They were thus obligated to refund the overpaid premiums plus the full amount for which the husband had insured his life in her favor. WE DO not become God's property when we consecrate ourselves to Him, but only awake to see that we are already His, and assume that manner of life which they should live who are not their own, but have been bought with a price (1Co 6:19, 20). An article in Smithsonian magazine tells about Amal Dagher, a 63-year-old man who has been duplicating art at the Louvre for 30 years. But James said, "No man can tame the tongue. Many people who are physically alive are existing in a spiritual coma. Blessed, for ever blessed be that dear star of pardon which shines into the condemned cell, and gives the perishing a gleam of hope amid the midnight of despair! Looking up, he saw the light of the glory of God reflected in that dear Face that looked down on him with ineffable love. We fret. Ephesians 1:17 May 10, 1995 A troubled Tallahassee couple had been kicked out of their house and were sleeping in a battered car. Possessed. --D J De Haan. No time of sighing, trial, temptation, or bereavement is without its special and adapted supplies. Our Daily Walk GOD DESIRES to give each life its full development. Father, forgive us for eating “garbage” when You’ve prepared a banquet for us. ", The world does seem to be traveling in a runaway vehicle, hurtling wildly through the dark night toward terrible destruction. True love called for action. This passage began in Chapter 4, Verse 17, with the apostle's admonition to live no longer as the Gentiles do. Those words met the pastor where he lived—at the intersection of discouragement and pain—and encouraged him to keep on in the ministry. I want you to prepare me a gourmet meal and draw my bath. Parents and children (6:1-4) c. Masters and servants (6:5-9) d. Walk in victory (6:10-24) CONCLUSION 1. Paul commands us to walk in love as we imitate God as his children (5:2). Oh! It's a place to find our own job description. And nothing can take us out of God's hand (Jn. Jesus died on the cross to purchase our freedom from the bondage of sin. I mention the sport with mixed feelings. I bow before the throne which absolves me, I clasp the cross which delivers me, I serve henceforth all my days the Incarnate God, through whom I am this night a pardoned soul. Entrust Him with whatever it is that's keeping you awake at night. Then put your cares in His hands. Actually, these basic listening principles apply to all relationships. The devil tempts thee; be of good cheer, he cannot destroy thee, for thou art accepted in him who has broken Satan’s head. We have the seal of the indwelling Holy Spirit who guarantees our future (Eph 1:13,14). —Dave Branon. Thine eyes now suffused with tears shall weep no longer. What riches of grace does free forgiveness exhibit! "Mine hour is not yet come," said our Lord. We're loaded with benefits daily, Sent down from the Father above; His mercies and blessings abounding Are gifts of His marvelous love. This happens when we begin to replace our faith with anxiety, shifting the burden from God's strong shoulders to our frail ones. May we wisely invest our seconds, minutes, hours, and days, realizing that beyond time lies eternity. —Oatman With unwanted burdens come undeserved blessings. We groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption. Our Lord created this beauteous dress when He rose from the dead. He is always equally everywhere. Julie is right. Light Up Your World Ephesians 5:8-14 Matthew 5:14 May 9, 2003. --Sper Nurture your marriage, and you'll nourish your soul. Angered by his seeming defiance, the sergeant marched up to him and growled, "Well?" But what are these opportunities? He explained, "I told Stephanie that I want to be the one to take her to treatments. It is not mere lip-service. Thou shalt gaze in ineffable rapture upon the splendour of him who sits upon the throne. During these evil days, we are to live out the goodness God has placed in us through faith in Christ. Look at Providence! —Dave Branon. When an inner voice keeps shouting, "You're a dumbbell!" J. N. Norton says of the incident, “No sooner had Alypius discovered the bloody stream issuing from the victim’s side, than his finer sensibilities were blunted, and he joined in the shouts and exclamations of the noisy mob about him. But if a Christian husband takes seriously Paul's instruction to love his wife "as Christ also loved the church," he will find ways to give of himself for her, even in little things. Likewise, the joy we experience now through God’s Spirit is just a kind of first installment of the rich blessings that His children will receive in eternity. Even though she knew the Bible says God had forgiven her, she still felt dirty in her heart. (F B Meyer. Sometimes we even get them all right. With trembling hand, she took from her well-worn purse an old policy and explained regretfully that she was unable to meet the current premium. Evil days are days of opportunity. The Holy Spirit, who indwells every believer, gives us a foretaste of the coming glory of heaven. Because of this close family relationship, we are permanent heirs of an eternal inheritance reserved in heaven for us (1Peter 1:4). As we obey Him and stay within His limits, we will find true joy and lasting satisfaction.