Sharing the Truth Whatever the Cost
Ephesians 3:1-13

Over and over again in Scripture we are reminded that there is a cost to be paid for following Jesus. There is a price to be paid if we want to follow faithfully in our Lord’s steps. Jesus said,

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. (Matthew 16:24-25 NIV)

20 Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also…” (John 15:20 NIV)

If we are going to faithfully follow Jesus then suffering will surely follow. We should anticipate persecution in some form or another if we are living unashamedly for the cause of the Kingdom and proclaiming the truth of God with word and deed. We will be mocked, laughed at, ridiculed, dismissed, marginalized, fired, or imprisoned if we refuse to remain silent. Suffering for the cause of the Kingdom was part of Jesus’ life and suffering for the cause of the Kingdom was known by His followers whenever they proclaimed the truth. Throughout history the followers of Jesus have paid a steep price for proclaiming the Good News in societies and communities that did not want to hear it. Continue reading “Sharing the Truth Whatever the Cost
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Once Hopeless. Now Family.
Ephesians 2:19-22

Everyone loves stories about those who rise from the depths of despair and hopelessness to find meaning and purpose in life. One of my favorite movies of all-time is the movie Blindside, the story of the life of Michael Oher. You can probably count on one hand those who have not seen the movie, but it is worth retelling.

Michael was one of twelve children born to Denise Oher and Michael Williams. Denise struggled with drugs and alcohol and Michael’s father was in and out of prison until he was murdered in prison when Michael was a senior in high school. Michael repeated first and second grade, he attended eleven different schools during his first nine years as a student, and he was placed in foster care at the age of seven. Michael moved in and out of foster homes and was at times homeless until he moved into the home of Tony Henderson, when he was a freshman in high school. Tony is the one responsible for getting Michael into Briarcrest Christian School when Michael was a freshman.

Michael only lived with Tony Henderson a short while before he went back into the foster care system in Tennessee. He had been living with several foster care families before he met Leigh Ann and Sean Tuohy in 2004. The Tuohy’s had a son and daughter who attended Briarcrest and when they learned of Michael’s living situation they allowed Michael to move in with them. Continue reading “Once Hopeless. Now Family.
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Access to the Father
Ephesians 2:14-18

In a world of seven billion people you would think that everyone has at least one friend. In a world of seven billion people you would think that there wouldn’t be anyone who would feel isolated or alienated. In a world of seven billion people you would think that everyone had at least someone to talk to when life gets rough and the darkness begins to creep in. You would think that everybody would have somebody, but that just simply isn’t the truth. James Parks writes,

Loneliness is an aching void in the center of our being, a deep longing to love and to be loved, to be fully known and accepted by at least one other person. It is a hollow, haunting sound sweeping through our depths, chilling our bones and causing us to shiver. Is there a person who has never felt the stab of loneliness, who has never known the eerie distance of isolation and separation, who has never suffered the pain of rejection or the loss of love? (James Parks. Interpersonal Loneliness and Spiritual Loneliness.)

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