Wonderful Things

A Year in the Word from Pastor Jeff Fairchild

“God’s Ultimate Plan” (Gal. 4:4-7)

You and I are RICH! – Redeemed from slavery to sin, adopted as children of God, indwelt by the Spirit of Jesus, and heirs to the riches of heaven. And we don’t have to wait for heaven to enjoy our wealth.

“Defeating the Desires of the Flesh” (Gal. 5:16-24)

Our selfish desires tempt us to be less than we are, act worse than we want, and hurt people we’d rather bless. Where can we find relief?

“Carry One Another’s Burdens” (Gal. 6:2)

Some reading this are staggering under burdens that are already at or beyond your ability to bear… For many of you, few others know the weight of the load you carry.

The Two Most Powerful Words in the Language (Eph. 2:1-10)

God owed us nothing and gave us everything. We owed Him everything and could give Him nothing – nothing, that is, except ourselves. And that is the very thing we refused to give. However, the peculiar love with which God loves us was never based upon our response.

Surprise Exclamations of Praise (Eph. 3:20-21)

Have you ever been awestruck with God? It was a frequent experience of the authors and main characters of the Bible….We see Paul recording such an experience at the end of today’s chapter.

The Unity Jesus Longs For (Eph. 4:1-6)

We must realize that the only basis for the unity of heaven is the Lordship of Christ. It’s not in everyone coming to my way of thinking. It’s in everyone, including me, coming to His way of thinking…

What to Expect When You’re Filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18-21)

Being “filled with the Holy Spirit” is the Bible’s description of a condition that occurred at many crucial points in the New Testament, always with life-changing and sometimes with world-changing results … Because this is so important to God, I often ask myself, “Are you filled with the Spirit?” And in this command, Paul gives me four ways to tell if I am…

Your Power to Bless (Eph. 6:23-24)

If you are a child of God, your Father has delegated to you a wonderful power you are probably not aware of and probably not using much. You can say to your spouse, your child, or a stranger, “The Lord bless you!” – and a special blessing of God will actually be imparted to them.

Normal Christianity (Phil. 1:3-11)

Paul’s experience was inward peace and joy in the midst of outward hardship … This is the normal Christian life of the Bible, and it’s meant for each of us…

We’ve learned lower expectations of Christianity from two misunderstandings of the New Testament.

“Normal Christianity” in One Sentence (Phil. 2:12-13)

There was much interest and some surprise at my previous devotional describing “normal Christianity.” … I believe that today’s chapter summarizes that biblically “normal” Christian life in one sentence.