Author: Charlie Handren

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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Developing Genuine Love for the People

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. Today he writes on developing a genuine love...

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Pursuing a Life of Holiness

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. Today, he looks at pursuing a life of holiness. ************************************************** The skies of northern India are usually pretty hazy due...

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