"When he arrived, Eli was sitting on his seat by the road watching, for his heart trembled for the ark of God."1 Samuel 4:13 (ESV) We find Eli watching helplessly as the Philistines wage war against his people, Israel (1 Samuel 4:10-11). There is so much at stake! Lives could be lost! Israel's national welfare … Continue reading His Heart Trembled for the Ark of God
DEVOTION Last night at youth, we introduced ourselves to Paul and talked about how his life shows us God can save anyone. No matter how unlovable, sinful, or messed up you think you are, God is willing and able to free you from your sins and give you new life! The best part is that … Continue reading Reflect: Ephesians 1:1
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
"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
"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.