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Invincibility: Life or Death… I’m Good

Paul went from persecuting the church to being a persecuted apostle of the church. After his arrest in Jerusalem, during his first imprisonment, he wrote a letter to the Philippians in which he boldly declared this short but profound line... For to me to live is Christ, and to …

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Rekindle the Flame of Love by Paying Attention Again

We don't fall out of love. We stop choosing to do things that are loving. So the way back to love is to do the loving things we did early in our relationship. And that often starts with the simple step of paying attention again. Paul challenged the believers in Philippi, "Don’t …

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Why I Believe in Positive Thinking

Shine On

I'm not a fan of what's often called a "positive thinking" or "possibility thinking" theology That is, to say that we're all basically good and just need to realize the power of the good within us could be referred to with the theological term, baloney. We're depraved and sinful …

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When God Takes A City

We're walking with the apostle Paul on Wednesday evenings and we've just received our call to Macedonia (modern-day Greece). We parted ways with Barnabas, taking Silas instead, and we picked up Timothy and Luke on the trip. In Philippi, God took the city for Himself! How did it …

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Striving for Holiness

I'll just try harder. That's the mentality of most people who are trying to be good Christians. "Well, I tried and I blew it, so I'll just try harder." The problem is that God resists the proud, so the more you think you can handle sin and temptation on your own, the less God …

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What A Wonderful World

At our wedding, Angie and I chose to have Louie Armstrong's song played... What a Wonderful World. In light of yesterday's shootings, and so many other monumental tragedies in recent years, is it really a wonderful world? We were driving to Fort Smith yesterday for the annual …

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No Man Like-Minded

"But I trust the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. For I have no man like-minded, who will naturally care for your state." -Philippians 2:19-20 Paul knew of noone else in the world who would be as …

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What Do You Want To Do?

“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”—Philippians 2:13 One of the most popular questions that modern Christians have is “how do I know the will of God?” It’s a good question and it often gets bad answers! We sometimes fall into the …

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Cease To Do Evil

"Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil." -Isaiah 1:16Some people have the mistaken assumption that the God of the Old Testament is a harsh God and the God of the New Testament is a soft God. The reality is that God's …

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He Must Be Everything

“For to me to live is Christ…”—Philippians 1:21a What defines your life? What holds the primary interest and attention of your heart? What is it that receives your greatest devotion and determines the direction of your future? Is it Christ? Paul essentially proclaimed, “For my …

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