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Prayer, Thought for Today

Paul's prayer of Thanksgiving: Ephesians 1:15-23. Eph 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus and faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption through Jesus Christ to himself according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 to the praise of the glory of his grace that he bestowed on us in the beloved, 7 in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace, 8 that he caused to abound to us in all wisdom and insight, 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, accordi…

Fresh Start Devotionals

Out of Gas Susan and I entered into our marriage with equal assets and liabilities. I had an old Ford Courier pick-up and she had a Mazda sports car. She owed some money on some family land in Colorado and I owed a couple thousand dollars on my student loan from college. The debts were more permanent than the automobiles. It was probably about ten years before we paid off both those debts. That’s all right though, I consider them good investments. We still enjoy the use of the family property during the summers and my mind is still functioning (it is good to own your brain free and clear). The automobiles? Now that’s a different story. Within the first year of our marriage, the car was totaled in an accident, and the pickup threw a rod. We fixed the pickup and got another car. I was glad to get rid of that old Mazda—I never liked it. For one thing, it was hard to get into the car. God designed my body for a pick-up truck, not one of those low riding sports cars. But the real reaso…