God does not promise to rid your life of affliction and difficulty. He does, however, offer to give you the grace needed to suffer well, and through grace to discover the riches and beauty of the gospel. It isn’t wrong to ask God to relieve you of your pain, but it is more important that […]
The pursuit of joy can seem illusive especially when life happens. Our plans don’t always work out, our dreams are often slow in materializing. Our peace and joy may be on hold at times, but Jesus said we will have some troubles in this world, but cheer up, be courageous, Jesus has overcome this world. Paul’s challenge to us is, "rejoice in the Lord…always!"
As we conclude the third chapter of Philippians, we see Paul giving us essentially three ways to center on the gospel: engaging in discipleship, remembering our citizenship, and anticipating heaven.
Some discontentment is bad, but holy discontentment is good. If we’re always tuned to the grace of God, we can fearlessly examine our weaknesses and, in a healthy way, regularly contrast our imperfection with the perfection of Jesus.
The world often paints a picture of love like this: “I love you because of how I feel when I am with you.” (What about when the feelings leave?) “I love you because you treat me this way.” (What if he treats you poorly once? Does love disappear?) “I love you because we never fight.” […]
Righteousness is like a resume. It is the thing we need to get in the door. Just like a school resume opens the door to college, and a business resume opens the door to job opportunities, so the merits of our life get used to find relationships with others, ourselves and God. The problem we […]
The foundation, the motivation of a life of humility and service to others, is the example of Jesus Christ’s humble life and sacrificial death on the cross. Paul teaches in Philippians that we must always remember the gospel, so you won’t forget that God will not expect something of you that He won’t both empower […]
Paul tells us to “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.” (Philippians 2:3). This means that we are hungry for glory. The thing we most are afraid of is that we have no glory, that we don’t last, we are insignificant, we are overlooked, we don’t matter. The pursuit of false glory steals […]
Through the gospel, Jesus is making a people for Himself. We call this people the church, and it is made up of individuals from every tongue, tribe, race, and nation. The new covenant creates a new community—one that brings Jew and Gentile, male and female, slave and free all together—and makes a new humanity out […]
Though every church has a somewhat unique story of its beginnings, none is as unique as Philippi, the first church in the history of all of Europe. The story is far from how you and I would start the Christian movement on a continent. But then, again, God is a touch smarter than we are. […]