—David C. Egner. Would Jesus laugh with us? But God’s own Son, the “Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the World,” has died for us and now we who believe are dressed up in the fleece of the Lamb who died. Since he had heard the story of Jesus all his life, it wasn't hard to explain salvation. It's true, isn't it? Work At It Ephesians 5:22-33 November 3, 1999 If your marriage isn't working, take heart. The apostle says that they are to be put away suddenly, instantly. Within a very little time thou shalt be rid of all thy trials and thy troubles. Fortunately for us, our eternal destiny is based on more than some legal agreement we make with God. (F B Meyer. We need to know how He answered critics--and answer as He did. What a generous, thoughtful God we serve! The little girl looked at the orange, then thrust it toward the man and said, "Peel it!" But it is for our good since only so can we acquire the glorious powers of sustained flight on the wings of the wind. According to author J. R. Caldwell, she shaded her eyes as she looked up and exclaimed, "I've got a whole sun to myself! While pop culture proclaims that people can juggle multiple roles if they just manage them well enough, it takes more than cellular phones and pagers to pull it off in real life. Verily, the heart is restless, until it rest in Thee alone. Let's give of ourselves for our families. (Ps 27:1-note). We're members of God's family, We're children of the King; Because we've put our faith in Christ, To us He'll always cling. De Haan Nothing speaks more clearly of God's love than the cross, You Seem So Happy Ephesians 1:1-14 May 8, 1996 My daughter was playing basketball at a local sports facility when the manager asked her where she went to school. We are often required to sign them, whether we're closing a business deal, taking out a bank loan, buying a car, leasing an apartment, or purchasing a major appliance. Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. I thought this mere trifling at the moment, but have in after life discovered how true it is, that these little pleasures often banish melancholy better than more exalted objects." This was a great test of his faith, and from the human standpoint it appeared to be a tragic case of injustice, not a providential means of blessing. —Mart De Haan. —Dave Branon. These appearances were not some figment of their imagination. That's what God likes.—Vernon C Grounds. Ephesians 5:20 November 24, 1999 The story is told of a mother and her 4-year-old daughter who were strolling through an open-air market. It's a day-to-day, all-the-time way of life--even on the playing field. The final rewards and position of the saved will be governed by their faithfulness, after their conversion, in filling the hours here with loving service, holy adoration, and diligent study. ", Caldwell commented, "I could say the same. Many Christians live in a similar situation. (F B Meyer. After he retired, Les met Ruby. The danger, according to one analyst, is getting into a mode "where you move your debt around rather than paying it down. Then he explained that he couldn't complete the painting until he had done exhaustive research and study. Our Daily Walk ST. PAUL makes use of this passage in Genesis, when He says, that "God who commanded the fight to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." Jesus the Savior reigns, The God of truth and love; When He had purged our stains, He took His seat above. silence it by saying to yourself, "God made me. "Don't do that," warned the teacher. When emotions ran high in cabinet meetings, he often told a funny story to break the tension. If his rebuke had unduly antagonized Herod, the king would not have continued to respect and listen to John. All but one obeyed. Sermons.com provides sermon illustrations, sermons, powerpoint and worship resources, and children's sermons & bulletins. He may change in his display of affection, but the affection itself is still the same. When he talked about walking "as children of light" (Eph 5:8-note), he wasn't referring only to the way we behave in church on Sundays. —Dave Branon —Dave Branon. And even if nobody notices but God, that's really all that matters. If we have put our