Month: September 2015

How to Complement Your Husband (Ephesians 5:21-27)

September 27, 2015 [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/226206401″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] A husband and wife are to serve complementary roles. Complement: That which fills up or completes, makes whole. The husband is to serve by leading. The wife is to serve by completing. Husband and wife submit to and serve one another. Challenge: Follow God’s pattern for …

How to Complement the Opposite Sex (Ephesians 5:21-27)

September 20, 2015 [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/225304219″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] Men and women are different by creative design, so their created roles are complementary, not competitive or interchangeable. Complement: that which fills up or completes, makes whole Men are designed to serve by Christ’s leadership. Women are designed to serve by completing. Challenge: Build relationships …

Submission That Frees (Ephesians 5:21-24)

September 13, 2015 [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/224215436″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] We live fully and freely by living in submission. God’s authority alone applies in every context. No one lives independently of authority. Submitting to one another does not eliminate distinct roles or leadership. Submission is super-cultural. Challenge: What if I’m out of order? (Hint: We …

Is Submission an Outdated Word? (Ephesians 5:21-24)

September 6, 2015 Our lives find order by being subject to God’s order. (Rejecting God’s order results in disorder.) Parameters of Order: Submission gives order to our lives Submission is a leading indicator of spiritual filling. Submission is a universal human responsibility. Challenge: Restoring order Am I being subject when my will runs into God’s …

Instant Spirituality

August 21, 2015 On my morning walk I saw an interesting little shop. The sign over the door read: Spiritual Fruits Novelty Shop – Over 8 Billion Served. Intrigued by what might be offered, I stepped in and began to browse. Quickly, a man with an extremely wide smile approached. As he stepped closer I …

The Power of Redeeming Relationships (Ephesians 5:18-21)

August 16, 2015 Beware of lifeless spirituality. Lifeless Spiritual Experience: Ecstasy: an artificial emotional high (Apply: be prepared for God’s Spirit to take us through some lows.) Autopilot: a completed state of higher spiritual perfection (Apply: Be mindful that we are all in process and vulnerable.) Self-effort: a matter of trying harder (Apply: Be careful …

Beyond Sensuality (Ephesians 4:31-5:5)

July 26, 2015 Redemptive relationships are built on God’s love. Distinctives of God’s Love: God’s love starts with forgiving rather than getting even. God’s love depends upon my will rather than my emotions. God’s love is an action rather than a passion. Challenge: Which type of love will I build my relationships on – as …