Is it Really That Important?

“Okay, Pastor Win, lay it all on the table — you preach a lot about doctrine, you teach the Confirmation students a lot about doctrine, you write books about doctrine, and you debate with people over what doctrines are right and what doctrines are wrong — is it really that important? Doesn’t doctrine just divide… Read More

Muddled Minds

“And when they blew the three hundred shophar, Yahweh set each man’s sword against his comrade and against all of Midian. The camp fled as far as Beth-Hashittah by Tsererathah and as far as the border of Abel-Mecholah above Tabbath.” (Judges 7:22) The Midianites are thrown into a panic. Operating at night, hurriedly throwing on… Read More

Tearing Down Idols Around Us

“And you were not to make a covenant with those who dwell in this land; its altars you shall pull down. But you have not listened to my voice; what is this that you have done?” (Judges 2:2) I fear that we have lived in a pluralistic society too long to really understand the fullness… Read More

Think on These Things

“The last thing, brothers, is that whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is upright, whatever is holy, whatever is lovely, whatever is praiseworthy, if there is virtue and if there is praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8) There is one more aspect of Paul’s counsel to us here that we need to dwell… Read More

What is your God?

“whose end is destruction, whose god is the belly and the glory that accompanies their shame — they are setting their minds on worldly things.” (Philippians 3:19) I can’t help but anticipate the contrast with Paul’s language in 4:8 as to what Paul would have believers think upon — that which is true and honorable… Read More

Arriving at the Desired Destination

“so that I might arrive at the resurrection from the dead.” (Philippians 3:11) It seems that the majority of our English translations do us a bit of a theological disservice when rendering this verse. The phrasing that is typically found in our English Bibles is, “that I might attain the resurrection…”. This implies, in contradiction… Read More

A Good Report

“And you know his character, how as child of a father he has served with me in the Gospel.” (Philippians 2:22) Over the years, between my time as a school teacher/administrator and as a pastor, one of the more enjoyable things that I have had the privilege of doing is to write letters of recommendation… Read More

The Pastor’s Heart

“But even if I am made a drink offering over the sacrifice and worship of your faith, I rejoice — also, I rejoice with all of you!” (Philippians 2:17) Here, in Paul, we find the heart of a true pastor. His heart is laid forth that even if his very life is poured out from… Read More

Clinging to the Word of Life

“clinging to the Word of Life, that I will be satisfied in the day of Christ that I did not run in vain nor did I labor in vain.” (Philippians 2:16) Much can be said from these words of Paul, but I want to focus first on the initial words which follow the statement in… Read More

Another Conniption Fit!

“Have this mindset about you, which is also that of Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 2:5) Conniption Alert! Conniption Alert! Okay, Groseclose, what is it now? Why the conniption fit? Once again, because of changes in cultural understandings, we find several English translations rendering this verse in a way that it skews the meaning of Paul’s statement.… Read More

Feeding One Another

“Considering not only your own things but also the things of each other.” (Philippians 2:4) Clearly, this statement goes hand in hand with the words that have come before it…that of considering others as more significant than yourself. We have become very much a “me first” generation. We focus on taking care of our own… Read More

The Challenge of Application

“Nothing from selfish ambition — nothing from vanity — but in humility, think of others as more significant than yourself.” (Philippians 2:3) There you have it, loved ones, the heart of this section of Philippians and the core principle behind living out the Christian life. As a pastor, it is my conviction that if professing… Read More

Judgment and Salvation…one goes with the other

“And not intimidated in any way by the adversaries, which is for them an indication of destruction but for you of salvation, which is from God.” (Philippians 1:28) In our culture today, it seems, we talk at length about the troubles caused by bullying, particularly amongst children. And indeed, bullying is sin and condemnable. Yet… Read More

Pursuing the Gospel, not Self

“Now, I want you to know, brothers, that which has happened to me is rather for the advancement of the Gospel;” (Philippians 1:12) Paul’s focus here and always is on the advancement of the Gospel. He is willing to suffer anything and lose everything, and still call it good, so long as the Gospel goes… Read More

Love guarded by Knowledge and Discernment

“And this is my prayer: that your love might overflow more and more in knowledge and all discernment.” (Philippians 1:9) And so, out of Paul’s love for his friends in the church in Philippi, he offers up his prayer for them as they seek to grow in their spiritual maturity. He begins with a prayer… Read More

God’s Faithfulness

“To declare your chesed in the morning; And of your trustworthiness in the night; Upon the ten strings and upon the harp; With the sound of the zither.” (Psalm 92:3-4 [verses 2-3 in English])   Again we find an emphasis on singing praise accompanied by the sound of instruments. The reference to the “ten strings”… Read More

Hills to Die On

“Pilate said to them, ‘Then what am I to do with Jesus whom is called Christ?’ And they all said, ‘He shall be crucified!’” (Matthew 27:22)   “And then Pilate again asked them saying, ‘What then do you wish for me to do with the one called King of the Jews?’ But they again shouted… Read More

What is Truth?

“And Pilate said to him, ‘What is truth?’ After this he went out again to the Jews and said to them, ‘I find no grounds for a charge in him.’” (John 18:38)   Pilate’s iconic statement, “What is Truth?” is one that not only sets the context of his Roman culture, but speaks across the… Read More

Testifying to the Truth

“Then Pilate said to him, ‘Then you are a king!’ Jesus replied, ‘You say that I am a king. For this I was born and for this I came into the world — to testify to the Truth. All who are of the Truth listen to my voice.’” (John 18:37)   Focus on the Family’s… Read More

Where Does Your Understanding of Jesus Come From?

“Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again and questioned Jesus and said to him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ Jesus answered, ‘Do you say this from yourself or has another spoken to you concerning me?’” (John 18:33-34)   Jesus has thus been returned to Pilate’s custody and now Pilate must decide how to handle… Read More

False Witnesses

“Now the chief priests and the whole of the Sanhedrin were looking for a false witness against Jesus so that they might put him to death. Yet, though many false witnesses came forward, none could be found until eventually two emerged.” (Matthew 26:59-60)   “Now the chief priests and the whole of the Sanhedrin were… Read More