Tag Archive: Philippians

Feb 05

Judge not and you shall not be judged. What does this mean? Is it possible?

Judge not and you shall not be judged A verse that many people quote but fewer can find in the Bible is “judge not and you shall not be judged.”  The usual reasoning behind their quotation is that we should never criticize anyone and no one should criticize us. If we keep this ethic, when …

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Jan 22

Just how important is it for us to be thankful

We have good days and bad days.  We have days that go as planned and days that don’t. We have pleasant surprises and bombshells that hurt us. Being thankful saves us from self-centered pride As he summarized the covenant, Moses predicted that good things would happen to God’s people when they entered the Promised Land.  …

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Nov 21

What should we do with the rest of our lives?

Most of us do not live subsistence lives. We have the freedom and the resources to make choices. Some of us have enough time and money that we can spend a lot to entertain ourselves. All of us have 24 hours in every day. We fill that time with something. Over 3000 years ago Moses …

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Nov 11

What does the amount of time you spend worrying say about your faith in God?

Something I read About four months ago I read a book review and a paragraph leaped out at me. “… worry develops when reason edges out faith as the privileged source of knowledge. ‘The birth of worry,’ …  is ‘the moment of a culture’s shift from unquestioning faith in omnipotent powers to thought or reasoning …

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Oct 16

I am Swiss by birth, German by education, and American by choice.

I am Swiss by birth, German by education, and American by choice. The church historian Philip Schaff (1819-1893) often gave this description of himself. His father died when he was a year-old.  His education began in Switzerland and culminated at the University of Berlin. After teaching at the Berlin for two years he was called …

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Oct 24

Two ways to achieve unity among Christians . . . only one works

Paul’s Request for Unity Paul wrote from a prison in Rome to a church of friends in Philippi. They had sent a leader from their congregation to visit him. He wrote back thanking them for their friendship and urging them to be unified as a church. Like any church, there were strong personalities and the …

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Sep 23

What are the seven characteristics of mature Christians?

Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi is unique. Some of his letters were predominately about an area of teaching and how to live out those principles. Some letters focused on wrong teaching or practice. Some were personal letters to nurture fellow leaders. Philippians was written to a church that Paul founded. He maintained a …

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Feb 23

We have faith and we have doubts…What do we do?

We have faith and we have doubts In our minds are doubts and faith. We have honorable thoughts and an embarrassing web of lusts, hates and envies. Our minds are like a garden and what we choose to water and nourish is critical. I have friends who have doubts and read every book and watch …

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Feb 10

Repentance is always an option.

Jesus offered salvation to His most bitter opponents and some of them believed- repentance is always an option. Jesus came to the earth He created and was rejected (John 1:9-11). The religious leaders were His consistent, bitter opponents. They concluded that He worked in league with the Devil (Matthew 9:32-34; 12:22-24). In the last week …

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