don't have, can't do, struggles you face, discouragements around you, and obstacles in your way.

Don't look to or at others...don't look to or at yourself. Look to Christ!

"I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD,the Maker of heaven and earth."

- Psalm 121:1-2

God designed you the way He wanted. Do the part He designed you to do...and then prepare to be blessed. Fearfully and wonderfully made! (Psalm 139:14)
16 melissa reynolds - Wed, April 27, 2011 @ 10:41 PM

Ephesians 4
Grow up, stand up, and speak up!! enough said :)
17 Sevren - Thu, April 28, 2011 @ 11:51 AM

eph 4:26-28 do not let the sun go down in anger while you are still angery, and do not give the devil a foothold. He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

This probably where i finished the saying "out with my hands" doing Gods work. Read Gods word, fill the heart with the holy spirit and take in action all that you've learned. In the past all we had was Gods laws and the fear of the consaquences of not abiding by them. Now we all can have a personal relation ship with him through Christ. Praise Jesus
18 Pastor - Thu, April 28, 2011 @ 5:35 PM

Eph 5.. submit to God and each other our of reverence for Christ. The way we treat and speak to others is a reflection of our heart condition.

God wants us to be PURE in mind... PURE with our body, and PURE in speach. It's most often the second thought, the second glance, the last word that introduces impurity. We need to put up guardrails in our life to keep from going off course.

Are you ready to make the most of every opportunity today?
19 melissa reynolds - Thu, April 28, 2011 @ 9:09 PM

eph 5
i love this chapter - darkness WILL be brought to the light - it WILL be found out - even when it seems like the world is "getting away with things"!! The Bible promises that therw will be a judgement for ALL of us - but our job is NOT to judge but to be imitators of Christ - LOVING others while expecting NOTHING in return ...
20 Sevren - Fri, April 29, 2011 @ 1:39 PM

eph 5:4- nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but raher thanksgiving.

I was watching a movie the other day. (a comedey) And i couldnt get into it. Because the humer was sinfule and prety much the entire movie spoke of blasfemy.
This is a blessing. But it is sad that there are people out their that fall into the same trap of false inseption. That a fictional story can be none fictional.
Oh! I should be carefull carefule reading 5:22-33 to my wife huh? LOL God bless yall.

Wake up, o sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.

Matt 26:41 - Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing but the body is weak.
21 Pastor - Fri, April 29, 2011 @ 2:00 PM

Eph 6... A healthy child moves from dependence to independence. Spiritual relationships go against the flow... we must move from independence to dependence.

We are not strong enough on our own to withstand the devil's tactics. We must be stong in the Lord, not ourselves.

"Pray for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that i will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel" vrs 19
22 melissa reynolds - Fri, April 29, 2011 @ 3:52 PM

eph 6
"I am a Christian, a mighty might Christian.
Ive got my shield of faith
righteous breastplate
helmet if salvation
ive got my gospel shoes on
but above all....
i said above all....
above all, im dressed in the full armor of God"!!

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