hope of salvation in Jesus Christ alone, we are spiritually rich! Here's a suggestion. According to 1Corinthians 13:4, "[Love] does not parade itself, is not puffed up." --Hall True kindness warns and rescues. We convince ourselves that we don't have time, or that our letter won't matter. “Worship” included sexual intercourse with temple prostitutes (see Paul’s instructions in Eph. Lord, as I follow You by faith, Help me each day to learn That pleasing You in all I do Must be my main concern. let's say "Thanks." —Lyte Giving thanks is a course from which we never graduate. The Lord allows such things for a blessed purpose. But that was not "killing time," it was using time for restoration. Sermons From Ephesians 5. a. Husbands and wives (5:18-33) b. 'Midst sun or rain, 'midst good or ill, Through all my earthly days, May nothing bitter quell, 0 Lord, My grateful song of praise! A missionary in West Africa was trying to convey the meaning of the word redeem in the Bambara language. He'll take care of it. After a moment's reflection, the applicant responded, "Nope, but a bronc did kick in two of my ribs last summer, and a couple of years ago a rattlesnake bit me on the ankle. But when one of the herders caught the lamb and brought it over to me, the mystery was explained. When we do what God saved us to do, we'll be living up to the family name. Beware of wasting the present. B. Adams If you find yourself wearing a "spirit of heaviness," try a "garment of praise"! Graham has lived a relatively long … They also reassure me that heaven is near at hand. God expects His "dear children" (Eph. During the next 20 years he earned the nickname "Praying Hyde" because he often spent hours and even many days in prayer for the salvation of nonbelievers and the revival of Christ's followers. Say to Him" "All my times are in Thy hand." When they entered and talked to the proprietor, he told them that in modern Greek the word arrabon means "an engagement ring." All rights reserved, Related Resource In Depth Commentary Notes on Ephesians, Ephesians 1 Ephesians 2 Ephesians 3 Ephesians 4 Ephesians 5 Ephesians 6, MORE DEVOTIONALS: "Today in the Word" (Moody Bible). So it is in life that sometimes God has to break up the happy conditions to which we have been accustomed from our birth, and drive us forth. The letter to the Ephesians is a letter to Christians, and this sermon is a message to Christians. --Hart © 1965 Singspiration, Inc. Family matters matter to God. Sealed. 1:7). The Family Matters Ephesians 5:25-31 July 3, 1999 Chris Spielman has made a living as a tough, hard-nosed linebacker in the National Football League. -- Ro 13:11, 12-note. God raised Jesus from the grave and exalted Him to His right hand in heaven (Ephesians 1:20). Respond when she makes a statement. Open once more these eyes that desperately need to see the inexpressible riches You have given us through Your Son Jesus Christ. It was dark and I was running a little behind schedule. Jesus tells me that I may yet be clear. [Likewise] you and I and millions of the redeemed have individually the whole heart of Christ… There is room for all.". Is it strangling your joy and making you forget that God's forgiveness is not based on what you do but on what Christ has done? Who knoweth not that not a sparrow falleth to the ground without your Father? --Lehman The measure of God's love is that He loves without measure! —J D Branon. A young minister cherished a note he received from a busy architect in his congregation. Dotted with minimum payments of human effort? —Sper God can turn any difficulty into an opportunity. the perplexed missionary asked. But we are called to live each day with self-discipline and spiritual discernment. We can only trust God, who knows their hearts. It's one of the best ways we can demonstrate that we care about the welfare of others. These apparent misfortunes are not accidents. ), Sometimes we even have these attitudes about ourselves: "I can't do anything right. The film industry focused on this dilemma in a comedy about a harried man who is cloned so he can fulfill his roles as father, construction foreman, and husband. Of course, there are times when we experience deep sorrow. But the Christian views this frightening scene differently. Even Martha could not bear the opening of her brothers vault. When the introductory period expires, they "flip" their debt to a new card. We cannot weave these beautiful robes, or fashion them out of our own nature, but they are all prepared for us in Christ, who is "made unto us Wisdom, and Righteousness, Sanctification, and Redemption." I want to be the one to hold her hand. His high estate is as much at our service as was his condition of abasement. Is there a fish in the sea, or a fowl in the air, which was left