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Archives for October 2014

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Rejoice in the Lord

Rejoicing in the Lord is the energy that enables us to have joy in all things....

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Help, I need somebody

What Paul asked of the Philippians was to engage in a healthy way and to work for reconciliation ... to help ... to walk that tension in the space between being helpful and being overbearing....

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Like-minded in conflict

Having the same mind in the Lord starts with having the same mindset as the Lord or, to put it differently, thinking like Jesus....

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Stand firm

Stand firm in the Lord. This is an exhortation for our own formation. But this is also an exhortation for our community....

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Joy across the miles

Paul keyed in here on both current and future realities to write about his friends. And he communicated these realities beautifully....

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Set your mindset

Paul assumed that a faith commitment would have a practical outworking....

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Appetite for Destruction

If we allow our appetites to run roughshod over our lives, they will destroy us....

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Tears for enemies

Tears are the healthy, appropriate emotional response to the reality that there are enemies of the cross of Christ....

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Healthy Role of Models

The way you're living your life today is either an imitation of or reaction to a network of people you've seen, heard or experienced....

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Healthy and unhealthy spiritual authority

Paul manages to be exhortational and instructional without being dictatorial and it's beautiful. That line is a hard line to walk....

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Knowing and knowing and knowing

Our relationship with Christ will continue beyond the gates of death and so our knowing of him will continue to grow....

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Sharing in suffering

We understand better what it means for Christ to share in our sufferings when we have shared in his....

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Resurrection belief and resurrection power

Knowing "the power of his resurrection" means both believing in his resurrection and experiencing transforming resurrection power in your life and relationships....

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Knowing Jesus

All who've walked with Jesus for years have learned this truth: knowing Jesus is something that develops over time...

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A righteous conversation about righteousness

If you have faith in him and are found in him, what's his is yours ... all of it....

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A Better Game

Faith in Christ alone secures our place in God's community. Christ alone gives us what we need for joy. Everything else is icing on the cake....

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Captured by other stories

Paul knew that his friends were in danger of being captured by other stories, stories that would drag them away from light and life and joy....

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Words of warning

Paul speaks up here, convinced that his friends need to be on guard against a bad influence....

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Repetition as Safeguard

Repetition allows us to re-engage with the mystery and wonder of our faith ... and with the person who stands at the center of our faith, Jesus. To paraphrase one commentator, we never move on from Jesus, only to a more profound understanding and appreciation of him....

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Repetition

Paul didn't mind repeating himself in his letter to his friends. After delving deeply into theology and service, he circles back to his theme of joy: "rejoice in the Lord!"...

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Hoarding Relationships

When we participate in the bigger gospel story, we learn how to be close to people even when they're out of sight. Our bonds don't get broken by time or distance. We're freed from the temptation to hoard people like possessions....

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Honor People Like Him

Chatham Church is full of men and women who serve week in and week out, at times at great personal cost. As we read about Epaphroditus and ask "Do we know people like him?" our answer is a resounding "Yes!"...

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The Cost of Service

In Jesus Christ, you are secure even when you're not safe. Your value is secure, so you can take risks. Your relationships are secure, so you can speak the truth to power. Your eternal destiny is secure, so you can sacrifice your temporary comfort and safety....

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