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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 

 

Jun 12, 2016

Ephesians 1:3-14
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.

Paul can't control himself as he shoots out of the gates in this Ephesian letter. Like a trained and skilled runner, every step and every verb and every preposition is leading to a crescendo of glory being given to God for his spiritual blessings that are ours in Christ. We've been chosen, we've been appointed, we've been given an inheritance and many other gifts that are ours in Christ set aside our false selves to remind us out of the block that we are truly blessed. Not in the Joel Osteen way, but rather in a profoundly rich way that has little or nothing at all to do with monetary gain. Our blessings in Christ make us all theologians to seek out the mystery that is ours and to hope for the final reconciliation of all things as we wait for it with all joy and faith. Join us for a conversation on how gratitude and vision allow us to run the race with perseverance.