Author: Clifford Davis

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A distinctively different approach to learning the Bible! Exegetical and verse by verse!
244 Episodes
Ephesians 6:18, "praying at all times in the Spirit" What does "at all times" look like ? What does "in the Spirit" mean?
Curt Fleck is the Executive Director of CIVIL SERVANT MINISTRY -- a ministry devoted to sharing the God's Word and the Gospel with those involved in politics in Springfield and Illinois.
John Burton (1803-1877) English children's hymnwriter, I OFTEN SAY MY PRAYERS 1 I often say my prayers; But do I ever pray? And do the wishes of my heart Go with the words I say? 2 I may as well kneel down, And worship gods of stone, As offer to the living God, A prayer of words alone. 3 For words without the heart, The Lord will never hear; Nor will He to those lips attend, Whose prayers are not sincere. 4 Lord, show me what I need, And teach me how to pray; Nor let me ask Thee for Thy grace, Not feeling what I say.
Ephesians 6:17b, Besides discovering how well the LEGACY STANDARD BIBLE translated the entire passage on the Church's armor, probably the most interesting discovery was the realization the Church/Christians are told to "receive," rather than "pick up" the "sword of the Spirit" !
Ephesians 6:16-17 We initially take care of a few unfinished details concerning the "shield of faith" -- Did Jesus have faith?  Next we spend a good amount of time considering what it means to "receive" the "helmet (or hope) of salvation".
Ephesians 6:16 -  The Interpreter's Bible Exposition Commentary (1953) aptly recognizes: "Orthodox Christianity is right in its bold assertion that the root of sin is not weakness but unbelief.  Faith is the only real cure.  The Reformers were right also in confronting all works-religion with a return to the good news of "justification by faith."  Rehearsal of the great Reformation argument cannot be attempted here. The relevance of the concept, even in its most general form, to the problem of Christian ethics cries out for rediscovery.  The deeper problem raised by human sinfulness is not the what, but the why."
Ephesians 6:15 - The popular opinion is that Paul is calling for the Church/Christians to be ready to share with others the Gospel.  But I think the context favors the understanding Paul is reminding the Church/Christians of its own need of readiness to stand firmly in "the gospel of peace" ?
Ephesians 6:13-14 We finally begin to consider the armor that Paul tells the church to "put on".  We begin with some general (but important) observations regarding the armor.  We end with "the belt of truth" and the "breastplate of righteousness".
Titus 2:1-10  - Jordan returns to Fellowship and continues his (sporadic) series from Paul's letter to Titus.  Today's message carefully examines the various roles and responsibilities within the church and home.
Resurrection Sunday 2024 The overwhelming majority of people profess belief in "God" (aka Genesis 1-2) and an "afterlife" of eternal peace and rest (aka Revelation 21-22) -- but what about the 1185 chapters that come between?
Temptation & Sin / borrowing heavily from John Owen (1616-1683) Owen wrote on THE ENTICEMENT OF INDWELLING SIN, and before we move forward into the actual "armor of God" I wanted to share some of his key (very convicting) insights.  Lord-willing, Ephesians 6 will resume on Sunday, April 14.
Ephesians 6:10-13, 16 Today's message focuses on the reason WHY God's armor is so important, so necessary -- i.e. the Devil's schemes and the Devil's flaming darts!
Ephesians 6:10 Stuart Olyott is a semi-retired British pastor now in his early 80's.  In 1994 he wrote a commentary on Ephesians that excellently frames this section in relation to the whole: "The letter's first three chapters have told us of the marvelous blessings we have in Christ.  We are no longer what we used to be.  We are radically different.  And we are infinitely rich.  The next three chapters have made one overall point: being different, we should live differently.  We have been taught how to do this in the church, in the world and at home.  But such Christian living is not easy. In fact, it is a real battle.  Paul would not have anyone believe otherwise. So it is that he closes his letter with his well-known teaching on the Christian's armour."
Ephesians 6:5-9  Paul's last pair of "Household Codes" (Martin Luther) is addressed to slaves and masters.  Inarguably, these instructions are the most controversial and offensive to moderns.  Is this proof the Bible is oppressive? or is there more than meets the eye?
Ephesians 6:1-4 Today we finish the text in Ephesians addressing children, parents, and fathers.  Special attention is given to a father's responsibility & role in parenting, and the Fifth Commandment's promise to obedient children, "that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land."
Ephesians 6:1-3 Though there is no parenting strategy that can guarantee a certain desired outcome, it is also true that not every parenting philosophy has equal value.  Four pertinent questions help to rightly evaluate a parenting philosophy:  Does this strategy accurately represent the Bible's TEACHING on the subject ?  Does this strategy proceed from an accurate view of human nature ?  Is this strategy derived from time-tested wisdom or is it derived from the latest trends and theories?  Is this strategy developing more consistent obedience in my child ?
Ephesians 6:1-4 We resumed our "normal" teaching through Ephesians after a fairly long absence.  Chapter six begins with a continuation of what Martin Luther termed "Household Codes."  Having previously addressed the roles and responsibility of wives and husbands, Paul now addresses children and parents (with a particular emphasis on fathers).
Psalm 85:8-13 (part 2 of 2) Particularly throughout the First (Old) Testament there is an unresolved tension between how much GOD promises and how those promises can ever become a reality in light of Israel's propensity for sin (enslavement).  Certainly, the prophet Isaiah didn't shy away from this tension!  In fact, quite the opposite -- Isaiah engaged the tension as a springboard for the magnificence of the gospel!  (God's sovereign grace to accomplish His redemptive purposes)!
Psalm 85:1-9 The pattern in this psalm typifies Israel's experience, the believer's experience: 1) Initially, there is a profound experience (and celebration) of God's favor, deliverance 2) At some point afterward, "life happens" and distress sets in.  The believers calls out for revival, restoration. 3) Finally, the believer anticipates full and final favor, deliverance. But how?  The answer comes in part 2 next Sunday.