We will be traveling through the book of Ephesians as we look at the message Paul gave to the early church. He talked to the Ephesians about what a diverse group they were -- some were Jews and some were Gentiles -- and how that sometimes makes for difficult conversation. Paul knew that there needed to be some "ground rules" that had to be put into place for those who were choosing to follow Jesus. This was his opportunity to remind them of all that had been done on their behalf long before their lives came into being....God had already decided how the story should go.
Anniversaries can be an excellent opportunity to celebrate successes & obstacles overcome or a time to assess where we are & where we want to be or a time to mourn our losses. Perhaps the national anniversary we celebrate this Sunday is no different?