We can’t control what comes our way, but we can still have PEACE!

As we come to the end of Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi, there they are, the words that drew me here in the first place, the words my heart holds dear— “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” (Phil 4:11) “And my God shall supply all your need accordingContinue reading “We can’t control what comes our way, but we can still have PEACE!”

And when LIFE IS GOOD!

When I see those famous words, “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” (Phil 4:11) my mind most often goes to learning to be content in times of trouble. Don’t you? But, you know what? You know what I think so many of us miss when we read this familiar passage?Continue reading “And when LIFE IS GOOD!”

so FULL and SATISFYING

One thing about those people, at the church of Philippi, those very real people, with families and jobs and worries of their own—they saw opportunities, and they acted on them. As Paul closes his letter, he writes, “your care for me has flourished again” (Phil 4:10). Paul recognized the effectiveness of the church being theContinue reading “so FULL and SATISFYING”

There is a PEACE that eludes so many who say they believe in God…

You can recognize it, you can agree with it, you can talk about it all day long; but if you fail to practice truth and follow the ways of God…. you will never have peace! Paul, is in essence, saying, “Don’t just observe the Christian life, LIVE IT! Live it, like I’ve lived it! That’sContinue reading “There is a PEACE that eludes so many who say they believe in God…”

Let’s ask the Lord THIS and protect ourselves and our families.

Used to, I knew people who printed out Philippians 4:8 and sat it on top of their televisions. This helped them test what they were viewing. But, I’m not so sure many do that today. I’m continually amazed at the garbage Christians mindlessly consume…The Bachelor, Yellowstone, Fifty Shades, (and before I came across verses likeContinue reading “Let’s ask the Lord THIS and protect ourselves and our families.”

THIS is the way we fight our battles and walk in peace.

Slow down, friend. Take note of this. This is some help-you stuff. The Apostle Paul doesn’t just say take a passing glance at good things, he says MEDITATE on them. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things areContinue reading “THIS is the way we fight our battles and walk in peace.”

“Be anxious about nothing.” Really, nothing?

Does nothing mean nothing? Cause I got some somethings that don’t feel like nothings! But there it is, “Be anxious for nothing.” (Psalm 4:6) And wouldn’t you know I’d come to this verse in my study of Philippians when I’m awake at 4am anxious over something?! Do I really have to live everything I writeContinue reading ““Be anxious about nothing.” Really, nothing?”

What if we were known for this?

Those are my boys goofing around at our family photo session. But you know, in all seriousness , if we aren’t careful when we are dealing with others, things can get quickly out of hand! Somebody is probably living this right now! I know I have had situations quickly go south when that was neverContinue reading “What if we were known for this?”

What would it look like to just let it go and REJOICE?

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I will say, rejoice! (Phil 4:4) You know, there is much to celebrate because of Jesus! I absolutely love that CHRISTmas will be here soon, a time when many intently focus on celebrating Him, but we can always rejoice in Him no matter what else is going on! ChristiansContinue reading “What would it look like to just let it go and REJOICE?”

This disagreement was affecting the entire church!

Well, there you go. Two women. Two women who couldn’t get along. How would you like your name being forever remembered for your disagreement? Clearly, this disagreement was affecting the entire church and word of it had traveled to Paul in prison. Paul has been passionately preaching truth. The words of his letter to theContinue reading “This disagreement was affecting the entire church!”

Is everything sad going to come untrue?

Therefore, stand fast in the Lord. (Phil 4:1) StandFastInTheLord. Not in your own strength.Not in your own thoughts.Not in your own resources.Not in your own ways. Stand fast.In the Lord. All other ground is sinking sand. Paul has just talked about eternity, our true home, and how one day our lowly bodies will be transformed.Continue reading “Is everything sad going to come untrue?”

Those who walk in sin, as a lifestyle, better beware!

Now, if I thought myself mature for one moment and not distracted by earthly things (see Friday’s post, Phil 3:19), I only have to read a bit further in Paul’s letter to realize I have a LONG way to go. For when Paul writes, (Jesus) “will transform our lowly body that it may be conformedContinue reading “Those who walk in sin, as a lifestyle, better beware!”

What do enemies of the Cross have in common?

Paul had been beaten, ridiculed, and now imprisoned, but it was over this that he wept. Paul, who had tasted the goodness of living for the cause of Christ, passionately pled for fellow believers to do the same. (Phil 3:15-17). And then, others seem to come to his mind. You can almost feel the heartbreakContinue reading “What do enemies of the Cross have in common?”

Why I didn’t post yesterday

I couldn’t post a devotional yesterday because the Lord was pressing the words so firmly on my heart. He graciously opened my eyes to my own sin, lest I forget, just how very far I have to go and how very, very much I need Him. I confess I’ve been down over this world aroundContinue reading “Why I didn’t post yesterday”

Ancient words of encouragement for our hard days.

Tender words. Paul had lived them. “What was gain to me, these things I have counted loss for Christ” (Phil 3:7) As he sat in a Roman prison writing this letter, Paul looked back at all he had before he had radically encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus. He recounts these things in PhilippiansContinue reading “Ancient words of encouragement for our hard days.”

Warning! Don’t be seduced by false teachers of our day!

Paul seems to abruptly shift gears as he talks of rejoicing in the Lord (Phil 3:1) and then, BOOM!, “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of mutilation!” (Phil 3:2) Paul is warning the believers to be on guard and to flee dangerous false teachers who put confidence in the flesh. If anyone hadContinue reading “Warning! Don’t be seduced by false teachers of our day!”

If it’s true, tell it.

Paul says,”hold such men in esteem” (Phil 2:29) Hold such men in esteem. What kind of men? Well, men and women like Epaphroditus. Epaphroditus didn’t only have a strange name, he was a rare one. He’s only mentioned once in the Bible (Phil 2:25). But this much is clear from the text, Epaphroditus was rare,Continue reading “If it’s true, tell it.”

We have to understand our battle is not against flesh and blood.

Paul knew he could confidently send Timothy because Timothy had that rare trait of not just focusing on his own needs but looking to the interests of others and the things which are of Christ. (Phil 2:21-22) But this rare trait, Timothy possessed, is a trait we should all strive to have. Timothy saw theContinue reading “We have to understand our battle is not against flesh and blood.”

Don’t be a LONE RANGER!

I just need a Timothy sometimes.Paul did. (Phil 2:19) I love that God gives us a peek into Paul’s need to be encouraged. You know it’s okay, it’s even God-ordained for us to give and receive encouragement from others? God tells us to continue to meet together and to encourage one another (Heb 10:25). HeContinue reading “Don’t be a LONE RANGER!”

I wondered if they were all on Prozac!

They were going through hard things—cancer, abandonment by a spouse, job loss, and wayward children. There they sat in my Women’s Bible study, all those years ago, and each of them had a peace despite their circumstances, that caught my attention. Oh, I confess, I wondered if they were all on Prozac because I couldContinue reading “I wondered if they were all on Prozac!”