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Matt’s Blog: The Greenest Grass

Flood family, No matter who we are, where we live, or what we have accumulated, there are times when the grass just seems greener on the other side of the fence. In our consumer culture, discontentment has become a spiritual practice. Advertisers habitually play on our discontentment. If you just have “this” you’ll finally achieve...

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Daily Scripture Reading: Friday, July 14

Ephesians 6:1-9 1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” 4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring...

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Daily Scripture Reading: Thursday, July 13

Ephesians 5:21-33 21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as...

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Daily Scripture Reading: Wednesday, July 12

Ephesians 5:8-20 8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but...

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Daily Scripture Reading: Tuesday, July 11

Ephesians 4:29-5:7 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31...

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Daily Scripture Reading: Monday, July 10

Ephesians 4:17-28 17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to...

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Daily Scripture Reading: Saturday, July 8

Ephesians 4:7-16 7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8 This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.” 9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? 10...

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Daily Scripture Reading: Friday, July 7

Ephesians 3:14-4:6 14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts...

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Daily Scripture Reading: Thursday, July 6

Ephesians 3:1-13 1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles — 2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly....

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Daily Scripture Reading: Wednesday, July 5

Ephesians 2:11-22 11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the...

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