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The Reverse Majority?

June 4th, 2016 · No Comments

Philippians 2:3-4 (New Living Translation) 3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. This may be an odd take on these verses. Let’s say the majority of persons in […]

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Void of Offense

May 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Philippians 1:9-11 (American Standard Version) 9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment; 10 so that ye may approve the things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and void of offence unto the day of Christ; 11 being filled with the fruits […]

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Discernment from Love

April 30th, 2016 · No Comments

Philippians 1:9 (American Standard Version) And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment; I delve back into the American Standard Version translation as I find its wording fascinating here. It seems that love is part of discernment. I believe that “discernment” here means the ability […]

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Fix Your Thoughts

March 29th, 2015 · No Comments

Philippians 4:8 (New Living Translation) And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. This is not an admonition to “think nice thoughts and the world will be […]

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No Confidence in Human Effort

March 28th, 2015 · No Comments

Philippians 3:3 (New Living Translation) For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort,… Notice the second and third sentences of this verse. Perhaps there is a mistake in translation. I […]

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Follow Me (?)

February 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

Philippians 3:17 (New Living Translation) Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example. When was the last time you heard a preacher proclaim, “Live like me!” My answer, “Never.” Yet here is Paul writing to the Philippians and telling them to live like him. Paul also […]

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The Secret of Contentment

February 1st, 2014 · No Comments

Philippians 4:12-13 (New Living Translation) 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Paul has learned how to live in […]

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Privileges

October 12th, 2013 · No Comments

Philippians 2:5-8 (New Living Translation) 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a […]

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The Curse of the Anxious Mind

March 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

Deuteronomy 28 (New International Version) 58 If you do not carefully follow all the words of this law, which are written in this book, and do not revere this glorious and awesome name—the LORD your God-… 64 Then the LORD will scatter you among all nations…65 There the LORD will give you an anxious mind, […]

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Love and Knowledge

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Philippians 1:9-11 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through […]

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