Author: Charlie Handren

Worship and the Call to Submission

Worship and the Call to Submission Ephesians 5:22-6:9 is one of the most beautiful and controversial portions of the New Testament. On the one hand, it paints a vivid and captivating picture of the love of Christ for his people. But on the other hand, it calls his people to submit to one another and serve one another in specific and inescapable ways. Unfortunately, the reactions to this call to submission have often clouded the beauty of the glory of Christ that’s here, and they have suppressed the joy of those who would otherwise read, understand, and obey the...

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Be Filled with the Spirit

“Be filled with the Spirit” (Eph 5:18). That’s a bit of an odd command, isn’t it? On the one hand, it is odd because it’s hard to understand how Paul can command us to manage the level of God we have within us! But on the other hand, it’s not odd at all because in the words that follow we see that Paul is essentially calling us to a life of worship: “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,...

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Walking as Children of Light

Ephesians 5:1-17 is filled with commands. In fact, depending on how one counts, there are twelve or fourteen of them! The first half of this chapter could, therefore, seem like a call to Christian legalism, but the main command that hangs over them all both removes this possibility and reverses it in a most stunning way. Specifically, Paul writes, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children” (Ephesians 5:1). In other words, the call of Ephesians 5:1-17 is this: learn to be like your Father because you are deeply loved by your Father. To Imitate is to Behold, Adore,...

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Introduction to Ephesians

Editor’s note: The purpose of this series is to walk our readers through the book of Ephesians in order to help them understand what it teaches and how to apply it to our lives. This series is part of our larger commitment to help Christians learn to read, interpret, reflect, and apply the Bible to their own lives. Charlie Handren opened the series by looking at Ephesians 1:1-2. ************************************************** Christian, do you long to grow closer to Christ? Do you hunger for a greater vision of his glory? Do you desire to grow in your desire for him? Do...

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Preaching and Hard Work

Editor’s note: This is an eight part series by Charlie on expository preaching. In his first post Charlie looked at the essential element of good preaching. In his second post Charlie looked at preaching to glorify God and transform lives. In his third post, he looks at how the Word of God effects transformation. In his fourth post, he looked at preaching the actual words of God. In his fifth post, he looked at prayer and communion with God. In his sixth post, he looked at pursuing a life of holiness. In his seventh post, he wrote on developing...

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