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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.
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.