to chance for its formation? This is exactly how people should see us as Christians—a bright and inviting light in this world darkened by sin. He had told His disciples that the Holy Spirit would not begin His work until after He left (John 16:7). So Many Blessings Ephesians 1:3-14 March 4, 2003. --Anon. PRAYER - What can I lack if I have Thee, Who art all Good? She explained that it was hard for her to get work and what little she did get was hardly enough to clothe, feed her and keep a roof over her head. "A high pressure system is moving in." We are to steer clear of immorality, filthiness, foolish talking, coarse jesting (1Cor 10:3, 4). DeShazer served the US Army Air Corps in World War II as a bombardier in the squadron of General Doolittle. In fact, I must confess that I was rather exasperated. When we put our trust in Christ for salvation, however, we do more than sign a contract. Through long, lonely days and nights, he was unsure that his life would be spared. Is it love? ", "He's Everything To Me" means "He's Quite A Bit To Me.". "Redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins," which comes from God's grace (Ephesians 1:7). In one epidemic between 1901 and 1904, more than 100,000 died in a single province. Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 Rachel Meghan Markle was born on August 4, 1981, in Los Angeles. It was a pleasure to see them, one after another, carrying the bags cheerily because their leader kept them all the time singing as they did their work. --Anon. Click Chapter, Ephesians Sermon Illustrations 1 Ephesians Sermon Illustrations 2 Ephesians Sermon Illustrations 3 Ephesians Sermon Illustrations 4 Ephesians Sermon Illustrations 5 Ephesians Sermon Illustrations 6, Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. No one likes to be around someone who always seems to be patting himself on the back. —Joanie Yoder. Let's copy the Master. July 15, 2000 Ephesians 1:22-23. It was … Jesus is the Light. We are robbing ourselves of the great gifts of a clear conscience and fellowship with God (1 John 1:5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10). All of life takes on a different hue when we spend our time counting our blessings rather than airing our complaints. But the process takes time. She smelled it once more and this time seemed thoroughly satisfied and adopted it as her own. Rather, they balance self-assertiveness (which isn't wrong in itself) with the principle of submitting to one another (Ephesians 5:21). Humbly is the only way to enter the presence of God. He immediately recognized his family and told his two sons he loved them. The principle of having all things in common seems to have been abandoned by mutual consent. Our duty in life is to live each moment in fellowship with God. Our Daily Homily). As an adult he taught Sunday school. This teenager thought she had found something that was too hard for God to do—forgive her. Hyde learned later that during this exact time the pastor's spiritual life was revitalized. More purity give me, more strength to o'ercome, More freedom from earth-stains, more longings for home; More fit for the kingdom, more used would I be, More blessed and holy, more, Savior, like Thee. THE WISE USE OF TIME Ephesians 5:15-16 F B Meyer. We believe that even though Satan is called the ruler of this age, God has a plan for this world and is in ultimate control. And the apostle Paul urged his fellow Christians to give "thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 5:20). (See Mt 25:20, 21; Lk 12:42, 43, 44.) God never stops giving us reasons to praise Him. Notice their exuberant joy (Acts 2:46, 47). This left the hind-leg coverings dragging loose. As we follow the Spirit's guidance through one experience after another, we become more and more like the masterpiece we will be someday in Glory. O love of God, how rich and pure! —Macleod Love in return for love is natural, but love in return for hate is supernatural. --Sper Blessings hemmed with praise won't unravel. An Ungrateful Grumbler Ephesians 5:20 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. The good news is that God's Word does promise riches to the believer. "Awake, awake; put on thy strength; put on thy beautiful garments." Why kill it? At Ephesians 5:15 we come to the final description of the Christian’s walk. A big part of loving is listening. As God’s children, let’s rejoice in the riches we now have in Christ through the Holy Spirit. Let's ask the Lord to help us appreciate the value of time. --Crosby Christ was lifted up on the cross that we might be lifted out of our sin. Ephesians, Expository Sermons - From The Executable Outlines Series by Mark A. Copeland - Hundreds of free sermon outlines and Bible study materials available for online browsing