"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.
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?