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DAILY READINGS

Scriptures to be read before the sermon on Sunday, April 30:

Monday: Ephesians 2:1-5

Tuesday: Ephesians 2:6-10

Wednesday: Ephesians 2:11-13

Thursday: Ephesians 2:14-18

Friday: Ephesians 2:19-22

Saturday: Ephesians 2:1-22

EDITORIAL

“Praise God”

Paul began his letter to the church at Ephesus with praise (1:3-14). That whole section in the original language is one long sentence connected by several prepositional phrases. Each one was intended to add to a developing picture Paul was attempting to describe for them – the incredible blessings that God had given them through Jesus Christ. With each phrase, the Christians in Ephesus and the surrounding area (Ephesians may have been intended as a circular letter which was also taken to cities nearby) were challenged to see another dimension of that unfolding picture come into view. Paul led them picture by picture as he thanked God for being chosen, adopted, redeemed, forgiven, and given the Holy Spirit as a guarantee. These are but some of the beautiful parts of this grand picture Paul saw as he wrote the first words to the Ephesians. As you read the Daily Bible Readings this week, take time to appreciate how Paul’s words in chapter two also add to the overall picture. As you read, also keep in mind what Paul shared about God’s purpose in giving us the blessings that were mentioned – that we might live our lives in a way which would be for the praise of Jesus’ glory (1:12). In other words, our lives would become a part of the picture as well.

As Paul put down on paper his thoughts about all these wonderful blessings in Christ, his words become more than just words; they become an example for how we are to praise and worship God. As we gather to worship God next Sunday morning, we will attempt to not only study about what Paul wrote, but will also seek to follow his example of praising and thanking God together.

John Harp

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