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First Presbyterian Church of Conrad, IA

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Ephesians 1:11-23

          (11) In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, (12) in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. (13) And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, (14) who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession - to the praise of his glory.
          (15) For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God's people, (16) I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. (17) I keep asking that the God of our Lord  Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. (18) I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you  may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, (19) and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength (20) he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, (21) far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. (22) And God placed all things under his feet an appointed  him to be head over everything for the church, (23) which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Prayer For Illumination

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1. New Witness Protection Program

a) New identity
          - New name
          - New ID Documents
          - New history

b) New residence
          - New permanent address
          - New home

c) New life
          - Blank slate - focus on future
          - Tug of war lessons (ideal)

2. New Life Characteristics

a) Marked by the Holy Spirit
          - Down payment on inheritance
          - Capacity to have faith, believe

b) The Spirit of wisdom, revelation
          - Purpose: to know Him better
          - Grow deeper, more confident in faith, trust in God

c) Learning to live with hope
          - Expectant living for present, future
          - Agents of hope, sharers of Good News

3. Power for Faithful Living

a) Resurrection power for living
          - To overcome any obstacle
          - To breathe new life into the tired, weary, worn out

b) Christ is still Head of the Church
          - God is still in control
          - The Church is the full expression of Christ on earth

c) Living "filled up"
          - "Deep and Wide" fountain
          - Not living on "crumbs" of Christ, but in the fullness of Christ
          - John 10:10 "...that they may have life, and have it abundantly."
          - Move Pentecost from an event in history (it is) to a present day account

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