We all have moments that had an undeniable impact in our lives. This was one of mine. We had just got back from youth camp. We all had an envelope on the wall of our group's room where other students could drop encouraging notes, but we weren't allowed to read them until we got home. … Continue reading Philippians 1:21-26: A Holy Tension
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
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
"And He will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:6) Up until now our verses have dealt with our call and responsibility to trust God. Now, from the last line of this famous passage, there is a promise that "He will make your paths straight." God is a God of order, not disorder. He has set … Continue reading Where Is Your Trust? Part 6: A Promise
I believe in gravity. I just wanted to put that out there. In fact, it is so real to me that it informs the way I live. When I walk down a set of stairs, without even thinking about it, I move my foot forward, knowing gravity will bring it down to the next step. … Continue reading Where Is Your Trust? Part 5: Trust Leads To Action
"...do not lean on your own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5) The first part of our Scripture addressed who we are to trust and the role of the heart. For the next part we shift into the role of the mind, specifically as it pertains to our perception of reality. What you believe about reality, your worldview, … Continue reading Where Is Your Trust? Part 4: Do You Really Understand?