Tuesday, October 31, 2017

"Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith." Philippians 3:1

As a teacher for years, I used the phrase, "Repetition is learning." Anything we would like to do well needs to be repeated, as long as what is repeated is correct. That is also true for wrong behaviors. We usually call these bad habits; they too are born out of repetition. 

Here we are with the Apostle Paul, who was a passionate teacher and who knew what mattered most for following Christ. He says, like any good teacher, I never get tired of repeating myself (teaching). He does this for their good and not his own. He calls it a safeguard, something that will keep them from falling and failing.

All through scripture, God does the same thing, repeating Himself in the things that matter most, Do...

Monday, October 30, 2017

Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety. So then, welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him, because he almost died for the work of Christ. He risked his life to make up for the help you yourselves could not give me. - Philippians 2:28-30 (NIV)

The world honors those who are beautiful, intelligent, rich, and powerful. Who should the church honor? Paul makes it clear that we should honor those who give their lives for the sake of Christ. Being thankful for the people that go and do what we are unable to do ourselves. I want you to know today that you are valuable. Valuable in the eyes of Christ, and that’s more important than any compliment that we could get from someone about our looks, our talents, or our interests. Going out of your way for the sake of C...

Friday, October 27, 2017

"I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare. All the others care only for themselves and not for what matters to Jesus Christ." Philippians 2:20-21 (NLT)

The reason why selflessness is rare in society is that it’s a “battle of the fittest mentality ” in this world. It’s a world where people won’t do things unless they will benefit from them. They only care about themselves and nobody else.

The truth as to why we are called to live selfless lives is because God sent his only son to do the most unselfish act in dying for our sins so that we could have the life with God as originally intended. God did this to show us that caring for other people is essential and that people matter. 

If we choose to follow Christ, we must be selfless like Christ was and live for others and not for the things that our flesh desires. That means buildi...

Thursday, October 26, 2017

as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. So you too should be glad and rejoice with me. -Philippians 2:16-18 (NIV)

We are to shine brightly in a dark and depraved world. Are you shining brightly for Jesus or is your life clouded by the influence of a fallen world? 

Our role is to shine until Jesus return and bathes the world in His radiant glory. Very few people live a life that holds firmly to the word of life, but you can be one of those people. 

The drink offering was an essential part of the sacrificial system of the Jews (Numbers 28:7). Paul regards his life as a sacrifice. When we are totally committed to serving Jesus Chr...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

"Do Everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people." Philippians 2:14-15 (NLT)

What if I told you there was one way to stand out and be uncommon, would you lean in and listen? The faithful Jesus Follower, Paul, shares with us "One" of those things - "Do everything without complaining and arguing..." 

I know you may be thinking, That's it? Don't complain or argue? That will change things? That will cause me to shine and allow people to see Jesus in me? 

The answer is YES! And when you think about it, it just makes sense. At the root of all of our complaints is selfishness. I didn't get my way. That situation makes me upset. Now I'm uncomfortable. Why did they choose that and forget about my issue? The list is endl...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:12-13 (NIV)

We all have to decide at some point on whether we believe in Jesus Christ or not. If we do then we should only fear one thing and that is God. We must make every effort to live for Him and glorify His name. 

Accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior means declaring with your life that Jesus died on the cross for your sin. By His death, burial, and resurrection you are forgiven of your sins, and are given the ability to live a surrendered life to Him.

Spending time with God through reading the Bible and praying allows us to act in order and to know Gods will. Living our lives to pleas...

Monday, October 23, 2017

"Therefore God elevated Him to the place of highest honor and gave Him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on the earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Philippians 2:9-11 (NLT)

How much time do you spend trying to bring attention (glorify) to your name? How many Instagram posts are rooted in an attempt to make only you look good? What is the goal of spending countless hours in front of the mirror or at the gym?  Do you do it to for the sake of others or your glory? Who is ultimately going to benefit from your glory besides yourself?

What genuine and lasting good for others can come out of you becoming celebrated and recognized? 

The only worthy and lasting cause that brings eternal good for others and ourselves is when we live to m...

Saturday, October 21, 2017

“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature with God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; rather he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death-even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:5-8

These verses should blow our minds every time we read them. The fact that Jesus, who created the world and everything in it, including us, obediently left the Father’s side at the Father’s command to become one of us is just crazy. He stooped from the exaltation and glory of Heaven to come to earth in a cold cave. Just for us. And not only did He live here for 33 years, He then died the most horrific death, at the Father’s command. Just for u...

Thursday, October 19, 2017

"Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.” Philippians 2:1-2 (NLT)

What is your purpose? Why are you here? If you are a Jesus follower, there is only one answer - Loving Jesus through obedience and Loving others through selflessness in sharing the gospel and service (Love God, Love Others). Just think, If we majored on these two things, how much foolishness, heartache, and regret would be avoided. Think about the stories of life, encouragement and miracles we would be able to tell. Think about the fulfillment and wholeness we would experience. But don't forget the trouble, persecution, and pain that will als...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Philippians 1:28-30-without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.

Paul, you're killing us, man! You tell us we should not only believe in Jesus Christ but also be willing to suffer for Him as well. I’m cool with suffering for my sake, and even then I don’t always like that. Paul is telling us to hurt for someone else other than ourselves. Suffer for Jesus Christ the one who gave His life to save everyone, but not everyone chooses Christ. 

Suffering for Christ is not a new thing, people before us suffered for the sake of Christ by facing the same struggles...

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