These verses reveal two main themes to Paul's life and ministry. While he was in prison he could have been worrying himself about his own condition. Instead, his concern was for the proclamation and exaltation of Christ by any means necessary. That Christ Is Proclaimed "What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense … Continue reading Philippians 1:15-20: Christ Exalted By Any Means
My newest original song is titled "Home." I have been thinking and writing a lot about Heaven and our future hope lately. I hope you are blessed and inspired by it! The song ends with the chorus of my favorite hymn, Softly and Tenderly (by Will L. Thompson, Public Domain). Click above to listen. Lyrics … Continue reading Home
"When the church is ostracized and suffering, we’re following in the footsteps of Jesus. We’re joining our King in exile." - Elliot Clark I've been a part of those church visitation programs before. You know what I mean. THOSE visitation programs. On a given weeknight the church (the few that the pastor successfully convinced to … Continue reading The “Great Falling Out”
I have a confession. It may not be surprising to some. I LOVE books! Not just any books, though. I love soul stirring, faith shaping, theology forming, God glorifying books. Lately, I have found myself wishing I could transfer that love of Christian reading to others somehow. I see how beneficial to the soul it … Continue reading Why Read Christian Books?
Read Philippians 1:12-14. I LOVE these verses! They are filled with so much hope and encouragement for all of us who are in Christ! Let's dig in. My Circumstances This is as practical as it gets. We all have circumstances. And in the context of this passage we are talking about negative circumstances. Sometimes they … Continue reading Philippians 1:12-14: Imprisoned for Christ, Advancing the Gospel
Born to face the fiery pit There's nothing I could do To save myself from that impending fate Not charity, love, or moral life Could cover up the debt That I should pay at Hell's wide open gate Still I tried with all my might Myself, to find a way Of fending off the dark, … Continue reading The Dance
"You All" Last time we talked about verse six and the promise of sanctification. I have heard that verse quoted most often in an individual context. However, when you look at the context of this whole portion of Scripture, you will find what we so often minimalize, and sometimes miss entirely. In verses 3-8, Paul … Continue reading Philippians 1:7-11: Completed Together
This began as a Facebook post, but became too long. So now it lives as a blog post. A brief, and somewhat sarcastic, description of social media platforms 1. Facebook (Baby Boomers and Gen X)- The place where we make our lives and families seem happier and healthier than they actually are. It's like a … Continue reading A Brief Thought On Social Media Platforms
Completed In Christ For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. - Philippians 1:6 This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible because, if you're anything like me, this is what sanctification feels like: You … Continue reading Philippians 1:6: Completed in Christ
"I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now." PHILIPPIANS 1:3-5 NASB Here, we continue following Paul's example of the posture believers should have toward one another. As … Continue reading Philippians 1:3-5: Thankfulness, Remembrance, Prayer, and Partnership.