I believe joy is built into the Christian life. So why aren't more Christians smiling? The answer is tragically simple... the joy-stealers! Philippians tells us simply how to overcome these nasty thieves and how to have true joy every day! This post serves as the series review & recap of our 8-session study of Philippians.
Worry, worry, worry! How many Christians lose their joy and peace because of worry! In this chapter, Paul tells us that the secure mind—the mind that is guarded by the peace of God—frees us from worry. Of course, the believer who does not have the single mind (chap. 1), the submissive mind (chap. 2), and the spiritual mind (chap. 3) can never have the secure mind. We must first live what Paul describes in the previous three chapters before we can claim the promises and provisions of this final chapter.
The Shepherd has taken us on quite a journey. We have lain in green pastures, drank from still water, walked righteous paths, and gone through the valley of the shadow of death. He has fed us, bound our wounds, and overfilled our cups. Now He wants to leave us with a promise to hold onto as we continue on our journey.
While reading through a devotional book, my wife asked me this simple question, “What does being saved mean to you?” In a poor attempt to flex my spiritual muscles and show her how well versed I was in theology, I fired off a line of seminary answers that were sure to dazzle her mind. She responded with an answer I wasn’t suspecting, “No, that’s what being saved IS… I'm asking what does it MEAN to YOU!”
It is no secret that people with high blood pressure have a greater chance of heart attack, stroke and kidney failure compared to those with regulated blood pressure. However, high blood pressure is not the problem itself but a symptom of an even larger problem dealing with the heart. According to one medical health guide, symptoms of this chronic condition are not easily detected giving it the name, “the silent killer.” There are several factors that can be attributed to high blood pressure including obesity, high sodium intake, alcohol consumption and the use of certain drugs; however, many with high blood pressure don’t know it until their blood pressure is measured. Only then can a proper diagnosis be made to correct the problem.
As he looks out his window, all Jeremiah sees is hopelessness (see Jeremiah 3:2-21). Burning buildings, dead bodies, tear-stained cheeks. He is disillusioned, depressed, and in despair. He has believed a little lie and it has disconnected him from the truth (spiritual reality). In his mind, he has become the victim and blames God. He is … Continue reading Hope for the Brokenhearted