Lean on Me…

“Only, live as a citizen worthy of the Gospel of Christ, in order that if in coming and seeing you or in being absent, I might hear in regards to you that you are standing in one spirit — of one life, struggling along in the faith of the Gospel.” (Philippians 1:27) There are few… Read More

What is More Needful…Glorying in God’s Work!

“In order that your glory might abound in Christ by me, as a result of my returning again to you.” (Philippians 1:26) I wonder whether we genuinely rejoice in God because of the spiritual mentors that God has placed in our lives. Often we can remember the baseball coach or the Scoutmaster that helped us… Read More

Preferences and Desires

“Now, I am absorbed by the two. The longing I have is to depart and be with Christ for that is much more preferable; but to remain in the flesh is more needful on your account.” (Philippians 1:23-24) This is one of the major themes of the book of Philippians…considering the needs of others as… Read More

Making God’s Desires Our Own

“And, if I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful work for me, but which I will choose, I do not know.” (Philippians 1:22) Here is the simple message of the Christ-focused life. God gives us work to do; we must do so to His glory and by reflecting the fruit of the… Read More

Come Out of the Closet!

“Now, I want you to know, brothers, that which has happened to me is rather for the advancement of the Gospel, so that it became known to the whole of the Praetorium and to all the rest that my chains are in Christ and many of the brethren, being persuaded in the Lord through my… Read More

Having Been Filled

“having been filled with the fruit of righteousness because of Jesus Christ to the glory and honor of God.” “Having been filled…” Notice the language that this verse begins with. We do not “fill” ourselves but we are filled. It is God’s work in us from the beginning to the end. We take no credit,… Read More

My Fear…

“For God is my witness how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:8) What a beautiful line this is as he expresses his desire to be with the Philippian believers. His desire is to be with them and the desire is great. This is more than a man… Read More

Feelings…Nothing More Than Feelings…Argh!

“In so far as it is right for me to think this way regarding all of you, because you are in my heart, in both the chains and in the defense and validation of the Gospel, all of you are partakers of grace with me.” (Philippians 1:7) This is one of those points that, when… Read More