and downloading. What's happening? What looks like just an accident When viewed through human eyes, Is really God at work in us— His blessing in disguise. We were talking about how she imitates me on the court, and she said, "Dad, Christians should be imitators too. Ask for His forgiveness. Solomon wrote, "He who restrains his lips is wise" (Proverbs 10:19). Calmen had expected her former teacher to say, "I knew you could do that." Like the Louvre copyists, we'll never reach perfection before we get to heaven. Choose not the lowly paths of sin When lofty heights before you rise; God freely gives the power to win The victor’s crown, the heavenly prize. ", "And why does he have wings on his feet? (and what love is not) Ephesians 5:7-14 – Be Night Lights to the World; Ephesians 5:15-17 – How to Know the Will of God; Ephesians 5:18 – How to be Filled with the Holy Spirit; Ephesians 5:19 – How to Know you are Filled with the Holy Spirit: Singing Along the way, they passed through a community that had an eerie darkness to it because of a power outage. A melancholy person has a bad effect upon others. Yet, because of God's countless gifts, our outlook can cause others to wonder why we seem so happy. How wonderful to know that Jesus is alive and that heaven is only a step away! He never sleeps (Ps.121:4). Why didn't Jesus continue His visible appearances on earth? For example, "Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You" (Psalm 67:3). On a metal sign was a description of the area. And he did so with great expectations. They were all filled with the Spirit, and this is the command laid on us also. I look at the cross upon Calvary, And O what a wonder divine! Give me a spirit of thankfulness, Lord, For numberless blessings given; Blessings that daily come to me Like dewdrops falling from heaven. What if suddenly all the Christians vanished from places of entertainment where we, as children of the heavenly Father, didn't belong? Why Love Begets Hate August 18, 2005 Ephesians 5:2, If there is one thing believers in Jesus should be known for, it is love. Or cleared by God's grace? The Epistle to the Ephesians gives us a list of the blessings, like a string of pearls, which God our Father, the Owner and Lover of our souls, heaps upon us, and is waiting for us to appropriate and use (Deut 1:3). He reminds us not of what we've lost but of what we have yet to find. (Meyer, F. B. Love, which is the cement of human society; for where love reigneth, there will be mutual service and submission (Galatians 5:13). -- Psalm 90:12-note. Those seconds, of course, are the way we measure time, and time is the very essence of our lives. Let's not be faultfinders—even in prayer. The man told him that many years ago some of his ancestors had been captured by slave-traders, chained together, and driven to the seacoast. And because they are what they are from the creative hand of God, people come from all over the world to see Niagara Falls. There's some immensely helpful truth in that four-liner--truth that is supported by Scripture. Dr. Jimmy Allen We missed him. Then your grumbling will give way to praise.—Vernon C Grounds. A newspaper featured two headlines shouting from adjacent pages: In Japan, "Battered Wives Begin To Rebel," and "Britain Tries To Shore Up Marriages." Let Thine hand be with us, and keep us from all evil that would grieve Thee. From that moment he was a changed man—changed for the worse; not only attending such sports himself, but urging others to do likewise.” Even though Alypius had entered the arena against his will, his exposure to evil and eventual addiction suggests what can happen to the best of people when they get one small taste of lustful pleasures. We are challenged to remind ourselves daily of who we are by God's grace. 1:11). Seduced by false feelings of importance when others submit to us, we never learn that true importance comes from submitting ourselves to God and to others (Ephesians 5:21; 1Pe 5:5). Ephesians 1:3 Spurgeon, C. H. Morning and evening All the goodness of the past, the present, and the future, Christ bestows upon his people. In a letter to his wife he wrote, "What is bewildering is the conviction—and it is becoming more and more general—that in all the perils that confront us, the direction of affairs is given over to a way of thinking that has no longer any understanding of itself. But I forgot one thing —I didn't praise God for the blowout! To him, it's "absolutely ridiculous" for people to talk to God anywhere else. A Powerful Lesson Ephesians 1:15-21 July 24, 2002. Put yourself in the shoes of a fellow Christian who has committed a sin so awful that the person simply cannot imagine that God would forgive it. No sin, no corruption, no devils in hell nor sinners upon earth, can stay