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Geeking Out Over Ephesians Study – Part 9

Welcome to the Geeks Under Grace official Daily Study post for 6/20/15. Here we will share some thoughts regarding Ephesians 6:10-24 and a simple prayer related to those scriptures.

Passage

Ephesians 6:10-24 (King James Version)
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:
22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.
23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

Study

The armor of God may have been the first or most memorable Sunday school lesson you learned in children’s church. While you can find toy armor with red crosses all over it in Christian stores across the nation, Paul did not write this portion of scripture to make you laugh or giggle. Paul recognized that in this life we will be attacked, and the only way to survive an attack was to be prepared for it. I recommend you, the reader, read this passage of scripture (and most passages) in the Amplified Version of the bible to get a more complete understanding of the individual pieces of armor. 
Join us tomorrow as we share a summary of the lessons we have learned here in Ephesians!

Prayer

Father, thank you for your provision of armor and safety against the attacks of the enemy. Thank you for equipping me to defend myself and help me to surround myself with others that bear your armor.
In Jesus name we pray, amen. 

Activity

Today recognize an attack you are currently dealing with and purpose in yourself to fight that temptation or sickness with the full armor of God.

Question of the Day

Reading Ephesians 6:10-24, what scripture stood out to you? Can you relate to anything written about in this study? Join the conversation and share below!

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Geeking Out Over Ephesians Study – Part 8

Welcome to the Geeks Under Grace official Daily Study post for 6/18/15. Here we will share some thoughts regarding Ephesians 6:1-9 and a simple prayer related to those scriptures.

Passage

Ephesians 6:1-9 (King James Version)
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
Not with eye service, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.
And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

Study

Paul continues to instruct families in how to treat each other here in Ephesians 6. Depending on what translation you choose for this passage of scripture the word servant is often translated as slave. I just want to take a moment to point out to any one who may believe differently, God is not pro-slavery. God is in fact anti-slavery as he sacrificed His son to set us free from slavery to sin and death. We were condemned to die and spend eternity in hell and God set us free from that curse. The KJV translates the term as servant and these modern times that means employees. 
We should respect those that employ us and be grateful for the opportunities they give us. We must also keep in mind verse 8 as it says in the Amplified version “Knowing that for whatever good anyone does, he will receive his reward from the Lord, whether he is slave or free.” Christ will reward us for the good we do, so be rewarded and choose to do good things! If you are an employer be the kind of employer you would want to have. There is no room in the body of Christ for greed. Put people first, money second.

Prayer

Thank you, Father, for being a part of our lives. Thank you for actively instructing us so that we may bear good fruit and reap a good harvest. Thank you for being a good father and for providing us with wisdom.
In Jesus name we pray amen.

Activity

If you are an employee, the next day you work be the employee you would want to have working for you for the entire day. If you are an employer, be the employer you would want to have for one whole day.

Question of the Day

Reading Ephesians 6:1-9 what scripture stood out to you? Can you relate to anything written about in this study? Join the conversation and share below!
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Geeking Out Over Ephesians Study – Part 7

Welcome to the Geeks Under Grace official Daily Study post for 6/18/15. Here we will share some thoughts regarding Ephesians 5:22-33 and a simple prayer related to those scriptures. 

Passage

Ephesians 5:22-33 (King James Version)
22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

Study

Ephesians 21 said to submit ourselves to one another out of reverence to God but Paul continues on with that point. He begins to share instruction regarding marriages. Here in Ephesians 6 we see the wife being compared to the bride of Christ, the church, and the husband would represent the bridegroom, Jesus Christ.
This passage of scripture has sparked much debate in the church world for centuries but it is very clear in its meaning. Wives should submit to their husbands, which is to come under the authority and, or, dominion of them. Husbands should be willing to sacrifice their lives for their wives and live life putting the needs and safety of his wife before his own. It’s interesting to see in this day men and women make money selling relationship advice that is clearly written of in the bible. In Ephesians 5:33 Paul instructs husbands to love their wives and wives to respect their husbands. 

Prayer

Father, thank you for your wisdom. Thank you for showing us how to live our lives and how to love our families. Help us to share your instruction with others and be a shining light to represent you to our friends and family.
In Jesus name we pray, amen.

Activity

If you are married make a decision to spend today considering what your partner needs or even wants. Put their desires before yours today. If you are not married, put the needs of your parents or roommate before yours by doing a chore around the house you normally do not or by buying/making dinner. 

