From Living Word Newsletter

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

            Where has the summer gone? Children are heading back to school. Labor Day is upon us. The days are getting noticeably shorter. I love the seasons but I just wish that our summer would stick around a while longer.
            We experienced an absolutely wonderful Vacation Bible School from August 8th through 12th. Mark and Clayton are quite a team. Thanks to all those that worked so diligently to make Cave Quest a blessing to so many.
            On September 4th we will continue our study in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. I have been richly blessed by having the privilege of facilitating this Bible study on Sunday mornings. There were actually 30 people in attendance on August 28th.
            In Ephesians 5: 19-20, we see clearly that the Spirit-filled life is marked by worship and gratitude: “Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” When we are filled with the Spirit, we will have a desire to worship God and to encourage others in their worship of God.
            In verse 21 Paul, encourages us by: “Submitting to one another in the fear of God.” The words “in the fear of God” describe what should be our motive for submitting to one another. Paul continues in verse 22:” Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.” “As to the Lord” does not define the extent of a wife’s submission. It does not define the limit of a wife’s submission. It defines the motive of a wife’s submission. The motive is obedience and respect to Jesus.
            In verses 23 & 24 Paul gives reasons for a Christian wife’s submission: “For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.” When Pail states that the husband is the head of the wife, it means that the husband has the responsibility to lead and the matching accountability. Finally, the wife should submit because the relationship of the husband and wife is a model of the union between Jesus and the Church.
            In verses 25 – 27 the simple command is given to Christian Husbands: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” Paul is teaching that Jesus loves His church with a special love. This is the special love that the husband must also have for his wife.
 How should a husband love his wife? As Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it. As a husband, I confess that I have fallen short of the example Jesus has set for me. I’m not giving up!

Lord’s blessings to all,