Gifts for All

Wesley Granberg-Michaelson

READ : Ephesians 4:7-13 Then our life is rooted in our hope in God, how do we live in response to this hope? By discovering the gifts God has given particularly to us, and then exercising those gifts in the ministry of the church to one another and to the world. Many years ago I was a member of Church of the Saviour in Washington, D.C. Books have been written about the amazing example of this small but faithful church …

Called to One Hope

Wesley Granberg-Michaelson

READ : Ephesians 4:1-6 Our culture likes diversity. We’re always offered many options. Pluralism in habits, ideas, and values is a way of life. Thus, it’s startling to be called clearly to one thing. And especially to only one hope. We’d rather keep all our options open, cover all the bases, consider all the alternatives, grasp every advantage. But Christian faith focuses our lives around a single reference point. That makes it radical, going against the grain of our culture. …

More Than We Can Imagine

Wesley Granberg-Michaelson

READ : Ephesians 3:20-21 A pastor told me of taking a ride with his wife in a hot air balloon. When the operator learned my friend was a minister, he told him this story. The Make a Wish Foundation called the operator to say that a young boy with a serious case of leukemia had made a wish for riding in a hot air balloon. The operator agreed to give him a ride. When the boy came, he curled down …

Surpassing Knowledge

Wesley Granberg-Michaelson

READ : Ephesians 3:17-19 Last summer my fifteen-year-old daughter Karis was part of a training program at a Christian camp for those who might eventually serve as counselors. The first two weeks were spent in the wilderness, hiking toward Lake Superior. When the group came to a 130-foot cliff, the leaders told them they would climb up and rappel down with ropes. At the top my daughter had to stand on the edge, wearing a harness attached to a rope, …

Rooted and Grounded

Wesley Granberg-Michaelson

READ : Ephesians 3:14-18 What presently defines your life? If honest, some might answer, “My work.” For millions, work is so absorbing that it shapes one’s whole identity. Think of how often, when meeting someone new at a social occasion, you both ask, “What do you do?” Others might answer, “My family.” This means everything to some, absorbing their emotional energy. They feel fulfilled when their family is happy, and crushed when their family is in pain or conflict. Some …

A Hope for the World to See

Wesley Granberg-Michaelson

READ : Ephesians 3:10-13 In the last decade of the 20th Century, the world was ravaged by wars of racial and ethnic hatred. Genocide between rival tribal groups spilled rivers of blood in Rwanda. The Balkans witnessed continual conflict and war in Bosnia and then Kosovo. One ethnic group tried to force another from shared land and national identity. Kurds, the largest “people group” with no national home, came into increasingly violent conflict with governments in Turkey, Iraq, and elsewhere. …