Beginning in Philippians 2, Paul exhorts Christians to be unified because of what Christ has done for us all. He says this immediately after reminding us that as Christians we will need to suffer from time to time. It is important, then as we work for Christ, and endure hardships, that we keep our [...]
Part of living for Christ involves suffering for the Lord. Especially in recent months and years, an anti-Christianity mindset has taken hold because of those who have chosen to live their lives openly for the Lord. We are, in fact, commanded by the Bible to live our lives in such a manner. It is [...]
When we become Christians, we become citizens of a higher calling. We become citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven. While we remain here on earth, we are to live our lives so as to shed a positive light on that kingdom, and it’s Maker Jesus Christ. In Philippians 1, Paul encourages the Christians at [...]
After we become Christians, why does God leave us here on this earth? Why are we here to begin with, and what is our purpose? Do we have a purpose, and if so, what is it? These are thoughts which man has asked himself for centuries; it is a thought which the lost world [...]
Do we magnify Jesus Christ in our daily lives? Do our actions and our speech reflect well on the Lord, and is it uplifting to Him? It ought to be. As a result of the apostle Paul’s ministry, others had begun to preach the gospel, and spread God’s message. This outreach came as a [...]
Christians need to be careful as to what pastors, preachers and teachers we listen to. We need to be discerning, and able to discern those who preach Christ sincerely and those who preach Christ for other motives. Not everyone who preaches from the Bible is doing so sincerely, and some may even have ulterior [...]
Sometimes as Christians go through their daily lives, we can be short sighted at times. We can have some bad things happen to us, and focus inwardly on our despair. We need to remember to use every opportunity, both good and bad, to illustrate to the world the good news of Jesus Christ.
When I read Philippians 1:11 today, I immediately thought of a fruit tree. Paul begins the verse by saying some of the Christians at Philippi were “filled with the fruits of righteousness.” This verse not only gives us direction on living our daily life, but also giving praise to the Lord Jesus Christ who [...]
The Word of God, and the study of It, is a purifying force. When you study the Bible, and follow God’s commandments, your life will be changed. God’s hand will move to further purify you; to sanctify you; to allow you to grow into a stronger and more discerning Christian. You’ll grow in knowledge, [...]
Paul talks about Christians and their love for one another in Philippians 1:7,8. He sets a good example for us to follow as it relates to our kindness, benevolence, and compassion toward one another.
Let’s look specifically at Paul’s love for the church in Philippi, and how he describes it.
Philippians 1:7 “Even as [...]