The Surpassing Value of Knowing Christ

We last left off with the apostle Paul noting that all the earthly achievements and religious prestige he had once possessed was of no value in saving his soul.  Today let’s continue looking at this and just how passionately he wanted to make the point that salvation is by faith alone. But whatever things were […]

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Counted As Loss

When Paul opened what we know as chapter 3 of his letter to the church in Philippi, he began with a stark warning to look out for false teachers that led believers astray with errant doctrines.  One of those was the assertion that certain religious rites must be followed for a Christian to obtain or […]

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Whether By Life or By Death

If accepting Christ and living for Him meant these things for us, would we still do it?  Would we ‘sign up’ to follow Christ if it meant walking away from everything?  This is the life Paul lived, and countless more of our brothers and sisters in Christ have experienced both in the past and across the world today. 

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Grace To You

Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Philippians 1:1-2 After affirming his place as a bondservant (or slave) of Christ, which we learned is closely […]

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Do Not Grieve The Holy Spirit

As we study Scripture, we often encounter verses that speak volumes.  In the midst of Paul’s admonition to the believers in Ephesus to live their lives in an upright and holy manner (Eph 4:17-32), he drops this rather simple yet striking sentence: Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed […]

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Words of Grace

As the Apostle Paul nears the close of what we know as Ephesians chapter 4, he wrote several important and powerful statements about how believers must behave.  From the command to speak truth (Eph 4:25), to not sinning in our anger (4:26), to not stealing and instead laboring for the benefit of the Kingdom (4:27), […]

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Unified in the Body of Christ

The Bible is intriguing in that it often explains the most mysterious heavenly truths in such simple ways they can be easy to miss.  From the way Jesus told of the workings of the Kingdom of God through parables, to the way Paul draws us a mental picture of the Church as a human body, […]

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Love

We are called to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and our neighbor as ourselves.  So, in that spirit, let’s allow God’s Word alone to tell us a little more about love. 1 Corinthians 13: If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, […]

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Comprehending Christ’s Love For Us

Last week we looked at how we, being members of God’s family, are strengthened by the Holy Spirit to do the will of God and hold firmly to our faith in Christ, and that this God-given strength is not for our own gain, but for God’s glory. Building on this, the Apostle Paul continues further […]

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Do Not Lose Heart

Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory. Eph 3:13 As we’ve previously seen in our walk through his letter to the church in Ephesus, Paul’s main theme is the supremacy of Christ over all, and his personal testimony regarding the call of Christ […]

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