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May 2014 30 May 30, 2014
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Paul said in Philippians 4:12 that he had “learned” to be content in all circumstances. In v. 13 he “knows” and again “in any and every circumstance” he has “learned” the secret of how to thrive. So what specifically had he “learned” and what was his “secret”? Continue reading . . . Paul said in Philippians 4:12 that he had “learned” to be content in all circumstances. In v. 13 he &ldquo...Read More

May 2014 29 May 29, 2014
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What could the Apostle Paul possibly mean when he says that he has “learned” to be “content” in whatever circumstance or situation he’s in? Continue reading . . . What could the Apostle Paul possibly mean when he says that he has “learned” to be “content” in whatever circumstance or situation he’s in? Here is what he writes: “I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your conce...Read More

May 2014 28 May 28, 2014
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If asked to identify the most instructive passage in the NT on the subject of money and physical circumstances and their collective impact on my faith and confidence in Christ, I would be hard pressed to look beyond Philippians 4:10-13. Continue reading . . . If asked to identify the most instructive passage in the NT on the subject of money and physical circumstances and their collective impact on my faith and confidence in Christ, I would be hard pressed to look beyon...Read More

May 2014 27 May 27, 2014

In order to understand Paul’s point in Philippians 4:10-13 we need to understand the context in which this famous statement appears. Continue reading . . . In order to understand Paul’s point in Philippians 4:10-13 we need to understand the context in which this famous statement appears. But let’s first look at the text again: “I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for...Read More

May 2014 26 May 26, 2014
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One of the most helpful things I’ve learned in my years as a pastor is the crucial role that self-awareness plays in our growth as Christians. Continue reading . . . One of the most helpful things I’ve learned in my years as a pastor is the crucial role that self-awareness plays in our growth as Christians. By self-awareness I mean the capacity to be honest and sincere when it comes to both our strengths and weaknesses. To be “aware” of oneself i...Read More

May 2014 22 May 22, 2014
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So what are we to make of Hebrews 3:5-6, which many believe calls into question the security of our salvation as the children of God? Continue reading . . . So what are we to make of Hebrews 3:5-6, which many believe calls into question the security of our salvation as the children of God? Look at the text. “Now Moses was faithful in all God's house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, but Christ is faithful over God's house as a...Read More

May 2014 20 May 20, 2014
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[Last week (May 14, 2014), Andrew Wilson posted an article in which he responded to Tom Pennington’s response to him on the subject of spiritual gifts. I thought you might find it helpful. Andrew is an Elder at King’s Church in Eastbourne, U.K. and is pursuing a Ph.D. at King’s College, London.] Continue reading . . . [Last week (May 14, 2014), Andrew Wilson posted an article in which he responded to Tom Pennington’s response to him on the subjec...Read More

May 2014 19 May 19, 2014
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I often hear people say that they have embraced the Amillennial view of biblical eschatology “in spite of” what they read in Revelation 20. I want to go on record in saying that I have embraced Amillennialism precisely “because of” Revelation 20. Continue reading . . . I often hear people say that they have embraced the Amillennial view of biblical eschatology “in spite of” what they read in Revelation 20. I want to go on record in sa...Read More

May 2014 16 May 16, 2014

When I started this brief series of articles on Philippians 4:8-9 I pointed out that it is more than merely an exhortation to think or ponder or meditate. It is also a command regarding our practice as Christians. Continue reading . . . When I started this brief series of articles on Philippians 4:8-9 I pointed out that it is more than merely an exhortation to think or ponder or meditate. It is also a command regarding our practice as Christians. Here is our text: &l...Read More

May 2014 15 May 15, 2014

We’ve been looking closely at Philippians 4:8-9 and Paul’s counsel to us when it comes to what we embrace, believe, value, and practice. Let’s look again at the passage before I make several observations. Continue reading . . . We’ve been looking closely at Philippians 4:8-9 and Paul’s counsel to us when it comes to what we embrace, believe, value, and practice. Let’s look again at the passage before I make several observations. &l...Read More

