17 Jan

Philippians 1:12-30 – Advancing the Gospel

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In preparation for this week, I am struck once again by Paul wholehearted orientation to the gospel. Paul’s whole understanding of the world in rooted in the new reality of […]

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15 Jan

January 15th, 2014

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Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) Paul is concerned that the Philippian church continue to grow in their relationship […]

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14 Jan

January 14th, 2013

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Paul is writing to the Philippian church from prison. Yet despite his circumstance, perhaps even because of his circumstances, Paul is able to express deep thankfulness for his partnership with […]

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13 Jan

January 13th, 2014

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Paul’s greeting to the church follows a fairly common format, yet it is infused with so much more hope than the basic cordial greeting. Grace to you—and peace. The gospel […]

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11 Jan

January 11th & 12th, 2014

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Paul celebrates his partnership with the Philippian church in the proliferation of the gospel. As an apostle of Jesus Christ, Paul’s role was to initiate churches throughout the known world […]

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10 Jan

January 10th, 2014

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Philippians is a friendly letter. Paul has great fondness for the people of Philippi, and he has great admiration for their enduring commitment to their faith in Jesus. All admonition […]

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09 Jan

January 9th, 2014

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Philippi was a significant city in the history of the Roman Empire. Two major battles occurred in the nearby plain: 42BCE when Octavian (later named Caesar Augustus) and Mark Anthony […]

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23 Dec

December 23rd, 2013

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Joseph is chosen too Icon: Scripture: Matt 1:18-24 Choosing to be Jesus’ father, wasn’t instinctive for Joseph. Before he had his dream, his choice, carefully made, had been quite different. […]

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22 Dec

December 22nd, 2013

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Mary’s long commitment Icon: Scripture: Luke 2:22-40 After the long journey to Bethlehem, after the delivery of the baby in a place meant to house animals, after the shepherds had […]

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21 Dec

December 21st, 2013

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Elizabeth Icon: Scripture: Luke 1;24-25; 39-45 When I awoke yesterday and looked out the window I was pleased to see the world covered with snow. For a moment I anticipated […]

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