I love Paul's letter to the Ephesians. It contains some of the most valuable insights into the Christian faith. One such insight is found in Ephesians 2:14 which says, "He (Jesus) is our peace..." Let's break this phrase down a little bit to get a fuller understanding.
"He" - Refers to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. His purpose on Earth was to die for the sins of the world (our sins included). His resurrection from the dead gives us all hope of eternal life
From time to time, my friends and I gather at a local gym to play some basketball. During the time of practice shooting, I imagine that there are three seconds left to go in a major game. I have the basketball in my hands, and I am set to make the game-winning three-point basket. I release the ball from my hand at the last possible millisecond. As the imaginary buzzer sounds, I see the basketball “swish” into the hoop. I celebrate my shot with intense jubilation even though the other players
I can remember physical education class well…maybe, too well. Our gym teacher (coach) would make us do exercises before we started playing whatever sport he had in mind. The push-ups were fairly simple, but the sit-ups were a grind. Jumping jacks were always fun, but those ten laps around the gym were too much for an asthmatic like me to handle. So, I would run five laps and then walk the next five. The coach never said anything about it. I guess as long as I was getting my heart pumping,
I wrote this devotional in August 2009...It's very timely for the present day.
Turn away from evil and do what is good...
Psalm 34:14a (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
We live in a world that is becoming increasingly evil. Newspaper headlines and television news broadcasts report criminal activities and scandals daily. It seems that no one has been unaffected by acts of terror and violence.
Even we Christians
The trombone is said to be one of the hardest musical instruments to play. It requires buzzing lips, a great amount of air, and manual dexterity (to move the slide in the proper position for each note). When I was in high school, I played this challenging instrument. Now that I am in my forties, I am making a valid attempt to reclaim some of my tromboning skills. I know where each note is position-wise (for example, E-flat is in third position) and how to arrange music by transposing from one