Category: Philippians


Philippians, Last Chapter

As I finish the book of Philippians, I look back over the past few days. I have experienced some fantastic worship over the last couple of days.

I had the great pleasure of attending the leadership institute at the Church of the Resurrection in Kansas. During the couple of days of workshops and training, I experienced an amazing worship service. Praise team, 100 plus choir, orchestra, chamber choir, solo artists and amazing preaching were just some of the things that lead to this passion filled service.

On Saturday night, I worshipped with New Life United Methodist Church in Machesney Park, Illinois. A great experience capped off with partaking in communion with my wife and sharing an intimate prayer with her right afterword. Thank you, New Life, for the opportunity to experience worship in a new way.

Finally, Sunday. What a moving modern worship at Beth Eden this morning. World communion Sunday was incredible and was even able to share a prayer with my brother Todd. Thank you for the words and thank you to Beth Eden for the heartfelt worship. I pray that I wasn’t the only one that felt the presence of the Holy Spirit among us. Then I led our youth group on Sunday night and had an uplifting time, knowing that our church’s youth have such a heart to search out God and what their gifts and call is all about. I prayed with them that they might hear the voice of truth in their lives and follow the right path.

May everyday be filled with moments like these. They truly make life what God intended to be, passion filled from beginning to end.

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Philippians 4;2 asks for two women to agree with each other in the Lord. We can translate this many different ways. Two women, two men, even two churches. Why can we not see the purpose of the Lord in the things we do in our everyday lives? Why must there be so much disagreement? We need to be about the business of God. We need to be focused on spreading the word of God to those who need to hear it. I pray that these two can find agreement and begin again the work they need to.

Verse three continues on about those whose names are in the book of life, US. We are asked to help these “women.” We are not to stand by and watch, but we are to help them in the cause of the Gospel. We need to help them get back on their feet and make sure they follow the path that leads to life.

What can we do? I say we can pray about the resolution and we can offer our support to those in need. If they are in need of moderation, let us offer that in christian love. Most of all we need to demonstrate the love of Jesus so they can see a good model of how we should be living.

Complaining?

In Philippians chapter 2, Paul tells us to “do everything without complaining or arguing.” He wants us to be blameless and pure. I know that I have a hard time with this on most days. It is so easy to fall into the trap of going along with everyone around you and complain about all the things that are happening to you, around you and sometimes that have nothing to do with you. Why do we constantly have the need to complain about something. It doesn’t even matter what that something is, we just feel comfortable when we are tearing something or someone apart. Does this make us feel better about ourselves? When we tear someone else down, we think we are elevating ourselves above them and others. I think we are lowering ourselves below them and everyone else. Maybe we should be about the business of building others up and therefore raising us up with them.

When we complain about things, we are merely putting off the need to actually do something about the situation. We never have to truly fix them if all we do is complain about them. The next time you feel the need to complain about something, try to instead, think about what you can do to correct the problem or fix the situation. Keep the complaint to yourself, make a plan and get others involved in helping to correct the situation.

Humble?

Philippians 2;1-11

What does it mean to be humble in today’s world? I think it may be harder today to be humble than any other time. We live in a world of self and instant gratification. We want to be recognized. We want to be seen for things that we do and say, things that we have accomplished, things that we have not accomplished but want to take the credit for. But what happens when we try to put others on a pedestal. If someone does something good or even if we help someone achieve a goal of theirs, elevate them above yourself and make them someone who is recognized. What will happen to you? I would say that God would be pleased with you and will then lift you high in heaven. Our rewards are not those of this world, but of the heavenly kind.

I know that I try to live by this everyday. I try to think of others before myself and their needs before my own. I want those around me to feel that they have worth and they are loved. Sometimes I do this to a fault, by not taking care of myself or those closest to me. I need to learn to balance the needs of those around me and make sure my relationships are well cared for. That doesn’t mean that I will stop putting others first, I just may put those closest to me first and then everyone else after them.

Where Do I Go From Here?

As I begin the book of Phillipians, I start to read how Paul is excited to spread the Gospel to all who hear him. But he also talks about others who are spreading the Gospel. Some of them for reasons other than the love of Christ. But instead of getting angry about the motives they have behind spreading the Good News, Paul is excited just because the news is spreading. Paul rejoices because people are talking about Christ, whether it was in good context or not, people were still talking about Him.

If people are talking about Christ and preaching about the Gospel, then to word of God will be raised. In many different places and many different platforms, Christ is spoken. In this way the Good News is spread to all people, not just the people sitting in the church pews on Sunday morning, but to everyone.

I this first chapter Paul is also torn between living here and proclaiming the Word and dying to this world to live eternally with Christ. Although he would like nothing better than to begin his eternal life with Christ, he also sees the reason to stay and spread the Word here in this world. What a relationship he has with Jesus! To want to be with Him forever. That’s what I want. I want to live eternally with Jesus, but I also know that there are many here that need to hear about His love and forgiveness. I must share this with as many as I can.