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Paul closes his letter with “greetings” to his friends in the Lord. (Philippians 4:21)
I don’t want us to blow past that word too fast. Most of us only know our own culture and language and it shapes the way we read and think. Now for us … the word “greet” often means no more than to speak to. In fact, can you follow this scenario?
Person 1: Hello. How are you? Person 2: Fine, thank you. And you? Person 1: Just fine.
And that is called a greeting.
The Greek word that Paul uses is aspazomai. It means more than we More >
Philippians 4: 10 – 20
In the first half of Chapter 4, Paul addresses the problem of anxiety – that perennial human problem that plaques our minds and robs us of peace and rest. In Posts 1 and 2 of this lesson, we considered those instructions from Paul. It is important for us to remember that they are indeed ‘instructions’ … not thoughts or ideas or possibilities … instructions for the believer.
Today, as we consider the second half of this final chapter, Paul addresses the problem of discontent – another perennial human problem. And a problem that I believe is exacerbated in western culture. More >
Philippians 4: 2 – 9
We continue our examination of Paul’s instructions for doing battle with anxiety.
Number 4 … Pray. Look again at verses 6 – 7. Pray. About anything. In everything. Can you see the discipline in this instruction? It is a decision you make to pray. Utilize this phenomenal resource! Paul tells us that part of prayer is supplication. Part of prayer is laying our requests and needs – our cares – before the Lord. We do it in faith … trusting the sovereignty and faithfulness, the love and mercy of God. Another part of prayer is thanksgiving. More >
“The Lord became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned from the Lord God of Israel” – 1 Kings 11:9
“I have this against you; you have left your first love.” – Revelation 2:4
Backsliding is when a person who follows Christ turns away from Him. To the backslider, God is no longer the main focus of his life. Without God’s leading, the person “backslides” into his old way of life.What Causes Us To Backslide?
“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” – Proverbs 16:18
“If you think you are standing firm, be careful that you More >
Jesus spent a great deal of time talking about the importance of forgiving others. He made it clear that forgiveness is to be a characteristic of his followers. So let’s explore what it means to forgive others, the benefits of forgiving and how to forgive.What It Means To Forgive
“Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. (Romans 12:19)
To forgive means to not seek revenge on the one who has hurt you. It means letting go of the anger More >
Philippians 4: 2 – 9
There are 2 thieves that rob us of our well-being. They steal from us the feeling of richness in our own lives, of joy and of peace. Paul addresses both of these villains in Chapter 4 of Philippians. The thieves are Anxiety and Discontent. Anxiety attacks the mind. Discontent attacks the heart. The mind and the heart are the parts of you that make life possible … meaningful … rich.
First, consider the mind. Consider the role that anxiety plays in robbing your mind. The Greek word translated, anxiety, is merimnao. One of the definitions of More >
Philippians 3: 17 – 4:1
Paul, centuries ago, described our own culture! How did he know where we would be iin 2012? Perhaps he described all cultures, regardless of place or time, that exist for their own purposes. He calls them “enemies of the cross.” The description is in verse 19.
Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things.
He nails it! Our world is the same. So many people live for their own appetites only. So many people in our day find some kind of glory in shameful More >
Philippians 3: 12 – 16
As we consider these beautiful verses again, today focus your attention on Paul’s comments about “forgetting what is behind.”
To what degree would you say your past dictates your behaviors and choices in your present? We are all shaped by our pasts. Paul has been. Our family of origin, our experiences, our training, our failures and our successes all contribute to the way we react and make decisions in our present … which effects our future.
“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize More >
Philippians 3: 12 – 16
Paul waxed so eloquent in the first half of Chapter 3 explaining the source of our salvation. He left not one doubt that it does not come from any position or heritage or work or resume that we may have. It is COMPLETELY from God by faith in Christ Jesus our Lord. Period. So … how to live?
The antinomians of Paul’s day were a group of people who denied that there was any law at all in the Christian life. They declared that they were within the grace of God so it did not matter More >
After breakfast beside the Sea of Galilee, Jesus engages our man Peter in a most interesting conversation.
There are so many fascinating parallels in this chapter of John. Jesus seemed to intentionally use circumstances and trains of thought to remind the apostles of previous encounters and miracles. He needed to remind them – to remind Peter – of the things of “first importance”. Let’s consider a few:
1. The miraculous catch of fish. Jesus had done that for Peter before Peter decided to follow Him. Jesus does it again … remember, Peter … Jesus has all power and authority.
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