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Humanity’s Desperate Condition – Eph. 2:1-3

We are living in an age in which each advance in technology overtakes the last in breathtaking rapidity.It’s amazing what we can do now that just a few years ago would have seemed impossible.And it doesn’t look that there is any end in sight.Human progress is seemingly limitless.And yet, with all the improvements in lifestyle, humanity remains inhumane on so many levels.The nightly news hasn’t gotten any better.It seems that what we gain in one area, we lose in another.
Now I’m not saying that I would rather live in the 1950’s.There was inhumanity there, too.It was not the Golden Age so many people think it was, especially if you were an African-American living in the South.In the first half of the twentieth century, history recorded the advance of Nazism and Communism and two World Wars that cost millions of lives.In the second half, we saw the Cold War and a world living under the specter of a nuclear holocaust (which hasn’t gone away to this day).In the twenty-first century, it’s no…

Three things every Christian needs to know – Eph. 1:18-23

For whom was the apostle praying?He was praying mostly for people that had recently converted to Christianity from paganism.These people had grown up in an environment that had little to no knowledge or concern for Biblical principles.Instead, they were raised in a milieu that assumed a polytheistic worldview, had little regard for the value of human life, and a disturbing appetite for sexual immorality.Paul was not exaggerating when in the next chapter he would describe his readers as “Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; that at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world” (Eph. 2:11-12).In chapter 4, he describes the culture in which these Christians had formerly lived: “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the…