Category: Philippians

Disunity Defeated and Joy Completed

Disunity Defeated and Joy Completed “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:1-4 To overlook unity in the body of Christ is to deny the very essence of our salvation....

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The Power of Church Unity

Philippians 1:27-30, “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but...

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The Bucket List

The Bucket List, starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson is about two very different men who are both diagnosed with terminal diseases. One of the men, upon learning of his condition, decides to draft a “bucket list.” The list would include achievements and things to see before he “kicks the bucket.” After viewing the film, I began to re-visit my bucket list: Attend a baseball game at every major league park in America. Visit the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London. Walk the streets of Geneva where John Calvin ministered. Stand at the Castle Door in Wittenberg. Climb the stairs of...

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He Finishes What He Starts

In 1990, Public Broadcasting Service television stations across the United States aired Ken Burns’s historical documentary series about the American Civil War. One gripping aspect of the series was the oral reading of correspondence between soldiers in the Union and Confederate armies and their loved ones back home. Voices speaking those old words, illustrated with early photographs of that conflict, took viewers behind the historical data and into the daily experience and emotions of ordinary citizens. Whether a letter was going to a farm in Pennsylvania or a plantation in Georgia, we heard gracious eloquence expressing the heart cries...

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It Begins with the Gospel of Grace and Peace

Philippians 1:1-2, “Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Jesus humbled Himself as the greatest bondservant of all. He laid His life down for others. When Paul admits to the Philippians here at the beginning that he and Timothy are servants, they are ultimately looking to Jesus. After all, what good are saints, overseers, and deacons if they will not serve one another or the communities they live in?...

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