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Christians Must Redeem the Time

It is easy to be a professing Christian in much of the Western world, provided we do not take a stand for Jesus. Complacency is not in the Bible. We do find, however, that we are in a spiritual warfare and need to be soldiers for Christ (Eph. 6:10-19, 2 Cor. 10:4-5, 2 Tim. 2:3) and the godly suffer persecution (Mark 4:17, 2 Tim. 3:12). If you study on Ephesians 5:16, there is a rather startling admonition there as well as the reasons behind it.

Christians are in a spiritual warfare and must make good use of the time in these evil days. Learn what this means and how to redeem the time.
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As mentioned above, we are in a war and those actively living a godly life can expect persecution. Why? We are salt and light (Matt. 5:13-16), and an irritant to those who are perishing (2 Cor. 2:15-16). Ministries exist to edify and equip the saints to do the work of sharing the gospel message and standing for the truth in this fallen world.
My parents took [Ephesians 5:16] to heart and did their best to take whatever opportunity arose to proclaim God’s Word and the saving gospel message. . . .

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Since my father was a teacher and transferred every three years as he was promoted, I watched my parents start Sunday schools in several different country areas, and bring in evangelists so that families could hear the truth of the Bible and the salvation message.

As I look back on this, I realize that my parents were doing what God through Paul instructs us in Ephesians 5:16. Look at the verse and the meanings of the three main Greek words:

You would do well to read the entire article (or listen to the audio by my favorite reader) at "Redeeming the Time."