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Good Day! Please take a moment to listen to WORD Of Life Noon Day Meditation with Wayne Vernon – June 3, 2020

Topic: Mutual Submission and Motivation Cont’d

Scripture Reference: Ephesians 5:25-27 New International Version (NIV)

5 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,

27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

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Good Day! Please take a moment to listen to WORD Of Life Noon Day Meditation with Wayne Vernon – June 2, 2020

Topic: Mutual Submission and Motivation Cont’d

Scripture Reference: Ephesians 5:25-27 New International Version (NIV)

5 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,

27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

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Good Day! Please take a moment to listen to WORD Of Life Noon Day Meditation with Wayne Vernon – June 1, 2020

Topic: Mutual Submission and Motivation Cont’d

Scripture Reference: Ephesians 5:23

5  23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. New International Version (NIV)

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. King James Version (KJV)

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Good Day! Please take a moment to listen to WORD Of Life Noon Day Meditation with Wayne Vernon – May 29, 2020

Topic: Mutual Submission and Motivation Cont’d

Scripture Reference: Ephesians 5:23-33 New International Version (NIV)

5  23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.

24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,

27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church.

30 for we are members of his body.

31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”

32 This is a profound mystery but I am talking about Christ and the church.

33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

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Good Day! Please take a moment to listen to WORD Of Life Noon Day Meditation with Wayne Vernon – May 28, 2020

Topic: Mutual Submission and Motivation

Scripture Reference: Ephesians 5:21-25 New International Version (NIV)

5   21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 

23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.

24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

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Good Day! Please take a moment to listen to WORD Of Life Noon Day Meditation with Wayne Vernon – May 27, 2020

Topic: The Liberation of Mutual Submission

Scripture Reference: Ephesians 5:21-22 New International Version (NIV)

5   21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.

Other Scripture Lookup: Galations 5:13

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Good Day! Please take a moment to listen to WORD Of Life Noon Day Meditation with Wayne Vernon – May 26, 2020

Topic: Christian Living

Scripture Reference: Ephesians 5:10,15-20 New International Version (NIV)

5   10 and find out what pleases the Lord.

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,

16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,

19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,

20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Good Day! Please take a moment to listen to WORD Of Life Noon Day Meditation with Wayne Vernon – May 25, 2020

Topic: Live as Children of Light!!

Scripture Reference: Ephesians 5:7-14 New International Version (NIV)

5   Therefore do not be partners with them.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light

(for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)

10 and find out what pleases the Lord.

11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.

13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.

14 This is why it is said:

“Wake up, sleeper,
    rise from the dead,
    and Christ will shine on you.”

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Good Day! Please take a moment to listen to WORD Of Life Noon Day Meditation with Wayne Vernon – May 22, 2020

Topic: Avoid the Practice of sin and influence

Scripture Reference: Ephesians 5:1-5 New International Version (NIV)

5   Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children

and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.

Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

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Good Day! Please take a moment to listen to WORD Of Life Noon Day Meditation with Wayne Vernon – May 21, 2020

Topic: The Life of Christ in us

Scripture Reference: Ephesians 5:3-5 New International Version (NIV)

5 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Other Scripture Lookup: Colossians 3:5

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Good Day! Please take a moment to listen to WORD Of Life Noon Day Meditation with Wayne Vernon – May 20, 2020

Topic: Living the life of love as like Christ

Scripture Reference: Ephesians 5:1-2 New International Version (NIV)

5 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children

and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Other Scripture Lookup: Leviticus 2:1-2; Leviticus 1:9; Matthew 26:28; 1 Peter 2:24

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Good Day! Please take a moment to listen to WORD Of Life Noon Day Meditation with Wayne Vernon – May 19, 2020

Topic: Christian Living

Scripture Reference: Ephesians 4:25-32 New International Version (NIV)

4 25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,

27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

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Good Day! Please take a moment to listen to WORD Of Life Noon Day Meditation with Wayne Vernon – May 18, 2020

Topic: Growth Development to Maturity

Scripture Reference: Ephesians 4:17-24 New International Version (NIV)

4 17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.

18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.

19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.

20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned

21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.

22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;

23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;

24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

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Good Day! Please take a moment to listen to WORD Of Life Noon Day Meditation with Wayne Vernon – May 15, 2020

Topic: Utilization of your spiritual gifts

Scripture Reference: Ephesians 4:11-32 New International Version (NIV)

4 11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,

12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up

13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.

15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.

18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.

19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.

20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned

21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.

22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;

23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;

24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,

27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

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Good Day! Please take a moment to listen to WORD Of Life Noon Day Meditation with Wayne Vernon – May 14, 2020

Topic: Christian Unity

Scripture Reference: Ephesians 4:7-32 New International Version (NIV)

4  But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.

This is why it says:

“When he ascended on high,
    he took many captives
    and gave gifts to his people.”

(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions?

10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)

11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,

12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up

13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.

15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.

18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.

19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.

20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned

21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.

22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;

23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;

24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,

27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

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Good Day! Please take a moment to listen to WORD Of Life Noon Day Meditation with Wayne Vernon – May 13, 2020

Topic: Christian Unity

Scripture Reference: Ephesians4:3-6 New International Version (NIV)

4 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;

one Lord, one faith, one baptism;

one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

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Good Day! Please take a moment to listen to WORD Of Life Noon Day Meditation with Wayne Vernon – May 12, 2020

Topic: Living the Life – Gentiles and Jews living unity

Scripture Reference: Ephesians4:1-3 New International Version (NIV)

4  As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

 

Other Scripture Lookup: Galations3:28

 

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Good Day! Please take a moment to listen to WORD Of Life Noon Day Meditation with Wayne Vernon – May 11 2020

Topic: Atoning work of Christ – Paul prays for the Ephesians

Scripture Reference: Ephesians 3:1, 14-21 New International Version (NIV)

3  For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father,

15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.

16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,

17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,

18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,

19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

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Good Day! Please take a moment to listen to WORD Of Life Noon Day Meditation with Wayne Vernon – May 8 2020

Topic: Plan for the Gentiles 

Scripture Reference: Ephesians 3:1-13 New International Version (NIV)

3  For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles

Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you,

that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.

In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,

which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets.

This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.

I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power.

Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people,this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ,

and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.

10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms,

11 according to his eternal purposethat he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.

12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

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Good Day! Please take a moment to listen to WORD Of Life Noon Day Meditation with Wayne Vernon – May 7, 2020

Topic: The Atonement

Scripture Reference: Ephesians 2:11-22 New International Version (NIV)

2  11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)—

12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.

13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,

15 by setting aside in his fleshthe law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace,

16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.

17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.

18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household,

20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.

21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.

22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

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