The Peace of God

And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:7 NASB Christians long for and seek after the peace of God. It’s amazing when we experience it – a peculiar comfort and lack of worry about something that would otherwise be shaking us to […]

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Be Anxious For Nothing

We’ve come to one of the more famous verses in Scripture, sandwiched between several very encouraging statements and instructive commands Paul wrote to the church in Philippi.  Today’s passage is often quoted, put on wall art, screensavers, and coffee mugs.  But the truths in this exhortation are very important for every believer to understand and […]

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Rejoice in the Lord, Always!

One of the beautiful things about Scripture is that no matter where you are in life, or what circumstances you may be facing, you can find simple but powerful truths that, if taken in with a humble and teachable heart, can completely change your attitude. Today’s passage is one containing such truth.  Simple, encouraging, worthy […]

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In the Book of Life

After an urging to stand firm in the Lord (Phil. 4:1), and immediately before one of the most memorable exhortations about rejoicing in the circumstances God has placed us (Phil. 4:4-9), the Apostle Paul drops in a brief appeal for help addressing an issue between two women in the church, but wraps it with an […]

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Stand Firm In The Lord

Turning to the fourth and final chapter of his letter to the Philippians, Paul again shared his affection and love with this church, and offers a pastoral exhortation to remain strong in the faith.  Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, […]

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Citizens of Heaven

Following a scathing rebuke of those who lead people away from the true gospel of Christ, those he describes as enemies of the cross, the apostle Paul returns to the encouraging theme found throughout this epistle to the church in Philippi. For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a […]

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Enemies of the Cross

Last time we saw how the Apostle Paul gave us examples of who to follow and mimic in our Christian walk (Phil 3:17).  Starkly contrasting these, we are now faced with a description of those we must not follow or imitate.  In Philippians 3:18-19 Paul wrote, “for many walk, of whom I often told you, […]

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Following a Good Example

In case you haven’t noticed, no one is perfect.  Shocker, right?  So what model can believers use to gain and maintain a solid foundation of faith in a an evil world? Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. Philippians 3:17 NASB As Paul […]

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Have This Attitude

Coming out of an appeal to believers to press on toward the upward call of Christ, the Apostle Paul gives an exhortation for his readers to act with the same heart and mind he has, with a life focused on living for God. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and […]

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The Upward Call of Christ

In Philippians 3:7-10 we learned how the apostle Paul sought to intimately know the Lord Jesus Christ, to share in His sufferings, and have a mind that was eternally focused on the goal of being resurrected from the dead.  We also saw how important it is that we not only know the Lord, but that […]

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