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Of all the New Testament churches, the church in Philippi stands alone in the area of stewardship. According to Paul, their giving hearts were a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. As a result, God promised to supply all their needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Where the Spirit is working, the effects are undeniable, unmistakable and powerful. Are you seeing the undeniable, unmistakable powerful work of the Holy Spirit in your life? In your family’s life?
We want to see God build relationships and partnerships with one another where we can pray specifically with one another, we can speak the truth in love, we can delight in the Word of the Lord together and we can hear the Holy Spirit together.
At the end of each year many of us write out a list of New Year’s resolutions we want to practice in the coming year. What do our New Year’s resolutions reveal about us? What do these changes have to do with a Christian who has been saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ? How can we use our New Year’s resolutions as a means to worship Christ?
Christmas is an intriguing time of the year where we work really hard to make love work. We want life to feel different and we don’t want it to feel like the rest of the year. So we max out credit cards; we spend weeks planning and cooking and eating; we pretend to like people we can’t stand with the dream that somehow this thing we call love will really manifest during this Christmas season.
Christmas isn’t just an occasion for joy if you get the right gift or if the right people come to Christmas and the wrong people don’t. Christmas transcends, it rises above our present circumstances and offers what the Bible says is GREAT JOY!
He says, the peace I offer you isn’t what the world can give you. The only kind of peace the world can give us is the peace of good circumstances. That’s why the whole world is frantic and worships the gods of good circumstances. The peace that Jesus wants to give you is an anchor in spite of bad circumstances. That is why Jesus can say in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart in that tribulation; I have overcome the world.”
The first few verses of Mark 7 describe an argument taking place between Jesus and the Pharisees. The Pharisees criticize Jesus’ disciples for not living according to the traditional ritual of washing hands before eating. Jesus would have none of it; He blasted them for their hypocrisy.
Paul is presenting an alternative to the self-absorption of his day. Paul declares, “Young men, what you are looking for comes through the Spirit lead process of denying yourself, delaying gratification and pursuing true meaning in Jesus Christ.”