Music Playlist – Finals Mix

Hey everyone,

We’re getting close to the end of the semester, and as such the studying and cramming will begin, and to go along with it, our favorite study music. I put together a short list here of some of my personal favorites for studying, there are many more that I would like to include, but I was trying to keep things brief and only choose one song per artist. Anyway, I’ve found that these songs help me to both remain focused and remain de-stressed.

Hope you enjoy, thanks for reading!

J. D. Sonnenberg

Finals Mix


Daily Study | November 6

Hey everyone, it’s been a while since I posted anything, and I’ve been wanting to get back into Ephesians again, so I thought I’d share my findings with you. Enjoy!

Ephesians 2:13-19, focusing on 15-18

15. having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,
16. and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.
17. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.
18. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

As we looked at previously in v14, God has removed the separations between Jews  and gentiles. Continuing here in v15-16 we see that God has abolished the enmity, the law of commandments, through His flesh. Through Christ’s death, the need for the law has been removed, not to say that we should not keep the 10 commandments, but rather there is no longer a need for blood sacrifices or an intermediary before God. Through Christ’s death, God tore the veil and gave everyone  who would believe, Jew or gentile, direct access to Him. And through their belief they are made alike, it no longer matters whether we are Jew or gentile, for we are all adopted into the body of Christ and inheritors of His kingdom.

In v17 we see that the gospel has been delivered to those both near and far, which I believe is to say that it has been given to those who are familiar with it (Jews) and those who are foreign to it (gentiles).

And in v18 we again see that everyone who believes has been given access to the Father, through the spirit which now dwells in us.

Thank you for reading, hopefully this made sense to all of you.

God bless!

J. D. Sonnenberg

Daily Verse | September 30

1 Corinthians 6:20

​[20] For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

We were bought by a price. God has purchased us out of our slavery to sin, and brought us into His body, into His fold. We are now bondservants to Christ, just as Paul so often describes himself in the beginning of his letters. Our bodies are not our own, they are the temple of the Holy Spirit as said in verse 19, and we are here to glorify God with our body and spirit, which in the context of chapter 6 means to keep yourself pure in mind and body by setting ourselves apart from sexual immorality and other sexual sins. And to follow His will in everything we do. 

Application: its important for us to set lines for ourselves based on the warnings of Christ from the word, and make sure we stay far from those lines.  We have to pray about the things that we struggle with and actively flee from those things that tempt us.

Thanks for reading, love you all.

J. D. Sonnenberg 

Daily Verse |September 29

Phillipians 4:10-13

[10] ​But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. [11] Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: [12] I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. [13] I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Hey everyone,
I’m sorry for not posting sooner, or posting any more than just a passage. The one whom my heart adores, had her wisdom teeth removed today, so after work I went to tend to her. So I am just getting home and I remembered that I hadn’t posted anything. So once again I’ll ask your forgiveness.

Thank you for reading, love you all.

J. D. Sonnenberg 

Daily Verse | September 28

Hey all, it’s been another long day of work and school, and I’m about to start classes, so I only have one verse today and it’s not following my Ephesians study.

Phillipians 2:3

​[3] Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

Oftentimes we have a tendency to think ourselves as Christians, being better than unbelievers. Or we might just see ourselves as better than someone in a worldly sense. I personally struggle with both of these things.

Here Paul is telling the Christians in Philipi, not to do anything out of pride, κενοδοξίαν “groundless self-esteem”. But to do all things with humbleness, ταπεινοφροσύνῃ “modesty, humility”, and with the thought process that assumes everyone is better than you. Not to say that you should think yourself worthless and fall into crippling depression, that is not what Paul is saying. I’m having a terrible time wording Paul’s meaning, but I’m pretty sure you all understand, so I’ll just give you what I have; we should give others more grace than we feel that we ourselves even deserve.

Application: Do not be prideful, in thoughts or actions, but remain humble in all things and show others the Grace of Jesus through our lives.

Thanks for reading, love you all!

J. D. Sonnenberg

Daily Verse | September 27

Hi all,

A little late today, I’ve been really busy and I’m pretty beat up, worked a long day and then came home to work on an RV. So just a short passage today.

Ephesians 2:11-14, focus on 14

[14] For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us ;

Starting off we see that God is our Peace, if you are a Christian, you know exactly what this means, and it’s almost impossible to describe. He is our peace, our refuge from this world, the word here is  εἰρήνη, which means “a state of tranquility, exempt from rage, havoc, and and war”. God protects us from all the things that will destroy us, not to say that we don’t face trials, because God does allow those in order to teach us and help us grow.

Next we see that God has made us one. Who is this “us both” referred to here? I’m going to borrow an idea from a friend of mine who mentioned to me that it’s important to note the unity of gentiles and God’s people (v11), Jews and gentiles alike are made one in the body of Christ. As we see here, God has broken down the wall between us, μεσότοιχον “a partition wall, divider”, He removes everything that would stop us from joining together and gives us purpose as a part of His body. Of course we can still have our own issues which will separate us, such as the pride of the Jews in many passages, causing them to reject gentile believers.

Application: Let no petty thing, such as pride, come between you and the rest of the body of Christ.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this.

Love you all.

J. D. Sonnenberg

Daily Verse |September 26

Ephesians 2:8-16, focusing on 10-13

[10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. [11] Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; [12] That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: [13] But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Starting off, Paul reminds us of our origins as Christians, being created in Christ Jesus (see yesterday’s study). And I thought it would be cool to check out the Greek text here just to see what word created is here, and it is the word κτισθέντες, which means “to create, make, or found a people” and another meaning is “to completely change or transform something”. So we have been completely transformed, from our carnal selves (v11-12), into a new creation in Christ.

Let’s look now what God has saved us from. We were in the flesh, the word here is σαρκί, which has a lot of meanings but I believe here it is the definition “the human and earthly nature of man apart from God and prone to sin and destruction”. We also see that we are made by hands, χειροποιήτου meaning “made by the hands/skills of men”, which in my mind means that we are raised by and instructed by man in the way of man, therefore not even able to comprehend the way of God.

We were aliens and strangers, without God’s promise and without hope. I looked up hope just for fun and it is the word ἐλπίδα, meaning “a joyful and confident expectation”. So without Christ we literally did not have hope, we could never look forward and know for sure that anything good was coming, but with Christ we know that we can look forward to our eternal salvation with Him.

So Christ has taken us from what we were; earthly, destructive, built up by man, strangers, aliens, without hope, and far off from anything even remotely spiritual of God. He has taken us from these things and made us new, completely transformed us and brought us close to Him, into Him, into the body of Christ.

Lastly, how? How did God accomplish this feat of changing us all so radically? (Sunday school answer approaches) He did it by sacrificing the life of His son, our precious Christ, who died on that cross, to save each and every one of us, and bring us to Him.

Application: There is not a lot for direct application in this passage, but I think we could just remember where we have come from and remember to praise and thank God for his amazing grace, and remember to treat others with the same love and grace He has shown to us, in hopes that others might see Christ through us.

Thanks for reading, sorry for all the Greek this time, but it really helps me to understand sometimes. Anyway, hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed the study.

Love you all,

J. D. Sonnenberg