“Even though he throws himself with abandon into life in the present, the entire orientation of his life is towards the (absolutely certain) future. Indeed, it is this orientation that explains his singularly focused life in the present (‘for me to live is Christ’).” (Gordon D. Fee, 145)

Paul’s deliverance is life-forever in relationship with Jesus, whether in life or in death.

Take a few minutes to watch the video we saw on Sunday.

In 1955 five missionaries—Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Roger Youderian, Pete Fleming and Nate Saint—made contact with the remote Ecuadorian Quechau Indians. Having established a base a short distance from the Indian village, the missionaries first made contact by circling the village beach in their airplane lowering gifts. Over the next few months the men made more and more contact with the Quechua, spending time interacting on the beach, with ever-increasing cordiality. Everything seemed to be progressing in their effort to reach the people with the gospel. On January 8, 1956 upon their arrival at the beach the men were ambushed by a group of Quechuam spearmen, and killed on the beach. Their bodies were found downstream.

Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBeA1MJiB2c&sns=em

Convinced of God’s call to bring the gospel to Quechuan people, these women went back in to serve the people that had killed their husbands.

Read Philippians 1:18b-26

Reflect on Jesus presence in your life.