Although it has many branches and twigs, there is only one Church. In Ephesians 4:1-16, Paul reminds his readers where that unity comes from, what gifts Christ has given them, and how those gifts are intended to help them grow together into Christian maturity,
Pastor Hinkle begins a new series of sermons drawn from the book of Ephesians. In this sermon on Ephesians 1, he talks about why the letter, which was written while Paul was in prison, overflows with praise to God.
God took Ezekiel out to a valley where dry, human bones littered the ground and asked him, “Can these bones live?” Jeremiah had foreseen the destruction that took place there. Jesus used the valley as a metaphor for hell. Yet, the message God gave Ezekiel was a message of hope grounded in the power of God’s Word and Spirit.
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Christians sometimes forget God has promised us a wonderful new heaven and a new earth. But God hasn’t forgotten and His promises are as sure as yesterday’s sunrise.This is the third sermon in the series “Messages of Hope from the Revelation to St. John.”
In Revelation, John writes about a celebration that dwarfs our nation’s greatest—an immense crowd shouting with joy over the saving work of God. Who are these people? Where did they come from? Why are they waving palm branches and wearing white? What are we to make of this vision and how should we understand it? I’ll answer these questions and more in the second of three “Messages of Hope from the Revelation to St. John.”