Are you a healthy tree? Philippians 2.12-13
City folk like to plant lemon trees somewhere in their yards—have you noticed? In my area, olive trees have been en vogue for a while, too. And while I grew up in a coastal…
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The Crux of it all. Philippians 2.9-11
Crux – (noun) 1. A vital or pivotal point, 2. A
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Did you ever have preschoolers who watched Sesame Street? There were these little dramatic sketches where viewers would be shown a group of four items, one of which was different from the other three, and they would have to identify the item that didn't belong … like here in Philippians 2—which doesn’t belong? …Continue
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Jesus Christ . . . lost without him. (set-up for Philippians 2.5-11)
Unless you are in contact with the young public, you really do not have a framework for the claim that ‘we live in a…
WHO IS JESUS CHRIST? (set up for Philippians 2.5-8)
I can see their two beautiful young faces so clearly in my mind . . . one is dark, the other is light; one has a strong football build, the other a tall, lean volleyball build; one has grown up in a Hindu household, the other just a family who didn’t talk too much about God,…Continue
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This letter is from Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus.
I am writing to all of God’s holy people in Philippi who belong to Christ Jesus, including the elders and deacons.
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it…
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What is the cure for the church? (Part two of “The Church—love it or leave it?”)
Actually, we must approach the answer to that question as Jesus would—what kind of church would Jesus attend, or would he, like so…
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POWER in Prayer. breakthrough prayer.
‘But it feels like my prayers just hit the ceiling … I wonder if God even hears me. Of course, maybe I am not praying in the right way—not really sure. Hey, is there a right way to pray? Is there something I am…Continue
Be "One" . . . or ‘Danger, Will Robinson…!’ Philippians 2.1-4
I do not really remember much about the television program, but I vividly recall the robot saying, “Danger, Will…
Going to church is passé … have you noticed?
Now I am not just talking about ‘the world’ thinking church is passé, but also God-fearing, God-loving people who have just stopped going to…
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“Can you teach us how to grow in our faith?”
Every once in a while a teacher is asked a question that makes her every fiber pop … this was just such a question. Hmmm . . . Similarly, I imagine Jesus smiled when the…Continue
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Youcef is the pastor of a house church in Rasht, Iran, and was arrested in October 2009 for opposing the education practice that forces non-Muslim students to read the Quran in school. Youcef had argued that the Iranian constitution permits…Continue
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The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders. . . The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. . . The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning. …Continue
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~Remember--because God who called you is faithful.1
~Remember-He will not leave you to your own devices; he will never leave you.…
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You are now free to move about the country— Philippians 1.15-18
…’One of the clever advertising lines of Southwest Airlines. But it also might have been the feeling of some of Paul’s contemporaries when Paul was held captive in…
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God always has a plan. Philippians 1.12-14
Christianity was in trouble . . . or so it seemed. The spreading of the Gospel had come to a screeching halt . . . or so it seemed. The teacher, the pastor, the main man had not just been arrested, but he had been transported to…
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That your love will keep on growing… this is my prayer for you.
True love finds its roots in God, our Father. ‘Pretty hard to be ‘filled to overflowing’ with love unless you grasp…