Chosen for a Challenge!

Tim Brown

READ : Ephesians 1:3-14 [God] chose us in Christ before the foundations of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ . . . (vv. 4-5) The apostle Paul speaks out some of the Bible’s best words: “God chose us” and “God destined us.” This says volumes about God’s meticulous care for us: “He chose us in Christ . . . He destined us for adoption …

Where Soulful Life Begins!

Tim Brown

READ : Ephesians 1:1-2 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God . . . (v. 1) Paul begins where all soulful life begins: “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God . . .” Paul could have introduced himself in other ways, but he deliberately places himself in a God-frame. He chose to see himself as God saw him: “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God . . .” …

I Really Need You to Listen!

Tim Brown

READ : Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Sewn into the inner lining of this ancient prayer is the most important piece of advice I have ever received. Listen! A long time ago, as a freshman at Hope College, I took a part-time job at a local book store. I was given a job as basement stockroom boy which I considered to be well beneath my lofty potential. I toiled away in that irksome dungeon eagerly awaiting my opportunity to dart upstairs and steal …