Question of the Day

Reading Ephesians 5:22-33 what scripture stood out to you? Can you relate to anything written about in this study? Join the conversation and share below!
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WWE Money in the Bank (2015) Predictions

Welcome to Geeks Under Grace’s predictions of WWE’s Money in the Bank

 
WWE’s 2015 Money in the Bank comes to us from Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, June 14th. WWE’s biggest stars are scheduled to appear as Roman Reigns competes for the Money in the Bank briefcase. John Cena will compete against NXT Champion Kevin Owens once more, and Seth Rollins will work to retain his championship as he wrestles Dean Ambrose. I, Steven, am joined by fellow Geeks Under Grace contributor Derrick Cannon. Now let’s get ready to check out some WWE Money in the Bank Predictions!  
R Truth vs. King Barrett
R-Truth vs. King Barrett

R-Truth vs. King Barrett

Derrick C.

It is surprising to me that King Barrett was not picked to be in this year’s Money in the Bank contest. His King of the Ring victory should have signaled a rejuvenation of significance for Barrett’s career. R Truth is a solid roleplayer and is known for making his opponents look excellent. R Truth is in the latter stages of his career, whereas I feel Barrett is just about to hit his peak.  Barrett needs a dominant victory, and this match should give him exactly that.
Winner: King Barrett

Steven K.

In my opinion, Wade, Bad News King Barrett should be a lock as the winner in this contest. I do not see a real push for R-Truth coming any time soon. Now, sure, what does it say about Barrett’s career to be in the pre-show match? King Barrett will walk away the winner of this match, and I will continue to hope the writers do their job and write a program for him. According to R-Truth, he is supposed to be in the Money in the Bank match, so he may not even show up.
Winner: King Barrett
Nikki Bella vs. Paige
Nikki Bella vs. Paige

Nikki Bella vs. Paige

Derrick C.

The destruction and ruin of the Bella Twins begins here. Paige has threatened to go to any length to change image of the WWE Diva even if it takes the Bellas out of the picture. Paige might not get the win over Nikki at the Money in the Bank event for that exact reason. A SummerSlam program with the Bellas career on the line would bring great interest for the Divas rematch at the second biggest event of the year. Nikki picks up the win here to continue her rivalry with Paige.
Winner: Nikki Bella

Steven K.

Nikki has to lose eventually.
Winner: Paige
Big show vs. Ryback
Ryback vs. Big Show

Ryback vs. Big Show

Derrick C.

Ryback’s first feud after winning his first title needs to continue with a statement victory in Ryback’s first big event defense. Big Show winning here would pretty much make the events of the previous Elimination Chamber meaningless. Big Show should be looked at as a threat during the match, but ultimately needs to lose the war. It would be incredible if the match ended via shellshock from the Big Guy to the Big Show.
Winner: Ryback

Steven K.

I am very satisfied with this booking decision! This is where the legendary, ring veteran Big Show should be. Big Show should be working with young superstars in the midcard, as Show brings a unique attention to every match he is in. Leave the world title picture to the future of the WWE in Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, but keep established names Kane, Big Show, and Mark Henry competing against new, fresh talent. 
Winner: Ryback
The New Day vs. The Prime Time Players
The New Day vs. The Prime Time Players

The New Day vs. The Prime Time Players

Derrick C.

The New Day have been a true credit to the tag team division since their heel turn. That said I feel that to truly bring credibility back to the Prime Time Players, a win here is necessary. The Prime Time Players are currently returning to relevance, so a loss here could derail their current progress. The New Day should not, in any sense, look bad in defeat and should lose in a way where it would be easy to see a rematch in the making at the next WWE event.
Winner: The Prime Time Players

Steven K.

The New Day alone is a true asset to the WWE. However ,The New Day needs an established nemesis and I don’t think we have seen that yet. Now, I personally don’t have any love for the Prime Time Players, and I see them as stepping stones for New Day. What we need is a 3-man team that comes together with the sole purpose of putting The New Day down. 
Winner: The New Day
John Cena vs. Kevin Owens
John Cena vs. Kevin Owens

John Cena vs. Kevin Owens

Derrick C.

All initial fears of Kevin Owens not getting a chance to shine on the WWE stage should have been dashed by his NXT title victory, or at the very least by his star-making victory over Cena at Elimination Chamber. John Cena himself could dash a few images if his feud with Owens continues the pace that it is on. John Cena has long been considered a hindrance to the careers of his opponents. Cena’s feud with Owens is doing the complete opposite. Owens is proving to be one of the biggest threats to the leader of the C Nation and is coming out better for it. John Cena has been incredibly valuable for the prestige of the US title, which could be defended should the two face off again. Kevin Owens gained the first victory in their rivalry, so I fully expect John Cena to pull off a last second victory after Owens takes him to the limit.
Winner: John Cena

Steven K.

