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"If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." - Colossians 3:1-4 

 

Aug 7, 2016

Ephesians 4:17-32
But that is not the way you learned Christ! Assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus,  to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,  and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,  and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

One man gets nothing but discord out of a piano; another gets harmony. No one claims the piano is at fault. Life is about the same. The discord is there, and the harmony is there. Study to play correctly, and it will give forth the beauty; play it falsely, and it will give forth the ugliness. 
—Anonymous

The church has many parts, though imperfect, it takes each part to live the life given in such a way it brings beauty to our Creator. How can we experience a beautiful life? Surrender. Our lives consist of our daily habits, and the experts say anyone can start or stop a habit in 21 days. The beautiful life is not cultivated by simply taking 21 days to form new habits, but rather it is cultivated by seeking the Truth. As we gather this week, the citizens of Ephesus will serve as an example for us, and the words of Paul will direct us on our never-ending journey of "Growing Up In Christ".

Guest Speaker: Chris Meeks