the hand of God’s grace when it intends to convert a man. Christians are to serve one another in love (Galatians 5:13), love their neighbors as themselves (Galatians 5:14), live a life of love (Ephesians 5:2-note), and love with actions and in truth (1John 3:18). When bad times hit, we can call out for God's help as one of His children (Ro. After the terrorist attacks in September 2001, New York City was flooded with an estimated $75 million worth of towels, blankets, flashlights, water bottles, canned beans, shovels, toothpaste, stuffed animals, radios, rubber boots, and thousands of other items. WALKING IN THE LIGHT Ephesians 5:8 F B Meyer. "The mortician," replied his wife. He waits to strengthen us with all power , according to the riches of His glory (Eph 3:16-note). That's a good feeling, but the other day she said something that made me feel even better. His son noted these failings, yet out of respect for his father he wrote, "If a 'good husband' is a man who loves his wife absolutely … and dedicates himself to a cause that is greater than both of them, then my father was as good a husband as a minister.". Even Jesus said to His disciples, "Come aside … and rest a while" (Mark 6:31). You may think I am being narrow minded, but the Bible is clear—we are to be "wise, redeeming the time" (Eph. So she held back, continuing at normal speed. And a good story with a strong point sometimes won over an opponent. —Dave Branon. After emergency surgery to drain fluid from his lungs, however, Dockery never regained the same level of consciousness. As we experience God's power in our own lives, we can encourage others. 5:3-12). And he starts off with this really stark reminder of the responsibility we have as Christians, he says this: “Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise”. Reach the bottom of Christ’s sea of joy, and then hope to understand the bliss which God hath prepared for them that love him. --Wesley No matter where we are, Jesus is only a prayer away. God's gracious gift of salvation can be experienced by all who believe (Eph. Evil times, therefore, are not to be feared. Disappearing Act Read: Ephesians 5:1-13 August 7, 1998. —Mart De Haan. For sealing there are needed the softened wax; the imprint of the beloved face; the steady pressure. For ever--where? He wants us to "walk in love, as Christ also has loved us" (Eph 5:2-note), and not to speak or live as unbelievers who have no share in God's eternal kingdom (Eph 5:5,6-note). Thanks for preaching it!" The "artist" is the Holy Spirit—sent by the Lord Jesus at Pentecost to indwell believers. In a devotional article for Covenant Publications, she wrote about cruising the streets of Chicago with her friends late one summer night. In an article on forgiveness, Pastor Charles Stanley wrote about talking to a teenager who was having a hard time believing that God could forgive her sexual sins. His love has no limit, His grace has no measure, His power has no boundary known unto men; For out of His infinite riches in Jesus He giveth and giveth and giveth again. Hence the apostle says that we are waiting for our adoption — to wit, the redemption of our body (Romans 8:23). When we tell ourselves that our sin is so bad God won't forgive us, we are doubting His power. 8:15, 16,17). We have a good understanding of how to live the Christian life, but we get careless or lazy. (Acts 16:25). Mighty strength in our inner being, "through His Spirit" (Ephesians 3:16). Such speech is hypocritical. Door Of Humility December 9, 2005 Ephesians 5:21. By His Spirit, He would live within His followers and fill them with peace and power. And nothing—not even a world war—can stop God from working "all things according to the counsel of His will" (Ephesians 1:11). One group may be insisting on a traditional service, while another is agitating for a more contemporary format. When the emperor asked the reason for the delay, the artist showed him armloads of drawings of feathers, wings, heads, and feet. Let's be more careful and pay closer attention to our Christian walk (Ephesians 5:15-note). Children mostly resemble their father. We must cultivate the bloom of the soul, which is made up of compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, generosity (Col 3:12-note). Does guilt for sin have its icy hands around your heart? The day of resurrection was one of creation. Participate eagerly in conversations with her. Choose Book of Bible to StudyGenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SolomonIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Search Wikipedia using spiritual discretion. In 2Corinthians 8, Paul commended the churches in Macedonia for their generous giving ( vv.1-4 ) another is for... 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