May 2014 14 May 14, 2014

Make no mistake: There is no enduring change in life, there is no meaningful Christ-exalting, sin-killing sanctification apart from a transformation in how you think. Your mind matters. Continue reading . . . Make no mistake: There is no enduring change in life, there is no meaningful Christ-exalting, sin-killing sanctification apart from a transformation in how you think. Your mind matters. In fact, it matters eternally. So Paul tells us all to think about true things,...Read More

May 2014 13 May 13, 2014

Among the many reasons I could mention why I love God’s Word, let me give you just one example. Continue reading . . . Among the many reasons I could mention why I love God’s Word, let me give you just one example. When I read a passage such as Philippians 4:8-9, I find myself experiencing a double effect. Here it is: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is comm...Read More

May 2014 12 May 12, 2014
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In a recent article in Charisma magazine (May 2014) a Tennessee pastor cited the words of Jesus in Matthew 18 to support the practice of “agreement” in prayer as a way of increasing the probability of receiving what we ask. Continue reading . . . In a recent article in Charisma magazine (May 2014) a Tennessee pastor cited the words of Jesus in Matthew 18 to support the practice of “agreement” in prayer as a way of increasing the probability of re...Read More

May 2014 9 May 9, 2014
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There is a church in my city that is known for its stance in favor of the so-called Prosperity Gospel (oh, how horribly misnamed it is; for what it proclaims is decidedly not “good news”!). People who have visited there informed me of several of their beliefs. Continue reading . . . There is a church in my city that is known for its stance in favor of the so-called Prosperity Gospel (oh, how horribly misnamed it is; for what it proclaims is decidedly not &ld...Read More

May 2014 8 May 8, 2014
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So, what are the consequences or results of turning to prayer in the midst of anxiety? Continue reading . . . So, what are the consequences or results of turning to prayer in the midst of anxiety? Let’s look again at Philippians 4:4-7 for the answer. “4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication ...Read More

May 2014 7 May 7, 2014
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One of the most instructive statements in Scripture on the nature and dynamics of prayer is found in Philippians 4:4-7. Let’s look at it briefly and then I want to highlight one particular feature of prayer that we often overlook. Continue reading . . . One of the most instructive statements in Scripture on the nature and dynamics of prayer is found in Philippians 4:4-7. Let’s look at it briefly and then I want to highlight one particular feature of prayer t...Read More

May 2014 6 May 6, 2014
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There are two experiential realities in which a Christian might live: anxiety or peace / worry or rest / consternation or contentment. Paul contrasts these two in Philippians 4:4-7 and tells us that the way to move from one into the other is by prayer. Continue reading . . . There are two experiential realities in which a Christian might live: anxiety or peace / worry or rest / consternation or contentment. Paul contrasts these two in Philippians 4:4-7 and tells us that...Read More

May 2014 5 May 5, 2014
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“Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand.” What could that possibly mean? Continue reading . . . “Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand.” What could that possibly mean? We tend not to ask that question because the exhortation is nestled into, and often gets lost within, one of the more important and well-known passages about prayer. In other words, we often spend time studying Philippians 4:4...Read More

May 2014 2 May 2, 2014

One of the more famous statements Paul made is found in Philippians 4:4-7. Continue reading . . . One of the more famous statements Paul made is found in Philippians 4:4-7. Many of you probably know it by heart: “4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made k...Read More

May 2014 1 May 1, 2014
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In Hebrews 2:14-18 we are told what it means to say that God the Son, the Second Person of the Trinity, became a human being in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, and how he, by dying and rising from the grave, was able to defeat and destroy Satan and to deliver men and women from the fear of death by which Satan kept them enslaved. Continue reading . . . In Hebrews 2:14-18 we are told what it means to say that God the Son, the Second Person of the Trinity, became a human...Read More