"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”
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
"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
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.
Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. - Philippians 1:1-2 Most of us have found ourselves guilty of rushing through these introductory parts of the … Continue reading Philippians 1:1-2. Humility, Grace, and Peace
The book of Joshua has many popular verses. We quote them all the time. In fact, I recently read that Joshua 1:9 has been one of the most highlighted and shared verses in the popular Bible App. But what about Judges, the book right after Joshua? Why isn't it quoted as much? Maybe it is … Continue reading Will They Know?
Desperation has a way of quickening the spirit of a man. The fleeting last moments of your life bring alot of focus and clarity. I can personally attest to that. My day of desperation came recently and unexpectedly. It was very chaotic. Everybody was panicking. That day we all thought we were going to die. … Continue reading My Day of Desperation (A Story From Jonah 1)
"Trust in the Lord..." Proverbs 3:5 As I said in the last post, when it comes to trust, God wants us to take Him at His Word. But He doesn't only say, "Because I said so." He has given us concrete reason to trust what He says, even over trusting our own perceptions and feelings. … Continue reading Where Is Your Trust? Part 2: The Object Of Our Trust
It's Not A Feeling For many of my years as a believer, I saw Christianity through a purely emotional lens. If I didn't feel Christian, I wasn't. If I didn't feel close to God, I was far from Him. If I didn't feel happy, I was a defective follower of Christ. After all, the choir … Continue reading Where Is Your Trust? Part 1: Trust