Life In Christ

(Philippians study - Lesson 5) In studying through Philippians, one realizes that Paul has a lot to say about the mind. Bible scholar, G. Campbell Morgan, feels that the central teaching of this letter is that it reveals to us the mind of Christ, and also the mind of Christian men and women. Several posts ago, we studied the first part of Philippians 1:1, “Paul and Timothy, Bondservants of Jesus Christ,”. . . Moving forward we read, “To all the Saints, with the Bishops and Deacons.” It is worth noting that Paul mentions the church before he mentions the ministers. Mathew Henry notes in his commentary that the idea here is that the ministers exist for the church, and not the church for the mi

Conversations Count

As the holidays approach and most will probably be getting together with old friends, meeting new ones, and celebrating with family, I feel God has been reminding me that what we say and what we do not say matters! It contributes to the first impression and the last impression that others have of us. If we are known as Christians, our words will even impact the view others have of God and of His people. Jesus told us to, "Love one another as I have loved you" (John 15:12) and often caring about others begins with a conversation. Our conversations reveal our heart for others. In Luke 6:45 Jesus tells us, "The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the e

Home . . . May All Who Enter Feel God's Love

Home, a haven, a respite from the cold cruel world; it is my God - given space on this planet to create beauty, to fill with "whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute" (Philippians 4:7-9). Whether it is an apartment or a mansion, old or new, citified or countrified, near or far, fixer upper or fixed up, I can give God glory by bringing order to chaos and beauty to the ordinary. I can invite God's presence into every nook and cranny of my assigned abode. What might such a haven look like? I believe the process of creating and enjoying such a place begins with prayer and a desire to bless all who come within.

Focusing on the Joy of Christ, My Life

(Philippians Study - Lesson 4) As we move further into Chapter One of Philippians, we want to remember that Chapter One presents to us THE JOY OF CHRIST, OUR LIFE. While the words “joy” or “rejoice” or their counterparts appear 18 times in this epistle, Christ is referred to, either by name or by personal pronoun, some 70 TIMES! Paul’s joy is the joy of Christ. Christ is the source of his joy. It is the joy of a relationship with Jesus Christ that Paul longs for others to know and to share. Paul wants that joy to become real in their lives. Jesus Christ is the only dependable source of joy. Circumstances change. People move into and out of our lives. Jesus Christ is the only absolute;

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