Elimination Chambers John Cena vs. Kevin Owens was a major disappointment to me. About halfway through their last match, I was ready to log out of the WWE Network. Perhaps, though, this match will deliver this time. Perhaps John Cena’s attitude adjustment will actually have an effect on Kevin Owens. Maybe, just maybe, someone will actually sell a move. Well… probably not. OK, so the match did not go the way I hoped it would, but the rivalry here is awesome. I am excited to see how this program progresses. Owens is not interested in the United States Championship, and Cena does not appear to want the NXT title. As we move on to the next portion of this rivalry, Cena wins here.
Winner: John Cena
Neville vs. Sheamus vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns vs. Kane vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston
Neville vs. Sheamus vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns vs. Kane vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston

Neville vs. Sheamus vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns vs. Kane vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston

Derrick C.

I fully expect this to be a fun and energetic Money in the Bank Ladder match. Dolph Ziggler, Neville, and Kofi Kingston should provide quite a few highlight reel moments and possibly come close at key moments to grabbing the brief case. Sheamus and Kane will provide sheer brute force, and Kane is a possible dark horse candidate to repeat his 2010 victory. I feel that the match will be won by either Reigns or Orton, but, given recent events, I think that the match will culminate with the start of the Roman Empire. Reigns cashing in on Seth Rollins later in the evening, should Rollins come out victorious over Ambrose, would be sweet vindication for Reigns.
Winner: Roman Reigns

Steven K.

Oh, this is exciting. Now, sure, we can all simply accept Reigns will win this match (and he will), but for fun imagine the possibilities! What if Neville won? What if Sheamus won? Kofi is a fantastic addition to this match, just because of his incredible in-ring athletic abilities. I am personally not counting Randy Orton out. The Money in the Bank briefcase is an awesome concept when you think about it. The MITB briefcase contains a contract that can be used by the MITB match winner at any point to compete for a world title for an entire year. Roman Reigns with that briefcase will only add interest to upcoming WWE events.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose
Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose

Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose

Derrick C.

Dean Ambrose has become a force to be reckoned with in the main event picture. I’m beginning to think that the Shield duplicating the success of Evolution is possible, and all three men could ultimately have a chance to claim world championships. I still think that it could be a few months down the road for Ambrose to gain the prize. It is likely that Seth Rollins emerges victorious, but Dean will not stop trying to take down the Authority during the months ahead. If Roman Reigns wins Money in the Bank, things could get truly compelling between the three former members of the shield.
Winner: Seth Rollins

Steven K.

What can I say? I just dont think Dean Ambrose is what is “Best for Business”
Winner: Seth Rollins

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Do you disagree or agree with our predictions? Is Roman Reigns our next Mr. Money in the Bank? Can John Cena adjust Owens attitude? Will Nikki Bella ever lose the Divas Championship? Join the conversation and leave a comment below!

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Geeking Out Over Ephesians Study – Part 6

Welcome to the Geeks Under Grace official Daily Study post for 6/17/15. Here we will share some thoughts regarding Ephesians 5:1-21 and a simple prayer related to those scriptures. 

Passage

Ephesians 5:1-21 (King James Version)
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Study

The bible is relevant. Despite all advancements man has made technologically and socially the bible, as old as the concepts written in it are, is still relevant. Many of the questions I hear Christians ask are answered clearly by God’s Word. What the bible has to say regarding filthy language and sexual immorality is clearly stated here in Ephesians among other places. 
Instructions regarding the way we as Christians should live our lives are clear. Verse 10 in the Amplified bible says “And try to learn [in your experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him].” We as Christians should seek out what is good and pure, not fight and argue to hold on to our sinful cravings and lusts.
“Speak out to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, offering praise with voices [and instruments] and making melody with all your heart to the Lord, At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.” Ephesians 5:19-20 (Amplified)
How we are to speak and treat one another is not complicated. Our God is good, He is our teacher and we will represent Him to the world.

Prayer

Father, thank you for your instructions and your promises. Thank you for being a guide in our lives and for your grace when we have fallen short. I ask that you would continue to teach us and show us your ways.
In Jesus name we pray, amen.

Activity

Mindfully consider the words and spirit behind your words of the past few days. Now consider if they are holy and pure according to scripture. Repent of any mistakes you have made to God and if you have insulted or made fun of anyone recently, apologize to them. 

Question of the Day

Reading Ephesians 5:1-21 what scripture stood out to you? Can you relate to anything written about in this study? Join the conversation and share below!