Tag: Phillippians

Reflecting Instead of Reacting

Preaching to rocket scientists each week is not an easy assignment. Especially for someone who is mathematically and scientifically challenged! It appears that stars do not reflect the sun as I erroneously stated in today’s sermon. Apparently stars are on fire just as the sun is and the image we see is of them burning. […]

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Growth In Christ

I met a person the other day who told me how he had lost his job. He said that he worked in an environment where deception was necessary in order to survive. The workers would fudge on details in reports made to superiors because the work was stressful and people felt like they couldn’t accomplish […]

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Joy that Can't Be Taken Away

Joy in the midst of sufferings sounds like nonsense until one ponders how often it occurs in everyday life: having surgery, giving birth to a child, preparing for an athletic contest, agonizing over information before a big test, pushing your muscles to climb a mountain, and on and on. We recognize that in each of […]

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A Novel Idea!

I recently finished reading Tim Woodroof’s wonderful novel based on Paul’s letter to the Philippians. The first edition is called A Distant Presence. Although the book is out of print, one can still find used (or should I say pre-owned) copies available for purchase. The first 2/3 of the book contain the story of Paul’s […]

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Sharing in Christ's Sufferings

Nobody gets excited about the prospect of suffering. It’s only when we see suffering as an unavoidable path to our goal that we gain the courage to walk the path. In a religious culture where God is often viewed as wanting nothing more than to make our dreams come true, talking about joining Christ in […]

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Spiritual Role Models

Thinking about role models this week made me want to begin the sermon talking about actors, models, athletes, and musicians. It seems that we often limit our talk of role models to high profile, high paid entertainers. We marvel whenever they are “good role models” and whine when one of them is a terrible embarrassment […]

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The Secret of Being Content

The concept of recognizing desires and setting proper goals has truly been life changing for me personally. When I catch myself becoming angry or depressed I can almost always, upon reflection, trace the source of my frustration back to blocked goals. God has even limited himself to follow the concept of “goals and desires”. His […]

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The Attitude of Love

“If only we could live the words that we sing.” This sentiment might have been on the Apostle’s heart as he penned the words to a familiar hymn in Philippians 2:6ff. This afternoon as I reflect on the morning sermon I am thinking of a different sentiment, “It’s easier to preach on Sunday than it […]

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Peace that Transcends all Understanding

I don’t know how many people told me that after last week’s sermon they rented “Facing the Giants”. If you have not watched the movie I highly recommend it. In a couple of weeks we will be returning to the series “Reel Prayer” where I show movie clips with each sermon. However, there are not […]

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