Paul expressed his thanks to God for his brothers and sisters in Christ. He prays for grace-the underserved favor of Christ to be upon them. He prays for the peace that results as we live our lives for His glory. We must believe the best of our brothers and sisters in Christ and forecast achievement for them.
Scripture: Philippians 1:1-5
Many of us live our lives by flipping a coin to discover our next move. Paul writes that the one thing we should seek is to know Christ intimately and to love Him deeply. We live to honor Him.
Scripture: Philippians 1:8-12
Topic: Knowing God's Will
I have always found Jesus’ words in Matt 5:21-22 to be shattering. He begins by reminding his listeners that anyone who murders will be judged. But then he gives three case studies of actions that seem far less serious than murder. “I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘ Raca ’ is...
Author: Tim Keller
The apostle Paul wrote the letter to the Philippians from a dark prison cell in Rome. We learn much about inner joy and contentment from his story.The prisons of loneliness, negativity and greed each have unique ways of trapping us. We have been granted three strategies to combat them: relationships, prayer and generosity.
Speaker: Mark Batterson
Scripture: Philippians 4:1-8
Topic: Emotional Health
Complaining makes life miserable. Complaining causes us to miss what God is doing now, damages the gifts He gives us and hurts our testimony. If we speak instead with gratitude and contentment, we enhance our relationship with God and others, and we receive heavenly rewards.
Scripture: Philippians 2:14-15, Genesis 3:11-13, Genesis 4:6-9, Exodus 16:1-2, Matthew 20:1-16
Here are a few things you should know about the future of Christianity and how we can reach the next generation with the Gospel in an authentic, relevant way. Our culture has experienced dramatic change. It’s nothing beyond enormous. 9/11 has entirely shaped a new generation. There’s three major things that are colliding and creating sea change in our culture. ...
Author: Gabe Lyons
Bethany wandered into the living room with a piece of scrap paper in her hand. She was not quite two years old and she enjoyed scribbling and pretending to write. "Here you are, Mommy," she said. "This is for everyone in the world." I looked up from the cross-stitch sampler I was working on, trying to remember my place on the pattern. "Oh, that's nice, darling," I said, with a...
Author: Karen Holford
Paul letter to the Philippian Church contains Paul’s keys to contentment. It is not born in you. It’s a decision you make. This is the man who preached to the Gentiles when everyone else was evangelizing the Jews. He was the guy that didn’t circumcise converts. He reprimanded Peter for refusing to shut down prejudice. Philippians 4:13 is the most famous verse in the Bible....
Author: Steven Furtick
Everybody loves the limelight, except spiritual grownups that have learned to shine the spotlight on Jesus Christ. Hairy John the Baptist may have reeked of sweat and barbecued grasshoppers, but Jesus said nobody was greater than he. Why? The dusty prophet spent his life pointing people to Christ. Stepping back and giving Jesus center stage was hard for me. As a pastor’s wife...
Author: Julie Barrier